Big IDEAs Book and Media Club

GWE and LAGSES are collaborating on a book and media club called The Big IDEA Book Club. (IDEA = Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access), where we discuss media to educate ourselves on topics such as anti-Blackness in academia, intersectionality, implicit bias, and environmental racism.

We meet twice a month for discussions. Each month we focus on one book and another form of media, such as a movie or podcast. We each read and watch the picks at home, and then come together to discuss.

Current Picks

TV Show: Who Killed Malcolm X?
We will met on Wednesday October 14th at 6 PM via Zoom to discuss. GWE will be reimbursing the cost of dinner for attendees, up to $20. Please RSVP here to be reimbursed.
Available on Netflix.

Book: Revolutionary Suicide – Huey P. Newton
We will meet on Wednesday October 28th at 6 PM via Zoom to discuss the second half of this book (parts IV-VI, pages 160-384). GWE will be reimbursing the cost of dinner for attendees, up to $20. Please RSVP here to be reimbursed. We will be choosing our media for November during this meeting.
Available for purchase online, and there are copies at Oakland and Berkeley public libraries.

Suggestions

We will be picking upcoming media from suggestions by the community. You can see our running list of suggestions here.
You can add recommended media to this list by filling out this form. We ask that you recommend pieces which will be easily accessible by the community.

Obtaining Materials

In general, we will try to keep the materials easily accessible to those who want to participate. Most picks should be available for free through local libraries, but if you have trouble obtaining a material, GWE and LAGSES have funds set aside to help you.
GWE
If you wish to use GWE funding to purchase a book, please contact Nicole Farias. The book must be returned to GWE after the club meeting to be kept in a GWE library.
LAGSES
LAGSES is currently working on a book purchasing / lending program. If you want to join the Book Club but seek assistance in acquiring a copy of the piece of media, please fill out this survey.

Previous Picks

September 2020

Movie: Tell Them We Are Rising
See the slides from the discussion here.
Available to stream for free from PBS.

Book: Revolutionary Suicide – Huey P. Newton
Resources brought up at meeting:

Available for purchase online, and there are copies at Oakland and Berkeley public libraries.

August 2020

Podcast: NPR Code Switch – “What’s in a Karen?”
See slides from the meeting here.
You can access this podcast on NPR’s website or anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (e.g. Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.)

Book: Are Prisons Obsolete – Angela Davis
See slides from the meeting here.
Available for purchase online, and there are digital copies available at the Berkeley and Oakland public libraries and the UC Berkeley library.

July 2020

Film: 13th
See slides from the meeting here.
You can access 13th on Netflix and Youtube.
Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
See slides from the meeting here.
Available for purchase online, and there are digital and physical copies available and the Berkeley and Oakland public libraries.