UConn Voices

Book cover of 'The New Jim Crow,' the 2015-16 selection for UConn Reads. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

UConn Reads: Our Book, The New Jim Crow

In selecting Michelle Alexander's best-selling book on mass incarceration, the committee hopes to stimulate much-needed dialogue on race in America.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1976. (Library of Congress)

Race in America: UConn Reads, The Long List

This year’s nominations reflect an issue that remains all-too-real and all-too-relevant.

Sociology professor Nancy Naples, director of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, reads a book by Mirror Lake. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

UConn Reads: The Great Racial Divide

Sociologist Nancy Naples recounts her own experiences of how discrimination can divide friends and split families.

Professor Mark Overmyer-Velázquez reading a book on June 29, 2015. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

UConn Reads: The Immigrant Journey

El Instituto director Mark Overmyer-Velazquez discusses migration from Mexico and books that have helped him understand his family's experience as immigrants in the U.S.

History professor Jelani Cobb, director of the Africana Studies Institute, reading a book in the Benton Museum courtyard. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

UConn Reads: The Realities of Race and Policing

Africana Studies director Jelani Cobb discusses policing as a racial flashpoint in American social history.

Atticus (Gregory Peck) and Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) in court, screenshot from the film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). (By Moni3 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

UConn Reads: Wrestling With Race

The chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee discusses how 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' one of the books nominated, is painfully relevant to the present.

Cathy Schlund-Vials reads a book in the Wilbur Cross Reading Room. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Race in America is This Year’s UConn Reads Theme

Cathy Schlund-Vials, chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee, says she turns to literature to understand contemporary events.

Molly Rockett ’15 (CLAS): Making Her Voice Heard

The target of bullies throughout her adolescence, Molly Rockett ’15 (CLAS) found a way to turn her feelings of powerlessness into a sense of purpose.

George Takei. (Photo provided)

Star Trek’s Takei Boldly Goes Toward Social Justice Issues

Actor and activist George Takei will speak at Jorgensen today.

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin at a CICATS event. (UConn Health File Photo)

Enhancing Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce

UConn’s CICATS is among a select group of institutions to take part in a new NIH initiative.