November 23

Book Talk & Faculty Panel

A panel of WSCC faculty will be discussing the text: Before We Were Yours.

November 23

7:00pm : Via Zoom – Join Lecture


A faculty panel of WSCC staff will be discussing the text: Before We Were Yours. – Pick up your copy at any local bookstore or online to prepare for this virtual book talk and panel. 

Several WSCC faculty have adopted Before We Were Yours as a common read in their courses to better explore issues such as the institutional mistreatment of children, the rights of children vis á vis parents, as well as the impact of family separation and trauma on children.

The book discussion was chosen as part of the humankind series, which this year is focusing on the British Isles, as the institutional abuse practiced historically in the British Isles, particularly against Irish families, will be a point of focus for the discussion.

“More than one student has commented they simply could not put this book down! It’s a real page-turner,” said Professor of History and Political Science, Mike Nagle. “The book centers upon a main character who watches powerlessly as a scandalous orphanage adopts away her four siblings.”

“Although the book is fiction,” Nagle continued, “It is based upon the real-life scandals involving Georgia Tann, who operated an adoption agency in Tennessee for years that kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families. This is a story that makes for some great discussions in class.”

Panel members for Monday evening’s presentation include Sèan Henne, Professor of English and Education; Jessica Houser, Professor of Psychology; Lisa Morley, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Child Development; Mike Nagle, Professor of History and Political Science; and Dr. Erwin Selimos, Associate Professor of Sociology. Each participant will discuss the book from the perspective of their academic discipline.