All book club meetings will be held online from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. until further notice.
- Thursday, January 21: Separated by William D Lopez
This is an account of how immigration laws and deportation negatively impact communities, families and individuals. The author analyzes the impact of one raid on a Michigan community in 2013 and how those left behind had incredible challenges to face. The ethics and impact of a “lawful” deportation system that is racist and violent are discussed in depth.
- Thursday, March 18: Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi
Haldol and Hyacinths is the compelling story of a woman who refused to become a victim. Moezzi shares her personal story of living with a diagnosis of Bipolar where people in her life, including her medical professionals, tried to push her into in a world of invisibility. It is a funny and provocative story of her lived experience, one that has relevance for every one of us.
- Thursday, May 20: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
This book offers an opportunity to explore common reactions to situations where our assumptions are challenged. While this book specifically considers the response of white people to the concept of their (our) own racist tendencies, the principles can also be applied to other prejudicial assumptions we encounter as nurses in practice. Reflecting upon our own implicit biases is part of our path forward into promoting a more equitable society for all.
- Thursday, September 16: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
This is the story of very young often immigrant women in 1920s lured to jobs to paint radium on dials so they would glow in the dark for military planes. Radium was known to cause health issues but that information was withheld. This story talks about the movement toward workers rights and occupational health laws needed then, and still needed now.
- Thursday, November 18: The Cutter Incident by Paul Offit
This is about the polio vaccine and how it eventually suppressed the production of vaccines for other fatal diseases. It takes place in 1955 at Cutter Industrial facility when 200,000 people were inadvertently injected with live virulent polio virus and the ensuing tragedy of 70,000 becoming ill and others dying or becoming paralyzed. Vaccination continues to be a controversial topic, and understanding the history and mixed motives for vaccination is important for nurses in a variety of settings.