What does embracing different perspectives, seeing things from a new angle, and imagining otherwise actually look like? What does it take to do more than talk about diversity, inclusion, and transformation? Our readings this weekend ask those questions--and propose some powerful answers.
What constitutes failure, and why are we so afraid of it? Our weekend reading asks us to consider how not reaching goals might in fact be an opportunity to reevaluate their worth, to forge a new and more worthy beginning. Failure reframed can become growth and making our own rules.
On the importance of diverse mentors, restless summer breaks, and the groundbreaking work of Chicanx feminist artist Yreina D. Cervántez.
Our readings this weekend urge us to consider, challenge, and resist the boundaries set by academia. They push us to recognize that setting boundaries as an act of resistance, and remind us that even the most revered boundary in academia—tenure—is not always what we imagine it to be.
Academic life requires a considerable amount of emotional and psychological labor, but the academic conversation on mental health lags woefully behind. From mentorship to teaching to managing burnout, our readings this weekend address the mental health crisis in academia.
A lot of academic life is focused on individual achievement. Consequently, a lot of advice for excelling in higher ed is grounded in knowing yourself—and how you work—better. What would academia look like if it focused on and valued relationships as much as individuals?
Imagining otherwise means engaging critically with (and seeing beyond) our current reality. Our reading for this weekend collects pieces that ask us to shift our viewpoints, listen better, open ourselves up to the unexpected, and rethink what we mean by (and how we practice) inclusivity.
Resilience is more than endurance; how we recover, grieve, and exist “despite” it all matters. Our reading this weekend urges us, through different means and approaches, to shift away from plowing through all that happens “in the meantime,” and see life in the interstices.
The most difficult part of academic life is pulling back and reflecting on the "why" of it all. Why are we working so frantically, and within systems that often erase and dehumanize people of color, queer people, women, and those of us with disabilities? Whose expectations are our efforts serving?
Academics are getting better at talking openly about the intellectual and physical work academia demands. But the requisite emotional labor is often more difficult to identify and manage. As we finally name the mental health crisis in higher education, our latest weekend reading reflects on its invisible emotional terrain.
Our weekend reading excavates the hidden labor—largely of women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, and other marginalized groups—that sustain the very spaces up for public debate. It also examines strategies for surviving the inevitably politicized space of academia.
What kinds of work do we recognize and value in academia, and what kinds do we ignore? This weekend’s reading addresses the emotional labor of the classroom, how introverted teachers risk burnout, and shifting the conversation from achieving diversity to achieving a thriving justice ecosystem.
Refusal—to offer your time and labor, to accept superficial diversity efforts, or to hide work behind a paywall—should be recognized as both a necessity and a right. Weekend reads on parenting in academia, the myth of flexibility, setting boundaries, and diversity in higher education.
Our weekend reading this week has us considering not just the challenges of landing an academic job, but also the challenges that come after, as early-career faculty navigate the complicated landscape of higher education.
Is the ability to set boundaries (that are respected, rather than dismissed) a privilege? This week we're reading about the question of boundaries: who gets to set them, who must respect them, and who is afforded the privilege of saying no in the first place.
This weekend reading edition gathers pieces that reflect on how to better address wellness across all stages of academic life. It also points you to some uplifting, thought-provoking work by Latinx and queer voices to spark your creativity and community-building.
For this latest edition of our weekend reading, we’ve gathered posts that explore tangible steps we can take to make academia more accessible and push back against the structural inequalities that make time-management and goal-setting especially difficult for anyone who isn’t able-bodied, white, cisgender, or wealthy.
We are always telling stories. Stories shape the direction of movements and the flow of resources. And stories help us reflect on our lives and the lives of others. These resources focus on the stories we tell, narrative challenges, and importance of representation in building a more equitable world.
Our reading list for this unseasonably warm weekend brings together reflections on doing scholarly work as women of color, creativity at the intersection of activism and academia, and how the twin forces of love and resistance can help sustain us in trying times.
How can we approach inclusivity and accessibility in tangible ways? How can we build communities within and around academic spaces that are supportive not just in theory but also in practice? Here are some powerful reads on accessibility, navigating personal and professional relationships in academia, and grounding activism in history.
This week we've gathered some great reads bridging issues of professionalization and diversity that provide tangible steps on how to set yourself up for academic and non-academic job markets as well as address the importance of centering intersectionality in career discussions.
This week, we've been reading about the importance of listening to and connecting with ourselves and each other. Scholarship is not and should not be be a singular pursuit, but rather one enriched by communication and collaboration.
How can we promote intersectionality, inclusivity, and fair labor practices? Here are some resources on finding community, assuring the safety of those marginalized by this administration, and garnering the strength to keep moving (and writing) when it feels all but impossible.
Academic work, that dismantles the exclusivity of the ivory tower and brings intellectual and material resources to communities beyond the university, is political. For your weekend reading, we've put together some compelling recent reads on activism in the academy and its relationship to our communities, labor, and self-care.
Teaching is at once a huge responsibility and one of the most maligned tasks in higher education. It is incredibly difficult but instructors are rarely given extensive guidance. So as the semester begins, we’ve been thinking and reading a lot about teaching: how to prepare, set boundaries and manage expectations.
In an age when educators are under tremendous pressure, we need to encourage, not hide from, engagement with difficult topics. Part of this work is also knowing how to step back and care for ourselves so we can be healthy enough, to get up each day promote a safer and more just world.
As the semester comes to an end, we tend to reflect on productivity. But our reading this week reflects on how life is now increasingly at odds with academic work, and what we can do to guide and support ourselves and each other in the face of the untenable.
This week, we've been reading practical tips to fulfill the research, writing, and productivity expectations that come with academic work. But alongside these resources, we've also come across vital guidance on how to actualize diversity in our workplace, and how to support students, staff, and faculty in divisive times.
Today is World AIDS Day when we ACT UP, fight back, and fight AIDS. We also mourn those we have lost, a mourning disproportionately borne by marginalized communities. This week, we're reading about ways to recommit to diversity, activist scholarship, and teaching while also caring for ourselves and each other.
In a time of fear and uncertainty, we need to acknowledge that this holiday is steeped in colonial erasures that are not relegated to a distant past, but alive in our US present. This week, we grapple with how to teach, write, work, support, and resist in precarious times.
This has been a hell of a week. Those of us committed to progressive activism within and beyond academia know that amplifying marginalized peoples’ voices is especially crucial. Our reading list captures strategies for mobilizing, ways to care for ourselves and navigate grief, and reflections on how we got here.
This week, we’ve been considering how to cultivate creativity and care, two things that can get lost in the academic shuffle. We’ve been reading about creative spaces and practices, challenging the antithetical relationship between capitalism and self-care, and tips for how to share our work in different formats.
This week we've been thinking about crafting a career within and beyond the academy with a PhD. Here are some resources on altac/postac careers, accessing resources when you've left the academy, and navigating the job market with a disability, and supporting a partner building their career.
This week, our reading list has us considering the structural realities of the classroom, what's missing from the current discourse on self-care, positionality in "mesearch," and useful tips both for writing and promoting what you've written.
This week, we’re thinking about the pedagogy of politics in a divisive election year and progressive approaches to sexual education in the midst of a national discussion on rape culture. We’ve also been reflecting on the practice and purpose of self-care for women of color and other marginalized groups.
This week, our weekend reads have us reflecting on disability, vulnerability and labor issues in academia, approaches to obtaining a job as an assistant professor, and the pros and cons to staying on the tenure track at all.