This page contains recommended resources* for each past session of the learning forum, organised by topic. Resources are listed by media-type and almost all are freely available online.
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*The organisers of TLF cannot guarantee the content of any resources listed below as we have not reviewed each item, nor do they provide comprehensive coverage of the topics. These are suggestions that we have come across in our own journey of discovery, that we hope will provide an interesting and informative starting point to inspire further engagement. If you find any content listed here that is false, harmful, or otherwise inappropriate, please let us know so that we can review it. Please also note that early sessions tend to have fewer resources. This does not reflect any disparity in the topics, simply that this aspect of the learning forum grew as we developed.
Race and Mental Health
Session held 25th November 2020
Guest speaker was Yannick Yalipende, founder of Black People Talk
Discussion focused on how issues of racism can give rise to and compound mental health problems, particularly in white-dominated spaces such as academia. Also talked about the lack of proper support available, particularly for those from marginalised groups who may require specific support related to those characteristics.
The Whole Truth
A Channel 4 documentary, hosted by Jordan Stephens and featuring Koje Radical, Arlo Parks, and Che Lingo, discussing racism, mental health, and making music, in the UK
Session held 16th December 2020
Discussion focused on understanding the concept of white fragility, sharing occasions when members had displayed such behaviour, and how to challenge such behaviours both in oneself and in others.
Robin DiAngelo's 2011 article describing the concept of White Fragility
Colorblindness: the New Racism?
Short article by Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs about the harm done by so-called 'colour-blindness'
Why Talk About Whiteness?
Short article by Emily Chiarielo about the concept of Whiteness and why it needs to be addressed when tackling racism
Understanding White Privilege
Article by Frances Kendall, an consultant on organisational change with a specialty in diversity and white privilege
Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale
An article by Camara P Jones that offers a tiered framework for understanding racism at the institutional, inter-personal, and internal level
Decolonising medical education and exploring White fragility
News article about Bristol University Medical School's attempt to decolonise their curriculum and the backlash they received
How Racist Are You?
Jane Elliott's famous blue eyes/brown Eyes Exercise
How to recognise your white privilege - and use it to fight inequality
TED talk by Peggy McIntosh
The following clips all feature Robin DiAngelo and pertain to the issue of white fragility and privilege
The following clips all feature Tim Wise, a white American activist and writer on the topic of race
Race and History
Session held 27th January 2021
Discussion focused on how our understanding of history has been shaped by racism and white supremacy, what effect this has on current society and how we can combat the distortion of history in the present
When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations
A landmark book by Robin Walker that documents and explores the history of Black civilisations beyond the limited context usually presented in the west.
Before the Slave Trade: African World History in Pictures
A companion to the above, also by Robin Walker, containing a wealth of pictorial evidence of the history discussed
Akala’s writings for The Guardian
A link to the collection of pieces Akala has written for the Guardian
Articles on Black History (from blackhistorymonth.org)
These pages have numerous articles about famous Black people in their respective fields:
Black and British: A Forgotten History
David Olusoga explores the enduring relationship between Britain and people whose origins lie in Africa
Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
David Olusoga looks at the less well-known aspects of Britain's role in abolition, specifically how slave owners were 'paid off'
The following clips all feature Akala and bear some relevance to the issue of Race and History
Race and Academia
Session held 24th February 2021
Guest speaker was Lara Lalemi, founder of Creative Tuition Collective
Discussion centred on how racism can make academia an exclusive space that leads to higher drop-out and poorer attainment for marginalised groups. Also touched on the reverse relationship, how academia has contributed to racism and supported white supremacist ideologies
HBCUs for The Win!
Episode from the Blackademia podcast discussing Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US
Cite Black Women Collective Podcast
A bi-weekly podcast, discussing the acknowledgment of Black women’s ideas and intellectual contributions both inside and outside academia
Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia
A book centred on the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia. Explores how experiences are shaped by race and gender and how racism manifests in day-to-day experiences. Book review here.
Transforming the ivory tower: models for gender equality and social justice
Sequel to the above. Contains research case studies by Black women academics describe the transformative work of contributors to the Ivory Tower project, adding intersectional voices from the United States, Canada and Australia, and LGBTQ perspectives. Drawing on critical race theory and Black feminism, the authors navigate challenging spaces to create meaningful roles in addressing race and gender disparities.
Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
An account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class in the working lives of women faculty of colour. Told Through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, more than 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of colour in America. Book review here.
Does STEM Stand Out? Examining Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Persistence Across Postsecondary Fields (Riegle-Crumb, King, & Irizarry, 2019)
National study showing that “Black and Latina/o youth who begin college as STEM majors are more likely to depart than their White peers.”
