Literature & Films

(categories are loose)

Student Work!

2014 SOAN Thesis by Molly Shane
“Learning Social Responsibility or Protecting the American Nobility? Understanding the Ideological Context of Middlebury College”

2013 SOAN Thesis by Melissa Mittelman and Jay Saper
“The Analyst and The Activist: A Look Into Student Discourse Surrounding Wall Street Recruitment and Resistance at Middlebury College”

Essays, Poetry, and other Short Pieces

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Hanif Abdurraqib (any of the essays in it)

“something more powerful than skepticism,” Avery Gordon

“White People Hate Protest,” a zine by Mariam Kaba (PrisonCulture)

“Save the Climate, Dismantle the Border Apparatus,” by Todd Miller (in Jacobin)

“Israel’s Gay Propaganda War,” Jasbir Puar (in The Guardian)

“Debating Feminist Futures,” Alison Kafer

“White Fragility,” Robin DiAngelo

“In the Name of Love,” Miya Tokumitsu

“The Structuring of Protest,” Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward

“The Problem with Privilege,” Andrea Smith

“A Question of Class,” Dorothy Allison


Organizing for Social Change

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, Jane McAlevey

This is an Uprising, Engler and Engler

Hegemony How-To, Jonathan Smucker

Emergent Strategy, adrienne marie brown

The Gentrification of the Mind, Sarah Schulman

Gender & Feminism

Feminism is for Everybody, bell hooks

Under Western Eyes and Feminism Without Borders, Chandra Mohanty

Redefining Realness, Janet Mock

Normal Life, Dean Spade

Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, Lila Abu-Lughod

Women, Race, and Class, Angela Davis

Precarious Life, Judith Butler

The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttransexual Manifesto, Sandy Stone

My New Gender Workbook, Kate Bornstein

Testo Junkie, Paul Preciado

Race and Racism

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Racism without Racists, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

The Angela Y. Davis Reader, edited by Joy James

This Bridge Called My Back, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

White Like Me, Tim Wise

Assata, Assata Shakur

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, Melissa Harris-Perry

The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Planning, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney

In the Wake: on Blackness and Being, Christina Sharpe

State and Economy

Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Angela Davis

Anarchy Alive!, 2008, Uri Gordon

Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky

Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Davis

Days of War and Nights of Love, CrimethInc.

Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, David Graeber

T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Hakim Bey

Class Matters, bell hooks

Debt: The First 5000 Years, David Graeber

Decolonization and Indigeneity

Decolonising the University, ed. Gurminder Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial, Kerem Nisancioglu

Conquest, Andrea Smith

I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchu

Sexuality and Love

The Ethical Slut, Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy

Yes Means Yes, Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

From Gender to Sexuality, Gayle S. Rubin

Playing the Whore, Melissa Gira Grant

Sex Without Guilt, Albert Ellis

Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled, Michael Cobb

Bluets, Maggie Nelson

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde


Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, Noura Erakat

Looking for Palestine, Najla Said

Israel/Palestine and the Queer International, Sarah Schulman


Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Friere

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall Rosenberg

The Shame of the Nation, Jonathan Kozol

Every Day Anti Racism, Mica Pollock

Other People’s Children, Lisa Delpit

Reign of Error, Dianne Ravitch

Love and Hope

Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Postcapitalist Ruins, Anna Tsing

all about love, bell hooks

Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit


The Dispossessed, Ursula Leguin

Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson

Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

The Overstory, Richard Powers

The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey

Stone Butch Blue, Leslie Feinberg

Radical Practice

Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook, 2005, CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective

Earth First! Direct Action Manual, 2014, Earth First!

Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, 1993, Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood

Steal this Book, 1971, Abbey Hoffman

Graphic Novels

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel


Other disorientation guides! (We drew inspiration for this guide from Tufts, Colombia, University of California Santa Cruz, and University of Minnesota)

Film List

Breaking the Spell, 1999

Black Power Mixtape, 2011

Boys Don’t Cry, 1999

Capitalism: A love story, 2009

Cowspiracy, 2014

End:Civ, 2011

El Violín, 2005

Food Inc., 2008

Edible City: Grow the Revolution, 2012

Harlan County USA, 1977

How to Survive a Plague, 2012

Inside Job, 2010

La Jaula de Oro, 2013

Milk, 2008

The Great Dictator, 1940

Paris is Burning, 1990

PickAxe, 1999

Slingshot Hip Hop, 2008

The Take, 2004

Thelma and Louise, 1991

The Weather Underground, 2002

The Yes Men Fix the World, 2009

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, 2012

In Plain Sight, 2019

12th and Delaware, 2010

Vessel, 2014