Community Education Book Clubs

In today’s turbulent and rapidly changing world, we are confronted with a constant blur of information and ideas. Reading books provided both the opportunity to low down and reflect on our lives, and to think about the larger world and enable us to consider ourselves in the context of generations before us and cultures beyond our borders. That opportunity for reflection and connection is one of the greatest role books can play in life.

Social Justice Series (PDF)

To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is an American classic. It’s an inspiring story about standing up to injustice even if doing so is difficult and unpopular; an accessible coming-of-age tale; and a convenient way to teach high school English students about the Jim Crow South. It’s also the only novel that its author, Harper Lee, had ever published — until a sudden announcement in February 2015 heralded the publication of Go Set a Watchman, a new Lee work featuring the same characters as To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird.

After reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, join us for the first ILLAPS Book Club group discussion to better understand how these two works relate and what they tell us about race and race relations in America today.

  • Instructor: Pauline Kayes, Professor Emeritus Parkland College
  • Meets on: This event has been cancelled.

*A link to log into live webinar will be sent to you once your registration is confirmed.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me has rocketed to the top of the best-sellers list. In the form of an autobiographical letter to his son, Coates warns his son about what it takes to survive in a society riven by the oppression of Black people. It is a must-read at this particular moment when foundational questions about the horrific history and present brutal reality of Black people in America are sharply posed.

After reading Between the World and Me join us for our second ILLAPS Book Club Pick group discussion.

  • Instructor: TBA
  • Meets on: To be rescheduled.
  • Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm (2 hours)
  • Meeting location: on-ground (location TBD), live webinar
  • Cost: $75 per person
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