Column by Eric Anthony Grollman about how faculty of colour at Historically White Colleges and Universities often deal with disproportionate amounts of invisible labour, and gives advice on how to minimize this burden
How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM: Professors’ Biased Evaluations of Physics and Biology Post-Doctoral Candidates (Eaton et al., 2019)
Study showing that the perceived race and gender of a postdoctoral applicant’s name affects how an otherwise-identical CV is judged
Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic Student Attainment At UK Universities
Report on the ‘Race’ Attainment Gap at UK universities
What Black scientists want from colleagues and their institutions
Nature article from 2020
Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines
Science article analysing gender and racial imbalances across academia under the hypothesis that these are related to perceptions of innate talent and skill
Decolonise the Curriculum
Pran Patel utilises his personal experience of education in the UK as a pupil, teacher and secondary school senior leader to discuss what decolonising the curriculum means
BIPOC Experiences in STEM: Confronting Racism in Academia
Panel discussion about racism in academia
Race and Healthcare
Session held 31st March 2021
Discussion touched on some of the many ways racism can produce healthcare disparities: through unequal treatment of staff and a lack of representation at different levels in the health service, through the direct physical harm caused by discrimination and racial violence, and through the absence of proper care provided to minoritized groups in the health service
The Kings Fund Podcast
The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Their podcast series contains many episodes that examine aspects of racial healthcare disparities. In particular, see:
Professor David Williams on racism, discrimination and the impact they have on healthcare
Helen McKenna spoke with Professor David Williams from Harvard University about his research into the social influences on health and the interventions that could make a difference
Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: nursing, resilience and building statues
Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu sits down with host Helen McKenna to talk about what drew her to nursing, becoming the first Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia nurse specialist in the UK, and how to remain positive in the face of adversity
Covid-19, racism and the roots of health inequality
How is Covid-19 repeating patterns of existing health inequalities? What factors are driving the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the health of ethnic minority populations? And what needs to happen next? Helen McKenna sits down with Natalie Creary, Programme Delivery Director at Black Thrive, and James Nazroo, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester
Episode five of the KCL podcast, 'World: We Got This’, where they discuss racial health disparities, Covid-19, and the health risks posed by racism
What are health inequalities?
A Kings Fund article giving an overview explanation of how health inequalities are experienced in England’s populations
The ethnic pay gap: Staff in the English NHS
Pay gap analysis of different ethnic groups in NHS England
Exclusive: deaths of NHS staff from covid-19 analysed
Healthcare Services Journal article on covid-19 deaths in the NHS workforce
Fair to refer?
Report commissioned by the General Medical Council on referral disparities
The government must not use pseudo-science to dismiss Covid's impact on BME communities
Article from the Runnymede Trust about impact of covid-19 on different ethnic groups
Workforce race inequalities and inclusion in NHS providers
Report commissioned by The King’s Fund
Harnessing the outrage: it’s time the NHS tackled racial bias
Short interview with David R. Williams in the British Medical Journal
Long-term ill health, poverty and ethnicity
A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Dissecting racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations
A Science journal article about racial biases on algorithms
Mind the Gap
A clinical handbook of signs and symptoms in Black and Brown skin, aiming to highlight the lack of diversity in medical literature and education
Autism in the Somali community
An article about the Bristol-based organisation ‘Autism Independence’ and their work to support Somalian communities with Autism (also links to their series of short films on this issue)
Black Beetle Health
A public health community organisation dedicated to promoting health, wellbeing and equality for LGBTQ+ communities of colour
Diversity in the Media
Trevor Phillips OBE and Deborah Williams in conversation, chaired by Su-Mei Thompson at the IPPR Oxford Media Convention 2019
Hollywood's diversity problem
When the 2016 Academy Award acting nominations all went to white performers for the second consecutive year, a trending hashtag - #OscarsSoWhite - swept Twitter. But in the span of just a few years, things seem to have changed. Professor Nancy Yuen explains the state of diversity in Hollywood, what challenges persist today, and how to reform the industry. See here for a related article
Race, racism and race equality in the UK press
Report on a study conducted by the University of Lancaster (commissioned by the Runnymede trust initiative, Reframing Race)
The media's all-white club
Guardian article from 2010 about lack of opportunities for non-white people in UK media
Race and the media
Runnymede’s online editor Lester Holloway reflects on how far the media has come in 50 years since the first Race Relations Act
Superdiversity: television's newest reality
Report by Trevor Phillips OBE on diversity and representations within UK television
Black Women and the Media in Britain
Book chapter outlining media developments and key matters concerning the on-screen depiction of Black women in Britain in recent decades.
