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September General Track

Parable of the Sower

When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions.

Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores. But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith . . . and a startling vision of human destiny.


Octavia Butler

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Fall 2020 Complex Theory Track

Pleasure Activism

How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Together they cover a wide array of subjects—from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs—building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.


adrienne marie brown

Book of the Month Archive

July 2020

  • General Track: Such A Fun Age

Syllabus | Live Discussions | Author Chat

June 2020

    • General Track: Women of Brewster Place

Syllabus | Live Discussions

    • Complex Theory: Black Feminist Thought, Chps. 1 + 2

Syllabus | Live Discussions
Author Chat

May 2020

    • General Track: Hood Feminism
    • Syllabus | Live Discussions | Author Chat

April 2020

  • General Track: Homegoing
  • Syllabus | Live Discussions
March 2020
  • General Track: Eloquent Rage
  • Syllabus | Live Discussions
    Author Chat
  • Complex Theory: Black Feminist Thought, Chps. 11 + 12
  • Syllabus | Live Discussions
    Author Chat February 2020 January 2020
    • General Track: When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost Syllabus | Live Discussions: Mid-Read – Finale
    • Complex Theory: A Voice From The South, Part One Syllabus | Live Discussions: Mid-Read | Read Along

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