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It is difficult to keep up with the news coming out of Washington D.C. regarding race relations. The silver lining on the dark cloud of division hanging over the country is that hard conversations on racism are beginning to penetrate civic discourse.  It is crucial for not only these conversations to take place, but that informed conversations take place.  Colleges and universities are at the center of these discussions—in the classroom, through public service, and activism on campus.  The events in Charlottesville the past week reinforce the role of higher education at the crux of these discussions.

HEB Titles on White Supremacy

Humanities E-Book is proud to work with learned societies of the ACLS such as the African Studies Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and American Historical Association (among others) that promote scholarship and inquiry inside and out of the academe.  Members of these societies help curate our list of titles on race and play a vital role in our overall collection development strategies.  HEB hosts interdisciplinary titles in Black Studies, American History, Gender Studies, and Film & Media Studies as well.

Select Titles on Race

For a more intensive title list on Race, or an interdisciplinary list of titles, please contact cplattsmier@hebook.org.
AuthorTitlePublisherLink
Bell, DerrickFaces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of RacismBasic Books (1993)View
Bell, Derrick And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice Basic Books (1989)View
Brooks, Roy L.Rethinking the American Race ProblemUniversity of California Press (1992)View
Carle, Susan D. Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915 Oxford University Press (2015)View
Edwards, Brent Hayes The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black InternationalismHarvard University Press (2003)View
Herskovits, Melville J. The interdisciplinary aspects of negro studiesAmerican Council of Learned Societies (1941)View
Hobbs, Allyson A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American LifeHarvard University Press (2014)View
Hughes, Matthew W. White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of RaceStanford University Press (2012)View
Lacy, Karyn R. Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle ClassUniversity of California Press (2007)View
Pulido, Laura Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles University of California Press (2006)View
Singh, Nikhil Pal Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for DemocracyHarvard University Press (2005)View

What Librarians are Saying

Highlighting the importance of access to scholarship in topics related to race, HEB’s annual collection development survey to librarians reveals that 3 of the top 5 subject areas that respondents feel there is a deficit in their institution’s library are closely related to current issues on race: Islamic Studies, African History, and Caribbean History.  Areas of study including Native Peoples, Asian History, and Latin American History appear when you expand the list to the top ten.

*Survey results are from over 240 respondents—the respondents hold jobs in electronic resources, humanities collections, or other related subjects in an academic library.  

Top Ten Underserved Subject Areas, Collection Development Survey 2017

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