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About the DCRP

Held annually since 2013, this program comprises an interdisciplinary series of events inspired by a nonfiction book that advances discussions of diversity, inclusion, and justice.

Each year, books are distributed free of charge to interested NMU students (on a first-come-first-served basis), and all events are free and open to the public.

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of NMU's Diversity Common Reader Program with Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism by Elsa Sjunneson.

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Being Seen by Elsa Sjunneson

2023 Book Selection

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism by Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson is an author, editor, media critic, teacher, and disability activist. You may have heard her recently on the podcast Radiolab, where she talks about her complicated relationship to Helen Keller, or seen her in a PBS short film in which she responds to the Keller episode of American Masters. Elsa has published both nonfiction and speculative fiction, and her editing work has been honored with Hugo, Aurora, and British Fantasy Awards. 

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism, published just last year, is a wide-ranging and illuminating expose of ableism as it shapes and limits our shared world. By turns wry and searing, the book addresses everything from ableist stereotypes in literature and media to dating while disabled. Elsa draws from both lived experience and extensive study of ableism in our culture, creating a highly engaging book for all readers--including those for whom this topic is brand new.

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DCRP Committee Chair, Lesley Larkin

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism, published just last year, is a wide-ranging and illuminating expose of ableism as it shapes and limits our shared world. By turns wry and searing, the book addresses everything from ableist stereotypes in literature and media to dating while disabled. The author draws from both lived experience and extensive study of ableism in our culture, creating a highly engaging book for all readers--including those for whom this topic is brand new.

Lesley Larkin

DCRP Committee Chair | NMU English Professor

Contact Information

Lesley Larkin, DCRP Committee Chair
llarkin@nmu.edu

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
diversity@nmu.edu
906-227-2000