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 2014-2015

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    Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-In Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing by Jeannine Bell
    Sept. 23, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    This innovative book seriously examines the role violence plays in maintaining housing segregation, illustrating how intimidation and fear are employed to prevent meaningful integration. The author provides a moving examination of how neighborhood racial violence is enabled today and how it harms not only the victims, but entire communities. Discussion led by Prof. Mario Barnes, with emphasis on Chapters 2, 3 and 5.

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    The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden by Lisa Park
    Oct. 21, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3500
    Co-sponsored by CLEANR

    Tracking the lives of immigrant laborers through several years of exhaustive fieldwork and archival digging, this book tells a story that addresses some of the most pressing social problems of the day and frames how environmental degradation and immigration reform have become inextricably linked in many regions of the American West. Discussion led by Prof. Kaaryn Gustafson.

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    This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made by Frederick E. Hoxie
    Nov. 4, 2014
    6 p.m. Room 3500

    In this bold and sweeping counternarrative to our conventional understanding of Native American history, celebrated academic historian Frederick E. Hoxie highlights Native American political activists who have sought to bridge the distance between indigenous cultures and the U.S. republic through legal and political campaigns. Discussion led by Prof. Seth Davis.

Past Featured Works


Nicole Lamming
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