One Read For Racial Justice: Dream Country

A One Read for Racial Justice Initiative

What is a One Read?

A “One Read” is an event where everyone in a particular community reads the same book and comes together to discuss it. Think of it like a giant book club. Often in addition to a shared reading, there are a series of events that give context and relate to the book’s theme.

“People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic background, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them this project provides that opportunity.” — Nancy Pearl, Director, Washington Center for the Book

“The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” — Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

What book are we reading and where can I get it?

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

“The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.” (from publisher’s website)

Access the book in the library, win a copy, or purchase one:

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
How do I participate?
  • Read the book
  • Come to an event
  • Plan your own event/discussion/response to the book
  • Integrate the book into your course
  • Learn more about the often untold history behind Dream Country, discover readalikes and more on our Dream Country One Read Guide
Shannon Gibney
2018-2019 Event Series

Join us for any of these events, and see what events we've already had.

Tuesday, Feb 12
Lunchtime Discussion of Dream Country
Led by Louise Edwards-Simpson & Rachel Neiwert, Professors of History
Faculty Study, Library 123

Tuesday, Dec 11
Lunchtime Discussion of Dream Country
Led by Susan Bosher, Professor of English/Director of ESL
Faculty Study, Library 123

Thurs, Nov 15
Noor Al-Qamar: Back to Basics
Ballroom, 3rd Floor CdC

Wednesday, November 7
"How Personal, National, and Global Narratives Can Shape Culture, Policy & Power"
A Core Convocation featuring Shannon Gibney, author of Dream Country
Jeanne d'arc Auditorium
St. Catherine University

Tuesday, Nov 6
Digital Storytelling & the Immigrant/Refugee Experience
Library 128

Friday, Nov 2
Remaking Indigenous Music in Ecuador
A Center for Women Bag Lunch Discussion
Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, CdC 230

Monday, Oct 29
Voters Wake Up! The Future is Voting
A Cornbread & Chili Night Event
Student Organization Center, 2nd floor CdC

Friday, October 12
Braiding Indigenous Feminist Characters in Fiction
Center for Women, CdC 230

Thursday, October 4
Compassion & the Suffering of God: Myser Lecture with M. Shawn Copeland, PhD
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

Wednesday, September 12
Book Launch Event
You are cordially invited to the launch of Shannon Gibney's new novel Dream Country. The event will include a reading, discussion, and Q & A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
St. Catherine University Recital Hall

Friday, September 21
Family Matters: A Discussion of Drum Beats, Heart Beats with Author, Maria Nhambu
Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, CdC 230

Thursday, August 16
Summer Reading Group
Come discuss the book with other St. Kate’s faculty/staff
Faculty Study, Library 123

Thursday, July 19
Summer Reading Group
Come discuss the book with other St. Kate’s faculty/staff
Faculty Study, Library 123

Check back as more events are added or sign up to receive email notifications of the events by emailing Amy Mars ( or Anne Beschnett (