I’m gearing up for some massive reading alongside my students this spring. First up is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which presents me with an interesting (and complex!) discussion opportunity: an Iowa native (with more than a whiff of the East Coast about her, and traces of an Oxford accent) lecturing a class full of Kentuckians on a novel in which a slave woman carries her child across the ice of the Ohio River in order to flee slavery (Kentucky) and run for freedom (Ohio). Let’s hope we’re all entering into the discussion in a spirit of generosity and kindness . . .