Heather McGhee (Author; Distinguished Lecturer of Urban Studies, School of Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York)
September 12, 2023
Advisor: Manoj Thadhani, NHC Teacher Advisory Council
How can we calculate the real, lived costs of racism? Who is harmed? And is it possible for us to change things for the better?
In this webinar, Heather McGhee will discuss the research she conducted and the ideas that inform her New York Times bestseller, The Sum of Us, which examines how racism affects and harms all of us. She also optimistically recommends concrete ways we can face racism and the costs it extracts head-on, together. In her book, now adapted for young readers, McGhee draws on her expertise in economic policy, lessons learned from her work at a think tank, and insights from her travels around the country talking to everyday Americans fighting for a more just and inclusive society.
Before the live webinar please be sure to review the required resources. Additional supporting materials that may be of interest are also listed below.
- Pough, Natalie Odom. “The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers) Educators Guide.” Random House Children’s Books. An interpretative guide for the younger readers adaptation designed for educators.
- Zafer, Rachael. “First-Year and Common Reading Guide for The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee.” Penguin Random House Common Reads. A First-Year and Common Reading Guide with contextual analysis and discussion questions for high school and university level students.
- The Sum of Us Podcast Episode-by-Episode Guide. Dive into the characters/campaigns from each episode and get involved. Each episode includes a downloadable discussion guide to go even deeper.
- A Story of the Sum of Us. YouTube Video. The Sum of Us, 2023.
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