Justice & Equity Reading Group
The Office of Equity and Diversity invites members of the Bates College community (students, staff, and faculty) and our neighbors in Lewiston/Auburn to participate in our inaugural Justice and Equity Reading Group. In an effort to galvanize difficult but necessary conversations on issues of social and political import we have chosen 8 short selections that are accessible online. If you’re interested in joining our reading group, then simply read the short essays/reflections listed here in advance of our proposed gathering and come to the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) at Bates College from 12pm-1pm on the date indicated below. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Got questions? Feel free to contact Christopher Petrella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Berrey considers the merits and pitfalls of using a “diversity” paradigm for tackling racial inequities in the university and beyond.
James Baldwin philosophically reflects on his experience of being the first and only Black individual to live in a tiny Swiss village.
Te-Nehisi Coates examines the history of American blackness from slavery to Jim Crow and beyond and assesses how best the U.S. can pay back its racialized moral debts.
Gloria Anzaldúa offers a powerful reflection on language, ethnicity, and the prospect of social resistance.
Kate Tuttle & Nancy Isenberg explore the history of the term “white trash” in the American lexicon.
Claudia Rankine & Beth Loffreda examine the challenges surrounding writing about race.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL MEET FROM 1-2 P.M. THIS WEEK.
Dan Berger reviews Ava DuVernay’s The 13th and assesses its interventions and omissions.
Walter Benn Michaels explores the fluctuating state of U.S. identity politics and its (possible) promise of social justice.