Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UIS Social Justice Leadership Series announces book club featuring the works of author Harper Lee

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies (ILLAPS) invites participants to the first Community Education Book Club featuring the works of author Harper Lee. The club is part of the Social Justice Leadership Series: Race and Racism in America.

WHEN: October 14, 21, and 28, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC 457) and Online Webinar

DETAILS: Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-prize winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird, has become an American literature classic, touted by critics as “the most widely read book dealing with race in America.” The book is commonly used in high schools across the country to teach about racial injustice and emphasize tolerance. Go Set a Watchman, Lee’s sequel to Mockingbird, published in 2015, and was actually written and submitted to publishers before Mockingbird in mid 1950s.

ILLAPS invites participants to read both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, and join them for a Book Club discussion to better understand how these two works relate and what they can tell us about race and race relations in America today.

Pauline Kayes, professor emeritus from Parkland College, will lead the discussion for book club participants who wish to meet in person and in a Webinar format.

Cost for the Community Education Book Club is $75. To register, contact Elizabeth Thai at 217/206-7990 or email

The ILLAPS Community Education Book Club will host a new book and discussion each semester. For more information, visit

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