Intersectional Women’s History Month Reading List!

This Women’s History Month, let’s get intersectional! in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty /ˌin(t)ərsekSHəˈnalədē/ noun What happens when forms of discrimination combine, overlap, and intersect Merriam-Webster marked intersectionality as a “word we’re watching” in 2017, but the term was coined thirty years ago by Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor and social theorist. "Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see…
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An Eloquent And Provocative New Barbara Kingsolver Novel

Unsheltered is more than the title of Barbara Kingsolver's new book; it is the thoughtful overarching metaphor which connects the characters from two distinct time frames in one place. Kingsolver juxtaposes turmoil from today and the past, and yet wit and resilience are found throughout each storyline via gripping dialogue between the characters—their struggles and…
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J. Drew Lanham: An Interview In Anticipation Of His First Visit To Kansas

I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our…
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Hope for Social Justice

I am hopeful that this 4th of July will inspire more than just a feeling of patriotism or nationalism. I am hopeful that it will instead encourage hope for social justice and move away from a nationalism that leans dangerously toward prejudice and injustices—especially during this national holiday. I offer the books highlighted here as…
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