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Ending Educational Inequalities for Girls Around the Globe

“You now have a since of why it is so important to education girls.  And yes, it is absolutely as important to educate boys.  But around the world, girls face obstacles to education that boys don’t face-and boys are educated at ta much higher rate than girls.  So what are these obstacles keeping girls out of school?  And how do most of them stem from the root problems of gender discrimination and poverty?”

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!)

We've had a wonderful February here at the Center and we're looking forward to what March and the upcoming spring will hold.  There are a few new releases that we're really excited about (Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner due out 3/7 and The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz due out on 3/17 are just two that come to mind!). 

Upcoming Events

all american boys

We have two upcoming events that we are very excited about and we hope you are making plans to join us! First, on February 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., The Center will be hosting the second meeting of our month YA Reads bookclub.  The club meets on the last Thursday of each month at Lawson McGhee Library in downtown Knoxville.  Participants enjoy engaging conversation about young adult literature.  This month's selection is All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  For more information about the YA Reads book club visit our Facebook page at:

The second event that we hope you will participate in is the African American Read-In.  This is the third year The Center has hosted the event on the University of Tennessee campus.  This event will run from noon-6:00 p.m. and will showcase readings, texts, and performance art celebrating books written about and by African-American authors.  To sign up for a time to read, please email Center director, Dr. Susan Groenke at :


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