We are excited to announce that the fall Tyrone Maurice Adderley lecture will feature Dr. Cornel West. This event will take place on Thursday, November 21, 6pm in the Tower Auditorium. In preparation for his visit, the JET office will be offering a Cornel West reading group series for STAFF this summer and invite you to join us.
The group will meet three times over the summer and will be facilitated by staff from across campus. Below are the dates and topics for each session. It is recommended that participants attend all three sessions, but is not required.
Tuesday, July 16, 12:30-2:00pm (Tower, Alumni Room)
Guest: Dr. Kymberly Pinder, Provost
Reading: Race-ing Art History
Tuesday, July 30, 12:30-2:00pm (Tower, 1101)
Reading: Race Matters
• Chapter 3: The Crisis of Black Leadership
• Chapter 5: Beyond Affirmative Action: Equality and Identity
Tuesday, August 13, 12:30-2:00pm (Tower 1101)
Critical Reflection: Creating a Personal Action Plan
Please visit Cornel West Reading Group Resources to access the selected readings.
Questions? Email: JET@massart.edu
Tuesday, July 30 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 13 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Loved having a thoughtful discussion that was culturally relevant and applied to my job here at MassArt. Look forward to future events.
The discussion needed a question or thesis to stimulate involvement. This is similar but different from suggesting "study questions". Of course, maybe it will unfold differently from the more accessible readings. I appreciate the (new!) "institutional" attention to facilitation and group norms - holy crap - what good ideas! I was surprised when the question "how does this discussion help us serve the students?". It is a fine question, but I actually thought we were about smashing patriarchy and structural racism, which is considerably bigger than improving what we do every day. Let's say out loud what we're trying to do, and where to focus. Both is fine, "do a better job" as the focus is way too narrow and kafka-esque for me. Keep meeting, keep making them better, try everything (books, films, speakers, etc). Keep up the good work, friends!
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