|LSC Prof. Pat Shine, center, with students presenting on social justice books.|
Then, on March 8 (after "weather" postponed the original February date), four of the students and Professor Shine came to the Davies Memorial Library (donating their time!) and talked about the titles they had read and what these books meant to them. (Some of their descriptions may post in this column later.)White ButterflyNickled & DimedThe New Jim CrowThe Tortilla CurtainOut of My MindWhy Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?Fun HomeThe Half Has Never Been ToldWithout a NetWhy Does He Do That
Here's what one Waterford resident, Linda M., wrote after the event:
The students' book summaries made me want to read each book. Their comments provided me with more understanding of how and why we can be so mean to each other. That sentence may seem harsh but I am troubled about slavery, Nazi-ism, and turning away immigrants fleeing for their lives. The discussion made a huge impact on me because it revealed that if we don't consider every human as being as "human" and "good" as "us" then it is easy to be vicious and cruel. Our view of others does influence our actions and those we select to lead us. Thank you for providing me with a new perspective for evaluating my own behavior and for responding to or confronting the behavior of others.The books are available at the Davies; contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to reserve one to read today.