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Spring 2022


How do race and gender shape the way we engage our world and local communities? As we seek answers for this question, we will study Native American, U.S. Latinx, African American, and Asian American texts in contemporary U.S. culture (1960s-present). We will discuss and analyze short stories, novels, poems, films, music videos, and even comic books to explore how stories have served as a powerful forum for representing race and gender. To consider how these categories and their intersections shape our world, we will perform service with one community partner. Our goal in doing so is to learn from both our experiences and our service in a mutually beneficial relationship. Together, these activities – reading, discussion, writing, and serving – will help us better understand how issues surrounding race and gender call us to turn our analytical skills from close-reading texts toward an active, engaged dialogue with our community. This 4-credit course has no prerequisites and fulfills a requirement for the English Education major/minor and an elective for the English major and WMGS minor. This course meets in person for three, 60-minute periods. In addition, this course carries the expectation that students will work on course-related activities (reading, writing, studying, service, completing assignments, etc.) for approximately three hours outside of class for every class period, totaling an average of 12 hours per week in and outside of the face-to-face/virtual class