Course Schedule

Course Schedule

8/26 – Introduction

8/28 – 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”;

Watch: “Let’s talk about Race”

9/2 – What is Race?

Reading: Roithmayr, #1;;

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

9/4 – Race as Social Construction

Reading: Roithmayr, #2-3; Ta-Nehisi Coates, ” What We Mean When We Say ‘Race Is a Social Construct,'”;

9/9 – Racism

Readings: Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations,”; Judith Ellis, “Understanding Racism,”; Roithmayr, #4-5

Watch: “Can you be motivated by race even if you don’t know it?,”;

9/11 – 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”;

Watch: “Does Institutional Racism persist,”

9/16 – Colorblind Racism

Readings: Sally Lehrman, “Colorblind Racism,”; Meghan Burke, “Colorblindness v Race consciousness”; Monica Williams, “Colorblind ideology is a form of racism,”; “I’m not racist, I’m Colorblind” –


9/23 – Review

9/28 – Exam #1


9/30 – Privilege

Readings: Roithmayr, #6-8; Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

Watch: “Mirrors of Privilege,”;

10/2 — Privilege

Readings: 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,”

Watch: Tim Wise, “On White Privilege,”;

10/7 – Living with privilege

Readings: White Privilege: A Multimedia Analysis,; Zerlina Maxwell, “7 Actual Facts That Prove White Privilege Exists in America,”;  Anne Hornaday, ” Race-blind admissions: White privilege is too often ignored in movies and in life,”

10/9 – Stereotypes

Readings: Roland Martin, “A Fight for Trayvon is a fight against Stereotypes,”;     Darron Smith, “Images of Black Males in Popular Media,”; Todd Schoepflin, ” Thinking About Stereotypes,”; Claude Steele, “Thin Ice: Stereotype Threat and Black College Students,;

10/14 -Stereotypes discussion continues

10/16 – War on Drugs and New Jim Crow

Reading: Phillip S. Smith, “Dorm Room Dealers: A Peek into the Drug World of the White and Upwardly Mobile”; Stacey Patton & David Leonard, “If you’re white, that joint probably won’t lead to jail time,”; Michelle Alexander, “The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste,”; Bryan Stevenson, “We need to talk about an injustice,”

10/21 – Racial Profiling

Reading: Nicholas Peart, “Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?”; Doug Glanville, “I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway”;; “Racial and gender profiling can affect outcome of traffic stops, ”; Vani Kannan, “Model Minority” or Potential Terrorist? Affective Economies, Rhetorics of Silence & the Murder of Sunando Sen,”; Seth Wesler, “How East Haven, Conn., Became Synonymous With Racial Profiling,”

10/23 – Review

10/28 – Exam #2


10/30 – What does Justice in the Restaurant Industry look like?

Reading: Jayaraman, #1 & 2

11/4 – Health Issues

Reading: Jayaraman, #3

11/6 – No Class

11/11 – No Class

11/13 – Poverty on the plate

Reading: Jayaraman, #4

11/18 – Racism

Reading: Jayaraman, #5

11/20 – Sexism

Reading: Jayaraman, #6

11/25 & 11/27 – No Class

12/2 – Race and Hunger

Reading: Beverly Bell, “Uprooting Racism in the Food System: African Americans Organize,”; “Unshared Bounty,”; Steph Larsen, “Welcome to the food deserts of rural America,”

Film: A Place at the Table

12/4 Harvested in America

Reading: Gabriel Thompson, “The job you won’t do: Try working a season in the lettuce fields of Yuma,”;; Tom Philpott, “Startling new report shines light on farm labor conditions — and they ain’t good,”

12/9 – “Seeds of Change”

Reading: Jayaraman, #7; Roithmayr, #9 & 10

12/11 – Review

Final Exam – December 18, 2014 from 10:10-12:10

This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances and shifts in class needs. If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to check on announcements made in your absence.


2 comments on “Course Schedule

  • Professor,
    On the syllabus, we need to read 2 separate books, when are the readings for these books due and do we need to do a write up on them? Also which book would you like us to read first?


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