In partnership with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, YWCA Northeast Kansas hosts a community book club that will feature books written by Indigenous people and people of color. All are invited to participate in monthly meetings to discuss the books and relevant social issues within our community. Discussions will be guided by YWCA’s volunteer racial justice facilitators.
Continuing in June, our book club will meet online on Tuesdays, June 2 & 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM via the online web conferencing platform Zoom. No special equipment is necessary, just a computer and internet access.
June: Healing Politics by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
SPECIAL UPDATE: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed will join us for a live Q&A for the June 16 meeting. Sign up here for meeting details.
A child of immigrants, Abdul El-Sayed grew up feeling a responsibility to help others. He threw himself into the study of medicine and excelled – winning a Rhodes Scholarship, earning two advanced degrees, and landing a tenure-track position at Columbia University. At age 30, he became the youngest city health official in America, tasked with rebuilding Detroit’s health department after years of austerity policies.
But El-Sayed found himself disillusioned. He could heal the sick – even build healthier and safer communities – but that wouldn’t address the social and economic conditions causing illness in the first place.
In Healing Politics, El-Sayed traces the life of a young idealist, weaving together powerful personal stories and fascinating forays into history and science. Marrying his unique perspective with the science of epidemiology, El-Sayed diagnoses an underlying epidemic afflicting our country, an epidemic of insecurity. And to heal the rifts this epidemic has created, he lays out a new direction for the progressive movement. This is a bold, personal, and compellingly original book from a prominent young leader.
YWCA’s racial justice work is made possible in part by the generosity of Kansas Gas Service and their commitment to their core value of inclusion and diversity.