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Book discussion – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force (BCHRTF) and the Library present a weekly book discussion on the book, Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.

Caste is an Oprah’s Book Club Pick and Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

“An instant American classic.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times .” As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance.

Our discussion will feature the Reverend Dr. Ann Masai, a BCRTF member and former Board member, who is an Interfaith Minister ordained in The Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York City and has launched many social enterprises.

OVERVIEW of BOOK DISCUSSION of Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson
I – Dec.7– Introduction of book – Dr. Ann Masai Jones, from St. Mary’s College, CA
II –Dec.14 – First Group Discussion—PART ONE: Toxins in the Permafrost and Heat
Rising All Around
Chapters 1 – 3 , pp 3–38
III – Dec. 21—Second Group Discussion – PART TWO: The Arbitrary Construction of
Human Divisions
Chapters 4 — 8, pp 39– 98
IV—Dec.28 – Third Group Discussion—PART THREE: The Eight Pillars of Caste
Chapter 9, pp 99–166
V –Jan. 4—Fourth Group Discussion—PART FOUR: The Tentacles of Caste
Chapters 10 –18 pp, 167–262
VI—Jan. 11 – Fifth Group Discussion—PART FIVE: The Consequences of Caste
Chapters 19 – 24 pp, 263– 310
VII – Jan. 18—Sixth Group Discussion—PART SIX; BACKLASH
Chapters 25 – 29 pp, 311– 360
VIII—Jan.25—Seventh Group Discussion—PART SEVEN: AWAKENING
Chapters 30 – 31 pp, 361-388
Concluding Presentation by Dr. Ann Masai Jones on “How to be an Ally”

Attend in person or via Zoom.

Meeting ID:335 982 4895

For more information contact BCHRTF member Lynn Bridges.

The book is available to check out at the Library, and for purchase at Amazon and Vanderford’s in downtown Sandpoint.


Dec 07 2021


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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