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Book & Discussion Resources

The One Book, One Richmond Committee encourages all readers to join in our progamming, as well as lead discussions in classes and small groups.

Explore Boatwright Library's Palaces for the People LibGuide for more information about the book.

Eric Klinenberg recently discussed Distance and Solidarity at the Chicago Humanities Festival.   

This summer we were fortunate enough to form the inaugural One Book, One Richmond Cohort of Bonner Scholars, who worked to develop several book discussion guides, and we will continue this work with students throughout the 20-2021 academic year.  Additional resources will be posted below as they are developed!             

Discussion Guide - Mutual Aid

The discussion guide, "Mutual Aid on College Campuses During COVID-19" was created by Bonner Scholar and cohort member Lizeth Ramirez this summer! Lizeth writes, this is "a discussion guide that can be used to talk about the increased necessity for mutual aid networks among college students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I like how this discussion guide makes you think about how little of a social safety net exists within our communities. I also really like the idea of solidarity."  She also created an incredible graphic element for groups to use to further define and understand mutual aid.

Discussion Guide - United Skates

Lizeth Ramirez also delved into the book's themes around the intersections of place and space making and access/systemic racism in this discussion guide, "Palaces For the People and United Skates." Lizeth explains, that this is "a discussion guide that can be used to talk about racism within social infrastructures. This particular discussion guide utilizes a documentary, United Skates, to talk about racism in roller skating rinks. It has an interesting take on coded language, in groups and out groups, and the role of local governments in helping businesses that create social infrastructures."

Discussion Guide - Greek Life

In Lizeth Ramirez's final discussion guide, "Should UR Abolish Greek Life?" she uses the One Book to identify Greek life as one form of community building, and in conjunction with the documentary The Naked Truth: Frat Power, asks readers to explore the history behind it. The guide encourages both dialogue and reflection on deep-rooted systems of power and privilege, and within that context, asks us to consider our personal and institutional relationships to certain forms of social infrastructure.

Copies of the One Book

Boatwright Memorial Library has copies of Palaces for the People available in e-book, CD audio, downloadable audio, and print versions.