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To accompany the 2020 Graduate Symposium: “Forms of Care: Building the Worlds We Need,” November 20-21.

A series of PNCA student-led discussions on Care Reader materials will be held November 12th, 16th, & 18th from 6-7pm PST.

Register to attend here.

The Care Reader is on ongoing archival project, and as such we welcome submissions of texts and media to be added to its content. If you’d like to suggest something, please fill out the form below.


“All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.”

— Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

“Hope is a discipline.”

— Mariame Kaba

2020 has presented us with manifold challenges. Some of these challenges are centuries old, incited by the violence and atrocities of settler colonialism, industrialization, and the expansion of capitalism to all corners of the world. Some of these challenges feel new, but are the culmination of the terrifying effects of climate change threatening total ecological collapse. At every turn we are confronted with catastrophic situations, and we are called upon to find creative ways of sustaining, nourishing, and caring for our world.

This reader was curated in response to the current situation we find ourselves in. It is informed by the life-altering events of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter uprisings, the #landback movement, and global ecological emergency as the Western United States burns, the Gulf is decimated by hurricanes, & the Greenland ice sheet phases into a state of non-repair.

Content warning

This reader contains intense material. Although the reader centers on care & healing, it also necessarily discusses violence, harm, and abuse enacted and endorsed by the systems in which we live.

The contents of this reader touch on:

We turn to the wisdom of those that have survived and continue to sustain themselves and their communities in apocalyptic situations. We seek to uplift the voices of survivors that have found ways of loving themselves and others while fighting for a more just world.

With steady intention and care, dreaming, visions, resilience, and direct action, we’ll cultivate new futures - worlds of joyful entanglements bound by mutual aid and compassion.

In the following pages, you will find blog posts, podcasts, books, theoretical texts, and webinars intended to aid you in navigating the collapse of the world as we know it, and for building the visionary caring world that we need in the present and future.

This reader will take you to various corners of the Internet. We encourage you to look around for other resources and to share the treasures you find with your own trusted colleagues and friends.

Key Questions




Texts — Open Source

Further Questions

Further Texts & Media

Tips & tricks for finding open-access or gaining free access to texts…


The text for this site was set in Standard Book and Bold, designed by Bryce Wilner in 2017. It is available on GitHub.

This reader was compiled, written, and art-directed by madison hames.

Illustrated, designed & built by Oskar Radon. The code for this site is available on GitHub for inspiration purposes. :)