Community Read

Panel discussion flyer
Community Read Event

Community Read is a program of the First Year Experience Committee of Faculty Senate (co-chairs Holly Sorscher and Margaret Willard-Traub), modeled after the Big Read of the National Endowment for the Arts. The intent is for students, especially those new to campus, to engage with the topic from several disciplinary perspectives. 

The reading chosen for 2022-2023 is All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, an anthology of 60 essays and poems edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson (One World 2020). The anthology is part of the All We Can Save Project. Members of the Faculty Senate First Year Experience Committee are planning a variety of events throughout the 2022-2023 academic year related to the climate crisis.

The book selected for 2021-2022 was William D. Lopez's Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid. The book traces wide-ranging economic, social, psychological, heath, and educational fallout from one ICE raid in 2013 in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Dr. Lopez is an assistant professor at the UM School of Public Health. He answered student questions about his work as part of the programming throughout the year, which also included "Books and Brews" events, and a panel discussion. Free copies of this text are still available at the Mardigian Library.

The reading for 2020-2021 was How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. UM-Dearborn faculty members prepared video presentations on individual book chapters for use in classes or as guides to prepare class presentations. These chapter video commentaries are available on the UM YouTube playlist. The Mardigian Library also has several web pages devoted to Antiracism resources.

With this selection, UM-Dearborn joined thousands of other reading circles using Kendi's books and videos, or similar books and videos, as guides to effecting changes in behavior and policy. 

The Faculty Senate encourages all faculty members at UM-Dearborn to consider ways in which All We Can Save, excerpts from the book, similar books, videos, or other resources can be incorporated into classes across the curriculum.

Ted Talks to Pair with All We Can Save

Greta Thunberg TEDxStockholm
Environmental Activist Greta Thunberg