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#CharlestonSyllabus Display in Farber Library

July 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Farber Library — Charleston Syllabus Display

Farber Library — Charleston Syllabus Display

#CharlestonSyllabus, created by Brandeis Professor Chad Williams, is a very exciting development for educators across the country and has been a trending hashtag across social and news media. The #CharlestonSyllabus is a list of readings educators can use to broach classroom discussions around the tragic events in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015 and the subsequent response in the weeks following.

Professor Williams says his motivation behind founding #CharlestonSyllabus came as he “grew increasingly frustrated by the lack of historical knowledge informing discussions about the tragedy in the media and amongst the general public.” With this topic covered by PBS NewsHour and the African American Intellectual History Society, Professor Williams is thrilled with the response. 

“I reached out to some of my colleagues on the evening of June 19. We started tweeting out suggested readings using the hashtag #CharlestonSyllabus. To my great surprise and pleasure, additional recommendations began pouring in. Within an hour, #CharlestonSyllabus was trending,” he said.

Additionally, this list of readings provides valuable information and historical context around racial violence, while also offering insights on race and racial identity, global white supremacy, and the black resistance movement in the United States. More specifically, these readings also touch on the history of race relations in South Carolina.

Staff in the Collections, Access and Technical Services (CATS) and Research and Instructional Services (RIS) units worked to create an engaging #CharlestonSyllabus display featuring relevant books pulled from the Brandeis collection. This collection is on display on Level 1 in the Farber Library. We hope you’ll visit us and explore some (or all) of the readings on this list!

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