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Coming Soon

Join OSU Professor Susan Bernardin for a thought-provoking online group discussion on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Underground Railroad”.  Through our online discussion board, you can chat, participate, and add to the conversation whenever it is convenient for you.

A note from book group host Susan Bernardin, Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University:

What if the underground railroad was not just a metaphor, but instead an actual network of tracks and conductors? In Colson Whitehead’s brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, fantasy and reality collide, creating new lenses for understanding our searing, and shared, history. We will read this novel together, tracing how its powerful lessons on race, power, community, identity, and freedom inform our present moment. Although focused on the past, Underground Railroad lays down tracks for better understanding the enduring legacies of slavery in the 21st century. 



  • Susan Bernardin

    Susan Bernardin, (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz) is Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University. The School includes programs in Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, World Languages and Cultures, and Student Services.