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Reading recommendations for encouraging a learning mindset. This libguide page features social just syllabi and publications on a variety of EDISJ topics.
Creating syllabi around current and cultural events has gained in popularity in academia in recent years. Below are a few of the essential syllabi to check out.
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus
How can we help students understand George Floyd’s death in the context of institutionalized racism? by JSTOR Daily
Black Lives Matter Syllabus
Frank Leon Roberts, is a faculty member at New York University, where his course on the black lives matter movement has been widely acknowledged as the first college course of its kind.
Essential topics, readings, and multimedia that provide historical context to current debates over immigration reform, integration, and citizenship. Created by immigration historians affiliated with the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, January 26, 2017.
Pirate Care Syllabus
The different topics covered were written by practitioners active across a number of pressing issues, including: feminist approaches to reproductive healthcare; autonomous mental health support; trans health and well-being; free access to knowledge; housing struggles; collective childcare; the right to free mobility; migrant solidarity; community safety and anti-racist organising. Forthcoming summer 2020. This link also includes many other social justice syllabi.
So many books to read! Books are great way to learn about topics. Fiction books can help us stretch our empathy muscles. Below are some books that are on heavy rotation among those in CPDI and in the Libraries.
Emergent Strategy by
Publication Date: 2017-04-18
Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. In the framework of emergence, the whole is a mirror of the parts. Existence is fractal - the health of the cell is the health of the species and the planet. Change is constant. This book is about how we can shape the changes we experience to match our intentions using strategic methods that are as adaptive, resilient decentralised, and interdependent as the patterns of flocking birds or differentiating cells. A secular spirituality based equally on science and science fiction.
Publication Date: 2016-08-16
"Accessible and authoritative . . . While we may not have much power to eradicate our own prejudices, we can counteract them. The first step is to turn a hidden bias into a visible one. . . . What if we're not the magnanimous people we think we are?"--The Washington Post I know my own mind. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
2015 Recipient of the American Book Award The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
Below are some lists of books created by CPDI and the MIT Libraries for different events, celebrations, and themed book months. Popular diversity themed months include:
- February = African American History Month
- March = National Women's History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month
- March 13 to April 15 = National Deaf History Month
- May = Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Older Americans Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month
- June = Gay Lesbian Pride Month
- September 15 to October 15 = Hispanic Heritage Month
- October = National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month
- November = National American Indian Heritage Month
MIT Libraries book lists on Pinterest
Black Lives Matter bookmobile 2017
A curated list from the MIT Libraries collections that highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, including materials sourced from and inspired by syllabi that have been created by educators, activists, etc., across the country
Banned Books Week 2016
CPDI invited members of the MIT Libraries staff to suggest a banned book with diverse content that is meaningful to them, and included in this list are their recommendations.
Pride List 2016
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel, and Media resources crowd-sourced in celebration of Pride month
MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. The goal of MIT Reads is to bring the campus community together through shared reading and discussion. Each year’s selected readings center on the theme of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. MIT Reads is on GoodReads
MIT Reads is a MIT Libraries program that partners with groups in the MIT community to choose a book to read each semester. Past books include :