ReadUP - One Book Together

ReadUP is University of Portland's annual celebration of literature in which the entire local campus community—students, faculty, and staff—are invited to read "one book together." Free copies of each year's selection are distributed by the Clark Library, and book discussion groups are formed in the residence halls and at brown bag lunches. The campaign culminates with a public lecture and discussion by the book's author, as part of the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. The author's visit to the UP campus—and the efforts to get each year's riveting selection into the hands, heads and hearts of UP students, faculty and staff—is sponsored by the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series, the Office of the Provost, Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American Culture, Clark Library, Office of Residence Life, the Office of University Relations, and the Office of Marketing and Communications.  

2020-2021 - How To Be An Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

How To Be An Antiracist book cover

About this year's selection

"How to Be an Antiracist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, 'the basic struggle we're all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.'" ~ from NPR

Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author... In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. ~ from

Read more about How to Be An Antiracist

Ibram KendiResources & Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi via live webinar
Presented by the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Visiting Writers Series
5:15pm Pacific time | Free and open to all | Advance registration required

Register for this free event with Dr. Kendi

ReadUP 2021 will conclude with the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series hosting Dr. Kendi as he engages the community in a dynamic conversation that addresses questions submitted by UP community members in advance of the event and, if time allows, from event attendees.

Questions for Dr. Kendi? Book discussion groups across campus will harvest questions, and for those reading on their own, UP community members can supply questions on this simple form; sign in with your UP credentials. Questions will be generously curated by staff in the Office of International Education, Diversity and Inclusion, with the goal of hearing from as many people as possible.

Online discussion groups and resources
More than ever, the 2021 ReadUP selection is a collaboration by all members of the UP community. The extraordinary staff in the Office of International Education, Diversity and Inclusion will facilitate multiple discussion groups and is making several resources available for readers to get the most possible from Kendi’s book. Click to view those resources and to register for UP faculty/staff online discussion sessions.

ReadUP Reading Guide
Our rockstar librarians at the Clark Library have also put together an online ReadUP reading guide with links to learn more about How to be an Antiracist, the topics it confronts, and author Ibram X. Kendi.

Book distribution
E-book copies of How to be an Antiracist are  available to current UP students, faculty and staff through this link.  Sign in with your UP credentials.