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Reading Ta-Nehisi Coates (6 wk course, PUGS)

SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main
3534 SE Main Street
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)



Join us as we engage these challenges, facing our history, politics and notions of justice through the lens of America's foremost writer on race, Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read him, to think with him, is to be confronted with pressing moral, cultural, and intellectual challenges.

Coates is the author of Between the World and Me, an urgent look at race in America, which won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the new collection We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Coates is also a national correspondent at The Atlantic and a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grant"). He writes with bracing honesty about slavery, housing discrimination, the fear and control of black bodies, and the racialized roots of American wealth.

Instructor: Douglas Tsoi, JD, is the founder of Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS). Previous careers include teaching high school history and ethics and intellectual property law. A nationally renowned education expert called Douglas "the best teacher I've ever seen teach." At PUGS, he teaches Financial Freedom, Criminal Law: How to Think Like a Lawyer, Behavioral Economics, How to Teach, Reading Ta-Nahisi Coates, and Racial Discrimination, Big Data, and Privilege.

We have found in previous iterations that the real power of this course is the dialogue between students, so unlike other PUGS courses, we are curating a diverse cohort. If you are interested in joining, please email pugscoordinator@gmail.com and tell us about yourself, why you want to take this course, and how you anticipate growing from it.

Class meetings:

  • Sunday, Jan 7 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, Jan 14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, Jan 21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, Jan 28 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, Feb 4 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, Feb 11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM