West Shore Community College’s Humankind series is pleased to announce a discussion panel event featuring various campus speakers on the book Firekeeper’s Daughter on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 2:00 p.m., in the William M. Anderson Library. The event is free and is open to everyone.

During this event, three students and two WSCC faculty members will discuss Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, which is the fall semester’s “common read” at the college and the 2023-2024 Great Michigan Read. The speakers for this event are as follows:

• Amaya Battice: WSCC pre-nursing student
• Daphne Budrew: WSCC pre-nursing student
• Avery Vaas: ASM Tech WSCC biology student
• Jennifer Lundberg Anders: WSCC Professor of Communications
• Dr. Sonja Siewert: WSCC Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Science Division

WSCC has offered common read programming for over 20 years. A common read is where faculty teaching in a range of academic disciplines assign the same book in their classes and host a variety of events focused on exploring topics and themes in the work from cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Mike Nagle, WSCC professor of history and political science, chair of the social sciences division, and organizer of the panel, stated, “What is truly remarkable about this event is that it features our students speaking alongside our faculty members. These students have a deep interest in this novel and many fascinating thoughts and opinions to share about it. I look forward to hearing their interesting, reflective perspectives in discussion with our faculty.”

This event is part of the 7th annual Humankind series at the college, focused on the theme of “Inclusion: Conversations Around a Crowded Table,” which explores ways we can broaden diverse people’s sense of belonging so that everyone feels represented, or like they have a seat at the table.

Humankind is WSCC’s arts and culture lecture series which features art exhibitions, presentations, workshops, film series, and much more. For additional information on Humankind, see westshore.edu or email humankind@westshore.edu.