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ENGL 1010: English Composition: Faculty Version: New Readings (Fall 2020 - Fall 2022)

Bulletin Description: Workshop in expository writing: strategies of, and practice in, analytical reading and writing about texts.

New Readings Fall 2020 - Fall 2022

New Reading

Cornel West, “The ignoble Paradox of Modernity”

Cornel West, “Horace Pippin’s Challenge to Art Criticism”

Sharon Zukin, “What Shopping Should Be”

Caroline Randall Williams, “My Body is a Confederate Monument

Ibram X. Kendi, “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

Ibram X. Kendi, “Patience is a Dirty Word

Cathy Park Hong, “The Slur I Never Expected to Hear in 2020

Cathy Park Hong, “Bad English

Ostherr, Kirsten, “Movies have perpetuated racist ideas about illness for more than a century.”

Alex Vitale, “The Answer to Police Violence is Not Reform

Sonia Shah, “It’s Time to Tell a New Story About Coronavirus

Saida Grundy, “The False Promise of Anti-Racism Books

John McWhorter, “The Coronavirus Generation Will Use Language Differently

Maurice Berger, “Picturing Obama” from Vision & Justice

Sarah E. Lewis, “Where Are All the Photos of People Dying of Covid?” NYT

Salamishah Tillet, “Meghan Markle and the Bicultural Blackness of the Royal Wedding” NYT

Salamishah Tillet, “Female Visibility Matters”

James Baldwin, “A Talk to Teachers”

James Baldwin, “Fifth Avenue, Uptown”

Toni Morrison, “Racism and Fascism”

Toni Morrison, “Race Matters”

Gabriel Okara, “African Speech . . . English Words”

M. Nourbese Philip, “The Absence of Writing or How I Almost Became a Spy”

W. E. B. Dubois, “Our Spiritual Strivings” from The Souls of Black Folk

Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain”

George Schyuler, “The Negro Art Hokum”

Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write

James McBride, “School/Shul”

Dawn Lundy Martin, “When a Person Goes Missing

Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury”

Alexander Chee, “Future Queer

Bernie Sanders, “We Must Make Public Colleges & Universities Tuition-Free

Robert Applebaum, “Debate on Student Loan Debt Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Justin Wolfers“Forgive Student Loans? Worst Idea Ever

Julia Serano, “Free Speech and the Paradox of Tolerance

Derek Bok, “Protecting Freedom of Expression on the Campus

Kenan Malik, “The Bane of Cultural Appropriation”

Kenan Malik, “In Defense of Cultural Appropriation

Yo Zushi, “What’s Mine Is Yours

K Tempest Bradford, “Cultural Appropriation is, in Fact, Indefensible

Hossain Derakshan,“How Social Media Endangers Knowledge

Navneet Alang, “Eat, Pray, Post

Sunnivie Brydum,“The True Meaning of the Word Cisgender

Jia Tolentino, “Where Millenials Come From

Deborah J. Glick & Toby Ann Stavinsky,“Attacking CUNY at the Worst Moment Possible

Nicholas Fredenberg and Erinn Bacchus“After COVID-19, We Must Save CUNY

Richard Gottfried & Susan Kang, “Tax the Rich to Save CUNY: An Economic and Social Justice Imperative

Ben Lerner, “The Backward Logic of Austerity Threatens America’s Most Vibrant Campus

Wanda Nanibush, “Idle No More: Strong Hearts of Indigenous Women Leadership 

Julian Brave Noisecat & Anne Spice, “A History and Future of Resistance”

Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, “Why the Founder of Standing Rock Sioux Camp Can’t Forget the Whitestone Massacre" (

Also refer to list of resources from the Black Lives Matter Poetry Alliance:


And the Black History Month Library: