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Instructor Info:Wilson Valentin-Escobar
Office Extension x5102
TA Info:Brittni Hayes
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
Description: The State of Arizona passed a law banning the teaching of Ethnic Studies, ascribing particular knowledge as prohibitive and dangerous. Why is Ethnic Studies perceived as a dangerous field of inquiry? Why should the knowledge and history of oppressed communities in the United States, as related to Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latin@s, be casted in such a negative light given that these communities have historically been omitted in most school curriculums? The purpose of this course is to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the field of U.S. Ethnic studies, understand some of the historical perspectives that inform it's intellectual formation, and gain an appreciation of some ongoing central concepts and processes, like settler colonialism, imperialism, slavery, genocide, technologies of empire, racial classification systems, labor importation, gender exploitation, and white privilege, among others. Finally, we will also investigate how Ethnic Studies is entwined with on-the-ground global and U.S.-based social justice movements.