Perspectives Reading Group

CLEaR co-sponsors a reading group every academic year. The Perspectives Reading Group serves as an informal setting where students and professors can examine issues of concern or importance to marginalized groups, focusing on a particular issue or demographic group at each meeting.

Featured Works - 2013-2014

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    Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America by Devon W. Carbado and Mitu Gulati
    Oct. 22, 2013
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    Two of America's leading scholars of race, the law, and employment show through vivid examples the ways that drawing conclusions from perceptions of racial performance contribute to bias in the workplace. Discussion led by Prof. Jonathan Glater.

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    Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration and Identity by Tomás R. Jiménez
    Nov. 12, 2013
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    In this vividly detailed book, the author takes us into the lives of later-generation descendents of Mexican immigrants, asking for the first time how this constant influx of immigrants from their ethnic homeland has shaped their assimilation. Discussion led by Prof. Jennifer Chacón.

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    Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society by john a. powell
    Jan. 28, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    A renowned social justice advocate persuasively argues that we have not achieved a post-racial society and that there is much work to do to redeem the American promise of inclusive democracy. Discussion led by Prof. Mario Barnes, with emphasis on Introduction and Chapters 2, 4 and 7.

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    Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
    Feb. 11, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Northup was kidnapped in Washington, DC, in 1841. He spent the next 12 harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup published this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. Discussion led by Prof. Olufunmilayo Arewa.

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    Undoing Border Imperialism by Harsha Walia
    March 25, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    Academic discourse, lived experiences of displacement, and movement-based practices combine into an exciting new book. This work offers relevant insights for all social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. Discussion led by Prof. Sameer Ashar.

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    Immigration Outside the Law by Hiroshi Motomura
    April 1, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3750

    This follow-up companion volume to the award-winning Americans in Waiting explains why unlawful immigration is such a contentious debate in the United States through a scholarly and objective perspective. This book analyzes how unauthorized migrants are becoming part of American society and offers practical and politically viable solutions for facilitating their integration. Discussion led by author Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA School of Law) with Prof. Stephen Lee.

Past Featured Works