Fall: Dr. Omaar Hena, English Department
This class will explore debates over free speech over the past century. We will begin by examining some foundational texts on free speech, especially as they impact oppressed and marginalized groups including members of the lower classes, racial minorities, women, and sexual minorities. After establishing this critical foundation, we will then examine contemporary debates over free speech and dissent on college campuses. For instance, we will read Stanley Fish’s arguments against free speech; debates over hate speech and race in Henry Louis Gates, Robert Post, and Bhikhu Parekh; and on-going debates over whether universities “coddle students” (as Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt claim) or whether campus protests are the means for students to claim agency and articulate themselves as “the new intellectuals” (as Walt Hunter argues in The Atlantic Monthly).
Spring: Dr. Beth Ann Way, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Works of testimony and witness are key to giving a voice to those we may not hear on a daily basis due to geographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, and national divides. Yet, these are some of the most important ways of voicing how someone experiences and understands global citizenship. We also get to hear from those where their citizenship is denied, unacknowledged, or not wanted. Testimonials can be delivered in a variety of forms; memoirs, documentaries, literature, film, and visual art all stand to teach us something about the speaker’s world and most importantly in his or her own words or images. In this course we shall specifically analyze the intersections of gender, class, race and nationality to understand what global citizenship means to a variety of writers and artists around the world. Texts— whether visual, aural, or printed—all have a unique rationale for voicing their ideas and speaking to a specific audience. Through discussion, debate, writing, and creative projects, students will be exposed to a variety of ways to view global citizenship through five global competencies – expression, engagement, discourse, inquiry, and connections.