Community Reads - Fall 2017

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Community Reads - Fall 2017

The Building Community Initiative in the College of Education has selected The Butterfly Mosque, by G. Willow Wilson as this year’s Community Reads to align with Hancher’s Embracing Complexity Series and the work of the UI Center for Human Rights One Community, One Book program. The memoir recounts her story of converting to Islam and life in Egypt during the waning days of the Mubarek regime. The book is the 2017 selection for the One Community On Book program sponsored by the Center for Human Rights.

To pick up your copy of Butterfly Mosque, stop by the N110 LC reception desk. You’ll be asked to provide your name, email address, and College affiliation (student, staff, faculty).

Author information

G. Willow Wilson is a superhero who employs her literary powers to address pressing issues including religious intolerance and gender politics. In fiction, nonfiction, and comics, the American convert to Islam has distinguished herself as a writer of remarkable originality and insight. In her lecture, Wilson uses the challenges Ms. Marvel—a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager—faces as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation: the millennials. She’ll discuss the genesis of Ms. Marvel, her roots in the historical science fiction/fantasy tradition, and the significance of writing a superhero for a millennial (and wider) audience.

Event Calendar

Related events will be held in the College of Education, as well throughout the university and the greater community. Many of the events are available for Teacher Leader Certificate credit (community).

Please visit the Community Reads Calendar for a list of events.


Author Interview

Religious Conversion

Religion in the Classroom

Islam and Religious Tolerance

Islam and Muslims

Book Reviews

Discussion Questions

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The College of Education Building Community team invites students, staff and faculty in the College of Education to participate in a community reads event featuring, “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

This resources page has been developed that provides discussion and reflection questions, ideas for integration into instruction, among other helpful ideas. Forward additional resources and curriculum ideas to Will Coghill-Behrends for posting on this resources pages.

Excerpt from book

Book Discussion Dates

Pages 5-39

  • 9/28, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Jones Commons (N300)
  • 9/30, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., TLC Commons (N110)

Pages 39-71

  • 10/12, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Jones Commons (N300)
  • 10/14, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., TLC Commons (N110)

Pages 72-108

  • 10/26, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Jones Commons (N300)
  • 10/28, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., TLC Commons (N110)

Pages 108-152

  • 11/09, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., TLC Commons (N110)
  • 11/11, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., TLC Commons (N110)


Teaching Resources

Reading Resources

Discussion Resources

Campus Resources

Fall 2016 Events and Exhibits

Political Prints
On view until winter break in the Richey Ballroom (3rd floor, IMU)

Free and open to the public everyday except Mondays, the show presents works on view were made at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and Cold War. They reflect on the gap between the ideals set forth by the American project and the historical reality. What does the American dream look like? Who can participate in it? The selection offers an opportunity for us to talk about these difficult issues in relation to artworks that may or may not speak to your experience of the world.

The Bette Spriestersbach Distinguished Lecture: Faith Ringgold
October 18, 7:00 p.m., 240 Art Building West

Activist, author, and artist, Faith Ringgold provides a firsthand account of the 1960s civil rights movement, Faith will begin a lecture that surveys her long and active life in the arts and politics.