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July 14, 2020

COURSE MATERIALS | Learning Through Narratives

LEARNING THROUGH NARRATIVE

THE LEGACY 

OF SYSTEMIC

RACISM:

EXPLORING STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY 



+ THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

WITH

JERRY RAFIKI JENKINS, Ph.D

CARLTON DWAYNE FLOYD, Ph.D

Thursday July 16, 2020 | 5 - 6 PM PST 

Course Introduction - Overview of primary readings 

Discussion on Systemic Racism and the Justice System 

Thursday July 23, 2020 | 5 - 6PM PST 

Discussion on “Bloodchild” Short Story 

Discussion on Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler 

Thursday July 30, 2020 | 5 - 6PM PST 

Discussion on Just Mercy 

Thursday August 6, 2020 | 5 - 6PM PST 

Closing Discussion

Book: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

Short Story: “Bloodchild” in Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler.

Bloodchild and Other Stories is the only collection of science fiction stories and essays written by American writer Octavia E. Butler. Each story and essay features an afterword by Butler. "Bloodchild", the title story, won the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The odyssey of one woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized. 

Essay: “A Report From Occupied Territory” by James Baldwin

This article originally appeared inJuly 11, 1966, issue of The Nation.

Essay: “An Open Letter to Mr. Carter” by James Baldwin

A letter addressed to President Jimmy Carter regarding the unjust incarceration of Black men. 

Poem: Selections from ​Bastards of the Reagan Era ​by Reginald Dwayne Betts

Bastards of the Reagan Era is a challenge, confronting realities that frame an America often made invisible.