A Wholistic View of Black Women on Scripted TV: A Content Analysis
Article from the Journal of Black Psychology about the way in which Black women are represented on-screen
Black Racial Stereotypes and Victim Blaming: Implications for Media Coverage and Criminal Proceedings in Cases of Police Violence against Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Journal article from a study looking at how media coverage affects perception of police violence in America
Wanting to See People Like Me? Racial and Gender Diversity in Popular Adolescent Television
Study that examines representation in adolescent television in the US
Media and the representation of Others
Journal article that critiques how mass media has portrayed people outside the national mainstream
Why the Media’s Role in Issues of Race and Ethnicity Should be in the Spotlight
Journal articles examining the relationship between media and interracial dynamics
Representation of Minorities in the Media: UK. Final analysis report
Report on a large study done how the UK media represents minorities
Long term diversity monitoring for the TV production industry
This report presents data from programmes transmitted between August 2017 and July 2018
We Need to Talk About Communication
Members of the UNLV community and local media discussed how biases affect newsrooms and the communities they cover. The impact of those perceptions can stretch beyond which stories are told, affecting which voices are elevated in media, whether intentional or not. See here for a summary of the video
TV Roles: Diversity in the detail?
BBC News’ Babita Sharma in conversation with Deborah Williams, Executive Director of the Creative Diversity Network, for a frank and lively appraisal of the TV sector’s latest race and ethnic diversity data
Creative Diversity Network
An organization that aims to increase diversity and representation in UK media
A charity that works in partnership with the media and creative industry to give marginalised groups and young people a stronger voice
An initiative of the Runnymede Trust and Voice4Change England with the ambitious aim of 'reframing' the public conversation around race, racism and racial justice
Race and The Media
Session held 28th April 2021
Discussion centred around the importance of representation in all media outlets, as well as how lack of diversity can lead to the compounding of stereotypes and biased coverage of news events
Race and The Gender Binary I & II
Session held 26th May 2021 and 24th November 2021
Guest speaker for session I was Travis Alabanza, award-winning writer, performer, and theatre maker
Discussion covered how the sex binary was used as a tool to oppress and colonise native and indigenous people, and its role in justifying enforced racial hierarchies in Europe and the US. It also acknowledged that the perceived newness of trans and gender non-conforming identities is a result of the active suppression of history along these lines
The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson
A documentary film on Netflix about Marsha P Johnson, a key figure in the gay liberations and trans rights movement
Alok Vaid-Menon interviews Dr Kyla Schuller
Alok Vaid-Menon, an internationally acclaimed gender non-conforming writer, performer, and public speaker, interviews Dr Kyla Schuller about her book ‘The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century’ (see Reading Suggestions)
Non-Binary People Aren't A New Phenomenon – We've Been Here As Long As Humans Have Existed
An article, by Travis Alabanza, discussing the perceived ‘newness’ of discussions around gender identity and non-binary identities
Constructions of gender and race go hand in hand
A blog post highlighting how the social categories of race and gender have been used together to marginalise people for political purposes
The Gender Binary Is a Tool of White Supremacy
An article exploring the history of how different cultures have understood gender and how Colonialism has actively suppressed them
Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton
A book that examines the intersections between blackness and transness
The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century
A book by Dr Kyla Schuller that describes and explains the racist history of the sex binary - (see here for a book review by Alok Vaid-Menon who has also interviewed the author, see Watching Suggestions)
No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity
A book, by Dr Sarah Haley, that examines the captivity and punishment of black women in the American South, to demonstrate how the system of incarceration was crucial to organizing the logics of gender and race, and constructing Jim Crow modernity
Barriers to health faced by transgender and non-binary black and minority ethnic people
A report by the Race Equality Foundation that studies access to healthcare in the UK in relation to the experiences of transgender and non-binary people of colour
The Coloniality of Gender
A highly cited journal article by Maria Lugones, Argentine feminist philosopher, activist, and Professor of Comparative Literature and of women's studies
Life in the UK as an LGBTQI+ Muslim
A report by Hidayah UK, a charity that supports LGBTQI+ Muslims in the UK and US.
The Bullsh*t Binary
A podcast series that discusses and deconstructs various binary social concepts, including Gender, Race, and Sexuality
Eytan Ballerini’s Instagram account (in Italian)
Session held 15th December 2021
Cultural Appropriation: Compliment or Theft?
A panel discussion filmed at the Battle of Ideas 2017, the speakers are Dr Sarah Cheang, Dr Tiffany Jenkins, Kunle Olulode, Bijan Omrani, Sameer Rahim. The chair is Claire Fox.
What is Cultural Appropriation?
What is culture? Can it even be appropriated? Is there a difference between appreciation and appropriation? Join Danielle in the theoretical minefield!
Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation
What does it mean to appreciate vs. appropriate culture? Explore this question from three unique points of view: Comic Franchesca Ramsey, Kill Screen founder Jamin Warren and the “Godfather of Streetwear” designer Alyasha Owerka-Moore.
