Book Club Selections/Topics

Spring/Summer 2020

For Spring and Summer 2020, the Canadian U*U Feminist Book Club has transformed itself into a club for exploring poetry, TedTalks, online videos and movies, and other free sources of learning. In particular, we are learning together about intersectionality and the lives of racialized and Indigenous women, Queers, and femmes.

On July 12, 2020, we will be continuing our discussion from June 14 on intersectionality, privilege, and the lives of Indigenous and racialized women through a video by Pam Palmater on MMIW, Ted Talks by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Peggy McIntosh and others, and the movie 13th. The list of links can be found below.

This time we will focus our learning by checking in with one experience during which we were aware of your own privilege and our need to learn more, and then each of us will briefly talk about what we learned from one of the media resources below. We will allow ourselves to be inarticulate. We will acknowledge that we are all learning.

Contact us for the Zoom link.

Kimberlé Crenshaw: The urgency of intersectionality
TEDWomen 2016 • 18:49 • Posted November 2016

Peggy McIntosh: How to recognize your white privilege — and use it to fight inequality
TEDxTimberlaneSchools • 18:27 • Posted June 2020

Dolores Huerta: What we can learn from the history of feminism
TEDxOakland • 6:31 • Posted December 2019

Roxane Gay: Confessions of a bad feminist
TEDWomen 2015 • 11:28 • Posted June 2015

Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa: Black life at the intersection of birth and death
TEDWomen 2017 • 7:49 • Posted February 2018

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists
TEDxEuston • 29:28 • Posted April 2017

Pat Mitchell: Dangerous times call for dangerous women
TEDWomen 2019 • 17:14 • Posted January 2020

Alyson McGregor: Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women
TEDxProvidence • 15:29 • Posted October 2015

Jen Gunter: Why can’t we talk about periods?
TEDWomen 2019 • 11:42 • Posted January 2020

There’s also a video of Pam Palmater I’d ask you to look at on the Kairos website:

or on YouTube

Added last month:
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo (especially for those, like me, who haven’t read her book)

Angela Davis – “Freedom is a Constant Struggle” hosted by The University of New England

13th, which is available on Netflix or here:
There are also some live videos related to it here:

March 2020

Please note that our March meeting is cancelled; join us instead for an online Worship service for International Women’s Day.

Earlier meetings

January 12, 2020:

Book: Judy Rebick, Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution

Topic: 20th Century / Second Wave Feminism