Our Courageous Conversations Book Study brings together faculty, staff and students at the Neeley School of Business to build community across differences, increase awareness of our own blind spots, and help align our behavior with intentions.

This semester we will have two separate book studies, one for students and the other a joint AddRan and Neeley Faculty and Staff study.

Joint AddRan and Neeley Faculty Staff Study

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”
by Isabel Wilkerson

bookcover Caste#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.”

ALL Faculty and Staff from both AddRan and Neeley are invited to connect and dialogue across differences during our first joint courageous conversation book study.

Books and lunch will be provided.
Cohort size is limited. Register Today!

Spring 2022 Schedule

Wednesdays from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
February 16 | March 2 | March 16


Student Study

"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism"
by Robin Diangelo

“The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.”

In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Books and lunch will be provided.
Cohort size is limited. Register Today!

Spring 2022 Schedule

Fridays from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
February 25 | March 25 | April 1

White Fragility book cover

Robin Diangelo


Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Group size will be limited to provide a small, open space to share. Participants must commit to all scheduled sessions to ensure productive discussions. Once selected, you will receive a welcome email.