Common Read

USM Common Read Discussion Groups

Provost Uzzi is delighted you are interested in participating in a USM Common Read Discussion. Below is a list of all of the scheduled discussion groups for Summer 2020. If you'd like to join one of the discussion groups below, please select Join Group. Groups are free and are open to the public. If you join a group, attendance is expected at all sessions.

Due to COVID-19 any discussion group moving forward will be held via zoom or online discussion only.

If you want to receive a copy of the Common Read book, please email Nadine Pembele.

Nadine will be at the Provost's office from 9a.m. to 3p.m. every Monday and Thursday over the month of July 2020.


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Kimberly Simmons
Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 PM
June 10th - July 15th

A close reading of How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi  leaves us with a challenge -- how will we bring antiracist frameworks into the spaces we live, work, and play to create actual change?  This study group is designed to give us a community with whom we can dig more deeply into what antiracism policy might look like in response to Covid-19, in Maine, and to also learn from others working on antiracism activism, in the State and Country.  This group is intended for those who have already completed one common read discussion group.

Please see this draft schedule. This group is now closed.

Eve Raimon
Mondays 4:00-5:30 PM
June 29th, July 6th, and July 13th

Title: How to use Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist to understand concepts that help make police violence pervasive: Have you wondered where essentialist and pseudo-scientific notions about racial difference originated? Or what exactly is meant by intersectionality? Or whether it is useful to speak of reverse racism? Or what is meant by intraracial racism? This discussion group will address these questions and others.

This group discussion is now closed


Alex Carrier Hitchcox
Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 PM
July 29th, August 5th and August 12th

This discussion group will focus on principles of mindfulness as a method of grounding ourselves for conversations about antiracist work. Meditation and breath work will be integrated into the experience as we work through the book from start to finish. 

This group discussion is now closed