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!
Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times Opinion, August, 10, 2018. “Not Every Opinion Needs to Be Underwritten by Your Race or Gender, Or Social Identity.”
Alex Wagner, The Atlantic, March 6, 2017. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the country carried out a wave of unconstitutional raids that affected as many as 1.8 million people. Is it on the verge of doing so again?
Host, Ira Glass; Act One: “Just Another Kind of Outdoor Game” by David Kestenbaum; Act Two: “No One Has Seen Them Made or Heard Them Made” by Brian Reed; Act Three: “He Is All Pine and I Am Apple Orchard” by Mariya Karimjee; Act Four: “We Keep the Wall Between Us As We Go” by Lizzie Presser.
By James Baldwin, December 1, 1962.
By Anne Finn Enke, 2013. “Cisgender and the Discipline of Opposing Bodies’’ In the Transgender Studies Reader 2
Eduardo Porter explores the success by unions and student protesters to increase wages for kitchen and custodial staff at Harvard. New York Times, September 9, 2018.
Robin Di Angelo explains white people’s reluctance to talk about racism.
Michiko Kakutani considers the parallels between the WWII internment of people of Japanese descent and the current mass detainment and separation of migrant families.
Verónica Bayetti Flores explains the difference between advocating for reproductive justice and reproductive rights.
Vann R. Newkirk considers the historical legacies of current restrictions on voting rights and the impact on communities of color.
Video explores the impact of the restoration of voting rights to people convicted of felony offenses.
Susan Chira and Catrin Einhorn explore why sexual and racial harassment persist despite legal protections and workers struggles.
Mohja Kahf’s poem illuminates Muslim rituals and the misunderstandings that can occur.
Jacob Ertel examines the language we use to talk about prisons and punishment.
Nina Martin & Renee Montagne explore gender, race, and health care in the United States.
Mike Wallace considers the relationship among nation, state, and culture.
Janelle Jones unpacks tax policy, wealth accumulation, and race in the United States.
Listen to Joy Buolamwini offer a TEDTalk on bias in technology.
Clint Smith examines remembering and misremembering injustices through a visit to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Kelly Baker examines the ways in which white supremacy is narrated in popular discourse.
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