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UCI Great Big Read – Vote by May 6 ♥ ✚

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Join us to #ActForInclusion by exploring ideas that support diverse identities, challenge our perspectives, and connect us as a community of readers.

Open to all UCI students, faculty and staff, the UCI Great Big Read, is a project co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the UCI Libraries, and the Division of Student Affairs.  The project aims to foster engagement and social solidarity through books while mandates require practicing physical distancing. The books will focus on themes of inclusion and connection as ways to enhance openness to diverse perspectives.

UCI members are invited to vote for their favorites books and then join in reading and discussion forums.

Selected titles will be provided for free or nearly free to registered readers at their UCI emails. The UCI Great Big Read offers several ways that members of the campus and medical center can engage, including independently reading books from the list, participating in upcoming discussion forums and volunteering for selection readings in forthcoming programs.


Find out more about the book titles below and vote for your favorites!

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (2020) – an immigrant writer, recently widowed, examines hope

Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979;2004) – a classic time travel novel about a heroine caught between two worlds

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen (2017) – poetry that touches on identity, life and love

Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women by W. Brad Johnson & David Smith (2019) – a no-nonsense manual to enhance the mentoring experienced by women

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2020) – concepts of art, identity, and motherhood come to a head in a progressive suburb. If selected, readers will need to purchase books on own, but underwriting for free Kindle downloads will be provided for the first 200 project registrants.

For further details and updates, please check at: the Office of Inclusive Excellence webpage