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Community for Belonging Reading Group: Black Futures


Eberhard Zeidler Library, Daniels Building
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Join us on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. for the first Community for Belonging book reading group meeting in the Eberhard Zeidler Library. During the meeting, which is open only to faculty, staff, students and alumni from the Daniels Faculty and U of T communities, we will discuss two titles selected under the theme Black Futures Month, are Sekou Cooke’s 2021 anti-elitism manifesto Hip-Hop Architecture and Tina M. Campt’s survey from the same year of Black contemporary artists, A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See.

Those who have signed up for the meeting will be asked to come prepared to discuss at least one of the two texts proposed for that meeting. Hard copies of the book have been handed out on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to contact Cathryn Copper, Head Librarian at the Eberhard Zeidler Library for any questions or concerns.

Access to online copies:

A Black Gaze: Artists Changing How We See by Tina M. Campt

Read online here

Hip-Hop Architecture by Sekou Cooke

Read online here

At each meeting, participants will be asked to discuss one of the two books designated for the meeting. Discussion of each text may include reflection on the following questions:

  • How does the text influence/expand your understanding of community?
  • Has the text challenged a belief or understanding that you had about identity, equity and belonging?
  • Would you recommend the text to a peer?
  • Would you recommend the text to someone outside of the university?
  • After reading the text, what is one action item you can take forward into the world to create more equitable or inclusive environments?

The Community for Belonging reading-group project, which is being supported by Manulife and TD Insurance, will culminate on International Human Rights Day in December, reflecting its goals of building community, raising awareness of human rights, and celebrating identity. The University of Toronto has long-standing affinity relationships with Manulife and TD Insurance. These partnerships allow the University to provide beneficial, value-added financial and insurance products to alumni and students. See all affinity products.

Please refer any questions to:

Jewel Amoah
Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Cathryn Copper
Head Librarian