Let's Talk About "White Fragility" Homecoming Book Discussion

White Fragility

Heads up – this will NOT be your usual book club discussion! Join Luther alumna Loretta Dooley Wetzel ‘80 co-president of the Luther College Black Alumni Association, and Luther Professor Emerita of French Ruth Caldwell, for a discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. We will define white supremacy and recognize the deep discomfort many people have with conversations about race. While awareness and acknowledgment of the many kinds of racism are critical steps, we will begin to identify actions we can take to embrace antiracism at the individual, community, and national levels.

Join us on Homecoming Sunday, October 11, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. CT – 3:30 p.m. CT via Zoom.

Limited to the first 40 people who signed up, REGISTER HERE. The Zoom link will be emailed tomorrow morning.

Please plan on reading the book prior to the event available in various formats. There will be a time for group discussion. As a bonus, or if you don't complete the reading, there is a YouTube talk on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (1:23). Check it out!

Loretta Dooley Wetzel

Loretta Dooley Wetzel '80 is President of The Wetzel Group, Inc. in Chicago. She is an accomplished and professional real estate investor, mentor, coach, trainer and speaker. She received her MBA degree from the University of Illinois, and is a published author. Loretta is also founder of the #iamlovemovement and has created a popular podcast for individuals and families - traditional and non-traditional - under the moniker of "Mama Soul Wisdom." Loretta and her husband, Perran G. Wetzel IV '79, are co-presidents of the Black Alumni Association at Luther College.



Ruth Caldwell

Ruth Caldwell holds a doctorate in French from the University of Chicago and retired as Professor Emerita of French from Luther College in 2015, after a career of 44 years which included two years as Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities. At Luther, she taught French and Italian language and literature. This spring and summer, Ruth has served as a volunteer guide for the Luther College Virtual Alumni Book Clubs - Paideia III.

A number of Luther College alumni own book stores in the Midwest, and we encourage you to purchase your books from your local book store or one of ours!

Dragonfly Books

Dragonfly Books in Decorah offers discounts for organized reading groups and book clubs. The store is owned by Kate (Nelson) Rattenborg '83.


  Cream and Amber

Cream and Amber, a bookstore in Hopkins, Minnesota, offers discounts to Luther alumni purchasing books for the Virtual Alumni Book Clubs. The store is owned by Luther alumnae Kacey Hruby Wyttenhove '11, and Katie Terhune '11.