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UO Class of 2020 Reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me; Campus Community Joins in Year-Long Common Reading Activities

How can I get involved?

Consider teaching the text. More than 35 courses across the curriculum—from Human Physiology to Writing to Dance—have already adopted the book this academic year. UO’s Common Reading Web site is a rich repository of resources on Between the World and Me, including an original teaching guide by program coordinator Sharon Kaplan that includes more than 20 specific teaching ideas, each with discussion questions and companion texts to Coates’ work. UO Libraries has prepared a research guide on the text.

Whatever you teach, enhance the climate of inclusion and belonging in your course. This term, TEP will host workshops on getting to know students using surveying tools, working with human presence in the classroom, facilitating difficult dialogues, supporting students of all gender expressions, and more. Join us. Feel welcome to submit questions about inclusive teaching and classroom climate through our new Web portal, and check our blog for reflections on and concrete strategies toward inclusive teaching.

Visit Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. JSMA has organized a “Common Seeing” exhibition to go with the Common Reading. The exhibit displays the work of artists who consider the complexity of Black experience in America. It features artwork by Marc Bradford, Robert Colescott’s, Theaster Gates, Mildred Howard, Chris Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Kehinde Wiley. Learn more…

"Between the World and Me : Contemporary African American Artists Respond to Ta-Nehisi Coates" exhibit poster


Form a reading group. Many departments, academic leaders, and student leaders have read and discussed Coates’ work together. The Graduate School will announce details of a group it’s hosting soon.

Attend the 2017 Ruhl Lecture. The School of Journalism and Communication will host Coates on campus February 3 for a talk entitled “A Deeper Black: Race in America.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, photo by Gabriella Demzuk 

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