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The crossroads of identity and social justice

Director: Dr. Erin Speese, English


Fall 2021

The Intersectio learning community offers courses that focus on gender and its intersections with other identities through a lens of social justice. The courses overall will discuss misconceptions about gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, and citizenship status and the way they inform current social, political, institutional, academic, and economic structures.

BRDG 101C Writing and Analysis (TR 12:15pm), Erin Speese (English)

An introduction to the expectations and practices of academic writing using a writing about writing approach; BRDG 101C introduces students to the principles of rhetoric. Students learn how to identify audiences and create arguments that rely on logic, a credible voice, and that take into consideration an audience's values. Through reading nonfiction prose students engage in critical thinking and analysis and write between three and six papers (totaling between 16-25 pages of final-draft writing) with careful attention to the process of invention, drafting, and feedback. Students will also learn how to incorporate other voices into their own writing and how to properly document their use of those outside sources.

EQ 109C What is Gender? (TR 9:25am), Lanei Rodemeyer (Philosophy)

Some of the most important-and interesting-"basic philosophical questions" are about gender identity: How do we understand the relations and expressions of biological sex, cultural roles and performances, and how we feel about our own sexuality? How does our gender overlap or intersect with the other ways that we identify ourselves (or are identified by others), such as race, class, ability, etc.? In this course, we will read and discuss a variety of texts that examine these issues. Our analyses will include self-reflection about our own experiences, extending ourselves beyond our "comfort zones" to understand experiences that are not our own, and addressing different theories and philosophies about gender that inform these essential questions.