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About One Book, One Richmond

One Book, One Richmond is a campus-wide effort that encourages students, staff, faculty, and members of the Richmond community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue. Events and programs on various themes found in the selected text are offered throughout the academic year and are open to all members of the UR community unless otherwise noted.

Goals of the program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and members of the greater Richmond communtiy to explore and discuss relevant social justice issues
  • Increase the level of awareness among participants about social inequality
  • Encourage participants to use the knowledge they gain to work personally and professionally for positive social change

Previous book selections

2015-2016: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
2014-2015: The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis
2013-2014: The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman
2012-2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2011-2012: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
2010-2011: Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson
2009-2010: Guyland:The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel
2008-2009: Covering:The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino
2007-2008: Taking on the Big Boys:Or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation by Ellen Bravo
2006-2007: Class Matters by Bill Keller
2005-2006: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Program Partners

One Book, One Richmond program is a collaborative project led by the Office of the Chaplaincy and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. All discussions and events are organized by the One Book, One Richmond committee.

2016-2017 Committee members

Quiona Beason, Richmond College Dean's Office
Holly Blake, WILL* Program
Alyssa Boisvert, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
Paul Brockwell, University Communications
Carol Brown, School of Law
Alexandra Byrum, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
Tara Casey, School of Law
Molly Field, Office of the Chaplaincy
Ryan Fox, Student Representative
Martin Gravely, Center for Culinary Arts
Andy Gurka, Office of Living-Learning and Roadmap programs
Julian Hayter, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Shannon Hooker, Modlin Center for the Arts
Angela Leeper, Education Department
Lucretia McCulley, Boatwright Memorial Library
Lisa Miles, Office of Common Ground
Tom Mullen, Department of Journalism
Bianca Ortiz, Westhampton College Dean's Office
Meg Pevarski, Center for Student Involvement
Adrienne Piazza, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
Kerstin Soderlund, Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Mary Tate, School of Law
Laura Thompson, Robins School of Business
Maya Vincelli, Dining Retail Operations
Eric Yellin, History Department