Recommended books:

These are listings of books recommended for those involved in justice work, research, or people who just want to broaden their knowledge.  Many of the books listed are aligned with Calvin’s message, some are close, and others are not.  Calvin believes in order to authentically serve a better world, we must be willing to listen to and investigate every perspective. He has read literature and investigated work of those who could be perceived as diametrically opposed in thought. Again, Calvin believes learning is found everywhere, even in individuals or ideas that differ from ones own.  His hope is that these readings will support your endeavors.  Plato said, “…as for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don’t know what justice is, I’ll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not…” Happy reading!

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[learn_more caption=”Blackness/Otherness, Indigenous Folk, Model Minority Myth, & People of Color”]

  • “Americanos:  Latino Life in the United States”  by Monterrey Manuel & Edward James Olmos
  • “Black Looks”  by bell hooks
  • “Chicano”  by Arturo Rosales
  • “Farewell My Nation”  by Phillip Weeks
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word” by Randal Kennedy
  • “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome:  America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing”  by Joy DeGruy
  • “Colonizing Hawaii” by Sally Engle Merry
  • “The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie
  • “The Myth of the Model Minority:  Asian Americans Facing Racism”  by Rosalind S. Chou & Joe R. Feagin
  • “Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites?:  The Asian Ethnic Experiences Today”  by Mia Tuan
  • “How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?:  Being Young and Arab in America”  by Moustafa Bayoumi
  • “Islamophobia:  Making Muslims the Enemy”  by Peter Gottschalk & Gabriel Greenberg
  • “Go Home or Die Here:  Violence, Xenophobia, and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa”  by Tswana Kupe & Eric Worby
  • “Beyond Smoke and Mirrors:  Mexican Immigration in Era of Economic Integration”  by Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand, & Nolan J. Malone
  • “Chinese Mexicans:  Transpacific Migration and the Search for Homeland, 1910-1960″  by Julia Maria Schiavone Camacho
  • “Black Indians:  A Hidden Heritage”  by William Loren Katz
  • “Precolonial Black Africa”  by Cheikh Anta Diop
  • “Rabbit Proof Fence”  by Doris Pilkington[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Class, Classism, Colonization, Feudalism, & Poverty/Greed”]

  • “Savage Inequalities”  by Jonathan Kozol
  • “1491″ & “1493”  by Michael Mann
  • “Wretched of the Earth”  by Frantz Fanon
  • “Hungry Planet”  by Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio
  • “Material World”  by Peter Menzel
  • “Empire”  by Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri
  • “Divided Planet:  The Ecology of Rich and Poor”  by Tom Athanasiou
  • “The Geography of Bliss”  by Eric Weiner
  • “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa”  by Walter Rodney
  • “Confessions of Economic Hit Man”  by John Perkins
  • “The Price of Privilege”  by Madeline Levine
  • “The Hunger Games” “Catching Fire” & “Mockingjay”  by Suzanne Collins[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Diversity & Intersectionality”]

  • “The Intersectional Approach:  Transforming the Academy through Race, Class, and Gender”
  • “On Intersectionality:  The Essential Writings of Kimberle Crenshaw”  by Kimberle Crenshaw[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Race, Racial Prejudice, & Racial Justice”]

  • “Courageous Conversations about Race”  Glenn E. Singleton
  • “Big Book of Racism”  by Egotrip
  • “Colormute”  by Mica Pollack
  • “Race Matters”  by Cornel West
  • “The End of Racism:  Principles for a Multiracial Society”  by Dinesh D’Souza
  • “Race & Economics:  How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination”  by Walter Williams
  • “The First R:  How Children Learn About Race and Racism”  by Joe R. Feagin & Debra Van Ausdale
  • “Medical Apartheid:  The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Blacks from Colonial Times to the Present”  by Harriet A. Washington
  • “The Bluest Eye”  by Toni Morrison
  • “Our Kind of People:  Inside America’s Black Upper Class”  by Lawrence Graham
  • “A Different Mirror”  by Ronald Takaki
  • “Rain of Gold”  by Victor E. Villasenor[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Community, Decolonization, Environment, & Sustainability”]

