By Olivia Wild, Staff Writer
On Tuesday Feb. 28, from 6 p.m.. to 8 p.m. in Cleary Auditorium, there will be a campus and community reading of the book All American Boys, written by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.
Dr. Jenna Rossi, the coordinator of the event, encourages all students, faculty and staff to RSVP or just show up to the event. There will be tables set up for the attendees and food will be offered as well. Rossi encourages all students to come, even if the student has not read the book.
“All American Boys is about an instance of police brutality in the community with a white cop and a black high school student, but witnessed by a white high school student, a friend of the white cop,” said Rossi. “So it complicates ideas of race, gender, age, class, a couple of different issues.”
The event will start off with Dr. Arlette Miller Smith’s class, the American Dream, giving a PowerPoint presentation.
“They are going to give about a 40 minute synopsis of the book for anybody who hasn’t read the book… and just to talk about some themes that go on in the book,” said Rossi.
Following the student-run presentation, the tables that are going to be set up will be prompted to start small group discussions about “class,…racism, whiteness, intersecting identities and how these things play out in Rochester and… on people’s experiences on campus,” said Rossi.
Rossi strongly emphasizes that this event is not intended to be a debate, but a dialogue to share personal experiences with others.