Each year, Fitchburg State University’s CenterStage sponsors a community read event, wherein campus community members are encouraged to read the same book at the same time, to promote discussion of a controversial topic.
This year, the focus is on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. As the subtitle of the book, “mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness” suggests, this book focuses on the growth of a new “caste system” and the continuing role that racism plays in the United States despite what may public pundits claim. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the conclusions of the author, this is a topic that certainly merits consideration.
The library has participated in this, not only by holding numerous copies which users may check out, but also by providing access to a helpful research guide on the topic, designed to help generate thought and discussion about this topic, both within and outside the classroom.
List of Resources:
- Community read calendar of events
- The New Jim Crow Research guide
- Official New Jim Crow website
- Interview with Michelle Alexander