TFD meets in 111 Wimberly on alternate Thursdays. Please join us.
Feel free to choose sessions to attend if you cannot attend every one.
Fall 2005 Jump to Spring
Reading/Viewing: Both books are available FREE through
Sept. 8 Video: The Way Home. A longer video, we'll watch about half. This is the "women's version" of the Color of Fear. The filmmaker uses a very different format to set up her discussions.
Sept. 22 Video: The Way Home. We'll finish up our viewing and discussion of this video.
Oct. 6 Video: The Way Home. We'll finish up our viewing and discussion of this video.
Ron Suskind, A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from
the Inner City to the Ivy League (?: Broadway Books, 1999),
Chapters 1-5. At Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in
At Brown, finding himself far behind most of the other freshmen, Cedric must manage a bewildering array of intellectual and social challenges. Cedric had hoped that at college he would finally find a place to fit in, but he discovers he has little in common with either the white students, many of whom come from privileged backgrounds, or the middle-class blacks. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric is left to rely on his faith, his intelligence, and his determination to keep alive his hope in the unseen—a future of acceptance and reward that he struggles, each day, to envision.
Nov. 3 A Hope in the Unseen, Chapters 6-10. Happy birthday to me, too!
Nov. 17 Video: Disability Culture Rap. A short video we can watch and discuss in one day. A topic we haven't dipped into very much yet. Check out this bibliography from the Disabilitiy Studies Web Ring: http://www.aboutdisability.com/pages/bibprint.html
Dec. 1 A Hope in the Unseen, Chapters 11-Epilogue
Dec. 15 End of Semester Celebration!
Kristen Renn, Mixed Race Students in College: The Ecology
of Race, Identity, and Community on Campus (
"Kristen A. Renn offers a new perspective on racial identity in the
Feb. 16 Video: The Color of Fear. This is a 90-minute film, a classic in the "race relations" genre. We'll watch the first half and discuss.
Mar. 2 Mixed Race Students in College, Chapters 4, 5, and 6.
Mar. 30 Video: The Color of Fear. This is a 90-minute film, a classic in the "race relations" genre. We'll watch the first half and discuss.
Apr. 6 Mixed Race Students in College, Chapters 7, 8, and 9.
Apr. 13 Video: Black Is, Black Ain't. Marlon Rigg's last film, produced posthumously. The film is 87 minutes, so we'll watch the first half or so, and then talk. At the bottom of this page -- http://www.newsreel.org/films/blackis.htm -- you'll find links to more info and an online facilitator guide."
Apr. 27 Video: Black Is, Black Ain't. We'll watch and discuss the rest of the film. See Sept. 8th for more info. End of Semester Celebration!