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Big Idea Reading List

Start a conversation and create change in your community with a book club. Our resources and ideas are here to support you.

It's Time to Expand Our Views on Peacemaking

by Sheryl R. Wilson, Director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Read Wilson's Big Idea

It's Time to Understand the History of Black Voting Rights 

by Kim Warren, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Social Welfare and Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas

Read Warren's Big Idea Essay

Coupling Jim Crow and Jane Crow

by Ayesha K. Hardison, Associate Professor of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas

Read Hardison's Big Idea

 

It’s Time to Recognize the History of Race and Baseball in Kansas: The Good, The Bad, and the Magnificent

by Phil S. Dixon, Author and Baseball Historian

Read Dixon's Big Idea

 

 

Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Gordon Parks

by Kirk Sharp, Director of the Gordon Parks Museum

Read Sharp's Big Idea

It's Time to Tell the Stories of African American Entrepreneurs

by Robert E. Weems, Jr., Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History, Wichita State University

Read Weems' Big Idea

 

 

Images from the Mind of a Bi-Racial Black Woman

by Ann Dean, professional photographer

Read Dean's Big Idea

 

It's Time to Reconnect with Nature

by Leslie VonHolten, writer and executive director of Symphony in the Flint Hills

Read VonHolten's Big Idea

 

Changing How We Talk About the Civil Rights Movement

by Clarence Lang, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University

Read Lang's Big Idea

 

It's Time to Change How We Talk About Immigrants

by Kandace Creel Falcón, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Read Falcón's Big Idea

 

We Need to Elevate Black Women's Stories

by Donna Rae Pearson, Local History Librarian at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Read Pearson's Big Idea

It's Time for More Representation in STEM

by Sarah Lamm, Colby native and doctoral student in planetary science at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff

Read Lamm's Big Idea

It's Time to Change the Way We Talk About Poverty

by Jason Wesco, Executive Vice-President of the Community Health Care Center

Read Wesco's Big Idea

How Should We Honor Someone's Military Experience?

by Tai S. Edwards, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Kansas Studies Institute at Johnson County Community College

Read Edwards' Big Idea

 

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