Faculty-Student Reading Groups on Race and Human Community

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce two Faculty-Student Reading Groups on Race and Human Community. These sessions will be led by Omaar Hena and Erica Still, both associate professors in the Department of English. Each group of no more than ten students will meet several times throughout the fall semester. Both groups will read and discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates prior to his visit to campus in November in addition to other texts that engage the issues of race and inequality.

**Registration is closed as both sections are now full.**

If you would like to be added to the wait list for either section, please email HI Program Coordinator Aimee Mepham at mephamam@nullwfu.edu.

Also, please note that the dates for Dr. Still’s meetings have changed (the October 16th meeting has been moved to October 23rd). 

C48F6409Faculty Facilitator: Omaar Hena
Meeting Times: Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm
Meeting Dates: September 9, October 7, and November 11
Description: Racial violence has a long and complex history in the United States but has gained renewed urgency in recent years, especially in the aftermath of Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, and beyond. This reading group will examine how black intellectuals have debated the problem of race, violence, and inequality. We will focus especially on the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates, reading his recent book Between the World and Me (2015). At the same time, we will also read essays by James Baldwin (a key influence upon Coates) as well as criticisms of Coates’s work, particularly among African-American feminists such as bell hooks and Michelle Alexander. These readings will provide a foundation before Coates visits Wake Forest as part of the Voices of Our Times Series. Ultimately, students will gain a broad understanding the legacy of racial violence from the era of slavery and Jim Crow to the present day; but we will also debate what kinds of possibilities might be available for addressing and potentially rectifying discrimination and injustice facing individuals and communities in the contemporary US.
Limit: 10 students

20070822still7545Faculty Facilitator: Erica Still
Meeting Times: 2:30-3:30pm
Meeting Dates: October 2, October 23, October 30, and November 13
Reading List: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me and Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
Possible additional student-selected essay(s)
Description: As we know from both the broader culture and events right here on campus, race and gender continue to be important, though difficult and often contentious, issues to address. This reading group will provide the opportunity to tackle these complex subjects head-on. We will read essays by two contemporary cultural critics who are thinking publicly about the ways in which U.S. cultural norms affect their personal experiences of race and gender. The readings will give us a chance to think together about broad cultural practices and various personal experiences (including our own) as we all learn how to celebrate meaningful diversity and difference.
Limit: 10 students