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The Flint Michigan Water Crisis
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Videos
Interviews and Discussions
Reading Across Rhode Island 2019 Selection
Thanks to the generous support of the Rhode Island Center for the book, EGHS Library has 30 copies of the book "What the Eyes Don't See" available for check out to faculty, staff and students.
For over 15 years, Rhode Island’s only One Book, One State program focuses on a single book selected to stimulate meaningful discussions across our state.
The EGHS Reading Across Rhode Island book discussion took place Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the EGHS Library. Special thanks to Barton Gilman Law for sponsoring the breakfast.
Further Reading - Nonfiction (Adult and YA)
The Poisoned City by
When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins.
Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting--despite overwhelming odds--to rise from the ashes.
Examines the interlocking mechanisms that systematically disadvantage 'those marked as poor, black, brown, immigrant, queer, or trans'—those, in Hill’s words, who are Nobodies.
Real Impact by
A leading investment professional explains the world of impact investing--investing in businesses and projects with a social and financial return--and shows what it takes to make sustainable, transformative change.
Hope in the Dark by
Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.
America, Border, Culture, Dreamer by
Eighteen immigrant teenagers create an alphabet defining their experiences in pictures and words. This book casts a new light on the crucial, under-heard voices of teenage immigrants themselves, making a vital contribution to the timely national conversation about immigration in America.
Mountains Beyond Mountains by
In this young adult edition, readers are introduced to Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard-educated doctor with a self-proclaimed mission to transform healthcare on a global scale. Farmer focuses his attention on some of the world's most impoverished people and uses unconventional ways in which to provide healthcare, to achieve real results and save lives.
Sex abuse. Government spying on civilians. Lying under oath. These aren't the makings for crime novels--they're real-life stories uncovered by whistle-blowers with knowledge of deep, dark secrets. What drives whistle-blowers to go public with what they know? Is it ethical to breach confidentiality? What laws protect a whistle-blower? And what about the shattered lives that lie in the wake of exposing crime and corruption? Follow the complex stories behind intricate webs of deceit. Listen to whistle-blowers explain their motives. Then decide for yourself if it's worth it to blow the whistle on crime and corruption.
2019 Reading Selection - What the Eyes Don't See
What the Eyes Don't See by
The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, by a relentless physician who stood up to power.
Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water--and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself--an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family's activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. What the Eyes Don't See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their--and all of our--children.
How a Pediatrician Became a Detective
New York Times opinion piece written by Mona Hanna-Attisha. Dr. Hanna-Attisha exposed the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan. Published June 9, 2018.
I Helped Expose the Lead Crisis in Flint. Here’s What Other Cities Should Do.
New York Times opinion article written by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and professor in Flint, Michigan. Published Aug. 27, 2019.
Two Views of Flint’s Water Troubles: One a Close-Up and One With a Wide-Angle Lens
New York Times article written by Jeff Goodell.
July 31, 2018. An article comparing two books written about the Flint, MI crisis.
Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint
New York Times book review written by Parul Sehgal. July 3, 2018.
This booklet presents resources the Reading Across Rhode Island committee has gathered to enrich and expand this reading.
Curriculum Resource Guide
This unit was born in our 7th grade classes at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. After teaching a racial justice unit connected to our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird in Maureen’s English class and a water unit in Katie’s science class, we Skyped with Dr. Mona to understand the connections to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Her passion for children inspired us and our students to want to learn even more. Here you will find a variety of articles and ideas for lessons, which we hope you would be able to adapt to your content area, age group, and amount of time you have available.
Further Listening - Podcasts
Food for Thought: Heroes are Born not Made - August 23, 2018. 38 minutes
Heroes are made not born. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint water crisis. Dr. Mona turned anger into action by tackling huge problems, not just talking about them - she is force to be reckoned with and her voice will continue to be heard.
Reveal - Poisoned, ignored and evicted: The perils of living with lead. May 31, 2018.
Old paint, old pipes and demolition dust often are sources of toxic lead. It’s a poison known to cause neurological damage in children. For adults, new science shows lead exposure increases the risk of heart disease. Reveal investigates the lurking threat from the dust of urban demolitions to the wilds of Wyoming.