The Common Reading

The Common Reading 

Fall 2021: Taking Up Space

By Mareshah “MJ” Jackson

Hoyt Arboretum’s Communication and Development Coordinator Mareshah “MJ” Jackson essay “Taking Up Space” focuses on themes of the outdoors, blackness, race, resilience, and the external factors that disproportionately affect some groups’ ability to participate in outdoor recreation. New students read the piece, heard from MJ during NSO, and discussed the work in small groups afterwards. 

Book and Instagram Recommendations from the Common Reading Author for 2021, MJ Jackson: 

“Black Faces, White Spaces” by Carolyn Finney
“Discovering Portland Parks” by Owen Wozniak
“Black Fatigue” by Mary-Frances Winters
The 99% Invisible City” by Kurt Kohlstedt
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