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A joint effort book discussion group held every semester by The Office of Student Advocacy & Prevention Awareness and Jennings Library.

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This book group was started to provide the Caldwell University community a place to discuss great reads relevant to current events and issues.  The group is a partnership between The Office of Student Advocacy and Prevention Awareness and Jennings Library and is open to students, faculty and staff. 

Join us on Friday, March 26 at 11 am  meet.google.com/jjg-ixfu-yzf and again on Friday, April 23 at 11 am meet.google.com/fzf-xnpr-poh to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

To read Americanah the ebook online, click the below link, then read online.

For more information, contact Adbul Staten astaten@caldwell.edu or Victoria Swanson viswanson@caldwell.edu.

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Discussion Questions

Ifemelu gets her hair done in a salon in Trenton in the beginning of the book.  Talk about the intersection of race, class and immigration status in this scene in the book.

How would you describe Aunty Uju as a character, as a woman, as a mother?

How does the family of Kim & her sister Laura and the husband Don & children (and the babysitting job) affect Ifemelu’s life?

The tennis coach. Discuss.

Ifemelu has depression.  She writes a blog post “On the Subject of Non-American Blacks Suffering from Illnesses Whose Names They Refuse to Know.” Is it possible for mental illness to be cultural?

Adichie writes about the layers of racism for example on P205 Ifemelu’s blog post “Sometimes in America, Race is Class”. What other examples of racism does Ifemelu experience?

Adichie writes about “American blacks” issues with skin tone and black hair for example on P264. “They say the days of the paper bag test (look this up) are gone and let’s move forward”.  Are ‘those days’ gone?

Ifemelu starts wearing her natural hair. Discuss.

Let’s talk about Obinze’s experience in London, his struggle to get work, the racism he experiences.

Let's discuss Ifemelu's relationships with Curt and Blaine.

Ifemelu writes a ‘Michelle Obama Shout-Out Plus Hair as Race Metaphor’ blog post. Discuss why hair is a useful way of examining race and culture.

Let’s talk about Mr. White, the security guard at Princeton and Ifemelu’s experience with him and also how Mr. White experiences racism.

How does Dike experience racism?

Discuss how Ifemelu is a different person returning to Nigeria.

 

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Explore Proquest's Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

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