Social Justice Reading Group

Summer 2020

Join your colleagues in impactful conversations about the nuances of identity, advocacy, and social justice. Our new Virtual Summer Social Justice Reading Group happens every Friday from 1:00pm CST to 2:00pm CST. These virtual sessions will cover free-to-read books and/or publications that are available broadly or through the UI Libraries. 


June 2020 Selection:
In It For the Long Haul: Overcoming Burnout and Passion Fatigue as Social Justice Change Agents  by Kathy OBear, ED.D.
  • Friday, June 5th | 1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Introduction; Chapters 1 and 2
  • Friday, June 12th | 1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Chapters 3 and 4
  • Friday, June 19th |1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Chapters 5 and 6
  • Friday, June 26th |1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Chapters 7 and 8
July 2020 Selection:
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
(electronic version available through UI Libraries
  • Friday, July 10th | 1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Pages 7-52
    • “Introduction” (7-12)
    • “Notes from a Trip to Russia” (13-35)
    • “Poetry is Not a Luxury” (35-39)
    • “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” (40-44)
    • “Scratching the Surface: Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving” (45-52)
  • Friday, July 17th | 1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Pages 52-103
    • “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” (53-59)
    • “Sexism: An American Disease in Black Face” (60-65)
    • “An Open Letter to Mary Daly” (66-71)
    • “Man Child: A Black Lesbian Feminist’s Response” (72-80)
    • “An Interview: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich” (81-109)
  • Friday, July 24th | 1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Pages 52-103
    • “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (110-113)
    • “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” (114-123)
    • “The Uses of Anger” (124-133)
    • “Learning from the 60s” (134-144)
  • Friday, July 31st | 1:00 pm CST to 2:00 pm CST | Pages 52-103
    • ​​​​​​​“Eye to Eye: Black Women, Hatred, and Anger” (145-175)
    • “Grenada Revisited: An Interim Report” (176-189)
Anyone is welcome to participate through our University of Iowa-verified Zoom meetings (Meeting ID: 979 1739 4438). If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may still join other sessions provided you are ready to discuss the associated chapters. If you have any questions, please contact Diversity Resources at

Fall 2020

The Center for Teaching and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will continue their reading group based on the book, Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, a comprehensive text that provides foundational theoretical and pedagogical frameworks for thoughtfully integrating social justice into the classroom. Due to the complexity of ideas presented in the book, the preparation for each session will average around two to three hours.


Dates and times coming soon!


If you are interested in joining or would like more information about the next reading group, please contact Steven Edwards at sends e-mail).
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Steven Edwards at