Through a collaboration of the College of Public Health and the College of Law/UI Center for Human Rights, students, faculty, staff, and interested members of the community are invited to participate in a joint reading reading of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. The book was the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction and has been honored with numerous awards. Kendi was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2020” by Time magazine.
Events and Facebook Group
Given the book’s length, a number of events and discussions will take place throughout the academic year. The events will be held on Zoom.
March 31, 2021 The Angela Davis section will feature “The Fire This Time, and the Next: The Making and Sustaining of an Activist” presented by Teri McMurtry-Chubb, professor of law at the University of Illinois Chicago Law School. View the recording
Feb. 10, 2021 Explore the W.E.B. Du Bois chapter with a presentation by Professor Adrien Wing entitled “W.E.B. Du Bois: The Problem of the 21st Century Is the Color Line.” View the recording
Jan. 27, 2021 The William Lloyd Garrison section examines the deep and long-lasting impacts of slavery, abolition, and the Civil War on U.S. history. But layered within these momentous events are many other stories. What are the stories of the Black experience in Iowa? Learn more by attending “Endless Possibilities: Iowa’s African American History” presented by the African American Museum of Iowa. (This program was not recorded.)
Nov. 9, 2020 Professor Emerita and author Sherri Burr (University of New Mexico Law School) will discuss Thomas Jefferson and ideas from Part II. View the recording
Oct. 15, 2020 Discussion of Prologue and Part I: Cotton Mather. Come share your thoughts and observations about the book. We’ll have a few questions prepared to get small groups started. (This session was not recorded.)
Free Ebooks for Faculty and Staff
A limited number of free ebook copies are now available for faculty and staff. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a one-time use code. The default ebook platform for use with the code is called Glose. You will need to set up a free Glose account to download the book. A free Glose app for reading on mobile devices is available for iOS and Android.
Free Books for CPH Students
CPH students can choose to receive a free paperback or ebook copy of the book from the college. Please select only one option to ensure there are enough copies to go around.
Students can pick up a paperback copy in the Student Services suite (N170 CPHB) any time during regular office hours.
For an ebook copy, please email email@example.com to request a one-time use code. The default ebook platform for use with the code is called Glose. You will need to set up a free Glose account to download the book. A free Glose app for reading on mobile devices is available for iOS and Android.
About the Book
SOME AMERICANS cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Read more
About the Author
IBRAM X. KENDI is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. Read more about Dr. Kendi