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Released in 2018, Heavy: An American Memoir  is a memoir exploring Laymon’s coming-of-age story amidst the realities of the southern US for Black folk. The narrative dives into poverty, family, sexual violence, and addiction as Laymon uncovers his own secrets, his mother’s fears, and pushes readers to interrogate their own battles. In three parts, Laymon reckons with failure, harm, and violence while leaving room for grace, healing, and growth. 


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Summer 2020 Complex Theory Track

All About Love

“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet . . . we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.

As Bell Hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.” All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.


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July 2020

  • General Track: Such A Fun Age

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June 2020

    • General Track: Women of Brewster Place

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

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May 2020

    • General Track: Hood Feminism
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April 2020

  • General Track: Homegoing
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March 2020
  • General Track: Eloquent Rage
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  • Complex Theory: Black Feminist Thought, Chps. 11 + 12
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