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Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities Bibliography for 2020/2021: Faculty Reading Group Fall 2020

Message from Rosamond King

While we are working remotely, we continue to crave opportunities for informal conversation. I’m pleased to let you know that Conor Tomás Reed will lead our Robert Viscusi Faculty Reading Group this Fall, in conjunction with scholar and activist Winona LaDuke's rescheduled visit as the Hess Scholar in Residence. The Reading Group will discuss excerpts from LaDuke's Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming with other selected readings related to "Land, Decolonization, and the University."

Details about each session and other readings will be available online and emailed to those who have signed up for the reading group. All are encouraged to attend the Hess events during September 21-25 for the opportunity to hear LaDuke address the Brooklyn College community regarding her work.

The Wolfe Institute is pleased to have Conor Tomás Reed, a respected instructor and intellectual, as the first adjunct professor to lead the Faculty Reading Group. Reed is a Puerto Rican/Irish multi-gendered street scholar and freedom maker who teaches Africana Studies and American Studies at Brooklyn College. Reed is a contributing editor with Lápiz Journal and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and is a participant in Decolonize This Place and the Free CUNY campaign. Reed is developing a manuscript about the rise of Black, Puerto Rican, and Women's Studies and movements at the City College of New York and in New York City from 1960 to the present.

This reading group is open to all faculty and staff. In particular, faculty and staff who want to learn more about, have been involved with, or wish to support, welcoming Indigenous Studies to Brooklyn College are encouraged to attend. Reed will intentionally center the participation of Black, Indigenous, and people of colors; specifically women, gender non-binary, and LGBTQ people.

To participate in this semester's discussion of readings, please email If you would like to suggest a potential book for a future Faculty Reading Group, email your suggestion and name/s of possible discussion leaders.


The reading group will meet online from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

September 17, Winona LaDuke, "What is Sacred?" (11-15) & "Imperial Anthropology" (67-86), from Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming.
October 15,  la paperson, A Third University is Possible (intro-ch3: xiii-53)
November 19, Jack Forbes, "The Goals of Education" (1-51), from Yanga Ya": Selected Poems & The Goals of Education (Part II). (Optional: Winona LaDuke "Vampires in the New World" (113-129))