  • “The Four Agreements”  by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • “The Vedas” “The Vedagas” “The Upanishads” “The Puranas” “The Itihasa”
  • “The Tanach”
  • “The Tripitaka”
  • “The Zend Avesta”
  • “The Bible”
  • “The Quran”
  • “The Kitab’i’Aqdas”
  • The Ruhi Sequence of Courses and materials from the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program
  • “In Defense of Food” & “The Omnivores Dilemma”  by Michael Pollan
  • “Animal Vegetable Miracle”  by Barbara Kingsolver
  • “The Lorax”  by Dr. Suess
  • “The Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder”  by Richard Louv
  • “We Have Not Been Moved:  Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America”  by Elizabeth Betita-Martinez, Matt Meyer, & Mandy Carter
  • “The God Delusion”  by Richard Dawkins
  • “The Forces of Our Time:  The Dynamics of Light and Darkness”  by Hooper C. Dunbar
  • “Simply Living:  The Spirit of Indigenous People”  by Shirley Jones
  • “Love:  A Warm and Wonderful Book About the Largest Experience in Life”  by Leo Buscaglia
  • “Ishmael”  by Daniel Quinn
  • “Celestine Prophecy”  by James Redfield
  • “All the Colors of the Earth”  by Sheila Hamanaka[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Bullying, Education/Pedagogy, & Learning”]

  • “Teaching Community”  by bell hooks
  • “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”  by Paolo Friere
  • “Pedagogy of Freedom”  by Paolo Friere
  • “The Four Fold Way:  Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary”  by Angeles Arrien
  • “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci:  Seven Steps to Genius Everyday”  by Michael Gelb
  • “Beyond Holidays and Heroes”  by Enid Lee, Deborah MenKart, & Margo Okazawa-Rey
  • “Lies My Teacher Told Me”  by James Loewen
  • “Queen Bees and Wannabes”  by Rosalind
  • “Odd Girl Out:  The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls”  by Rachel Simmons
  • “Bullying at School:  What We Know and What We Can Do (Understanding Children’s Worlds)”  by Dan Olweus
  • “Black Students, Middle Class Teachers”  by Jawanza Kunjufu
  • “Portraits”  by Steve McCurry[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Gender/Sex, Gender Identity, & Homo/Transphobia”]

  • “Homophobia:  A Weapon of Sexism”  by Suzanne Pharr
  • “Homophobia A History”  by Byrne R. S. Fone
  • “Acting Out:  Combating Homophobia Through Teacher Activism”  by T. Clark, Lauren M. Kenney, & Jill M. Smith
  • “Full Frontal Feminism” & “He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut and 49 other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know”  by Jessica Valenti
  • “The Transgender Child:  A Handbook for Families and Professionals”  by Rachel Pepper & Stephanie Brill
  • “Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not”  by Joanne Herman
  • “Transgender History (Seal Studies)”  by Susan Stryker
  • “Dude You’re a Fag:  Masculinity and Sexuality in High School”  by C. J. Pascoe
  • “Hear Me Out:  True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia”
  • “Men and Feminism:  Seal Studies”  by Shira Tarrant
  • “Getting Off:  Pornography and the End of Masculinity”  by Robert Jensen
  • “Bad Boys:  Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity”  by Ann Arnett Ferguson[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Misogyny/Misandry & Sexism”]

  • “The Macho Paradox”  by Jackson Katz
  • “Transforming a Rape Culture”  by Emilie Buchwald
  • “The War Against Boys:  How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men”  by Christina Hoff Sommers
  • “The Rise of Enlightened Sexism:  How Pop Culture Took Us form Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild”  by Susan J. Douglas
  • “The Pig Farmer’s Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice:  Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to Present”  by Mary Frances Berry
  • “Confronting Sexism and Violence Against Women:  A Challenge for Social Work”  by Karen D. Stout
  • “Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys”  by Jawanza Kunjufu[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Whiteness/White Supremacy & White Privilege”]

  • “White Like Me” & “Colorblind:  The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity”  by Tim Wise
  • “White Privilege”  by Paula S. Rothenberg
  • “White Guilt”  by Shelby Steele
  • “White Reign:  Deploying Whiteness in America”  by Prof., Joe L. Kincheloe, Shirley R. Steinberg, Nelson M. Rodriguez, & Ronald E. Chennault
  • “How the Irish Became White”  by Noel Ignatiev
  • “How Jews Became White Folks and What that Says About Race in America”  by Karen Brodkin
  • “Are Italians White?  How Race is Made in America”  by J. Guglielmo
  • “Wages of Whiteness:  Race and the Making of the American Working Class”  by David R. Roediger
  • “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness”  by George Lipsitz
  • “Sundown Towns”  by James Loewen
  • “When Affirmative Action Was White”  by Ira Katznelson
  • “Becoming White”  by Thandenka
  • “Up Against Whiteness”  by Stacey J. Lee[/learn_more]