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Social Justice Initiative

Sponsored by the Boston Athenæum Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Working Group

Interested in social justice issues? So are we! The Boston Athenæum’s Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) Working Group invites you to join our Social Justice Initiative. We’ll meet twice a month to discuss a variety of materials and resources aimed at deepening our understanding of social justice and increasing our cultural competencies. Two copies of each book are available at the Reference desk for in house use. Join us every Second Monday at 5:00 p.m. or every Third Wednesday at noon. Contact deai@bostonathenaeum.org to join!

Note that during the Covid-19 outbreak our meetings are held through a virtual platform.

2020 Schedule

Mar. 9, 18: Ibram Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist
Apr. 13, 15: Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, and Michael Northen (editors), Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability 
May 18 (N.B. this is the third Monday), 20: Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood 
Jun. 8, 17: Paris is Burning (film)
Jul. 13, 29 (last Wednesday): I Am Not Your Negro (film) 
Aug. 10. 19: Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Sep. 14, 16: Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. Two copies on reserve at Reference for in-library reading.
Oct. 12, 21: Ralph Waldo Ellison, Invisible Man. Two copies on reserve at Reference for in-library reading.
Nov. 9, 18: 1619 (Podcast)
Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here
has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. 1619, a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment.
Introduction & five episodes available here. Also available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, & Stitcher.
Dec. 14, 16: Uncivil (Podcast)
Uncivil brings you stories that were left out of the official history of the Civil War, ransacks America's past, and takes on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about resistance, covert operations, corruption, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and so much more. And we connect these forgotten struggles to the political battlefield we’re living on right now. The story of the Civil War—the story of slavery, confederate monuments, racism—is the story of America. Three episodes are available here.