Course Documents

Mon, July 18 • Viet Thanh Nguyen, “I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It.” Time, 15 Nov. 2018.
• Jewelle Gomez,The Event of Becoming” (1997).

Tues, July 19 •  Aurora Levins Morales, “Child of the Americas.Getting Home Alive. Firebrand Books, 1986.
• Aurora Levins Morales, “What Race Isn’t: Teaching About RacismMedicine Stories: Essays for Radicals. Duke University Press, 2019.
• Toni Morrison, “Racism and FascismThe Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

Wed, July 20 Winona LaDuke, “What is Sacred?,” from Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming. South End Press, 2005.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “Introduction: This Land.” An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Beacon Press, 2015.

Thurs, July 21 • Myron Dewey, Josh Fox, and James Spione (directors), ​Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock ​(excerpts) (2017)

Mon, July 25 Historical Foundations of Race,” National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Ronald Takaki, The ‘Tempest’ in the Wilderness: The Racialization of Savagery,” A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Seven Stories Press (1993).

Tues, July 26 Declaration of Independence” (1776).
• Nikole Hannah-Jones, “The Idea of America,The New York Times, 14 Aug. 2019.

Wed, July 27 • Walt Whitman, “I Hear America Singing,” “Song of Myself,” (excerpts) Leaves of Grass (1855).
Hugh Ryan, “From Leaves of Grass to the Brooklyn Bridge: The Rise of the Queer Waterfront, 1855-1883,” When Brooklyn Was Queer. St. Martin’s Press (2019).

Thurs, July 28 • Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” (1883).
• Anzia Yezierska, “America and I,” Children of Loneliness: Stories of Immigrant Life in America. Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1923.

Mon, Aug 1 • Poetry Foundation, An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance
• Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” The Nation, 1926.
• Zora Neale Hurston, “How it Feels to be Colored Me,” World Tomorrow, 1928.

Tues, Aug 2 • Mine Okubo, Citizen 13660 ([part 1] and [part 2] excerpts), Columbia University Press, 1946.
• Lilly Fowler, “‘Never Again is Now’: Japanese Americans driven by history in immigration fight,” Crosscut, 21 Feb. 2020.

Wed, Aug 3 • Judith Butler, “Your Behavior Creates Your Gender,” June 2011.
• Michael Kimmel, “Masculinity as Homophobia,” Theorizing Masculinities, 13 June 1994.

Thurs, Aug 4 • Philip Levine, “What Work Is,” What Work Is, Knopf Press, 1991.
• Raymond Carver, “Cathedral,” Cathedral: Stories, Vintage Press, 1983.

Mon, Aug 8 • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s introduction to How We Get Free and Combahee River Collective Statement (1977), Haymarket Press, 2018.

Tues, Aug 9 • Audre Lorde, “I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities,” Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1985. “A Litany for Survival,” The Black Unicorn: Poems, W.W. Norton & Company, 1978.
• Adrienne Rich, “Notes toward a Politics of Location (1984),” BloodBread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985, W.W. Norton & Company, 1986.

Wed, Aug 10 Gloria Anzaldua,  “The Homeland, Aztlán”  and “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” from Borderlands/La Frontera: the New Mestiza, Aunt Lute Books, 1987.

Thurs, Aug 11 • Katie Mitchell (director), Watched, 2016. (20 minutes)
• Jeanne Theoharis, “‘I Feel Like a Despised Insect’: Coming of Age Under Surveillance in New York,” The Intercept, 18 Feb. 2016.

Mon, Aug 15 Debt Collective, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition excerpts, Haymarket Press, 2020.
• Astra Taylor (director), “You Are Not A Loan,” The Intercept, 25 Jan. 2021. (45 minutes)

Tues, Aug 16 • The New York Times, “Can You Answer These Sex Ed Questions?: A Post-Roe Quiz” (2022).
Anne Rumberger, “The Abortion Rights Movement Must Now Turn to Grassroots Organizing and Direct Action,” Jacobin Magazine (2022).
Alisha Haridasani Gupta, “The Voices of Men Affected by Abortion,” The New York Times (2022)

Wed, Aug 17 • Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy (directors), Jane: An Abortion Service (1996) (57 minutes)

Thurs, Aug 18 • Anti-Racist Coalition at Brooklyn College, July 14, 2020 Town Hall (1 hour, 41 minutes)