We always love it when authors visit the shop and sign their books for us. This morning we welcomed Dr. Christine Sleeter, who is in Columbia for several days for a full slate of talks and lectures. Dr. Sleeter is a writer, researcher, and teacher, who is best known for her work in critical multicultural education, and her insights into white people grappling with race. She holds the title of Professor Emerita in the College of Education at California State University Monterey Bay, where she was a founding faculty member. Her novel, The Inheritance, was published earlier this year and has generated a great deal of enthusiastic discussion locally. (And, as you can see, we have signed copies in stock.)
If you inherit something, do you also inherit responsibility for its history, even if you have no awareness of that history? How much responsibility do we bear for what happened long before we were born? The Inheritance explores how someone who benefitted directly from the removal of an American Indian tribe from their lands comes to understand how that happened and what one can do about it.
Dr. Sleeter will be giving a talk which is open to the public at 6:30 p.m. at Conservation Auditorium on the Mizzou campus (Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, 1111 E. Rollins Street, Room 111). The title of her talk is: “The Inheritance: Returning What was Stolen.” This event is open to the Columbia community and campus-wide community. It is sure to be a compelling and fascinating event. See you there?