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Common Read 2021-2022

"Know My Name" by Chanel Miller

We are so excited to announce that our 2021-2022 Common Read is Know My Name by Chanel Miller. The impact of this book is far-reaching, and we greatly look forward to sharing it with the MCW community. Miller, in addition to being a New York Times bestselling author, is recognized for inspiring national discussion in the United States about the treatment of sexual assault victims by colleges and court systems.

"Know My Name" by Chanel MillerKnow My Name is the first person account of Chanel Miller, a victim of sexual assault. She brilliantly describes the coping and aftermath of this life altering experience — inviting the reader deep into the psyche of a recovering victim. It is bold and unapologetic, important, and incredibly timely. The Common Read Program believes Know My Name will start a conversation that is very much needed, not only at MCW, but in the medical community as a whole.

Learn more about Chanel Miller

We understand that a powerful, emotional book such as this also has the potential to be triggering to some readers. MCW Common Read is taking measures to ensure that members of our community feel supported in the readings and discussions of Know My Name. The books we distribute will contain a bookmark with information about MCW and national resources, and we intend to have wellness and mental health support services present at our discussions and events. We encourage all participants to put themselves first, and if you may be triggered by real and raw discussion of sexual assault, please reach out to family, friends, the Common Read team, or whoever you need to to make you feel safe.

We look forward to discussing healing and justice together!
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Know My Name is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful.

Washington Post

Quotes from Common Read Members

”Our role in listening to and believing our patients, and in advocating for resources to help overcome barriers makes this especially important to physicians.”

“Many of us care for patients impacted by sexual violence and stand to learn a tremendous amount from this courageous first-person account.”

"As a member of the Council on Women's Advocacy, however, I am intrigued about Know My Name. We have organized several events related to #MeToo and harassment concerns, and there are several active leadership groups exploring these topics on campus."

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Further Reading

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

It’s never too late to check out our previous Common Read selections! Keep the discussions going by reading our 2020-2021 pick, How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. In addition to being a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kendi is a leading figure in the antiracist movement. He is a professor and Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research and has published 14 academic essays in books and academic journals.

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There are a number of ways to participate in this year's Common Read, from receiving a copy to hosting a book discussion!

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Support Black-Owned Bookstores

While we were sadly unable to live up to our goal of purchasing books from Black-owned bookstores due to budgeting restrictions, we hope our readers will consider supporting these businesses if possible. If your department is holding its own book club, we highly encourage contacting one of these businesses for bulk orders if you haven’t already ordered through Common Read.

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