The Allegheny Listens Common Reading Experience is designed to introduce new students to our diverse learning environment and academic life at Allegheny prior to the start of classes.
Each year, all new and transfer students, along with current students, faculty, and staff, read a book that has been thoughtfully reviewed and selected by faculty, staff, and students.
Common Reading: How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.
Details about how you can receive your copy of the book as well as events and activities based on themes from the book are forthcoming.