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,”; Jen Graves, “Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race,”; Steve Locke, “Why I don’t want to talk about Race”;  “Let’s talk about Race”

8/27 – What is Race?


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,”;  Sally Raskoff, “The Social Construction of Race, Ethnicity, Sex, and Gender,”; Chauncey DeVega, “The Boston Bombers and Why White Privilege Hurts White America,”;  Isa Hopkins, “Is George Zimmerman White or Hispanic, That depends,”

9/3 – Racism

Readings: “Can you be motivated by race even if you don’t know it?,”; “Why there’s no such thing is ‘reverse racism;”; Asraa Mustufa, “Study: Whites Think ‘Reverse Racism’ is on the Rise,”

9/5 – Racism

Readings:  Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Good, Racist People,”; Yirssi Bergman, “The Effects of Living In My Skin,”; Richard Thompson Ford, “A primer on racism”;

9/10 – Colorblind Racism

Readings: Sally Lehrman, “Colorblind Racism,”; Larry Yu, “Color Blindness: The New Racism?,”; Monica Williams, “Colorblind ideology is a form of racism,”

9/12 – Privilege

Readings: “Mirrors of Privilege,”; Robert Jensen, “White Privilege Shapes the U.S.”; Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

9/17 – Review

9/19  – Exam #1

9/26  — Privilege

Readings: Tim Wise, “On White Privilege,”; Myisha Cherry, “Why privilege is so hard to give up,”; Jamie Utt , “How To Talk To Someone About Privilege Who Doesn’t Know What That Is,”; Esther Armah, “The Other National Conversation: White Privilege,”

10/1 – Living privilege

Readings: Phillip S. Smith, “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?”;  Eric Liu, “Trayvon Martin and Making Whiteness Visible,”;


10/3 – Stereotypes

Readings: Roland Martin, “A Fight for Trayvon is a fight against Stereotypes,”;   Caude Steele, “Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students,; James Gone, “NCAA rightly tells schools to retire Indian mascots, symbols,”

10/8 – Living Stereotypes

Reading: Black stereotype college parties spark outrage,; Emanuella Grinberg, ‘We’re a culture, not a costume’ this Halloween,; Brittney Cooper, “The N-Word on the 4th of July,”;  “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


11/14 – Mass Incarceration

Reading: Alexander #2-3


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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