Book Club

  • The Diversity and Inclusion Book Club will convene virtually with another enlightening dialogue on August 17, 2021 exploring the Racial Equity Institute (REI) recommended reading entitled Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen.  This text was chosen for our book club officially named "The Table" by our Diversity & Inclusion Alliance. The Table Book Club is open to all District 7 faculty and staff members.

    Please be advised that registration closed on February 5, 2021.


  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American Textbook Got Wrong

    by James W. Loewen Year Published: 1995, 2007

    Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most important―and successful―history books of our time. Having sold nearly two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times.

    What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls "an extremely convincing plea for truth in education." In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen brings history alive in all its complexity and ambiguity. Beginning with pre-Columbian history and ranging over characters and events as diverse as Reconstruction, Helen Keller, the first Thanksgiving, the My Lai massacre, 9/11, and the Iraq War, Loewen offers an eye-opening critique of existing textbooks, and a wonderful retelling of American history as it should―and could―be taught to American students.

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  •  Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together

    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

    by Beverly Daniel Tatum Year Published: 2017

    Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

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