Author and educator Leigh Patel contemplates decolonizing higher ed.
On this week’s episode, academic and activist Leigh Patel discusses No Study Without Struggle: Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education (Basic Books, July 20),“a lively, politically engaged jeremiad on issues of identity, multiculturalism, and efforts to redress enduring wrongs” (Kirkus).
Here’s a bit more from our review of No Study Without Struggle: “‘Settler colonialism is based on the logic of owning land,’ Patel writes, ‘and that there is never enough land to satisfy the landowners’ thirst’.…[P]rominent universities have not properly addressed persistent patterns of class- and race-based favoritism, to which Patel responds with justified, terse fury, reminding readers how many of these institutions were built by slaves. At the same time, the author celebrates a counternarrative of persistent patterns of protests and alternative learning modes by Indigenous people, people of color, and LGBTQ+ communities. ‘Learning has…never yielded fully to this settler project of colonization of the mind,’ Patel writes.”
Patel and host Megan Labrise discuss the definition of “settler colonialism”; the relationship of settler colonialism to higher education; Patel’s own relationship to higher education; how her mother influenced her ideas about learning; the work of historian Robin D.G. Kelley; the role of love in transforming systems of oppression; education activism; and much more.
Then editors Vicky Smith, Laurie Muchnick, and editorial assistant Johanna Zwirner join with their weekly reading recommendations.
City of Illusion by Victoria Ying (Viking)
Wayward by Dana Spiotta (Knopf)
Second Place by Rachel Cusk (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Also mentioned in this episode:
City of Secrets by Victoria Ying (Viking)
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