In Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
In Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Free Virtual Event
Join community members across
California and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to discuss How to Be An Antiracist, a
2021 Book to Action selection and the 2020-2021 Book in Common at Chico
State. Dr. Kendi will participate in a conversation on April 21 from
5:30-6:30pm, moderated by Dr. Kim Jaxon, Professor of English at Chico
State, and Bre Holbert, Associated Students’ President and Agricultural
Science and Education major. Dr. Kendi will be introduced by Beatriz
Preciado of OC Public Libraries. The conversation will situate the
central themes of the book, including definitions and examples of
antiracism and racism, and discuss how to move from reflection to
meaningful action on issues of racial equity.
Participants can ask questions for Dr. Kendi in advance using this form.
Kendi’s concept of antiracism reshapes the conversation about racial
justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward
liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Kendi
asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and
how we can play an active role in building it. As antiracist leader
Ijeoma Oluo notes, “Ibram Kendi’s work, through both his books and the
Antiracist Research and Policy Center, is vital in today’s
sociopolitical climate. As a society, we need to start treating
antiracism as action, not emotion – and Kendi is helping us to do that.”
One of America’s foremost historians, Kendi is a leader among antiracist scholars, and a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling
author of seven books. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the
Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for
Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and
a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is also the 2020-21 Frances
B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at
Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Kendi’s most recent book is Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019,
co-edited with Keisha N. Blain, which engages eighty different
contributors to tell the history of the 400 years since the first
African slave ship, the White Lion, arrived in the colony of Virginia.
The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote
discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader
community. How to Be an Antiracist was adopted as the Book in
Common by Chico State, the City of Chico, the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of
Chico Rancheria, and Butte College. The conversation with Dr. Kendi caps
off a year of events and programming on this year’s Book in Common.
Visit www.csuchico.edu/bic for
additional resources related to the Book in Common, as well as recorded
webinars, including last fall’s featured presentation by Dr. Nandi
Sojourner Crosby, “Walking the Talk: Anti-Racist Work in Our Everyday
Lives.” Also, free of cost, please consider joining Chico State and
Butte College students, faculty, and staff as they continue to meet on
Zoom to discuss specific chapters from How to Be an Antiracist. Details can be found on the Book in Common website.
This event is made possible through partnerships with the Book to
Action initiative from California Center for the Book and California
Library Association; OC Public Libraries; Butte College’s Diversity
Committee; and the Office of the President and the Division of Academic
Affairs at Chico State.
Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the
community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The
Big 3 themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are Equity, Sustainability, and Health. SCPL
is partnering with the Watsonville Public Library for a Book to Action
Summer Reading Program around the book "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen" by Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas will be in
conversation with us in June. Stay tuned!
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