ATS Reading Group is Back!

Who: Everyone is welcome to attend!
What: An open format reading group. This month we are discussing Decolonization is not a Metaphor.
When: February 16th, at 12pm central time
Where: Zoom:

Why: A suggestion that arose from the discussion following the last town hall, and an initiative that is taking place in other departments on campus, is an ATS reading/discussion group that focuses on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anyone is welcome to join the group which will also meet monthly a day or two prior to the town halls. The idea here is that issues, concerns, or action items that emerge from this group could then filter into the town hall to bring the conversation to the broader community. This spring we will be meeting monthly and will discuss a new reading at each meeting.

Inspired by the group Complex Movement’s work Beware of the Dandelions, readings and discussions here are meant to merge into a network of conversations on campus and off campus creating opportunities for these discourses to continue both inside and outside of the department. For the February meeting, we would like to read and discuss Decolonization is not a Metaphor.

Have a reading you would like to propose? Email Kristin at

This event is also posted on our ATS events calendar which can be found here: ATS Google Calendar

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Hi Folks!

This month’s ATS Reading group will be meeting on Monday, March 16th at 12pm. We will be reading Chapter 2 from Sarah Schulman’s Conflict is not Abuse

Haven’t been to a reading group meeting before? No problem! Everyone is welcome. Find a link to the event and our zoom meeting in the ATS events calendar. For any questions, concerns, or accommodation requests please email Kristin at

I think two pages are missing from the middle of this month’s reading (pp. 72-73). The missing text is attached here (the book is available on libgen). Conflict Is Not Abuse, pp72-73.pdf (220.7 KB)

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Thanks Blake! Just updated the linked pdf with a new version (and a more legible one) Looking forward to seeing everyone at 12pm central today.

Link to reading: Conflict is not Abuse: Chapter 2 Abandoning the Personal

April Reading Group: Tuesday 4/13 12pm - 1pm central

This month’s reading group will discuss a selection of 3 short readings. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” was published by Harper’s Magazine in July of 2020 and inspired a variety of reactions. In response, the open letter “A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate” was published by Objective Journalism and “DRAG THEM: A etymology of so called ‘cancel culture’” was written by Meredith D. Clark.

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate

DRAG THEM: A brief etymology of “cancel culture”

Edit: Meeting has been moved to Tuesday 4/13

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Reminder! ATS reading group will be meeting tomorrow at 12pm central. Looking forward to seeing folks there.