Radical Reading Group

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | BMCC Library Reading Nook

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Read and discuss The Handmaid’s Tale  and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

The radical reading group is a space for students, faculty and staff to come together to read, discuss, and think together about radical ideas that are all too often not a part of the everyday discourse of our political world. The radical reading group has teamed up with the BMCC Library, which hosts the events and adds each radical book to its collection, offering a limited number of copies of each book to students on a first come, first served basis. The group meets once a month, on the 4th Wednesday from 4-6pm in the library “reading nook” to the left of the main entrance, to discuss a book and other activism and organizing the members are interested or involved in. The group operates on a consensus model of decision making, meaning that everyone has a say in how the group runs and what books are read.

If you would like to be added to the email list for this group send a message to bmccradicalreading-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

AY 2019 – 2020 Schedule

2019: Environmental Issues


A Paradise Built in Hell : The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

November 1

Mourning nature : hope at the heart of ecological loss and grief.  Author: Ashlee Cunsolo; Karen Landman

December 6

The Handmaid’s Tale. Author: Margaret Atwood

The Testaments. Author: Margaret Atwood

2020:  Structural Violences/Racism 


A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None.  Author: Kathryn Yusoff

Anthropocene or Capitalocene? : Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Author: Christian Parenti; Jason W Moore

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene : reflections on the end of a civilization. Author: Roy Scranton

March 6 – Prisons 

Locked In : The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform. Author:John Pfaff

Carceral Capitalism. Author: Hui Wang

Are Prisons Obsolete?  Author:Angela Y Davis; Steve Freeman

April 3 – Colleges 

Ebony and Ivy Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Author: Wilder, Craig Steven.; Allen, Corey

The undercommons : fugitive planning & black study.  Author: Stefano Harney; Fred Moten

May 1 – Literary responses

The Alphabet ; Verses ; The Ghetto : poems.  Jessica Care Moore

The fourth century = Le quatrième siècle. Édouard Glissant; Betsy Wing

Citizen : an American lyric by Stephen Sachs; Claudia Rankine



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