Share, Learn, Grow

Share, Learn, Grow is a resource where you will find books, articles, documentaries, podcasts, conferences, performances, and more on topics related to equity, inclusion, access, and diversity.

This archive will continue to grow and get richer as you, students, faculty, and staff at UAF share resources that have opened your eyes and inspired you.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance."
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Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

By Debbie Irving
"My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole."

Thank You for Your Service

By  David Finkel
In his book Thank You For Your Service, David Finkel follows the challenges that face soldiers and their families once they return home from overseas deployments. The author focuses on those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, the invisible wounds of war.
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The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails."
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Indian Horse

"In late 1950s Ontario, eight-year old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing."
Melba Roy led the group of human computers who tracked the Echo satellites in the 1960s. NASA

Hidden Figures

"A new book and movie document the accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battles."
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The Seventies: Season 1, Episode 6, "Battle of the Sexes"

"Equal rights and the battle of the sexes take center stage as a generation of women demand freedom from second-class citizenship."
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The Freedom to Marry

"An award winning feature documentary that reveals the same sex marriage movement through the eyes of its leaders as they prepare for their final battle before the United States Supreme Court."
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The Eighties: Season 1, Episode 4, "The Fight Against AIDS"

"The '80s witness the terrifying rise of a new disease that claimed coutless lives, sparked bitter prejudices and shifted the cultural landscape."
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TED Radio Hour: Why We Hate

"From bullying to hate crimes, cruelty is all around us. So what makes us hate? And is it learned or innate? This hour, TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate - and how we can fight it."
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TED Radio Hour: The Consequences of Racism

"What does it mean to be judged before you walk through the door? What are the consequences? This week, TED speakers delve into the ways racism impacts our lives, from education, to health, to safety."
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TED Radio Hour: Beyond Tolerance

"Most of us were raised to believe that tolerance is a good thing, but is it enough or just the bare minimum? This hour, TED speakers on how to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding."
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NPR Hidden Brain: "Man Up"

"You've certainly heard some variations of the phrase 'be a man." But what does that even mean? This week we question our existing definitions of masculinity."
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NPR Hidden Brain: Stereotype Threat

"Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her, and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also can be an advantage."
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#ThinkArctic Episode 19: Ronald Brower Sr., University of Alaska Fairbanks

"In this episode of #ThinkArctic, we chat with Ronald Brower Sr., an instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, about teaching native language and growing up in the Arctic."
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The White Privilege Conference

"For the past 20 years the WPC has examined challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solution and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc."
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Why I love a country that once betrayed me

George Takei
"When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a "security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy."
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The enchanting music of sign language

Christine Sun Kim
"Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language."
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Deaf in the military

Keith Nolan
"Keith Nolan was told that he couldn’t enlist in the army because he was deaf -- but he didn’t take no for an answer. After he finally convinced a commander to let him audit ROTC classes, he proved himself a top student and earned his uniform. Although a standard military hearing test prevents him from enlisting, his continued fight has inspired many would-be soldiers with disabilities -- and a vigorous online campaign on his behalf."
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Lost Voices

By Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley