Centre for Teaching and Learning

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Centre for Teaching and Learning

Resources on Anti-Racism

We know that many of our Queen’s colleagues will be taking time on September 9 and 10 to participate in the international Scholar Strike to protest anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and racist police brutality by taking part in teach-ins and seeking out resources to expand their knowledge of anti-oppressive and inclusive pedagogies.

Scholar Strike Resources (PDF, 1.6MB)

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism: A Toolkit for Health Professionals from Faculty of Health Sciences

Here are some of the titles we’re reading in the CTL to further our own education around anti-racism. We’ll be adding resources to this site as they’re developed, so check back regularly.

Cover of the book:  Bread out of stone : recollections sex, recognitions race, dreaming politics Brand, DionneBread out of stone : recollections sex, recognitions race, dreaming politics

Brand, Dionne

Available through Queen's Library

An evocative and insightful essay collection, Bread Out of Stone brings Dionne Brand’s signature unflinching eye and personal history to issues of sex, sexism and sexual autonomy; politics, community and the centrality of whiteness in Canadian culture; diaspora and immigration; violence and stereotypes; racial imagination; and music, art, literature and freedom.

First published in 1998, this edition includes a new introduction from the critically acclaimed writer. These prescient essays, whose bearing still have a tight grip in contemporary culture, offer commentary and criticism in Brand’s uniquely poetic and unimpeachable way.

Book cover: DiAngelo, Robin. 2018. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

DiAngelo, Robin

Available through Queen's Library

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Book cover: hooks, bell. 1994. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge.Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

hooks, bell

Available through Queen's Library

In Teaching to Transgress,bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom.  Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal.

bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom?

Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings.  This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself.

"To educate is the practice of freedom," writes bell hooks, "is a way of teaching anyone can learn." Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher's struggle to make classrooms work.

book cover: Kendi, Ibram X. 2019. How To Be An Antiracist. New York: Random House.How To Be An Antiracist

Kendi, Ibram X.

Available through Queen's Library

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

book cover: Oluo, Ijeoma. 2018. So You Want to Talk About Race. New York: Seal Press.So You Want to Talk About Race

Oluo, Ijeoma

Available through Queen's Library

Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy -- from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans -- has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair -- and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

Tatum, Beverly D.

Available through Queen's Library

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.


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