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I.D.E.A. Book Club
The I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness) Book Club is co-sponsored by the Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity, Clemson TIGERS Advance, and Clemson University Libraries to read and discuss books that expand our awareness of equity and diversity in the world around us.
The group will meet every other week starting on Wednesday, September 1, from 12:00 - 1:00 via Zoom to discuss a few chapters of the book The State Must Provide: Why America's Colleges Have Always Been Unequal - And How to Set Them Right by Adam Harris.
Thanks to the generosity of Clemson TIGERS Advance and the Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity, we were able to offer a free copy of the book to the first 20 people to RSVP and commit to attending at least three of the five sessions. The book is on order and will soon be available through Clemson University Libraries here. You can also purchase a copy through IndieBound, Amazon.
All copies have been claimed and the fall cohort has begun. If you are interested in participating in the spring 2021 group, please email email@example.com.
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The State Must Provide
The State Must Provide by
Publication Date: 2021-08-10
The definitive history of the pervasiveness of racial inequality in American higher education America's colleges and universities have a shameful secret: they have never given Black people a fair chance to succeed. From its inception, our higher education system was not built on equality or accessibility, but on educating--and prioritizing--white students. Black students have always been an afterthought. While governments and private donors funnel money into majority white schools, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and other institutions that have high enrollments of Black students, are struggling to survive, with state legislatures siphoning away federal funds that are legally owed to these schools. In The State Must Provide, Adam Harris reckons with the history of a higher education system that has systematically excluded Black people from its benefits. Harris weaves through the legal, social, and political obstacles erected to block equitable education in the United States, studying the Black Americans who fought their way to an education, pivotal Supreme Court cases like Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, and the government's role in creating and upholding a segregated education system. He explores the role that Civil War-era legislation intended to bring agricultural education to the masses had in creating the HBCUs that have played such a major part in educating Black students when other state and private institutions refused to accept them. The State Must Provide is the definitive chronicle of higher education's failed attempts at equality and the long road still in front of us to remedy centuries of racial discrimination--and poses a daring solution to help solve the underfunding of HBCUs. Told through a vivid cast of characters, The State Must Provide examines what happened before and after schools were supposedly integrated in the twentieth century, and why higher education remains broken to this day.
Dates, Location, Chapters
|Wednesday, September 1 (Introduction, Chapter 1)
|Wednesday, September 15 (Chapter 2, Chapter 3)
|Wednesday, September 29(Chapter 4, Chapter 5)
|Wednesday, October 13 (Chapter 6, Chapter 7)
|Wednesday, October 27 (Chapter 8, Chapter 9)
All events will take place via Zoom from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
After RSVP-ing, you will receive a calendar invitation to the sessions.