University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research

ISR Reads

A Social Justice Reading Group

ISR Reads meets approximately every quarter for a book discussion. About 25 to 40 people typically attend each meeting. Book topics are diverse, ranging from the Chinese-American experience to housing integration in Detroit to the status of women in Iran. Each person attending ISR Reads discussions receives his or her own copy of the book to read in advance.

Books read and discussed include:

  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age – by Kevin Boyle
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World – by Tracy Kidder
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America – by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, A Death, and America's Dilemma – by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books – by Azar Nafisi
  • The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute to his Toisanese Mother – by William Poy Lee
  • Introductory chapter from Changing Poverty, Changing Policies, edited by Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger