Community Read – Spring 2019; Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

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Book: Waking Up White & Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Dates – Last Tuesday of Each Month (January – April):
January 29th
February 26th
March 26th
April 30th

Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: EHSL 29/30, Lower Level, Eccles Health Sciences Library
RSVP for Lunch using the links in the table below
CME Offered

This spring the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) are co-sponsoring the reading of:  Waking Up White, by Debby Irving. Starting on January 29th the community is invited to gather at NOON in the History of Medicine Room, enjoy a light lunch, and have a lively discussion of the book.

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

Copies of Waking Up White & Finding Myself in the Story of Race are available for checkout at the EHSL main level desk.

Discussion Facilitator:  David S. Derezotes, PhD  

  • Professor, College Of Social Work
  • CTLE Fellow, Project Director, Transforming classrooms into inclusive communities (TCIC) project, CTLE Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Professor in MUSE, MUSE
  • Director Peace and Conflict Studies Program, College of Humanities

Biosketch             Curriculum Vitae


Tue, Jan 29 History of Medicine Room 1 – 11   RSVP
Tue, Feb 26 History of Medicine Room 12 – 23   RSVP
Tue, Mar 26 EHSL 29/30, Lower Level 24 – 36   RSVP
Tue, Apr 30 EHSL 29/30, Lower Level 37 – End   RSVP

Film Screening and Discussion:

Race: The Power of an Illusion

What is this thing we call race? Where did the idea come from? Race: The Power of an Illusion compels viewers to examine some of their most fundamental beliefs about concepts of race.

Join us for the screening and discussion of this 3 part documentary:
Part I:  The Difference Between Us
Part II:  The Story We Tell
Part III:  The House We Live In.

Each screening ( 5:30 – 7:00 pm ) will be followed by a 30-minute discussion.

Tue, Feb 5 Garden Level,
The Difference Between Us RSVP
Tue, Feb 19 Garden Level,
The Story We Tell RSVP
Tue, Feb 26 Garden Level,
The House We Live In RSVP

Check out the online LibGuide for further information about the book and the film, the session facilitator(s), further readings, as well as RSVP links.


DISCLOSURE: Neither the facilitators(s), planner(s), nor anyone else in control of the content for Community Reads has any financial relationship with commercial products or services.

ACCME AccreditedACCREDITATION: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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