What Are You Reading This Summer, Professor?

What Are You Reading This Summer, Professor?

Who: Julian Bond, Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Distinguished Adjunct Professor, American University

Summer Book: Democracy Rising: South Carolina
and the fight for Black Equality since 1865, by Peter Lau

Why: “It details the significant work the NAACP did over many years to build a progressive civil rights movement in South Carolina.”


Who: Dr. Leslie Bow, Associate Professor of English & Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Summer Book: Out by Natsuo Kirino, a best selling Japanese crime novel that doubles as an indictment of women’s inequality and class rigidity in Japan

Why:  “I’m curious about Japanese feminism because the American media is so selective about representing Japan; it’s either exoticized or kooky.”


Who: Dr. Abdul Alkalimat, Director of Africana Studies & Professor of Sociology, University of Toledo

Summer Book: The Covenant With Black America, by Tavis Smiley

Why:  “If the people are reading this, then I have to as well. Scholars have to be in touch with the consciousness
of their community.”



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