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Community Reads: Fall 2019 | Freedom is a Constant Struggle

A guide to the Community Reads program at UWB/CC Campus Library

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Event Details

Everyone is invited: 
UW Bothell and Cascadia College students, faculty, and staff are invited to a discussion of two chapters of Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis. 

Event Dates and times:
Wednesday November 13, 12:30pm - 2pm
Tuesday November 5, 3:30pm - 5pm

Library Room, LB1 - 205

We highly recommend reading prior to the events:

  • Chapter 1: Progressive Struggles Against Insidious Capitalist Individualism (Davis email interview 2014, Frank Barat)
  • Chapter 5: Closures and Continuities (Davis Speech at Birbeck University of London, Oct. 25, 2013)

eBook: Both chapters can also be accessed through the library's eBook copy. Unlimited user access.

Our goals for the Community Reads program are to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote engagement with thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship related to issues of equity and social justice across the UWB/CC campus and community.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and community conversation.

At the Event:
Community Reads aims to inspire dialog about important issues facing our diverse campus communities. Join campus community members as we engage with selected chapters and related materials from across disciplines and artistic forms of expression.

Fall 2019 Chapter Focus & Related Materials

For our Fall 2019 event, we will be focusing on Chapters 1 and 5 of Freedom is a Constant Struggle.

Our sub-themes, falling under the year long theme of Democracy, are:

  • Narrative
  • Resistance
  • Anti-capitalism

We have chosen the following related readings:

And artistic forms of expression:

Let America Be America Again, by Langston Hughes (Poetry)

Additional resources will be added throughout the year, from works across various disciplines and artistic forms of expression.

About the Book

"In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that ‘Freedom is a constant struggle.’” (-book jacket)

About the Author

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is author of Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2015), along with a number of other books on activism, feminism, and social and economic justice. She has been a prominent activist in American politics since her involvement with the Black Panther Party and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Formerly the director of the Feminist Studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she is now a professor emerita in the History of Consciousness department.

"Angela's Voice": Featured digital artwork by Donna Sullivan (Cascadia College staff)

"The Angela Davis image incorporates a powerful quote from the book, 'It is essential to resist the depiction of history as the work of heroic individuals in order for people today to recognize their potential agency as a part of an ever-expanding community of struggle.' The rest of the text in her hair and on her sleeve is taken from the 10 Point Program of the Black Panther Party." -Donna Sullivan

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