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Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues (2006) by Sandra Harding

We are pleased to confirm the next R.E.A.D. Seminar on January 21, 2021 at 3:00 - 5:00PM. Sandra Harding will be joining the seminar for perspectives and discussion.  Read an excerpt of the book. This is an invitation only seminar. 

Please contact Laurel Steinfield, or Neelangi Gunasekera, if you have any question.



R.E.A.D.1—Reading & Engagement Across Disciplines, is a book club geared at enriching the scholarly capacity of faculty, staff and students at Bentley University. The R.E.A.D. sessions, which occur at the beginning of each term, have inspired scholars from across disciplines to engage with the texts of renowned scholars.  Through the support of the Valente Center, we have contemplated the writings of Hannah Arendt (The Human Condition), Deleuze & Guattari (A Thousand Plateaus) and Bruno Latour, (We Have Never Been Modern). R.E.A.D. offers an invaluable opportunity for us to critically grapple with the propositions made by past scholars, to consider their relevance in today’s society, to share insights from various disciplinary angles, and to engage in lively debates. It cultivates open-mindedness and has enhanced our repertoire of theoretical lens by creating a space where we can learn more about each other, other disciplines, and how a text can be seen from a variety of angles. 

For more information on R.E.A.D. and upcoming sessions and books, contact Dr. Laurel Steinfield



R.E.A.D August 2020

Meeting for the third time in Fall 2020, R.E.A.D. participants explored the germinal work of Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Although published in 1991, as our interdisciplinary discussions illuminated, the book raises to the fore contemporary dilemmas and considerations encountered in efforts to balance "facts" with an appreciation for diverse views and standpoints--think cultural wars and accusations fake news, which has called into question various scientific "facts". Although she does not resolve the conundrum of culture ways, Haraway foreshadows the importance of diversity and inclusion in academia, noting that by bringing in more voices we might achieve the goal of "better accounts of the world" (p.196). Likewise, she recognizes early on how technology will (and has) shape(d) our world, our knowledge, our interactions, and ourselves, and how we often unreflexively participate in supporting the advancement of this technologically-dominated world. The lively conversations held (virtually) between Bentley faculty and students, including those from English & Media studies, Global Studies, Marketing, IDCC and Actuarial Science, allowed us to learn from each other and our various disciplinary angles of these realities we currently face. R.E.A.D. is an invaluable opportunity for us to all expand our understanding of theory, (inter)disciplinary perspectives, and our world today.