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For the Black girls in the forgotten spaces.
Bringing together an international community of women of color through reading and dialogue. 

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Scholar Chat

Join us for an Scholar Chat with Dr. Norell Edwards as we discuss Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Hortense Spillers’ Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe.

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Pick up the syllabus for Beloved and Mama’s Baby, then join us for what is sure to be an enlightening Scholar Chat!

April 14th at 6pm EST

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General Track

Book of the Month
April 2021

Join our General Track discussions and author chats for this great read in the month of April!

Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” 

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves―now protective, now hedonistic―move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. 

 

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Curated by a cohort of graduate level of Black women researchers.

Exploration Track

Winter Rotation
Thru April 2021

Join our Exploration Track discussions, as we delve into an essay that explores how our language demeans Black women. 

Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe

Dr. hortense Spillers

In “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe,” Hortense Spillers offers a complex and thoughtful analysis of how the American grammar (symbolic system) insistently marks black females’ flesh with a series of meanings that profoundly complicate their gendering. The dynamics that cause these tensions began with the transatlantic slave trade and the disruption of the familial bonds of black people.

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