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Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an American and Barbadian cosmologist, science writer and equality activist based at the University of New Hampshire.
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The Age of Phillis
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - Mar 03, 2020
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In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in ...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Sep 17, 2020
I truly NEED everyone to go out and buy/borrow this book. It is marvelous marvelous.     source
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded
Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence - Feb 03, 2017 (first published in 2007)
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A trillion-dollar industry, the US non-profit sector is one of the world's largest economies. From art museums and university hospitals to think tanks and church charities, over 1.5 million organizations of staggering diversity share the tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation, if little else. Many social justice organizations have joined this world, ofte...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Aug 03, 2020
Yup. Andrea Smith is someone who has been identified by many as problematic. Luckily, she's only the author of the preface and there are lots of other people to learn from in the book.     source
An American Memoir
Kiese Laymon - Mar 05, 2019
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In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellec...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Jul 06, 2020
Amazing opportunity to get @KieseLaymon's HEAVY, one of the best books of the century so far, as an ebook for $2.99!!!     source
How the Universe Got Its Spots
Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
Janna Levin - Aug 11, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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Is the universe infinite or just really big? With this question, the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science. For even as she sets out to determine how big really big may be, ...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Jun 23, 2020
@taralconley Levin and Sagan were two of my comps. How the Universe Got Its Spots ... wow what a book!!!     source
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The Mushroom at the End of the World
On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing - Sep 29, 2015
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Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world--and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astronomical prices. In all its contradictions, matsutake...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Mar 13, 2020
I loooooooove this book love love love     source
Mansfield Park
Jane Austen - Jul 19, 2016 (first published in 1814)
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Adopted into the household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, Fanny Price grows up a meek outsider among her cousins in the unaccustomed elegance of Mansfield Park. Soon after Sir Thomas absents himself on estate business in Antigua (the family's investment in slavery and sugar is considered in the Introduction in a new, post-colonial light), Mary C...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Dec 12, 2019
Mansfield Park is not Austen’s strongest book from a technical standpoint (that’s probably Sense and Sensibility or Persuasion) but it is my favorite because it is the most wide-ranging thematically and most brazenly political.     source
The Adjunct Underclass
How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission
Herb Childress - Apr 22, 2019
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Class ends. Students pack up and head back to their dorms. The professor, meanwhile, goes to her car . . . to catch a little sleep, and then eat a cheeseburger in her lap before driving across the city to a different university to teach another, wholly different class. All for a paycheck that, once prep and grading are factored in, barely reaches m...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Jul 22, 2019
Maybe the single most important book I’ve ever read on higher education. A must read for all tenure track faculty, especially those of us in the sciences, as well as ALL prospective graduate students and postdocs:     source
Legal Fictions
Constituting Race, Composing Literature
Karla Fc Holloway - Dec 31, 2013
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In Legal Fictions, Karla FC Holloway both argues that U.S. racial identity is the creation of U.S. law and demonstrates how black authors of literary fiction have engaged with the law's constructions of race since the era of slavery. Exploring the resonance between U.S. literature and U.S. jurisprudence, Holloway reveals Toni Morrison's Beloved and...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Jul 14, 2019
@ProfHolloway @nhannahjones Love that book ✊🏽     source
Why I Am Not a Scientist
Anthropology and Modern Knowledge
Jonathan Marks - Jun 22, 2009
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This lively and provocative book casts an anthropological eye on the field of science in a wide-ranging and innovative discussion that integrates philosophy, history, sociology, and auto-ethnography. Jonathan Marks examines biological anthropology, the history of the life sciences, and the literature of science studies while upending common underst...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Jun 10, 2019
@allergyPhD It's a favorite. I disagree with his opening definition of "science" because it uses the word "modern" among other things, but it's a fantastic book.     source
Black Feminist Thought
Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge Classics)
Patricia Hill Collins - Sep 10, 2008 (first published in 1990)
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In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In Black Feminist Thought, originally published in 1990, Patricia Hill Collins set out to explore the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals and writers, both within the academy a...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Apr 24, 2019
Feminist standpoint theory also has roots in Black feminist theory. Patricia Hill Collins is one of the mothers of that line of thought. Her book Black Feminist Thought is really a must-read for Black women and anyone interested in American history.     source
The Privileged Poor
How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students
Anthony Abraham Jack - Feb 28, 2019
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Getting in is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how--and why--disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors--and their coffers--to support...
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Apr 08, 2019
@saragoldrickrab @tony_jack But I specifically raise that because I think Tony’s book is great but it’s not oriented around that either and that’s what you point to.     source