Welcome! This Guide was originally developed for a Spring 2017 book discussion series sponsored by the ISU Library's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. The Guide remains useful for its content, structure, and syllabus of additional relevant readings. Want to host your own discussion series? Feel free to use / adapt our materials here for your own group discussions on Ta-Nehisi Coates's Black Panther. Just link, cite, and let us know how it goes!
For questions or comments on this Guide, please contact Harrison Inefuku.
Library Book Discussion Series, Spring 2017
-Sponsored by Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ISU Library
To coincide with the University Library's co-sponsorship of Ta-Nehisi Coates' lecture, "A Deeper Black: Race in America," at Iowa State University in February 2017, the University Library Committee on Diversity is hosting a discussion group. This group will be using Coates' run of the Marvel comic Black Panther as a springboard to introduce, explore and discuss concepts and issues surrounding blackness.
The discussion group will meet weekly, and each week will explore a different topic area. The topics to be covered include:
Each session will include a presentation on the topic by a library staff member, followed by discussion. This LibGuide is available to provide information on each topic to supplement the presentation and discussion. Throughout the discussion group, we will also be compiling a #BlackPantherSyllabus, an annotated bibliography of resources related to each topic covered by the group.
We will be using these ground rules for our discussion group. They are adapted from the UNEION (UCAR|NCAR Equity and InclusiON) Ground Rules and Tools for Productive Discussions , the ISU Principles of Community, University of Michgan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and ROPES.
We can modify these as a group to meet our own needs.