The reading challenge has begun. All the titles listed are available at the Wang Center. Put your PLU reading group together today, following the instructions below.

Reading Challenge Book Selection

Adia Benton, HIV Exceptionalism

Adia Benton: HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease in Sierra Leone

Charlotte Cote, Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors

Charlotte Coté: Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions

Shane Lopez, Making Hope Happen

Shane Lopez: Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others

Vandana Shiva, Earth Democracy

Vandana Shiva: Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

Reading Challenge

Members of the PLU community are invited to participate in a Countenance of Hope Reading Group Challenge.

First, select one of the Countenance of Hope Reading Group keynote speakers’ texts listed above. Then form a reading group made up of at least six PLU community members (faculty, staff, and/or students), plan to meet once to discuss your selected text, and all members of the reading group will receive a hard copy of the book for FREE!

The reading group convener should send an email to Rosemary Raynolds,, at the Wang Center for Global Education, by no later than February 12, 2016.

To be considered for the challenge, this email should contain:

  • Three sentences on why the group wishes to participate
  • A list of the reading group participants, their PLU affiliation, and ID numbers (use “student” for student affiliation)
  • The date, time, and location of ONE reading group meeting
  • A commitment to attend your selected author’s keynote address as well as at least two other sessions of the symposium

For more information, please contact Rosemary Raynolds at or at 253-535-7577. NOTE: Only current PLU faculty, staff, and students are eligible to participate. Stocks of hard copies may be limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.