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Open Books - Open Minds

Student Forum on Between the World and Me

Wednesday, November 15, 12:30-2​ p.m., Adams Library Fortes Room

Join a discussion forum led by and for RIC students about the 2017-2018 OBOM book selection and related topics. Instructors, student mentors, and all other interested parties are welcome!

​See our events page for more exciting fall programming, including the OBOM Film Series, Diversity Week Forum on Race and Society, and Student Forum on Between the World and Me.

Thank you to all who voted!

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce that the
2017-2018 Common Book is:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Coates shares with his son--and readers--the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.


Reference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have copies of Between the World and Me and all ten shortlisted books for your reading pleasure! The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections as we narrow the list for campus-wide voting, which opens at the end of the fall semester.

Please follow this link to cast your vote by March 15, 2018: ​​​

Page last updated: October 31, 2017