Discussions

2019 – 2020

Our chat, #ClearTheAir officially takes summers off. Stay tuned for updates about the 2019 – 2020 line up.

Fall 2018

Troublemakers, Carla Shalaby

“If you are preparing young people for freedom, then community is a better place for discipline than solitary confinement. It’s hard to learn freedom from inside a cage.”

Troublemakers, Carla Shalaby

Troublemakers Twitter Moment

Troublemakers Discussion Guide

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

“Interrupting the forces of racism is ongoing, lifelong work because the forces conditioning us into racist frameworks are always at play; our learning will never be finished.”

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility Twitter Moment

White Fragility Discussion Guide

NEW! Beacon Press Discussion Guide for Educators by Val Brown

History Teaches Us To Resist, Mary France Berry

“Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final act, but a continuing evolving process.”

History Teaches Us To Resist, Mary Frances Berry

History Teaches Us To Resist Twitter Moment

History Teaches Us To Resist Discussion Guide

Addressing Social Justice Educator Burnout

“As social justice activists whose activism includes a variety of issues related to educational justice and rights, we have been concerned within our own activist communities about the lack of attention to self-care, substantial levels of activist burnout, and the lack of conversations about activist burnout and its implications on movements for educational justice.”

Gorski, P. and Chen, C. (2015). “Frayed all over:” The causes and consequences of activist burnout among social justice education activists. Educational Studies, 51(5), 385-405.

Social Justice Educator Burnout Twitter Moment and Discussion Questions

Spring 2019

White Rage, Carol Anderson

“The trigger for white rage, inevitably, is black advancement. It is not the mere presence of black people that is the problem; rather it is blackness with ambition, with drive, with purpose, with aspirations, and with demands for full and equal citizenship. It is blackness that refuses to accept subjugation, to give up.”

White Rage, Carol Anderson

White Rage Twitter Moment

White Rage Discussion Guide

White Rage Face-to-Face Debrief with Carol Anderson

I forgot to hit record at the beginning so you missed gems like ‘ham damn mercy’, but catch us in the middle of a riveting conversation. Dr. Anderson was discussing affirmative action.

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, Teaching Tolerance Podcast

“You don’t know who you are as an American unless you know the story of slavery.”

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, Christy Clark-Pujara

Teaching Hard History Twitter Moment

THH Discussion Guide

Teaching Hard History Face-to-Face Debrief with Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

“Courage is contagious. To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organizations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armor is not necessary or rewarded.”

Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

Dare to Lead Twitter Moment

Dare to Lead Discussion Guide

Dare to Lead Face-to-Face Debrief with Brene Brown

Previous Discussions and Readings

When it was just a handful of us, we read the following texts:

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein
  • 13th, Ava Duvernay (Documentary)
  • Racism Without Racists, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva