Global Neighborhood House Dinner engages with Common Reading

Students, faculty and staff discussed issues of educational inequality at  this month's Global Neighborhood House Dinner.

Students enjoy "Taco Tuesday" at the Global Neighborhood House Dinner.
The second Global Neighborhood House Dinner was held Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Lakeside. The theme for the meal was “Taco Tuesday,” featuring a taco bar and churros with Mexican chocolate dipping sauce for dessert.

As they ate, participants talked about education and issues of inequality, inspired by the Common Reading. This year’s Common Reading is “Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County” by Kristin Green. Green, a journalist and native of Prince Edward County, Virginia, explored the history of desegregation in her community. Prompts at the tables encouraged people to think about their awareness of racial issues and their own schools and educational experiences. At the end of dinner, one lucky person at each table won a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me.”

Students and faculty discuss the Common Reading and issues of educational inequality.
The next Global Neighborhood event will be a film screening, co-sponsored by the English Department. On Tuesday Oct. 23, the neighborhood will show the documentary “Talking Black in America,” about the history and influences of African American speech. The film will be shown in the Turner Theatre in the Schar Center at 7 p.m. Door will open at 6 p.m. and entertainment will be provided.