Addressing racial injustice
Dr. Martha Barry, '07, a leading voice in Milwaukee's response to racial inequity
Stritch community comes together around "So You Want to Talk About Race"
Each year a book that aligns with the Franciscan value of the year is selected as the University’s Common Read. The 2020–2021 Stritch Common Read is “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. A New York Times bestseller, the book offers a hard-hitting, user-friendly examination of race in America.
All Stritch first-year undergraduate students read the book as part of the Freshman Seminar course that prepares students to be successful members of the University community by learning to understand their personal voice. The book has been incorporated in additional courses, including Dialogues on Power, Privilege and Difference; Intercultural Communication, Nonfiction Workshop; Social Movements; and Teaching and Professionalism, to facilitate conversation and reflection.
“We’re continually impressed with how deeply our students connect with the Common Read, and this year is no exception,” said Laura Misco, an associate professor of English. “‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ investigates systemic racism in America and offers readers language for engagement. Addressing racial injustice in our communities sits in perfect alignment with our Franciscan value of Making Peace.”
2021 Common Read and Kendall Lecture to feature Tommy Orange, author of “There There”
Cardinal Stritch University will welcome Tommy Orange, author of “There There”, a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for the 2021 Kendall Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 4. “There There” is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. The book also will be the University’s Common Read for the 2021–2022 academic year. A virtual book discussion will be held for Stritch alumni and friends in advance of Orange’s visit to campus.
Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.