ARRK – Oct 2022 Discussion

ARRK Oct 2022 Discussion

Participants restricted to Kalamazoo College Faculty, Staff, Students, and Administration

11:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, October 18th
ARRK Meeting Space (MS Teams)

Join us on Tuesday, October 18th in the ARRK Meeting Space to discuss Chapter One: Ascendancy, of Reckoning : Kalamazoo College Uncovers Its Racial and Colonial Past (34 pages total) by Anne Dueweke. If you are unable to attend the discussion, please feel free to post your thoughts on the chapter in the ARRK Meeting Space. Also refer to the list below for some helpful discussion/reading questions supplied by Anne Dueweke.

Chapter One: Ascendancy Discussion/Reading Questions

  • How would you describe the attitudes of the founders toward the Potawatomi and Ottawa?
  • What were the ideas and societal forces influencing their views?
  • To what degree have these ideas and societal forces changed or not changed over time?
  • What does it mean now that the College was founded during the era of Indian Removal? How should the College address that aspect of its history?

The AntiRacism Reading Knook (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.

ARRK aims to:

  1. reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
  5. help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).

For further information on #ARRK see the KCIE AntiRacism Reading Knook page. To volunteer to lead one of these sessions complete the ARRK Discussion Leader application.