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The Common Reader Project 2020/21: Events


Race/Racism and the Premodern
Shimmering Contraries: Medieval Grammar and the Rise of Race and Racism
Prof. Cord Whitaker (English, Wellesley College)
Thursday October 8, 3:40-4:55pm
Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Judaic Studies, Classics, History, Religious Studies, The Wolfe Institute, LAMEM, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
All students and faculty welcome. Questions, or for Zoom links, email Prof. Mancia at:


The 1619 Project Across the Disciplines
A Panel Discussion with Prof. Colleen Bradley-Sanders (Archives), Prof. Benjamin Carp (History), Prof. Peter Lipke (Biology), and Prof. Gunja Sengupta (History)

Colleen Bradley-Sanders: "What's Not in the Archives: Documenting African American History"
Benjamin Carp: "Slavery and Freedom in 1619 and 1776: Tough Questions about American Origins"
Peter Lipke: "The Legacy of 1619 at Brooklyn College and 40 Years of Trying to Diversify Science"
Gunja Sengupta: "Slavery and Empire: The Long Shadow of 1619"

Moderated by Prof. Martha Nadell (English)

Wednesday October 28, 7-8:30pm
All students and faculty welcome. Questions, or for Zoom links, email Prof. Ellen Tremper at:


The 1619 Project, Racism, and Science
A Panel Discussion with Prof. Yana Kuchirko (Psychology), Prof. Simanique Moody (English), Prof. Sophia N. Suarez (Physics), and Prof. Linda Villarosa (Journalism, Graduate Center)

Yana Kuchirko: "Racial Biases in Developmental Psychology"
Simanique Moody: "African American Language and Perceptions of Intelligence in Education Settings"
Sophia N. Suarez: "The Oppositions to Improving Underrepresented Groups in Physics"
Linda Villarosa: "Race, Racism and Physiology: The Legacy of Slavery Continues"

Moderated by Prof. Peter Lipke (Biology)

Wednesday November 18, 7pm
All students and faculty welcome. 


Caste: The Origins of our Discontents (by Isabel Wilkerson) in Historical Perspective
A Panel Discussion with Prof. Swapna Banerjee (History), Prof. Benjamin Fleming (Religious Studies), Prof. Gunja SenGupta (History), and Prof. Karen Stern (History)

Monday, November 23, 4-5:30pm
Co-sponsored by Religious Studies and History
All students and faculty welcome. Questions, or for Zoom link, email Prof. Mancia at:

The Prophets: A Reading by Robert Jones Jr.
Brooklyn College MFA alumnus Robert Jones Jr. reads from his critically acclaimed debut novel, The Prophets
Introduced by Wadzanai Mhute M.F.A. '21

Thursday, February 18, 6pm
Co-Sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of History, the Wolfe Institute, the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs, and We Stand Against Hate.
All students and faculty welcome. Register here.

A Conversation with Cornel West: Culture, Race, and Democracy
Philosopher, Political Activist, Social Critic, Author, and Public Intellectual
Introduced by Martha Nadell, Associate Professor, English Department

Tuesday March 9, 7pm

Register here