Justice & Equity Reading Group
The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) invites members of the Bates College community (students, staff, and faculty) and our neighbors in Lewiston/Auburn to participate in our Justice and Equity Reading Group.
We in the OED launched the Justice and Equity Reading Group in late-2016 in an effort to galvanize difficult but necessary conversations on issues of social and political import. Each chosen text is short and accessible online at the link below.
If you’re interested in joining our reading group, then simply read the selection(s) listed here in advance of our proposed gathering. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
We meet from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. in the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) on the dates indicated below. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Please direct all inquires and suggestions to Christopher Petrella at email@example.com.
Matthew Desmond considers the historical and contemporary relationship among race, class, homeownership, and economic opportunity in the United States.
Audre Lorde explores the ways in which notions of human difference and identity are created, sustained, and challenged through discourses of power and desire.
Cherríe Moraga examines the intersection of queerness and freedom in U.S. politics.
Kerri Arsenault reflects on place, identity, and environmental classism in Maine.
Coco Fusco examines the political interworking of race, representation, and censorship.
Yuri Kochiyama offers an interview on her relationship with Malcolm X and his influence on Asian American activism.
Safiya Umoja Noble explores the algorithmic representation of Black women and girls and the digitalization of oppression.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: July 2017