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Understanding Difference

Suggested resources to help you see the world from perspectives different from your own and "bring... you into conversation with people different from those with whom you normally associate.”

About These Resources

The resources listed on this page have been compiled by staff at the University of Virginia Library to help each other fulfill the "Understanding Difference" organizational goal.   Each resource listed provides both an opportunity and a means for engagement with people whose perspectives and life experiences are different from our own.  The suggested articles, books, films, podcasts, organizations, and other resources are not comprehensive: This is, and always will be, a work in progress.

Archive of Understanding Difference Resources

Featured this Week


1 July 2022


Born on the Fourth of July   VIDEO .DVD00246 2004   Swank Streaming Video   IMDb    Amazon Prime   Duration: 2h:24

Read the bookBorn on the Fourth of July (Fortieth anniversary edition.) (Ron Kovic)  Access Online

Drunktown's Finest   IMDb     Amazon (Rent or Buy)   More Options to View  Duration: 1h:35  

Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Found   IMDb  Netflix  Duration: 1h:38  

After DNA tests reveal them to be cousins, three girls adopted by different American families travel to China in hopes of meeting their birth parents.



24 June 2022

All Boys Aren’t Blue (George M. Johnson)  Amazon  

Coming Out of Your Closet  [TED: Ash Beckham]  Duration: 10:56

Deaf Utopia: A Memoir―and a Love Letter to a Way of Life  (Nyle DiMarco)   Amazon  

Why I Must Come Out      [TED: Geena Rocero]  Duration: 9:59








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