The Advisory Committee on Race and Social Justice is excited to announce the selection of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, as the One Book, One SP2 choice for Academic Year 2021 – 2022. This book poignantly describes how the caste system originated, has been used in India, Nazi Germany, and the United States and still maintained today. Caste has implications for issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice.
The Advisory Committee surveyed SP2 students, faculty, staff, and alumni for the One Book selection. Responses included reasons for selecting the nominated books and suggestions for ways they could be integrated in course work and school events. This information was carefully reviewed by the Advisory Committee, leading to a consensus in selecting the One Book.
You can access Caste from the Penn Library. Currently, access is limited to one user at a time.
Here is a link to Penn Libraries’ interlibrary loan. The Free Library of Philadelphia has 65 copies.