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COLLEGE PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Keep checking! Programs and events related to this year's selection will take place during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
- Tuesday, September 20, Between the World and Me Staff Development Workshop, 2:00pm in The Learning Center, D-307
- Tuesday, October 25, Between the World and Me Staff Development Workshop, 2:00pm in The Learning Center, D-307
- Tuesday, November 1, Reflections on Being Black in America, (view program) a Between the World and Me Panel Discussion, 1:00pm in A-210. AC Campbell (Faculty, Sociology), Janice Love (Director of Research, SAC), Veronica Oforlea (Associate Dean, DSPS) and Kalonji Saterfield (Faculty, Communication Studies), will share their impressions of the book and their experiences as Black people living in the US. Join the year-long, campus-wide conversation of this timely issue. All are welcome.
- Wednesday, May 31, Dr. Terrence Roberts, 1:30pm - 2:30pm in Phillips Hall. Renowned author, educator, speaker, and member of the "Little Rock Nine" shares his story and views of race, identity, bias, prejudice, and helps us engage in a discussion on the central theme of our 2016-2017 Book of the Year, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
AVAILABILITY OF COPIES
The Nealley Library has purchased copies of the book for 2-week loans. Stop by the library Reference Desk to borrow a copy! You may also wish to check Library Links for additional copies owned by local public libraries.
BOOK EXCERPT adapted from the book
SAC CURRICULUM-RELATED RESOURCES/ACTIVITIES/ASSIGNMENTS
MEET the AUTHOR
- MacArthur Fellowship (3:38 mins.) In September 2015 Ta-Nehisi Coates was selected as one of 25 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In this MacArthur Fellows Program video clip the author reflects on his journalistic interests, the importance of having a firm grounding in history, his life, and the challenges of writing.
- In Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates (1:13:37 mins. Oct. 14, 2015). In a conversation moderated by James Bennett, Atlantic editor-in-chief, the author reads from his book, reflects on his youth, and candidly answers audience questions related to his life experiences, his beliefs and his book, Between the World and Me.
- National Book Award Acceptance Speech (6:37 mins.) Listen to Ta-Nehisi Coates' acceptance speech after being awarded the 66th National Book Award for Non-Fiction on Nov. 18, 2015.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates' Biographical Information from Wikipedia
READING GUIDES/CURRICULUM RESOURCES
INTERVIEWS with Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks at the Physical Toll of Being Black in America, (7:07 mins. July 10, 2015, transcript is available). In this NPR radio program hosted by Renee Montagne, "Coates brings to bear his fear that his life and the lives of his loved ones might end unnaturally."
- Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality, the Confederate Flag and Forgiveness, (27:13 mins. July 13, 2015, transcript is available). Terry Gross, NPR's Fresh Air host interviews Ta-Nehisi. "Growing up in Baltimore, the writer faced threats from both the streets and the police."
- Ta-Nehisi Coates Tells Son on Racism: Get Used to It, CBS This Morning (6:58 mins. July 13, 2015).
- "Between the World and Me": Ta-Nehisi Coates Extended Interview on Being Black in America, (42:19 min. interview broadcast on July 22, 2015). "Coates talks about how he was influenced by freed political prisoner Marshall "Eddie" Conway and writer James Baldwin, and responds to critics of his book, including Cornel West and New York Times columnist David Brooks." Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, (6:53 mins. July 23, 2015). As guest of The Daily Show with John Stewart the author "describes the ongoing oppression of African Americans and discusses why some groups resist having a dialogue about race."
- Exclusive - Ta-Nehisi Coates Extended Interview Pt. 1, (6:58 mins. July 23, 2015). In this first of two-parts The Daily Show with John Stewart program the author "details his tragic personal experience with police discrimination against African Americans."
- Exclusive - Ta-Nehisi Coates Extended Interview Pt. 2 (7:41 mins. July 23, 2015). In this second part of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart program the author "discusses how he taught his son about racial prejudice in his book Between the World and Me."
- Journalist, Author and MacArthur Fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, (48:49 minute interview broadcast on October 8, 2015, transcript is available). "A conversation with Coates about the devastating effect of mass incarceration on black families and his recent memoir about growing up in inner-city Baltimore." The Diane Rehm Show is produced at WAMU 88.5 and distributed by NPR, NPR Worldwide, SIRIUS XM satellite radio and the Armed Forced Network.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me, (52:42 mins. October 29, 2015). In this program recorded as part of the 26th annual Chicago Humanities Festival, Coates joins Chicago Public Media reporter Natalie Y. Moore for a conversation.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates on His Work and the Painful Process of Getting Conscious, (7:21 min. interview broadcast on November 21, 2015, transcript available). Coates spoke with All Things Considered NPR host Michel Martin by phone just as he was about to return to Paris, where he and his family have been living for the past few months.
ARTICLES WRITTEN BY TA-NEHISI COATES
- The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic, June 2014. "Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole."
- The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, The Atlantic, October 2015. "American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that's left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report "The Negro Family" tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent."
- Read all stories published by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic.
RECOMMENDED HISTORICAL ONLINE RESOURCES
- Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) "One of the most ambitious and comprehensive efforts to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web....It promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement through three principal components: 1.) a digital video archive of historical news film to key events of the Civil Rights Movement, 2.) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital collections on a national scale, and 3.) secondary Web-based resources -- such as contextual stories, encyclopedia articles, lesson planes, and activities -- to facilitate the use of the video content in the learning process." (CRDL)
- Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South "A selection of 100 recorded oral history interviews" from the Digital Collections of Duke University Libraries. Searchable by interviewee, interview state, birth state, gender and occupation, this site "chronicles African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890's to the 1950's." Transcripts are available.
- Eyes on the Prize, the Complete Series Access transcripts of the complete interviews conducted for the Eyes of the Prize DVD series, still considered the definitive documentary on the Civil Rights Movement. The Nealley Library owns this DVD series, call number: Main Stacks E185.615 .E943 2006.
- Rise and Fall of Jim Crow "Web site companion to the PBS film The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow." Information about significant events in the history of Jim Crowism in the United States is presented via an interactive timeline with video clips, photographs and historic documents. Background information on the national fight against Jim Crow is divided into sections on the president, the Congress, and the Supreme Court, and interactive maps provide information on where Jim Crow laws were enforced, the location of African American colleges and universities, the patterns of population and migration, and the sites of lynchings and riots.
- Timeline of the Jim Crow Era A PBS interactive timeline of the Jim Crow Era. Click on topical tabs to read detailed descriptions of key events to learn about the day-to-day lives of African-Americans in the South from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
- Jim Crow Laws by State An interactive PBS map of Jim Crow laws. Click on a state to view the many laws, codes, and constitutional amendments passed in that region.
NEALLEY LIBRARY RESOURCES Seeking print or online resources related to themes of the book? Please call (714) 564-6708 during library hours of operation, or stop by the Nealley Library Reference Desk for assistance.
FACULTY: If you incorporate this book and/or any of its themes into your coursework or department discussions, please complete and return the Assessment of Course or Program Activity Form before the end of each semester.
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