Kaleidoscope Display

August 7, 2023

Looking for something new to read? Would you like a fresh perspective as you head into the fall semester? Check out the new book display on the 1st Floor, Room 1250, in College Library. This “kaleidoscope” display features recently-published books from the perspective of marginalized communities, which includes the disabled, immigrants, the incarcerated, as well as other communities that aren’t always heard from. The display also highlights books written by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors, as well as books from the “own voices” movement – where authors write about their own communities, issues and experiences.

Some of the titles on display include:

  • All Our Families: Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship (2022) by Jennifer N. Link
    • From the publisher
      Weaving together stories of members of her own family with sociohistorical research, Fink illustrates how the eradication of disabled people from family narratives is rooted in racist, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic sorting systems inherited from Nazis. By examining the rhetoric of genetic testing, she shows that a fear of disability begins before a child is even born and that a fear of disability is, fundamentally, a fear of care. Fink analyzes our racist and sexist care systems, exposing their inequities as a source of stigmatizing ableism.
  • The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System (2022) edited by Anna Grifty Opoku-Agyeman
    • From the publisher
      Edited by Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, The Black Agenda is the first book of its kind—a bold and urgent move towards social justice through a profound collection of essays featuring Black scholars and experts across economics, education, health, climate, and technology. It speaks to the question “What’s next for America?” on the subjects of policy-making, mental health, artificial intelligence, climate movement, the future of work, the LGBTQ community, the criminal legal system, and much more.
  • We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans in Comedy by Kliph Nestoroff (2021)
    • From the publisher
      Acclaimed comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff focuses on one of comedy’s most significant and little-known stories: how, despite having been denied representation in the entertainment industry, Native Americans have influenced and advanced the art form.
  • Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender (2022) by Kit Heyam
    • From the publisher
      This title illuminates the stories of people across the globe, from antiquity to the present, whose experiences of gender have defied binary categories. Blending historical analysis with sharp cultural criticism, trans historian and activist Kit Heyam offers a new, radically inclusive trans history, chronicling expressions of trans experience that are often overlooked, like gender-nonconforming fashion and wartime stage performance. Before We Were Trans transports us from Renaissance Venice to seventeenth-century Angola, from Edo Japan to early America, and looks to the past to uncover new horizons for possible trans futures. 
  • Made in Korea, Vol. 1 (2022) by Jeremy Holt, George Schall, and Adam Wollet
    • From the publisher
      A Korean nine-year-old named Jesse is adopted and sent to live with a lovely couple in America. Equipped with a seemingly encyclopedic brain but socially awkward, the young girl’s journey through the complexities of race, gender, and identity hits a fork in the road when she discovers she’s not entirely human…yet. Adolescence just got a lot more emotional for the world’s first true A.I. system.

Curated by iSchool practicum student Lisa Slattery, the display features over thirty titles, both fiction and non-fiction, guaranteed to broaden any reader’s horizons.