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 cpetrell@bates.edu.

SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY: 11/30

“Diversity is for White People: The big lie behind a well-intended word” (2015)

Ellen Berrey considers the merits and pitfalls of using a “diversity” paradigm for tackling racial inequities in the university and beyond.

WEDNESDAY: 12/14

“Stranger in the Village” (1955)

James Baldwin  philosophically reflects on his experience of being the first and only Black individual to live in a tiny Swiss village.

WEDNESDAY: 1/18

“The Case for Reparations” (2014)

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.

WEDNESDAY 2/1

“How to Tame a Wild Tongue” (1987)

Gloria Anzaldúa offers a powerful reflection on language, ethnicity, and the prospect of social resistance. 

WEDNESDAY: 2/15

“The Deep Roots of ‘White Trash’ in America” (2016)

Kate Tuttle & Nancy Isenberg explore the history of the term “white trash” in the American lexicon.

WEDNESDAY: 3/1

“On Whiteness and the Racial Imaginary” (2015)

Claudia Rankine & Beth Loffreda examine the challenges surrounding writing about race.

WEDNESDAY: 3/15

“Mass Incarceration and its Mystification: A Review of The 13th” (2016)

***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.

WEDNESDAY: 3/29

“Let them Eat Diversity: On the Politics of Identity” (2011)

Walter Benn Michaels explores the fluctuating state of U.S. identity politics and its (possible) promise of social justice.