For Monday, 9/13

Prep

As we discussed at the end of class yesterday, we will focus on the first part of Ch. 1 next time, since we spent a lot of time on logistics last time. No new reading – just come to class ready to discuss keywords from this week’s reading.

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 1 (‘Race in the Twenty-First Century’): ‘A Cancer’; ‘American Racism in the Twenty-First Century’. keywords: ahistorical fallacy, the; fixed fallacy, the; individualistic fallacy, the; institutional racism; interpersonal racism; intersectionality; legalistic fallacy, the; racial domination; structural racism; systematic racism; tokenistic fallacy, the.

Zoom Session

  • Attendance/Introductions, cont’d
  • TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 1 (‘Race in the Twenty-First Century’): ‘A Biological Reality?’; ‘Whiteness’; ‘Race Is a Social Reality’; ‘Ethnicity and Nationality’; Thinking Like a Sociologist’

For Wednesday, 9/1

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 1 (‘Race in the Twenty-First Century’): ‘A Cancer’; ‘American Racism in the Twenty-First Century’

In Class

  • Attendance/Introductions
  • TBA
  • Review: Semester Goals HW
  • Logistics: How to Submit the HW

For Next Time

  • HW Due 9/3: Semester Goals HW
  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 1 (‘Race in the Twenty-First Century’): ‘A Biological Reality?’; ‘Whiteness’; ‘Race Is a Social Reality’; ‘Ethnicity and Nationality’; Thinking Like a Sociologist’

For Monday, 8/30

Prep

We ended our opening day of class with an important question: Whose opinions and facts can we trust, or at least not dismiss out of hand as hopelessly biased? For this reason, I’ve bumped an important reading, originally scheduled a few classes down the line, to the top of the queue.

  • Michael A. Caulfield, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers (2017), Part I (‘Four Strategies and a Habit’); Part II (‘Look for Previous Work’), Sections 1 (‘How to Use Previous Work’), 2 (‘Fact-Checking Sites’), 3 (‘Wikipedia’); Part III, Section 1 (‘Going Upstream to Find the Source’); Part IV (‘Reading Laterally’), Sections 1 (‘What Reading Laterally Means’), 18 (‘Basic Techniques: Web Domains, WHOIS’); 25 (‘Choosing Your Experts First’), 26 (‘Evaluating News Sources’), 27 (‘National Newspapers of Record’)

Zoom Session

  • Attendance/Introductions, cont’d
  • Q&A: Four Strategies and a Habit
  • Q&A: Evaluating News Sources
  • Q&A: National Newspapers of Record

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 1 (‘Race in the Twenty-First Century’): ‘A Cancer’; ‘American Racism in the Twenty-First Century’

For Wednesday, 8/25

Prep

Zoom Session

  1. Q&A: Attendance/Introductions/Review of the Assigned Reading
  2. Format of the Class
    • Blackboard
    • Course Website
    • Slack
    • Google Docs
  3. Review of the Syllabus

For Next Time

  • HW: Semester Goals HW
  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 1 (‘Race in the Twenty-First Century’): ‘A Cancer’; ‘American Racism in the Twenty-First Century’

For Monday, 5/11

Prep

  • Kyle D. Stedman, ‘Annoying Ways People Use Sources’, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2 (2011)
  • Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘The Racialization of Art Worlds’; ‘Cultural Appropriation’; ‘The Sociology of Art, the Art of Sociology’

In Class Zoom Session

  • Q&A: Racist vs. Antiracist Cultural Appropriation
  • Once More into the Breach: The Invisibility of Whiteness

For Next Time

  • Desmond and Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 11 (‘Toward Racial Democracy’): ‘What Are the Goals?’; How Do We Bring About Change?’; ‘We Who Believe in Freedom’

For Monday, 5/4

If you haven’t yet joined in the conversation in the #invisibilityofwhiteness channel on our Slack workspace, you really need to take some time to make a thoughtful response to the prompt I posted there last week. I will not credit any responses after this week.

Prep

  • HW: Identify at least one way whiteness informs your major field of study or one of the classes in which you are currently enrolled. Explain precisely how racial domination is normalised; offer at least one consequence of this normalisation and advance at least one suggestion for how whiteness might be effectively confronted (almost verbatim from Desmond and Emirbayer2016:279).
  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’

In Class Zoom Session

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘The Racialization of Art Worlds’; ‘Cultural Appropriation’; ‘The Sociology of Art, the Art of Sociology’

For Monday, 4/27

Prep

  • HW: Identify at least one way whiteness informs your major field of study or one of the classes in which you are currently enrolled. Explain precisely how racial domination is normalised; offer at least one consequence of this normalisation and advance at least one suggestion for how whiteness might be effectively confronted (almost verbatim from Desmond and Emirbayer 2016:279).
    • Please see the prompt in the #invisibilityofwhiteness channel of our Slack workspace.
  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Educational Inequality’; ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’; ‘The Benefits of a Multicultural Learning Environment’

In Class Zoom Session

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’

For Monday, 4/20

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘“I Have a Right to Think!”: ‘Racial Battles over Education, 1900-1970’; ‘Whiteness in Education’
    • HW: Identify at least one way whiteness informs your major field of study or one of the classes in which you are currently enrolled. Explain precisely how racial domination is normalised; offer at least one consequence of this normalisation and advance at least one suggestion for how whiteness might be effectively confronted (almost verbatim from Desmond and Emirbayer 2016:279). You don’t need to submit this, but hold on to your notes on this and have them to hand for our Zoom session Monday.

In Class Zoom Session

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Educational Inequality’; ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’; ‘The Benefits of a Multicultural Learning Environment’