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Professional Development Discussion & Book Club

Please join us as we examine the edited volume,




"Presumed Incompetent is an anthology of personal narratives of women academics in the United States. Much more than just a collection of short accounts, the book seeks to bring attention to the underlying structures and obstacles inherent in American academia, particularly in regards to race, gender, class, and sexuality. Despite their professional achievements and positions in academia, the contributors - both white women and women of colour - discuss how they have negotiated fear, injustice, discrimination, alienation, and self-doubt in their lived experiences as university faculty."

- Sin Yee Koh, The London School of Economics Review of Books

"Presumed Incompetent is an historic work for one key reason: it voices discontents through the personal accounts of high profile scholars who have already made it, who have experienced the outrages of the academic mill...but are secure enough in their own careers to now be able to talk about some of the tribulations of being a person of color without appearing to whine. You can't say they're belly-achers or that they're working through a pile of sour grapes. They're intellectual superstars; go ahead: Google them."

- Khanh Ho, The Huffington Post

Casual discussions will be held monthly: Provost Conference Room [Rendleman Hall, Room 3102]

Facilitators: Dr. Kimberly Carter ( , Social Work) and Dr. Sandra E. Weissinger ( , Sociology)

Please reserve your spot before September 1, 2013

[Space is limited to 10 persons, so respond soon]

If you would like more information on the book club please contact Dr. Venessa Brown at or call ext. 5382.

Please reserve a space for this discussion group and book club using the form below: