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Day of Common Learning 2016: Get Started

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The purpose of this guide is to provide readings which introduce students, especially those in their first year at SPU, to the intersections of genetics, racial identity, reparations, and racial reconciliation.

These readings are intended to be readily available and highly accessible.

Day of Common Learning

Day of Common Learning

Wednesday October 26, 2016

Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science at Columbia University. She will be discussing material from her recent book, The Social Life of DNA, which examines genetic genealogy as a new tool for addressing old and enduring issues of social inequality. 

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Interviews, book reviews, and articles:

This guide only highlights a fraction of the materials available through SPU and beyond. If you're looking for additional materials, here are a few keywords/phrases that might be useful:


Race Relations


Racial Reparations


Slavery and Reparations


Transatlantic Slave Trade

Middle Passage