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Common Read 2024: Author Heather McGhee Keynote

February 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Us for the Common Read 2024 Keynote: The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

Join Us for the Common Read 2024 Keynote: The Sum of US by Heather McGhee

In-Person, Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major

About The Sum of Us

In The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee dives into her specialty, the American Economy, and the mystery of why it often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, McGhee has found a common root problem: racism. McGhee explains that racism has costs for white people too and it is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all.

McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Mississippi to California to Maine, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm–the idea the progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. Along the way, she meets white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams, and their shot at better jobs to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. This is the story of how public goods in this country–from parks and pools to functioning schools–have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and how this country, unique among the world’s advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare.

We hope you can join us!


February 12
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768 United States

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