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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 once a month to discuss a variety of materials and resources aimed at deepening our understanding of social justice and increasing our cultural competencies. Join us 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.

2020–2021 Schedule

Dec. 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.
  • Jan. 27 (N.B. this is the fourth Wednesday): Chip Colwell, TED talk: Why Museums are Returning Cultural Treasures, and Tara Houska, TED talk: The Standing Rock Resistance and Our Fight for Indigenous Rights
  • Feb. 17: Still Processing podcast, "Asian-Americans Talk About Racism," part 1 & part 2 
  • Mar. 17: The 54th in '22 by Kirsten Greenidge, from Huntington Theatre’s Dream Boston Audio Play series
  • Apr. 21: Jericho Brown, "The Tradition" (poetry)
  • May 19: Gene Luen Yang,  American Born Chinese (graphic novel)
  • Jun. 16: “13th” (documentary on YouTube or Netflix)
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 15: Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns (nonfiction)
  • Oct. 20: Crip Camp: a Disability Revolution (documentary on Netflix)
  • Nov. 17: Jim Vrabel, A People’s History of the New Boston (nonfiction)
  • Dec. 15: Juila Alvarez, Afterlife (novel)