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Decolonizing the Curriculum


This guide and the titles compiled here are the work of Dr. Nicolette Cagle and her many faculty and student collaborators within the Nicholas School of the Environment & the Duke Marine Lab.

As well as leadership in DUL's Collections Strategy Jeff Kosokoff and Collections Specialist Deirdre McCullough

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"Decolonizing the curriculum is a way of questioning and broadening academic practices and pedagogies to include and respect all cultures and belief systems, not just the cultures and belief systems of countries that participated and participate in modern colonialism, or the process of gaining political and economic control of a region after occupying it with settlers . The countries typically considered as colonizers include Western European nations, as well as Russia, Japan (i.e., in Korea) and China (in Tibet and beyond), although these definitions shift depending on the time period under discussion."

Full document where this topic is discussed in detail and from which these suggested books come is now available.

This is a collaborative dynamic resource, so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have titles to suggest. 

General reads to start

Disciplinary works

*Both of these are written by white men, so word of caution, but both have excerpts which could be helpful.

Culturally-Relevant Education (CRE)

"Culturally-relevant education (CRE) refers to a framework created to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the education system and to decolonize our pedagogy. Numerous books that deal with culturally-responsive teaching and culturally-relevant pedagogy in some form have been written, some recommendations include:"

Reflection - classroom use

Selections from the below titles might be relevant for classroom use.