#MeToo. #TimesUp. #UnapologeticallyBrown. #WithDACA. #ConDACAlogré. #HereToStay. #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackGirlMagic. #ICantBreathe. #SayHerName. #NoDAPL. #IStandWithAhmed. #CrimingWhileWhite. #OscarsSoWhite. And (in the words of Erykah Badu) “it goes on and on and on.” You could trace any one of these hashtags and uncover a range of social protests and everyday folk doing all that they can to disrupt the oppressions surrounding their lived realities. These hashtags represent more than just social media trends or a fleeting moment. These are social movements that coincide with your own college learning.
This class will push you to situate your own research in and about gender studies for social change, justice, and activism. The class will encourage you to see and experience yourself as a writer, reader, and designer working to make a difference in the time and place in which you live. This is your capstone course, your senior seminar where all that you have learned, done, and imagined in your undergraduate gender studies major comes to its grand finale. This is your time to shine.
This class is a mixture of many things. As your teacher, I am styling this class to be part writing workshop, part graduate seminar, part listening session, part qualitative inquiry, and part lab experiment… and I will need YOU to style it to be alllll the way DOPE. Let’s show em what gender studies in the 21st century is really all about!