Join Us for the Glass Castle

November 30, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 30, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration at http://tinyurl.com/y9wemnyq

Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

From Barnes & Noble:

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

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Join Us for Exit West

October 26, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration at http://tinyurl.com/y7maodtm

Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

From Goodreads:  In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

 

 

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Join Us for How Does it Feel to Be a Problem

September 28, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on September 28, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoumi. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration at http://tinyurl.com/y7gnzdpp

 Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

From Google Books:  An eye-opening look at how young Arab- and Muslim- Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy

Just over a century ago , W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about America’s new “problem”-Arab- and Muslim-Americans. Bayoumi takes readers into the lives of seven twenty-somethings living in Brooklyn, home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States. He moves beyond stereotypes and clichés to reveal their often unseen struggles, from being subjected to government surveillance to the indignities of workplace discrimination. Through it all, these young men and women persevere through triumphs and setbacks as they help weave the tapestry of a new society that is, at its heart, purely American.

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Join us for Between the World and Me

August 31, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on August 31, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration at http://tinyurl.com/ya74dueh

Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

From Google Books:  In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country’s foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can America reckon with its fraught racial history?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children’s lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path towards a kind of liberation—a journey from fear and confusion, to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is.

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Join Us for The Mothers

July 27, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on July 27, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in Room 202, Undergraduate Library. We will discuss the book The Mothers by Britt Bennett. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration at http://tinyurl.com/yautbfo8

Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Google Reads: Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season. It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty.

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InTouch Deadline – July Issue

June 23, 2017

Submit information to be published in our upcoming InTouch Newsletter to intouch@unc.edu. The Employee Forum reserves the right to edit and determine appropriate content in line with our mission.

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Join us for Nevada

June 22, 2017

nevadaUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on June 22, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 202 Undergraduate Library (new location!). We will discuss the book Nevada by Imogen Binnie. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. http://tinyurl.com/z2tscw2 Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.

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New Officers Elected for 2017

June 19, 2017

The Employee Forum held 2017-2018 officer elections during its June 14 general meeting.  Shayna Hill, currently serving as treasurer, was selected as chairperson of the Forum for the coming year. Kathy Ramsey was elected to another term as vice chair, a position she currently holds. New officers for the coming term are Tiffany Carver, Naquan Hill, and Katie Turner, serving in the roles of secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian, respectively.

The Employee Forum would like to congratulate all incoming officers and thank all of those outgoing representatives who have dedicated their time and energy to our organization for the past year. A special thanks is extended to outgoing officers: Charles Streeter (Employee Forum Chair), Phil Edwards (Parliamentarian), and Kathy (“KJ”) James (Secretary) for their years of dedication to the Employee Forum.

Tiffany Carver, Secretary
Tiffany Carver
Secretary
Naquan Hill, Treasurer
Naquan Hill
Treasurer
Shayna Hill, Chair
Shayna Hill
Chair
Kathy Ramsey, Vice Chair
Kathy Ramsey
Vice Chair
Katie Turner, Parliamentarian
Katie Turner
Parliamentarian

 

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