Duke Colorado and Kenan Institute for Ethics Book Club: 'The Nickel Boys'

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Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm MST

Location:  Virtual via Zoom
United States


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The Kenan Institute for Ethics established the Ethics Book Clubs for Alumni to foster community, to provide a space for alumni to read and discuss recently published novels, and to encourage readers to engage with ethical issues and questions found within these works. The Kenan Institute espouses the principle that ethics matter everywhere. Literature promotes understanding of how ethics operate in the world and can help us re-imagine what the world could or should be.

Duke Colorado is partnering with The Kenan Institute for Ethics to host a virtual book club discussion of "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead. Following on the heels of the acclaimed "The Underground Railroad," Whitehead turns his unwavering gaze to craft a devastating story of two black boys sentenced to a reform school in 1960s Florida. Based on true accounts, Whitehead confronts the shameful history of institutionalized violence and abuse that traumatized thousands of children in the Jim Crow South.Told with an unflinching brutality, "The Nickel Boys" forces us to consider what we have often tried to forget and to reckon with what that means for us today.  

Using the Zoom platform, book club participants will discuss "The Nickel Boys" with other Duke alumni in Colorado and staff from the Kenan Institute, guided by discussion questions from Duke faculty.

A free copy of "The Nickel Boys" will be mailed to the first 20 registrants courtesy of The Kenan Institute for Ethics. If you are not one of the first 20 registrants, you will need to provide your own book.

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