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“As harrowing a portrayal of slavery as Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, but also a globe-trotting, page-turning adventure story. A historical epic with much to say about the present-day world.”  -- The Guardian

"One of the Best Books of the Year"-- The New York Times 

● The Washington Post ● Time ● NPR ●           

One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year

2019-2020

WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan

UW Tacoma students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the inaugural Community Book Project which has been established to create a common framework for campus-wide dialogue and exploration. Book-related events throughout the year!

EVENTS:

In connection with the UWT/SIAS Community Book Project’s selection, the award-winning novel, Washington Black, and Black History Month, UWT Senior Lecturer in History, Libi Sundermann, PhD, explores how the enslaved protagonist of Esi Edugyan’s story reflects the real-life contributions enslaved peoples made to knowledge and advances claimed by European scientists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.​

 


 The SIAS Community Book Project is sponsored by an ITaSC grant from the UWT School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.