- Black Lives Matter Films (Film at Mason/VFS)
- An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter
- With Friends Like These - "White Fragility 101" (Podcast)
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
- Welcome to Racial Equity Tools
- MPD150: A People's Project Evaluating Policing
- Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Reading List
- White Fragility Mixtape
- Decolonize Your Syllabus
- If you’re planning to take part in protests, know your rights. Read this.
- Covering by Kenji Yoshino
- Addressing Micro-Aggression in the Workplace - Featuring Lenora Billings-Harris (video)
- “What the Police Really Believe” by Zack Beauchamp
- Theater Resource: Alternative Canon to 1945
- Theater Resource: School of Theater’s List of Books
The arts create community. At Mason, artistic vision sparks global conversation.
Two new series, Kritikos and Global Arts Coffeehouse, bring Mason artists, scholars and neighbors into conversation about artistic work on the global scene as well as a thoughtful approach to the arts.
Please see the calendar for a list of current events. Check back for updates throughout the year.
These events are free and open to the public.
Kritikos engages topics such as writing about the arts, critical studies, translation, the artist in society, and art as speech.
Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group
Fridays, 1-2:30 pm, from October 2-November 20, 2020 (no talk on Oct 9)
Dear Members of the CVPA Community:
Inspired by mass actions and worldwide protests demanding racial justice earlier this year, CVPA’s Arts in Context is continuing the Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group this Fall, moderated by Mason faculty members Jessica Kallista and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, with help from co-organizers, Aishah-Nyeta Brown, Natalie Ledesma, Jordan McRae, Sang Nam, and Aries Wilson.
Members of the CVPA community will meet in Fall 2020 for 90-minute sessions once a week, but with a goal of long-term commitment to relationship building, awareness, reimagining, and action, around anti-racist practices, racial justice, and the creation of conversations as well as systems of compassion and healing. We will focus on anti-Black racism and its effects on society.
Grounded in the knowledge that it is not a question of whether we are racist, but rather how racism is expressed and experienced in ourselves, our lives, our behaviors, and our institutions, we will explore books, music, art, essays, podcasts, and documentaries that allow us to critically question and consider our roles as artists, thinkers, citizens, and creatives in a society founded on racist values and practices.
All are welcome. If you are currently benefiting from the existing racist system, we ask only that you arrive
- ready to learn or expand your understanding of the role you play in sustaining the existing system, and
- willing to lean into the discomfort necessary to learn how to live in an ever-increasingly anti-racist way.
Every Friday, October 2-November 20, 2020 (no talk on Oct 9), 1-2:30 pm.
We hope you can join us!
Jessica and Kristin
Please take our survey about the Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group series this Fall.
October 2, 2020: Misogynoir
No talk October 9, 2020
October 16, 2020: Reparations
October 23, 2020: Afrofuturism, Otherwise Worlds, and Freedom Dreaming
October 30, 2020: Disability and Race (co-moderated by Aishah-Nyeta Brown)
November 6, 2020: Education as Liberation: Anti-Racist Pedagogy
November 13, 2020: Black Trans Lives Matter
November 20, 2020: Black Joy, Bliss, Self-Care, and Healing
You’re invited to join this recurring Zoom meeting for the Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group:
Fridays from October 2 to November 20, 1 to 2:30 pm.
(Please note that we will not meet on October 9.)
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Week 7: November 20, 2020— Black Joy, Self Care & Healing from Racial Trauma
How racism makes us sick | David R. Williams
Racism at My Job Literally Gave Me PTSD by Erika Stallings
Audre Lorde reads Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic As Power (FULL Updated)
Week 6: November 13, 2020— Black Trans Lives Matter
Black Trans* Lives Matter | D-L Stewart | TEDxCSU
Democracy Now (video)
Week 5: November 6, 2020—Education as Liberation: Anti-Racist Pedagogy
Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Chapter 2—Paulo Friere (full text)
bell hooks on interlocking systems of domination (4 min video)
Creating Inclusive Classrooms (Mason Website)
“Education Liberates” featuring bell hooks and Bettina Love (1 hr, 30 min video)
Week 4: October 30, 2020—Race and Disability
Intersectionality & Disability, ft Keri Gray, the Keri Gray Group #DisabilityDemandsJustice (video)
#RaceAnd: Kay Ulanday Barrett (video)
Week 3: October 23, 2020—Afrofuturism, Otherwise Worlds, and Freedom Dreaming
Why should you read sci-fi superstar Octavia E. Butler? - Ayana Jamieson and Moya Bailey (video)
Excerpt: "Emergent Strategies" - adrienne maree brown (video)
Sci-Fi Digital Series “Afrofuturism” Sun Ra Part 1 | DUST (video)
Afrofuturism Explained: Not Just Black Sci-Fi | Inverse (video)
Otherwise, Ferguson by Ashon Crawley (essay)
Against the Normative World by Sofia Samatar (interview)
NOTES TOWARD A THEORY OF QUANTUM BLACKNESS by SOFIA SAMATAR (poem)
Freedom Dreaming: A Call to Imagine by Sarah Branch, Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellow
Week 2: October 16, 2020—Reparations
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic article)
What is Owed by Nikole Hannah-Jones (NYT article)
We May Be the First People to Receive Reparations for Slavery | NYT Opinion (NYT video)
Slavery reparations bill debated in US House hearing (The Guardian video)
‘Stain of slavery’: Congress debates reparations to atone for America's original sin (The Guardian article with video)
North Carolina City Will Give Reparations to Black Residents | NowThis (video)
How Reparations Could Fix The Racial Wealth Gap In America | NBC News NOW (video)
Six questions about slavery reparations, answered (CNN article)
Week 1: October 2, 2020—Misogynoir
End Adultification Bias (Full Version) (video)
The Uses of Anger by Audre Lorde (essay)
The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House (pdf) by Audre Lorde (essay)
How to Be an Anti-Racist: Chapter 14: Gender by Ibram X. Kendi
M4BL: End of the War on Black Women (website)
Doreen Garner Sculpts Our Trauma | Art21 "New York Close Up" (video)
The problem with celebrating the 19th Amendment: Opinion by Treva B. Lindsey (article)
Ida B. Wells | The Vote | American Experience | PBS (video)
Global Arts Coffeehouse
The Global Arts Coffeehouse centers on the work of international artists, globalization in the arts, and cross-cultural artistic exchange. This series highlights artists with international impact and provides opportunity for Mason students and the community to learn about their work. Each of these events is free and open to the public.