One Community, One Book Virtual Book Club: Part 3

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Dr. Reuben Miller is the author of "Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration," this year's One Community, One Book selection. The One Community, One Book program, also known as OCOB, is an annual community-wide reading project coordinated by the UICHR. The project invites campus and community members to read the same human rights-related text and participate in activities like this book club!

Dr. Miller worked as a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and is now a sociologist studying mass incarceration. He has spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison.

Join us in a 3 part virtual book club series with moderator Dr. Mary L. Cohen, to explore the text deeper and make meaning along with others. The 3 parts of the book club correlate with the sections of the book; debt, wage, and salivation. The book club is open to all to participate and allows for flexibility, join us for one session or all. We ask that you register in advance using the registration links for each part:

OCOB Book Club Part 1: Debt
Thursday, October 7
4:00 - 5:00pm (CST) on Zoom
Register Here:

OCOB Book Club Part 2: Wage
Thursday, October 14
4:00 - 5:00pm (CST) on Zoom
Register Here:

OCOB Book Club Part 3: Salvation
Thursday, October 28
4:00 - 5:00pm (CST) on Zoom
Register Here:

To purchase Dr. Miller's book, there are vendors locally in Iowa City carrying the text (Hawk Shop and Prairie Lights) as well as other vendors online. For those who do not have the capacity to purchase a book, please consider filling out a request form ( so we may follow up.

Dr. Miller will be giving his keynote lecture on Thursday, October 21 virtually at 7:00pm (CST). More information about the event and this year's One Community, One Book can be found here:

Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erika Christiansen in advance at 3193353900 or