Join the Big READ (Read, Engage, Advocate, Discuss)

Join the Big READ (Read, Engage, Advocate, Discuss), a reading experience featuring a quarterly moderated book discussion. This program is hosted by the Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges Anti-Racism Action Plan (ARAP) in partnership with University Libraries.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate and read each of the recommended books that address the history and long-term effects of systemic racism. Moderators from the Wexner Medical Center, Health Science Colleges, and University Libraries will lead an engaging discussion that allows for further insight into each book. 

University Libraries has a limited number of print and electronic copies available for Ohio State faculty, staff and students. Visit the online catalog to request your copy. Barnes and Noble will also provide a 10 percent discount for the Big READ titles. 

For more information please contact Wanda Dillard or Kim Knight.


  • Identify prominent social issues in literature
  • Engage in critical discussions of shared texts
  • Analyze and compare books in shared texts in terms of genre, historical settings, conflicts, life experiences and themes
  • Use intertextual links to build understanding
  • Confront injustices and inequities in the past and present
  • Learn how literature can become a catalyst for social action: breaking barriers and building bridges


How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Moderators: Donna Ford, PhD, distinguished professor of education and human ecology, Kirwan Institute faculty affiliate, College of Education and Human Ecology; Nicole Nieto, PhD, assistant vice provost, Office of Outreach and Engagement

April 20, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Discount Code: OSUREADS1


So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Moderators: Jennifer Vinopal, University Libraries; Dwight "Kip Holley," researcher, civic engagement and racial equity, Kirwan Institute; Kendra Hetrick, CRNA, nurse anesthesiologist, Wexner Medical Center

June 21, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Discount Code: OSUREADS2


Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care by Dayna Bowen Matthew
Moderators: Kamilah Dixon-Shambley, MD, medical director, Moms2B, obstetrics & gynecology, Wexner Medical Center; Wanda Dillard, MS, community development, Wexner Medical Center 

September 21, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Discount Code: OSUREADS3


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Moderators: Kyle Strickland, JD, senior legal analyst, Kirwan Institute; Tanya Mathews, BDS, MS, adjunct assistant professor, pediatric dentistry, College of Dentistry, strategic advisor and chair, health disparities, diversity council, Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges

December 13, 2021, noon-1:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Discount Code: OSUREADS4