Book Study: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Virtual Event

This Fall, the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) will be leading a campus-wide faculty, staff, administrator and GTA book study on How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.  Praised by the New York Times as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind,” Kendi’s groundbreaking work provides an essential counterpoint in the national conversation about race and resonates in this collective moment of reckoning. The term Kendi introduces—being an anti-racist—sets forth the idea that people can either be racist or anti-racist, and that there is no in-between.  Racists, he argues, are people who support racist policies through their actions, inactions or ideas; anti-racists actively confront racial inequalities. Being neutral isn’t enough. Dr. Kendi urges us to actively combat racist systems and policies, and provides tools to do so. We hope you will join us for this important conversation.

Dr. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research as well as a the recipient of the National Book Award (in 2016 for Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America), a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a contributor at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent.

We will begin the book study with a large virtual meeting over Zoom, then break into smaller groups (15-20 participants) over Zoom to encompass the whole book, 4-5 chapters at a time and end with a final virtual discussion and wrap up (see schedule below).

Monday September 14; 11 AM - 12:30 PM | Large Virtual Kick Off Zoom Meeting                                               

Week of September 28 | Chapters 1-4 – small groups meet via Zoom      

Week of October 12 | Chapters 5-8 – small groups meet via Zoom                                               

Week of October 26 | Chapters 9-13 – small groups meet via Zoom                                             

Week of November 9 | Chapters 14-18 – small groups meet via Zoom                                           

Wednesday November 18; 3-4:30 PM | Book read wrap up and next steps                  

Please click here to register for the bookread. There is a limited number of spots available for each cohort so we encourage you to register quickly. Books are provided by TTaDA. 

  • Mercedes Forseman

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