Sunday, March 8, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.,
TLC Commons (N110 LC)

Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Presenter: Dr. Saba Khan Vlach, Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy Education

We will have four sessions across the semester. Our work will build from the theory of intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1990) and how we can address multiple layers of identities and critical sociocultural knowledge with young children in the classroom. This 4-part series takes place in present day - and often, teachers find it easier to discuss the oppression and challenges people of color face from historical perspectives. Here, with Mr. Reynold's books, we have an opportunity to explore how to challenge the single story of what is "normal" in terms of socioeconomics, race, health, family, etc. by bringing together four voices of friends that build their own community, yet live in very different ways outside of their Track Community.

We will spend time discussing the books. We will listen to interviews, as well as pair these texts with social and digital media to further enhance our discussions about the importance of multiple perspectives and recognizing intersectionality of our identities. Each session we will focus on a specific layer of identity while continually pairing it with Race.

We would like to emphasize the importance of reading the book prior to attending the book club. Please read the book and be ready to engage in a thoughtful discussion with us.

Session Topics:

  • Session 2: Race + Health + Gender
  • Session 3: Race + Family + Gender
  • Session 4: Race + Colorism + Gender

Description of Book: 

Ghost. Patina. Sunny. Lu. A fast but fiery group of kids from wildly different backgrounds, chosen to compete on an elite track team. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Discover each of their stories in this complete collection of Jason Reynolds’s explosive New York Times bestselling Track series.

Additional Notes: 

The first 10 students to register for the session will be eligible to get a free book. We have ten free copies of each book at the N110 help desk (N110 LC). Once you have registered for the book club session, then you are welcome to come by the N110 to pick up your free copy. The deadline to pick up the free copy, is Friday, March 6th.

Books are also available at the University Library, Iowa City Public Library, Prairie Lights, and Amazon.

If you register for the workshop and don’t attend our book club meeting, we will charge your UBill for the cost of the book and refreshments (~$20.00). This includes last minute calls that you are sick.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.