Barnard Anti-Racist Reading Group
About the Antiracist Reading Group
The Barnard Antiracist Reading Group is intended to serve as a structured and intentional space for Barnard faculty to engage in antiracist work within the context of our disciplines and institutions. We meet once monthly during the fall and spring semesters, for approximately an hour and a half. Each meeting will focus on two or three texts on antiracist pedagogy, broadly conceived, and allow participants to think through connections between foundational texts in the field, more recent scholarship from various disciplines, and their own classroom and institutional practices. Discussions will be framed and gently guided by facilitators, and discussion questions will be made available ahead of time to participants.
We invite all who are craving and committed to doing meaningful antiracist work to our reading group. Our group is open to faculty from all disciplines. Click here to sign up for our listserv and get information on future reading group meetings. Please contact Duygu Ula (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Structure of the Reading Group
The reading group will meet once every month during the fall and spring semesters, for approximately an hour and a half on Zoom. Each session will have a facilitator, or facilitators, who will help frame and guide the discussion. We encourage participants to sign up to facilitate a session. Please contact Duygu Ula (email@example.com) for more information.
Expectations for Participants and Facilitators
In order to have productive, engaged and grounded conversations, we ask that all participants commit to completing the readings ahead of time. We will make all readings and discussion questions available two weeks in advance.
Facilitators will be responsible for framing and guiding the discussion. They may also suggest readings for their session, or they can draw on our running list of potential texts. We also ask that the facilitator(s) describe why they chose the texts they did, including a brief (2-3 sentence) description of how and why one or more of the texts are foundational to their antiracist practice.
If you’re potentially interested in becoming a facilitator but have concerns/questions, we are happy to have a conversation with you. We will provide facilitators for a template with a framework for the session.
Cite Black Barnard Faculty Cite-a-Thon
In February 2021, for Black History Month, we hosted a Cite Black Barnard Faculty (CBBF) Cite-a-Thon. 17 participants (students, faculty, and staff) joined to engage with a list of suggested texts in multiple media by Black Barnard faculty. After a brief introduction to the CBBF resource, participants had time to read, watch, or listen to the materials selected from the suggested list. They then drafted annotations--these annotations primarily center around how the texts could be used in the classroom; the entries provide not only abstracts or descriptions, but practical guidance on possible uses. The Cite-a-Thon was covered in the Columbia Daily Spectator. The facilitators are currently seeking funding to continue to host cite-a-thons each semester.