By Doug Goodnough Director of Marketing and Communications, Siena Heights University November 9, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – Siena Heights University ’s Ethnic and Gender Studies Institute has been chosen to participate as a partner in the 2021-22 Great Michigan Read program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council. This year’s book, The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell, highlights issues of gender, immigration, class, and women's roles in the early labor movement, and is set in an Upper Peninsula mining community. “The author will be available to present on her novel and talk with us next semester, and I'm hoping to host an in-person event that could also be streamed to those off campus,” said Julie Barst, Director of the Ethnic and Gender Studies Institute and Professor of English. As part of this partnership, Siena Heights University recently received 30 free books, as well as reader's guides, teacher's guides, and bookmarks, and will also be receiving 10 e-book copies. The Great Michigan Read aims to connect Michiganians by deepening readers’ understanding of the state, society, and humanity. A statewide panel of teachers, librarians, community leaders, and book lovers selects the Great Michigan Read every two years. Siena Heights University is a co-educational Catholic university founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The university is headquartered in Adrian, Michigan, with degree completion centers in Dearborn, Southfield, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Jackson, Jackson and Online.