Campus Notebook

Kish book club series begins next week

MALTA – Kishwaukee College faculty will lead thoughtful discussions in a series on campus known as the Deeper Than Our Skins book club.

The series is an opportunity for the community to join faculty, staff and students in conversations on historical and contemporary issues reflected in the books read. The series is free and open to the public. Each book is available in the college library in limited supply.

The schedule:

• March 11: "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano" by Sonia Manzano, 9:30 to 10:45 p.m., Room C1121

This coming-of-age novel explores life in the 1969 neighborhood El Barrio in Harlem. Fourteen-year-old Evelyn learns to maneuver her teen years alongside the activism arising in the neighborhood from the Puerto Rican activist group, the Young Lords. Based on real-life events, author Manzano, who played the role of “Maria” on Sesame Street, explores the political and social complexities of the decade.

• March 31: "Mother of the Sea" by Zetta Elliott, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Room C1134

Exposing the horrific journey to slavery, a teenager is abducted from her African village and brought in a slave ship across the Atlantic. The protagonist endures the journey and encounters a mischievous young child aboard the ship. Sprinkled with Yoruba religion, author Elliott explores the brutal journey into slavery in this young adult novelette.

• April 29: "The Shadow Hero" by Gene Luen Yang (writer) and Sonny Liew (illustrator), 2 to 3:15 p.m., Room C1134

Told in graphic novel form, Yang and Liew bring life back to the first Asian American superhero, Green Turtle. The Shadow Hero reveals Green Turtle’s origin story and quickly evolves into a rich and surprising tale.

For information on the Deeper Than Our Skins book club, contact assistant professor of sociology Pernevlon Ellis at or 815-825-9540.

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