Race and Climate Reading Group - December 2021

Friday, December 3, 2021, 11am - 1pm

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Reading group dec 21

Launched in the Spring of 2020, the Race and Climate Reading group was created in response to Cooper Union student requests to invest in discussions that center issues of race and social justice and how they intersect with the climate crisis that we are all deeply mired in at the moment. As we all know, the climate crisis effects communities of color first, and disproportionately. And, as the readings all attest, this is reflective of and a culmination of centuries of oppression, and settler colonialism. The concept of the group:

  • We read about the intersection of race and climate across multiple genres
  • We privilege writers and thinkers of color

Below are the dates and titles for this semester. 

October 8, 11am – 1pm, Cooper Union Library

  • “Seven Birthdays” by Ken Liu
  • “Haven” by Karen Lord

Friday, November 5, 11am – 1pm, Cooper Union Library

  • Selections from Dear Science and Other Stories by Katherine McKittrick

Friday, December 3rd , 11am – 1pm, Cooper Union Library

  • Poems from A fortune for your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib
  • Poems from The Tradition by Jericho Brown
  • Poems from Black Nature, edited by Camille T. Dungy

For questions, and for the texts, please email Nada.Ayad@cooper.edu

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