What’s the Difference Between Appropriation and Appreciation?
Cultural Appropriation: A triggering debate that permeates the modern conversation, both online and IRL. Why do fashion brands come under so much scrutiny when it comes to displaying clothing from ethnic backgrounds aside from their own? How much damage can cultural appropriation really do? And what’s the difference between appropriation and appreciation?
Cultural Appropriation: Whose problem is it?
Festival fashion has recently come under criticism for cultural appropriation. But if festivals are a space for freedom of expression, where is the line between appreciating and appropriating other cultures?
About cultural appropriations and how to connect with each other
The author Christine Otten does not want to be locked in her own world. She can be whoever she wants in her novels, a man, black or old, or a criminal. This is how she connects to others and the connection is what brings us closer together. This essential, empathic contact brings about a change between people because something new is created. In her talk, Christine explains how connecting doesn’t just bring us closer to one another but also gives us a better understanding of our own identity.
For the white girl with dreadlocks who smiled at me
In participation with the YWCA's Stand Against Racism day, Everyday Democracy and the Charter Oak Cultural Center hosted an event to explore "The Absurdity of Race." The event featured spoken word performances and a panel discussion. This video features the spoken word performance by Lynnette Johnson.
Documentary on Braids and Appropriation in America
Lupita Nyong'o, Young M.A, Ayana Bird, Lacy Redway, Vernon François and more talk about braids and black hair culture in America.
A Practical Guide to Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation
Understanding cultural appropriation is incredibly important because it allows us to recognise the power that we have as individuals and consumers to push back against discrimination and exploitation.
The ethics of cultural appropriation
The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation undertakes a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the moral and aesthetic questions that arise from the practice of cultural appropriation. Explores cultural appropriation in a wide variety of contexts, among them the arts and archaeology, museums, and religion. Questions whether cultural appropriation is always morally objectionable. Includes research that is equally informed by empirical knowledge and general normative theory. Provides a coherent and authoritative perspective gained by the collaboration of philosophers and specialists in the field who all participated in this unique research project
Yoga is dead – ep 1 White women killed yoga
In this episode, we discuss the role that white women play in killing yoga. We cover topics like spiritual bypassing, white fragility, cultural appropriation, power dynamics and the cultural characteristics of white women that wreaks havoc on the yoga industry. We wrap the episode with a toolkit for yoga studio owners, yoga teachers, and the yoga community at large to do better with diversity and inclusivity in the name of yoga.
James Baldwin I & II
Session held 26th January 2021 and 23rd February 2021
Guest speaker for session II is Dr Terrance Dean, best-selling author and Assistant Professor in Black Studies (Denison University, US)
Here Be Dragons - Recommended resource
Originally titled ‘Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood’, this short essay looks at isolation, sex and gender.
The Fire Next Time - Recommended resource
One of Baldwin’s most famous works, this book is a collection of two essays that discuss, in turn, the central role of race in American history and the relations between race and religion.
Jimmy, You crowned us
The eulogy written by Toni Morrison for James Baldwin after his death in 1987.
Trends in Baldwin Criticism, 2017–19
Dr Terrance Dean tracks the significance of Baldwin within the Black Lives Matter movement and our growing need for police reform in conjunction with a revaluation of the lives of racial and ethnic minorities within the oppressive systemic biases of American social and political life.
A short essay by James Baldwin on the role on an artist in society.
Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde
The conversation between Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, a portion of which was published by Essence Magazine and republished by MoCADA, discusses gendered difference between Black women and Black men against the larger stage of American Racism.
James Baldwin on Being Gay in America
The Voice commemorated the fifteenth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with a special section exploring “The Future of Gay Life.” For the lead feature, senior editor Richard Goldstein interviewed James Baldwin about his experiences as a gay, black writer in America.
James Baldwin – biographical entry
James Baldwin’s biography entry on the Poetry Foundation website.
An online repository with links to the listed material.
James Baldwin Now
A collection of interdisciplinary essays on James Baldwins life, presence, and political work and thought.
The Henry James of Harlem: James Baldwin's struggles
An online essay from the London Review of Books celebrating the work of James Baldwin.
James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78
An interview with James Baldwin, published in the Paris Review.
Where to start with James Baldwin
A short article summarising some of James Baldwin’s most famous books, by Penguin publishing house.
James Baldwin Review
An annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical essays and creative non-fiction on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin.
I Am Not Your Negro
A documentary film based on an unfinished book of James Baldwin’s. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson it explores the history of Racism in the USA through Baldwin’s recollections of civil rights leaders and personal experience. Available on Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris
A short (27 mins) documentary portrait of James Baldwin.