RISD Reads for Social Equity (Spring 2017)
RISD Reads for Social Equity is a forum for staff, faculty, students, and alumni to engage in meaningful discourse on diversity, equity and inclusion. RISD Reads chooses a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books that speak to these issues and provide an open forum for discussion.
For Spring 2017, RISD Reads for Social Equity will focus on Ralph Ellison’s book Invisible Man (1952); we are sharing this news today to allow participants plenty of time to read and become familiar with this important text.
According to Wikipedia this “novel by Ralph Ellison about an African American man whose color renders him invisible, published by Random House in 1952…addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans early in the twentieth century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.”
Please keep in mind that discussions are thematic, in order to foster participation without requiring 100% attendance.
In order to ensure an appropriate venue is booked for the gatherings, we ask that those interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to identify your intent to participate. As a bonus, the first ten students, five staff and five faculty to commit will receive free copies of the book, and have input into the final meeting schedule.
According to a Fall 2016 participant, during which participants discussed “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “the book group has been a great way to get connect with others in the RISD community members in a way that hasn’t been done before. Through our reading and sharing we have been able to gain knowledge and deepen understanding of other cultures and identities and how it affects our views of others”. We welcome students, faculty, and staff to join.