USD Just Read: 'The Bluest Eye'

USD Just Read: 'The Bluest Eye'

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Date and Time

  • Friday, April 15, 2011




As in previous years, USD is partnering with the Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc. for a campus and community-wide read of The Bluest Eye by Toni  Morrison.

Books can be ordered from the Torero Store. Copies may be borrowed from Human Resources, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, and the Center for Educational Excellence. Planned book discussions, open to everyone, will take place on campus at the following times and locations. Please RSVP online. Complimentary lunch for the first 4 sessions will be available to those who RSVP.

March 24
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Camino Hall, Room 101

March 29
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Hahn University Center Forum A

March 30
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Hahn University Center, Room 107

April 7
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room 201

USD Faculty Panel Discussion
April 15
2 – 4 p.m.
Manchester Executive Conference Center Auditorium

Faculty panelists include Esteban del Rio (Communication Studies); Rosette Garcia (English); Deborah Sundmacher (English); and Zachary Green (School of Leadership and Education Sciences).

Click here for the Just Read printable flyer.

We encourage all faculty, student, staff and the local community to read The Bluest Eye and join us for the discussions.

Nobel Prize winner for literature, author Toni Morrison, opens our hearts to the plight of an 11-year old black girl, Pecola Breedlove, who prays for blue eyes and gets them. This vivid, evocative, poignant, even painfully beautiful novel, The Bluest Eye, set in 1941, takes us, the world community, on an imaginative journey with Pecola to get those blue eyes. Along the way, we get a glimpse of humanity and the harvest we reap from the seeds we sow in young minds.

Themes include:

  • Whiteness and Blackness
  • Beauty and Ugliness
  • Purity and Impurity
  • Perfection and Imperfection
  • Superiority and Inferiority
  • Equality and Inequality

Click here to RSVP. For more information about Just Read, please contact Johnny Bobé II at (619) 260-7402 or at

Co-sponsored with: The Center for Educational Excellence (CEE); The Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID); The Black Storytellers of San Diego, Inc. (BSSD); United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC); Community Service Learning (CSL); Student Affairs; The Provost’s Office; The Department of English; Human Resources and the Alcalá Readers; US Bank


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