The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS), Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Campus Life Development Committee (CLDC), and Office of Wintersession and Campus Engagement (OWCE) are proud to announce the Anti-Racism Book Initiative book discussion on Tuesday, August 25th at 7:30 PM ET. This virtual event will feature Eddie S. Glaude, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies.
The discussion builds upon the work of the USG and ODUS Anti-Racism Book Initiative, which provided students with 645 copies of Glaude’s Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own and 645 copies of Perry’s Breathe: A Letter to My Sons. Professors Glaude and Perry will be in conversation with one another before answering questions from attendees. The Office of the Vice President for Campus Life additionally provided copies of the books to staff members this summer. The book discussion is open to not only the students and staff who participated in the summer readings, but to the entire university community.
The Anti-Racism Book Initiative marks the start of a monthly series of programs intentionally designed to spotlight systemic racism, educate the campus population about anti-racist ideals, and align with President Eisgruber’s call-to-action regarding work “that could be taken within [our] areas to identify, understand, and combat systemic racism within and beyond the University” (Message to Cabinet Regarding Anti-Racism Initiatives, June 22, 2020). In the context of the summer of 2020, which was marked by a global pandemic, racist killing of George Floyd, and decision to transition to a virtual and remote fall semester, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students began planning these programs in direct response to these events.