Astronomy Culture Journal Club

In the Astronomy Culture Journal Club (formerly known as Diversity Journal Club), the The Society for Equity in Astronomy invite all members of the Astronomy Department to participate in a monthly Journal Club focused on issues of diversity and inclusion in Astronomy, STEM, and/or academia. We will be meeting every 6 weeks. Each discussion will focus on a journal article, news article, or blog post on a select topic, such as Microaggressions, Impostor Syndrome, or Internalized Sexism.

Unlike typical Journal Club formats, our discussions are subject to several rules of moderation to ensure an equitable and respectful conversation. Attendees should come prepared to participate. We use specific guidelines regarding taking turns speaking and sharing ideas to promote everyone participating in the discussion. To review our discussion guidelines, please click here.  Illinois Astronomy graduate students: If you’re interested in getting up-to-date information on Astronomy Culture Journal Club, sign up for our mailing list here.

Discussion notes will be posted to our Astronomy Culture Journal Club Google Group, which can be joined here.

Upcoming Astronomy Culture Journal Club:


Notes from Previous Astronomy Culture Journal Club Discussions

June 10, 2020:


February 10, 2020:

Starlink and Astronomy

October 14, 2019:

LGBT+ Inclusivity in Astronomy

September 23, 2019:

Controversial Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea

April 12, 2019:

The Burden of Invisible Work in Academia: Social Inequalities and Time Use in Five University Departments, Social Sciences Feminist Network Research Interest Group, University of Oregon

February 18, 2019:

Typical physics Ph.D. admissions criteria limit access to underrepresented groups but fail to predict doctoral completion, Miller et al. 2019

November 28, 2018:

Decolonise science – time to end another imperial era by Rohan Deb Roy

September 24, 2018:

Mountain Battle by Alexandra Witze

April 5, 2018:

Diversity is a Dangerous Setup by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

February 22, 2018:

Double Jeopardy in Astronomy and Planetary Science: Women of Color Face Greater Risks of Gendered and Racial Harassment.

October 26, 2017:

Inclusive Astronomy – The Nashville Recommendations

March 30th, 2017:

Introduction to Feminism

Feb 13th, 2017:


December 9th, 2016:

Unconscious/Implicit Bias

November 3rd, 2016:

Bystander Approaches to Sexual Harassment

September 23rd, 2016:

Impostor Syndrome

June 27th, 2016:

Internalized Sexism

April 18th, 2016:

Impostor Syndrome

March 8th, 2016: