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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, February 3, from 12:00 - 1:00 via Zoom to discuss a few chapters of the book Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community by Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas. 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 available as an eBook through Clemson University Libraries here. You can also purchase a copy through IndieBound, Amazon, or the University of Iowa Press.
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The Empowered University
Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community by
Call Number: Cooper Library LD1061.C3 T56 2020
Publication Date: November 2020
Between 1890 and 1915, a predominately African American state convict crew built Clemson University on John C. Calhoun's Fort Hill Plantation in upstate South Carolina. Calhoun's plantation house still sits in the middle of campus. From the establishment of the plantation in 1825 through the integration of Clemson in 1963, African Americans have played a pivotal role in sustaining the land and the university. Yet their stories and contributions are largely omitted from Clemson's public history. This book traces "Call My Name: African Americans in Early Clemson University History," a Clemson English professor's public history project that helped convince the university to reexamine and reconceptualize the institution's complete and complex story from the origins of its land as Cherokee territory to its transformation into an increasingly diverse higher-education institution in the twenty-first century. Threading together scenes of communal history and conversation, student protests, white supremacist terrorism, and personal and institutional reckoning with Clemson's past, this story helps us better understand the inextricable link between the history and legacies of slavery and the development of higher education institutions in America.
Dates, Location, Chapters
|Wednesday, February 3 (pages 1 - 77)
|Wednesday, February 17 (pages 78 - 128)
|Wednesday, March 3 (pages 129 - 176)
|Wednesday, March 17 (pages 177 - 220)
|Wednesday, March 31 (pages 221 - 256)
All events will take place via Zoom from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
After RSVP-ing, you will receive a calendar invitation to the sessions.