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ENGS 111 – D1:Race & Ethnic in Lit Stdies

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics address "race" and/or the contributions of ethnically diverse writers to American culture. Focus and readings vary. May repeat for credit with different content . Pre/co-requisites: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; minimum Sophomore standing.

Section Description: ENGLISH 111: RACE TALK When Barack Obama was elected the first African American President, many Americans thought our history of racial segregation vanished. But, with the rise of public displays of white supremacy alongside the continuous killings of Black men, women, and children and the heightened anxieties around immigration and national security, we are currently witnessing a re-awakening of a national civil rights struggle. Perhaps one of our biggest failures thus far is our efforts at communication. This course will center on the uncomfortable yet much-needed focus on race talk. With the recent scientific revelation that race does not have a genetic basis, how do we understand the role of race today? Furthermore, as the U.S. Census Bureau predicts a “minority majority” population by 2045, how will we define racial categories and/or experiences? Via multiple racial/ethnic perspectives and voices through several narrative genres (fiction, memoirs, essays, film, music), we will examine a range of contemporary race talk. Themes may include transracial adoption, race passing and appropriation, white fragility, mixed-race identities, and immigration, among others.

CRN: 95495

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 39/40

Days Time Location
MWF 12:00 - 12:50 LAFAYETTE HALL L200

Instructor(s): Jinny Huh

Meeting Dates: 26 Aug 2019 - 06 Dec 2019