Oct. 29 Shared reading event explores what it means to be Black in the US

The Walker College of Business invites community members to participate in a shared reading book discussion on Friday, October 29 at 1:00pm. 

In a uniquely formatted book discussion, Lamont Sellers, director of intercultural student affairs at Appalachian State University, will lead a conversation on the book "Between the World and Me." Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a letter to his teenage son, the book is a powerful exploration of what it means to be Black in the US. 

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?


Lamont Sellers, Director of Intercultural Student Affairs


Dr. Alex Howard, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dontrell Parson, Director of Graduate Admissions
Jawoin Williams, Coordinator, University Housing 


The conversation is geared toward students who have participated in the Shared Reading Initiative, but is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. This is an in-person event with a Zoom attendance option for off-campus participants. In person attendees should meet in the Plemmons Student Union Grandfather Mountain Ballroom (PSU 137). Virtual attendees should register at this Zoom link .

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If you are interested, but want to find out more, please email Meredith Church Pipes, churchmm@appstate.edu.

The Walker College of Business is committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all Appalachian business faculty, staff and students to enhance their cross-cultural and community leadership and engagement. Learn more at business.appstate.edu/diversity.

Oct. 29 Shared reading event explores what it means to be Black in the US
Published: Oct 24, 2021 11:17pm