Winter 2021 Book Club

The book club will be held virtually on February 26, 2021, from 10:00-11:30am and is open to everyone.

We will read selections of Erik O. Wright’s “Envisioning Real Utopias” and critically assess this work’s relationship to emancipatory visions of racial equality, reading a direct critique offered by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva alongside the visions for racial equality as formulated by the Movement for Black Lives. Further background readings are available but not required.

Core Readings

  1. Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik O. Wright (selected chapters)
  2. Race, Racism & Utopias for Real by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  3. Movement for Black Lives: Vision for Black Lives (2020) and Platform (2016)

Additional Background / Further Readings (not required)

  • Envisioning Real Utopias, full book: https://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/ERU.htm
  • Ugly Progress: W. E. B. Du Bois’s sociology of the future by Joe P. L. Davidson
  • The Alternative to Utopia is Myopia by Boaventura de Sousa Santos
  • African Americans and Utopia: Visions of a better life by Lyman Tower Sargent
  • M4BL website

When and Where?

  • The Zoom session will be held on February 26, 2021, from 10am-11:30am
  • Zoom invitations will be sent to registered participants

How Does It Work?

  • The book club will follow an open structure. There will be a faculty and graduate student moderator to help structure the discussion where needed. Break-out groups focused on particular topics/sections may be integrated

Who Can Join?

  • This event is open to anyone interested