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The University of Denver - Colorado Women's College educates women to boldly lead in the communities where they live, work and engage.
Colorado Women's College views excellence through inclusion as a central component of its mission and is committed to open dialogue that supports our ability to create a high-level, welcoming and culturally diverse educational environment.
Through the One Book, One College program we aim to spark conversation among students, faculty, staff and alumnae about multi-layered issues of diversity, privilege and inclusion.
Here is how the program works: Each academic year we select a dynamic work of fiction or nonfiction relevant to the inclusiveness values of Colorado Women's College. We encourage everyone in the Colorado Women's College community to read the book and we schedule times when readers can come together for conversation. We also schedule additional programming that enriches and expands our discussion of the principal themes contained in the book. Finally, we invite the author of our selected book or some other prominent speaker to visit the College for a discussion with the Colorado Women's College community.
OBTAINING COPIES OF 2013-2014 BOOK SELECTION
This year's book selection is The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, a wonderful novel by the noted writer Louise Erdrich, which tells the intriguing story of a Catholic priest assigned to a Native reservation for several decades who harbors a shocking secret (that "he" is actually a woman). There are copies of the book available on reserve at the Anderson Academic Commons, and many opportunities to purchase inexpensive copies through various online outlets. Additionally, several branches of Denver Public Library and other regional libraries have copies of the book.
For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything . . . or manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?
These short excerpts will introduce you to this wonderful book.