AntiRacism Reading Knook

What is the ARRK?

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.

The ARRK is intended to help

  • reduce the barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  • identify campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise to provide context and guide discussion,
  • foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  • build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.

How Does the ARRK Work?

Starting on September 29th 2020 and then the 3rd Tuesday of every month, the ARRK initiative will host an open discussion of either one or two chapters from a selected book or a current article on an antiracism topic recommended by those in the field. (We will give priority to discussions focusing on books and/or authors in the Reading for Change collection.)

The discussion will be led by a member of the K College community who has experience with, training on, and/or knowledge in relation to the reading. If there is an interest among participants, the ARRK session leader will invite attendees to continue the conversation beyond the introductory meeting and/or create a book club for follow-up discussions. While this ARRK effort seeks to support ongoing individual and collective study, no one will be required to participate beyond the initial (and perhaps only) meeting.

ARRK Schedule

Winter 2021

January 19, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leaders: Natalia Carvalho-Pinto and Francisco Villegas
On Dr. D-L Stewart’s keynote and essay

February 16, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Kelly Frost
On Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

March 16, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Members of the Advancement Division
On How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

April 20, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Laura Furge
On moving from theoretical antiracist discussions to strategies to disrupt white supremacy

May 18, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Brittany Liu
On The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

June 15, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
TBA

Fall 2020

September 29, 2020 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leaders: Natalia Carvalho-Pinto and Francisco Villegas.
On Chapter 3 from Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

October 20, 2020 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Lisa Brock
On Chapter 1 from Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

November 17, 2020 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Bruce Mills.
On James Baldwin’s “In Search of a Majority” and “Notes of a Native Son.” Readings available on the ARRK Meeting Space.

Some community members have already committed to guiding sessions for the fall academic term. If you are interested in facilitating an ARRK session during the winter term, please complete the ARRK Discussion Leadership Application form. (Facilitators will receive a $50 stipend).

Where Does the ARRK Meet?

All discussions will be held in the ARRK Meeting Space on Microsoft Teams.


Apply to Lead an ARRK Session

AntiRacism Reading Knook Discussion Leader Application

  • Please choose: * Required

Questions?

Contact Regina Stevens-Truss (Regina.Stevens-Truss@kzoo.edu) or Bruce Mills (Bruce.Mills@kzoo.edu).