My required reading lists (in no particular order).

Public scholarship:  

  • Barry Schwartz, "What 'Learning How to Think' Really Means" (June 2015)
  • Sherry Turkle, "How to Teach in an Age of Distraction" (October 2015)
  • Ta-nehisi Coates, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration" (Sept. 14, 2015)
  • Ta-nehisi Coates and Jackie Lay, "The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality" (Sept. 2015): http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/404674/enduring-myth-of-black-criminality/
  • Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, "The Coddling of the American Mind" (September 2015): http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/
  • Henry Louis Gates on James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time (August 2013): http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114134/henry-louis-gates-james-baldwin-fire-last-time
  • Jennifer Schuessler, "Ta-nehisi Coates' 'Visceral' Take on Being Black in America" (July 17, 2015): http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/18/books/ta-nehisi-coatess-visceral-take-on-being-black-in-america.html
  • Michelle Alexander's review of Ta-nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me" (Aug. 17, 2015): http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/books/review/ta-nehisi-coates-between-the-world-and-me.html?_r=1&referrer=
  • From NPR News: "Politics in the Classroom: How Much is Too Much?" (August 6, 2015): http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/08/06/415498760/the-role-of-politics-in-the-classroom?sc=tw
  • Hollis Robbins, "The Literature of Lynching" (August 10, 2015): http://chronicle.com/article/The-Literature-of-Lynching/232185/
  • Ta-nehisi Coates, "Letter to My Son" (July 4, 2015): http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/tanehisi-coates-between-the-world-and-me/397619/
  • David Shimke, "A Theorist Unchained" (August 5, 2015): http://chronicle.com.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/article/From-Theorist-to-Activist/231979/
  • Ta-nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations" (June 2014): http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/
  • George Yancey and Judith Butler, "What's Wrong with 'All Lives Matter'?" (January 2015): http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/whats-wrong-with-all-lives-matter/?_r=0
  • Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart, "Same-Sex Marriage Has Come to the South. Cultural Change is Another Matter" (July 2015): http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/07/15/southern_gays_the_gay_marriage_decision_kick_started_a_lot_of_difficult.html
  • Katherine Granke, "A Progressive Agenda for Married Queers" (June 30, 2015): http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/06/30/same_sex_marriage_and_progressive_politics_can_they_coexist.html
  • Linda Rodriguez McRobbie, "The Straight Parents' Guide to How Not to Raise a Homophobe-- and How to Be a Better Ally" (May 25, 2015): http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/05/25/how_not_to_raise_a_homophobe_a_straight_parents_guide.htm

Academic scholarship:

  • Sara Ahmed, The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004)
  • Jillian Hernandez, "Carnal Teachings: Raunch Aesthetics As Queer Feminist Pedagogies in Yo! Majesty's Hip Hop Practice" (2014)
  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)
  • Nell Bernstein, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison (2014)