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.
September 2021 – June 2022
September 21st, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Sarah Lindley
On Chapter 1 and the preface Resma Menakem’s book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
October 19th, 2021 at 4-5 p.m.
Discussion leader: Katrina Frank
On acting outwardly as an ally. For the Speak Up, Show Up ARRK discussion, participants will watch and analyze short video clips that show examples of microaggressions, prejudice, and oppression. Participants will also discuss and practice how they can speak up for others in a time of need.
September 2020 – June 2021
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.
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.
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.