antiracism in the classroom with frank leon roberts

Oct. 27, 2020 ⋅ 7PM (EDT) ⋅ Online

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About this event

Recently referred to by Dr. Cornel West as one of the “powerhouse intellectuals” of his generation, Dr. Frank Leon Roberts is an anti-racist educator and political organizer on the front lines of the contemporary movement for black lives. The proud son of two formerly incarcerated parents, he is the founder of The Black Lives Matter Syllabus—the nationally acclaimed, open access curriculum that provides resources for teaching BLM in classroom and community settings.

His mix of political activism and scholarly rigor combine to create inspired, real-world ways for educators to be better allies both in and out of the classroom, and although his talk will be geared towards faculty, every member of the community will benefit from this event. His previous visit to USF in 2017 resulted in a standing ovation from a packed auditorium. You will leave feeling better educated and inspired to fight against racism and work towards a culture of social justice.

This event is co-sponsored by the USF Institute on Black Life (IBL)



Poetry Reading with Pulitzer Prize Winner, Jericho Brown

Oct. 7, 2020 ⋅ 7PM (EDT) ⋅ Online

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This year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Jericho Brown, will read from The Tradition and take questions from the audience.

The Tradition details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. His poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery.

Brown is also the author of Please and The New Testament. He has won the Whiting Writer’s Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,
National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Humanities & Hops: Home brew edition - "Finding your calling"

Oct. 14, 2020 ⋅ 7PM (EDT) ⋅ Online

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This semester, we will be hosting Humanities & Hops online. We’ll miss our friends at Southern Brewing & Winemaking, but are excited to share the incredible work of three faculty members who all do research on career and vocation.

Patrice Buzzanell (Communication) & Brenda Berkelaar (U. of Texas, Austin)
"Questioning Calling"
Is finding your “calling” always a good thing? How can we expand our notions of “calling” to apply to a broader spectrum of situations?

Garrett Potts (Religious Studies)
"Job, Career, or Calling”
Your primary motivation for working can indicate whether you have a “job,” “career,” or “calling.” What does it mean to truly have a calling, and do you have to leave your current role to get it?




Book Group: Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz

Oct. 29, 2020 ⋅ 7PM (EDT) ⋅ Online

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Community Book Group is an opportunity to socialize and discuss the selected reading.

In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz longs for a family and home, but her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity.



Book Group: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Dec. 3, 2020 ⋅ 7PM (EST) ⋅ Online


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Community Book Group is an opportunity to socialize and discuss the selected reading. This event will be hosted on GoToWebinar. Register with the link above to receive the email to join the session. Participants will have the option to utilize their camera and microphone. 

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine blends essay, image, and poetry to recount mounting racial aggressions in encounters in daily life and in the media. Some encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, online, on TV. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive.




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What does "Black Lives Matter" believe?

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How To Be An Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi


Jim Crowe

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander



USF Libraries' Antiracist Reading List

View list of compiled materials here.


NPR's List of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism

 Click here for the list of resources.

 New Yorker

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Read The New Yorker book review here.

 Terrance Hayes

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes

Learn more about the book here









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