IU Northwest Plans Community Book Discussion January 20 at Gary Church

iun1Indiana University Northwest’s One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative for the 2014-15 academic year is well under way with activities planned to highlight the themes and discussion points in this year’s selection, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

IU Northwest is bringing the reading initiative into the community with a book discussion about The New Jim Crow, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 20 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 2300 Grant Street in Gary.

The discussion precedes a much-anticipated lecture and book signing by Michelle Alexander, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 in the Savannah Center Gymnasium at IU Northwest.

Those planning on attending the book discussion may contact Kathy Malone at (219) 980-6701 or kalmalon@iun.edu for more information.

The New Jim Crow
Alexander’s non-fiction book is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African-Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status — denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers and prisons nationwide.

Get Involved
Now in its third year, IU Northwest’s One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative is an opportunity for the campus and the greater community to collectively examine issues explored in The New Jim Crow.

Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, the campus and surrounding community are encouraged to the join the discussion, participate in events, and reflect on the themes and learning points. Throughout the academic year, the book in being integrated into classroom curricula, giving IU Northwest students, faculty and staff the opportunity to reflect on the diversity of themes.

Additional details and updates on the IU Northwest One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative can be found at www.iun.edu/onebook.

The book is available for purchase at the IU Northwest Book Store, as well as through www.amazon.com.

About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.