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
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.
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.
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
Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America by Devon W. Carbado and Mitu Gulati. Discussion led by Prof. Jonathan Glater
Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration and Identity by Tomás R. Jiménez. Discussion led by Prof. Jennifer Chacón
Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society by john a. powell. Discussion led by Prof. Mario Barnes
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup. Discussion led by Prof. Olufunmilayo Arewa
Undoing Border Imperialism by Harsha Walia. Discussion led by Prof. Sameer Ashar
Immigration Outside the Law by Hiroshi Motomura. Discussion led by author Hiroshi Motomura and Prof. Stephen Lee
Representing the Race: The Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer by Kenneth Mack. Discussion led by Prof. Mario Barnes
Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality by Robert Bullard. Discussion led by Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow
Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston by Shannon Gleeson.
Discussion led by Prof. Stephen Lee
Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, edited by Muhs, Nieman, Gonzalez, and Harris. Discussion led by Prof. Jennifer Chacon
Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy by Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom, and Victor Narro. Discussion led by Profs. Catherine Fisk and Sameer Ashar
Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism by Derrick Bell. Discussion led by Prof. Mario Barnes
Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura Gomez. Discussion led by Prof. Jennifer Chacon
And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice by Derrick Bell. Discussion led by Prof. Jonathan Glater
Covering by Kenji Yoshino. Discussion led by
Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow
Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla Silva. Discussion led by
Prof. Trina Jones
Maid in the U.S.A. by Mary Romero. Discussion led by Profs. Mario Barnes and Jennifer Chacón
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting by Vijay Prashad. Discussion led by Prof. Stephen Lee