Leaders are Readers: Virtual Book Club May 2021 - Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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The Philadelphia Chapter in collaboration with the Women of Color Affinity Group of HBA present: "Leaders are Readers Book Club" on Thursday May 13, 2021 to discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. The 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. This is a must read for everyone. Be in the dialogue and broaden your mind and perspective.
“Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.” Amazon Review
Within HBA, we stand against discrimination and inequality. We stand for diversity and parity. Racism has no part in a united force for change.
Studies have long shown a connection between professional success and reading habits. In addition to helping us broaden our perspectives, books can literally give us somewhere to go when we must stay where we are. During this time of expanded quarantines and social distancing, #HBAMidAtlantic is committed to helping our members stay connected through virtual networking and professional development offerings like our virtual book club. This is a monthly Book Club with meetings every second Thursday of the month, this is for members only, and members can register for the books discussion they are most interested in.
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