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About the Lake Land College Library: Campus Read - So You Want to Talk about Race

About the Author

Picture of Ijeoma Oluo."Ijeoma Oluo is a writer, speaker and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington." -From

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2022-2023 Campus Read

Book cover for So You Want to Talk About Race

The 2022-2023 Campus Read is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo!

Lake Land College is committed to developing and maintaining an environment that embraces and actively supports diversity. We aspire to be an institution where the quality of education is enhanced and enriched by an inclusive campus community. We strive to provide dynamic learning and working environments that encourage multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas.

We as a College feel that the content of this book is important because we understand that many people have questions. Many of these questions feel difficult to ask, and it is very easy to feel that you are getting the conversation “wrong.” In this book, the author addresses many of these questions as well as many that she said she wishes more people would ask. Issues such as intersectionality, micro-aggressions and many other situations people of color face on a regular basis are explored in this book, with the author sharing personal experiences about living life as a black woman. 

We understand that some of the concepts and topics explored in these pages can be difficult to read or may make you uncomfortable. As Oluo says in the introduction to the book, “I hope that if parts of this book make you uncomfortable, you can sit with that discomfort for a while, to see if it has anything else to offer you.” We hope you will take a book to read and we look forward to sharing discussions with you on this important topic.

Talks at Google

From Talks at Google - "Ijeoma Oluo is one of the most influential people in Seattle, according to Seattle Magazine. She's also the Editor-At-Large at The Establishment - a media platform run and funded by women. In her new book "So you want to talk about race", she demonstrates that her remarkable writing abilities by bringing clarity and insight to hyper-charged issues facing America. She discusses why it's so hard talk about race and why we must do it anyway."

Roxane Gay in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo

From KODX Seattle - "Talk by Roxane Gay, author of "Difficult Women" followed by a conversation with Ijeoma Oluo. Recorded February 22, 2017 at Town Hall Seattle."

Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo - Seattle Colleges - March 13, 2019

From Seattle Colleges Cable Television - "Ijeoma Oluo is visiting North Seattle College to discuss her New York Times best-selling book, So You Want to Talk About Race, on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:30 – 2:00pm. This is a joint event by Seattle Colleges Faculty Development, AFT-Seattle and the NSC Library/TLC Book Read."

Ijeoma Oluo - The Pyramid Scheme Of White Supremacy | The Daily Social Distancing Show

From The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - "Author Ijeoma Oluo discusses why talking about race makes people uncomfortable, how white men play into the pyramid scheme of white supremacy and how she stood up to being targeted for her work."

How to Get the Book

Copies of the book are available free to students and staff. Pick up your copy at various SAB events, the Student Life Office, or the Library Circulation Desk.

The audiobook is available in CD format from the library and in the Cloud Library and Libby apps. 

The ebook format is available in the Cloud Library and Libby apps.

If you'd like to purchase your own copy of the book or ebook, try Indie Bound or Barnes and Noble

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