McCourtney Institute for Democracy virtual book club to examine antiracism

July 02, 2020
"Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter," cowritten by Candis Watts Smith, associate professor of political science and African American studies.

"Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter," cowritten by Candis Watts Smith, associate professor of political science and African American studies. 

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s virtual book club will turn its focus to antiracism with its July selection, “Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter.”

The book is co-authored by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, assistant professor of conflict resolution and analysis at George Mason University, and Candis Watts Smith, associate professor of political science and African American studies at Penn State.

Bunyasi and Smith inspire readers to address the pressing issues of racial inequality, and provide a basic toolkit that will equip readers to become knowledgeable participants in public debate, activism, and politics. From activists to students to the average citizen, “Stay Woke” empowers all readers to work toward a better future for Black Americans.

A book club discussion will be held at 4 p.m. July 27 on Zoom. All members of the Penn State community are welcome to attend. Bunyasi and Smith will be part of the discussion.

As with any book club, reading the entire book is not required to participate in the discussion. Bunyasi and Smith were recently interviewed on the McCourtney Institute’s Democracy Works podcast, where they explained some of the book’s main themes and how its framework applies to current conversations about antiracism.

For more information about the book club and to RSVP for a discussion, visit democracy.psu.edu/book. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the morning of July 27.

Last Updated July 02, 2020