Course Schedule

Course Schedule


8/20 – Introduction

8/22 – Talking Past each other

Readings: Sarah Jackson, “Why I Want to Talk about Race, And Why You Should, Too,” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-j-jackson/talking-about-race_b_1087356.html; Jen Graves, “Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race,” http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/deeply-embarrassed-white-people-talk-awkwardly-about-race/Content?oid=9747101; Steve Locke, “Why I don’t want to talk about Race” http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/why-i-dont-want-to-talk-about-race/;  “Let’s talk about Race” http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/being-white-in-philly/5148ef702b8c2a28d2000143

8/27 – What is Race?

Reading: http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_04-background-01-x.htm

Film: Race: Power of an Illusion (Part 1)

8/29 – Race as Social Construction

Reading: Lisa Wade, “The Census and the Social Construction of Race,” http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/03/29/the-census-and-the-social-construction-of-race/;  Sally Raskoff, “The Social Construction of Race, Ethnicity, Sex, and Gender,” http://nortonbooks.typepad.com/everydaysociology/2009/03/the-social-construction-of-race-ethnicity-sex-and-gender.html; Chauncey DeVega, “The Boston Bombers and Why White Privilege Hurts White America,” http://www.washingtonspectator.org/index.php/BREAKING-VIEWS/chauncey-devega-the-boston-bombers-and-why-white-privilege-hurts-white-america.html#.UgE9XVOE5qo;  Isa Hopkins, “Is George Zimmerman White or Hispanic, That depends,” http://www.salon.com/2013/07/16/is_george_zimmerman_white_or_hispanic/

9/3 – Racism

Readings: “Can you be motivated by race even if you don’t know it?,” http://video.msnbc.msn.com/mhp/52473401#52473401; “Why there’s no such thing is ‘reverse racism;” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/07/15/884649/-Why-theres-no-such-thing-as-Reverse-Racism; Asraa Mustufa, “Study: Whites Think ‘Reverse Racism’ is on the Rise,” http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/05/study_on_white_perceptions_of_racism.html

9/5 – Racism

Readings:  Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Good, Racist People,” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/opinion/coates-the-good-racist-people.html?_r=0; Yirssi Bergman, “The Effects of Living In My Skin,”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yirssi-bergman/the-effects-of-living-in-_b_3679877.html; Richard Thompson Ford, “A primer on racism”; http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2009/09/a_primer_on_racism.html

9/10 – Colorblind Racism

Readings: Sally Lehrman, “Colorblind Racism,” http://www.alternet.org/story/16792; Larry Yu, “Color Blindness: The New Racism?,” http://www.iexaminer.org/editorial/color-blindness-racism/; Monica Williams, “Colorblind ideology is a form of racism,” http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/colorblind/201112/colorblind-ideology-is-form-racism

9/12 – Privilege

Readings: “Mirrors of Privilege,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAljja0vi2M&list=PL4C76907E1EA5907E; Robert Jensen, “White Privilege Shapes the U.S.” http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/freelance/whiteprivilege.htm; Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”http://nymbp.org/reference/WhitePrivilege.pdf.

9/17 – Review

9/19  – Exam #1

9/26  — Privilege

Readings: Tim Wise, “On White Privilege,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Xe1kX7Wsc; Myisha Cherry, “Why privilege is so hard to give up,” http://www.salon.com/2013/08/01/why_privilege_is_so_hard_to_give_up/?source=newsletter; Jamie Utt , “How To Talk To Someone About Privilege Who Doesn’t Know What That Is,” http://everydayfeminism.com/2012/12/how-to-talk-to-someone-about-privilege/; Esther Armah, “The Other National Conversation: White Privilege,” http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-other-national-conversation-white.html

10/1 – Living privilege

Readings: Phillip S. Smith, “Dorm Room Dealers: A Peek into the Drug World of the White and Upwardly Mobile” http://www.alternet.org/drugs/145042/dorm_room_dealers:_a_peek_into_the_drug_world_of_the_white_and_upwardly_mobile_/; Nicholas Peart, “Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?” www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/opinion/sunday/young-black-and-frisked-by-the-nypd.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all;  Eric Liu, “Trayvon Martin and Making Whiteness Visible,” http://ideas.time.com/2013/07/17/trayvon-martin-and-making-whiteness-visible/;

 

10/3 – Stereotypes

Readings: Roland Martin, “A Fight for Trayvon is a fight against Stereotypes,” http://rolandmartinreports.com/blog/2012/03/roland-s-martin-a-fight-for-trayvon-is-a-war-against-stereotypes/;   Caude Steele, “Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1999/08/thin-ice-stereotype-threat-and-black-college-students/4663/; James Gone, “NCAA rightly tells schools to retire Indian mascots, symbols,” http://progressive.org/media_mpga1805

10/8 – Living Stereotypes

Reading: Black stereotype college parties spark outrage, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16912374/ns/us_news-life/t/black-stereotype-college-parties-spark-outrage/#.TvkPB0ozL8A; Emanuella Grinberg, ‘We’re a culture, not a costume’ this Halloween, http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/26/living/halloween-ethnic-costumes/index.html; Brittney Cooper, “The N-Word on the 4th of July,” http://www.salon.com/2013/07/04/the_n_word_on_the_4th_of_july/;  “Twitter Goes Ballistic About Mexican American Boy Singing National Anthem at NBA Finals,” http://www.latinorebels.com/2013/06/12/twitter-goes-ballistic-about-mexican-american-boy-singing-national-anthem-at-nba-finals/

10/10  – What does Justice in the Restaurant Industry look like?

Reading: Jayaraman, #1 & 2

10/15 – Health Issues

Reading: Jayaraman, #3

10/17 – Racism

Reading: Jayaraman, #5

10/22 – Sexism

Reading: Jayaraman, #6

10/24 – “Seeds of Change”

Reading: Jayaraman, #7

Extra Credit talk: Mark Anthony Neal – 5:00 (20 points)

10/29 – Poverty on the plate

Reading: Jayaraman, #4

FILM: A Place at the Table

10/31 – No class

11/5 Review

11/7 Exam #2

11/12– Caste Systems

Reading: Alexander Introduction and #1

Film:

11/14 – Mass Incarceration

Reading: Alexander #2-3

Film:

11/19 – Communal Devastation

Reading: Alexander #4

Extra Credit Film: – November 19 at 2:00 PM (20 points – attendance and short write up)

11/21 – No Class

12/3 – “New Jim Crow”

Reading: Alexander #5-6

12/5 – Review

 

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