Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Campus Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." — Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Watch the documentary based on the book and then join us for discussion.

 In his book, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. This documentary draws directly from the book through dramatic readings interwoven with wonderful and celebratory archival pictures and videos of the African American experience. However, it also exposes an America that has built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. This documentary describes Coates' journey from Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder.

As the Vol State community and communities all across the nation attempt some reconciliation of this reckless hate and most recent acts of madness and violence impacting minority communities, this documentary demands much more than the usual platitudes and empty rhetoric before assuming a "business as usual" posture.

The VSCC departments co-sponsoring this screening and discussion urge our Vol State community to participate by watching the documentary, joining the dialogue, and asking the question, “How can Vol State better serve as leaders in our community as it pertains to race, equality, and inclusion?” These seminal opportunities for discussion can help move the needle towards a more just and equitable community if we are willing to confront our past and present and work towards a more positive future.  Please see this film and help us in the reckoning of mindsets built on division towards a community "doing the work" of moving us towards a better understanding of each other. Without question, this is our charge as an educational community.  

Please see the instructions below to view the documentary and join the campus-wide discussion.  

Between the World and Me • Individual Documentary Viewing Week

Wednesday, April 14 - Friday, April 23

Vol State students, faculty, and staff may view this film anytime using their own devices through the Thigpen Library.

Running time: 79 minutes.

Viewing Instructions:
The URL to view the documentary click on this link https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=17150&xtid=237721 
This link authenticates that the user is eligible to use our subscription. On campus the authentication is seamless but from off-campus the user will be directed to a login page for library resources that automatically redirects the user to the video. The login page for library resources uses the standard Vol State username / password.

Between the World and Me • Group Zoom Viewing

Thursday, April 22nd • 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Zoom Link: https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdu-sqTkrHNK5s8w77LpeiJdf8HQQw2_N

Meeting ID: 969 1647 2166

During this group screening you may encounter technical issues on some viewing devices and platforms due to individual bandwidth limitations and other compatibility issues.  Some language may be unsuitable for younger viewers.

Between the World and Me • Campus-Wide Discussion

Facilitated by VSCC Profs Oneil Wright and Doug Williams.

Friday, April 23 • 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Zoom Link:  https://volstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceiqqD8uH9dSuYv-VxzCfX5lq0Wwmzm8

Sponsors

Thigpen Library

The Teaching and Learning Center

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Black Student Association (BSA)

Men of Color Achieving Success (MOCAS)

Student Government Association (SGA)

Diversity and Cultural Awareness Committee

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