Welcome to Zora’s Daughters 202, the Second Semester of the sophomore year of the podcast! This syllabus is a reading list to the second season of the podcast that will continue to grow throughout the season. We have tried to link to open source texts and videos where possible.

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9. Black History and National Myth-Making

Episode: “Separate But Equal Month

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (Nikole Hannah-Jones, 2021)

Decolonization is Not a Metaphor (Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, 2012)
White Supremacy Culture (Tema Okun, 2001)
Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 2015 [1995])

10. Institutional Power & Hegemony

Episode: “Entitled IX

“Black Lesbians—Who Will Fight for Our Lives but Us?”: Navigating Power, Belonging, Labor, Resistance, and Graduate Student Survival in the Ivory Tower (S. Tay Glover, 2017)

A Lawsuit Accuses Harvard of Ignoring Sexual Harassment by a Professor (NY Times, 2022)
Of Academic Hierarchies and Harassment (Paula Chakravartty, 2022)
Complaint! (Sara Ahmed, 2021)

11. Doing Field Work

Episode: “Notes On The Field


Mules and Men (Zora Neale Hurston, 1935)
Dear Graduate Student… (Ashanté Reese, 2019)
Being Ethnographic: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ethnography (Raymond Madden, 2017)
Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes (Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, Linda L. Shaw, 2011)

12. Black Patriarchy

Episode: “Villain Origin Story

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (Michele Wallace, 1979)

My Brush With The Black Manosphere (Nicole Young, 2022)
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (bell hooks, 2004)

13. Race, Technology, and Disability

Episode:No Body Is Normal

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Ruha Benjamin, 2019)

Project LETS
Orange is the New Asylum: Incarceration of Individuals with Disabilities (Becky Crowe & Christine Drew, 2021)
The Cancer Journals (Audre Lorde, 1980)

14. Activist Influencer Industrial Complex

Episode:Defund the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (INCITE!, 2017)
Black Lives Matter Secretly Bought a $6 Million House (Sean Campbell, 2022)

Black Awakening in Capitalist America (Robert L. Allen, 1969)
Re-Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life (Setsu Shigematsu, 2021)

15. Review of Concepts

Episode: “What In The World?!


16. Legacy and Care

Episode: “Practicing Zora


The Matter of Black Living: The Aesthetic Experiment of Racial Data, 1880–1930 (Autumn Womack, 2022)
Zora’s Moon (Candice Hoyes, 2020)