2010-2011 Campus Community Book Project

Campus Community Book Project

The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated after September 11th to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus Community Relations’ (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness.

The 2010-2011 CCBP will focus on "WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE", by clinical psychologist and Spelman College president, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.

Widely recognized as a scholar, teacher, expert on race relations and leader in higher education, Tatum argues, "We cannot talk meaningfully about racial identity without also talking about racism." The author defines racism in America, discusses the development of self-images of both minorities and non-minorities, and examines the tremendous impacts of race and racial identities on the educational system.

Tatum’s book is the ninth Campus Community Book Project sponsored by the Office of Campus Community Relations. As with previous books, "WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA?" will provide a catalyst for exploring ideas and issues relevant to our contemporary lives. The book will spark dialogue about race relations, racial identity development and the educational achievement gap between races, and stimulate thoughtful conversations about ways to transform teaching methods and curricula in ways that facilitate closing the achievement gap.

In 2005, Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field of education.

More information about past book projects and other OCCR initiatives are available at occr.ucdavis.edu

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, it's not just the Black kids sitting together-the White, Latino, Asian Pacific, and in some regions, American Indian youth, are clustered in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and in corporate cafeterias. What is going on here? Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues to even discuss it? And what about the other questions we and our children have about race?

In "WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA?", Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, asserts that we do not know how to talk about our racial differences: Whites are afraid of using the wrong words and being perceived as "racist," while parents of color are afraid of exposing their children to painful racial realities too soon. Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities-whatever they may be-is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides. We have waited far too long to begin our conversations about race. This remarkable book, infused with wisdom and humanity, tells us where to start.

Author's Visit

December 10: Author's Talk - Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
8 PM – 9:30 PM, Jackson Hall, Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
To purchase tickets, please visit mondavicenter.ucdavis.edu or call the Mondavi Center Box Office at (530) 754-2787.

Please check the Events page for more events and information.

last updated 11/15/2010
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