The Benton House will soon begin hosting a critical book club!Bridgeport and all its affiliate communities are invited to explore, challenge, question, and share ideas about the problems we face today and the books that might help us solve them.
With the ongoing organization of the Benton House library and Bridgeport’s growing interest in critical community engagement, we feel that the time has come to open a space for critical inquiry. We will be focusing on the examination of texts chosen by the group itself; questions such as – what is the author saying in his or her own terms, what is the actual argument being presented in the text, what are the merits of this argument as we understand them, and, most importantly, how can we put the author’s ideas into practice.
As things stand, we expect to focus primarily on works of nonfiction and essays. The work chosen for the first meeting is Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, chapters 1 and 2. We consider this an appropriate beginning text because, though difficult in some senses, it is rich in both theory and prescription, which makes it an excellent object for discussion. There is also a sense in which the spirit of our own project can be read in the pages of this text. The official schedule for the first meeting will be announced soon. At this meeting we will be discussing not only the text, but important specifics regarding the club itself, including how frequently we ought to meet, how we ought to organize our discussions, and what each of us hopes to gain from such a club. Also, keep a look out for our fliers around Bridgeport, and please feel free to invite any of your friends or comrades you think would be interested. If you have any interest, curiosity, burning questions, or critical feedback, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will fill you in on all the details.