IDEA Reading Group

The goal of the EPS IDEA Reading Group, formed in Fall 2020, is to provide a forum for learning about and discussing issues related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism. The reading group is modeled after a scientific journal club; just as we meet to read and critically discuss the latest scientific papers and breakthroughs in our subfields, the IDEA Reading Group provides a forum to discuss readings on IDEA-related topics. The group meets every two weeks, all topics/readings are suggested by participants, and all EPS faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend. Contact coordinator Jennifer Kasbohm ( with questions or ideas for future topics, or to obtain copies of past readings.

Past reading group topics:

1/29/21 – This semester the IDEA reading group is following the curriculum of the URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) program – more information is at

12/11/20 – So You Want to Talk About Race #2 (“How to talk about affirmative action?” and “What is the model minority myth?”)  (led by Maureen Long)

11/13/20 – Specificity and Segregation (led by Ruth Blake)

10/23/20 – Discussion of “Picture a Scientist” (led by Jenn Kasbohm)

10/9/20 – So You Want to Talk About Race #1 (“Is it really about race?” and “What is racism?”) (led by Maureen Long)

9/25/20 – Yale and New Haven (led by Tom Reershemius Matras)

9/4/20 – Diversity and Inclusion in the Field (led by Sophie Westacott)

8/12/20 – Race and Racism in the Geosciences (led by Jenn Kasbohm)