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Wolves Read Program Partners with CSU Fort Collins for Live Stream with Author

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Haley Sue Robinson

Director of Communications/PIO

Marketing, Communications and Community Relations


Natasha Bowens Blair Author of The Color of Food

PUEBLO—Colorado State University Pueblo announced a new campus initiative Wolves Read, which encourages communities to read together and host collaborative discussions centered around a single book. CSU Pueblo partnered with CSU Fort Collins’ community with their Rams Read program, both campuses are reading The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming by Natasha Bowens Blair.

“This is a unique opportunity for our CSU communities to come together and share common discussions around an important topic related to race, equity and food justice,” said Joelle Quigley, outreach and web communications librarian and member of the Rams Read committee that formed Wolves Read. “This year’s book, The Color of Food, invites our two campuses to learn, listen and have critical conversations centered around land, food access and what it means to support locally.”

CSU Fort Collins is hosting Bowens as a visiting scholar on campus October 11-15. CSU Pueblo is participating in the author’s live streamed presentation on Friday, Oct. 15 at 4:00 p.m. This event is hosted in the Library and Academic Resource Center (LARC) room 109 at the University Library.

Dr. Albert Bimper, Jr. will moderate a discussion with Bowens after the keynote where Bowens will share about her book, features stories and food justice. Bowens describes her book as a study of the critical issues that lie at the intersections of race and food. The book recounts stories of more than 75 North American farmers of color. 

Wolves Read is a yearlong initiative, free copies of the book are available at the circulation desk in the CSU Pueblo Library. A facilitation guide created by CSU Fort Collins is available to the campus community and can be used for implementing activities in the classroom or within student-led organization on campus.

The Campus Reads initiative at CSU Pueblo known as Wolves Read is supported from the President’s Office. Vice President of Operations and Advancement, Donna Souder Hodge facilitated the partnership with the CSU Fort Collins campus and Vision 2028 funding assisted with purchasing copies of The Color of Food.

Souder Hodge shared her enthusiasm for the Wolves Read program.

“We are excited for a new opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues at Fort Collins,” said Souder Hodge. “CSU Pueblo is committed to seeking out new and unique ways for our students to engage, learn and imagine a world of possibilities. This all-campuses-read initiative is just one more way CSU Pueblo is dedicated to preparing our students to live resilient lives.”

For more information about Wolves Read contact Joelle Quigley or visit the circulation desk in the CSU Pueblo Library.

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