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NYU Reads

A selection of resources for engaging with the NYU Reads books.

Hope and Change

"You're an intelligent AF.  Maybe you can see things the rest of us can't.  Maybe you're right to be hopeful.  Maybe you're right" (p. 108).

The book addresses hope. Art can be a mechanism to incite hope and discussions around hope.  NYU and NYC is home to imaginative artists and cultural workers.  NYU students also have free access to some NYC museums.

Grey mural with an upper body profile painting of a person presenting as brown and femme.  This person has long black curly hair pushed towards the back and the hair is reflecting light from a lively fire and its embers on the left side.  The person in a grey top with a visible earring and necklace is looking towards the viewer with a smirk, as they hold out the palm of their hand with the following question written white against black floating above: as we destroy these oppressive structures, what will we grow from our fires?  The person's shadow is present from which purple flowers and green leaves are growing on the right.  "After the Fire" Mural Project at the MOMA PS1 by Nanibah Chacon, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Layqa Nuna Yawar




TedTalk on YouTube

16 minutes 5 seconds

In this TED Talk interview the founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi discuss the lessons they have learned from organizing with BLM and what gives them hope for the future of fight for Black lives.

Reflections on Intersections

  • What signs of hope and transformative change do you anticipate experiencing at NYU and in NYC?  Solid purple circle with white question mark in the middle, projecting a shadow within circle.
  • What may hope look like for different communities in our world?  What is the relationship between hope and social (including environmental) justice?