Fall 2014

Representing Equality

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-122

Moodle site: Course


Wendy T. Ewald (Section 01)
Martha Saxton (Section 01)


This seminar is the second in a sequence that  studies Amherst campus life, its history, privileges and problems, with the aim of creating productive discussions designed to make a friendlier and more integrated community.  In Representing Equality, students will engage with art work and texts that touch on a variety of aspects of inequality in our larger society, including educational disparities as well as racial, ethnic, gender, and economic inequality; for example, they will read  the work of Anna Deveare Smith that examines the ethnic rifts leading to violence. They will also explore techniques of productive dialogue across differences and acquire skills in interviewing and careful listening. These discussions and skills will help students to construct a class project that will explore social life on the Amherst campus and that will pick up on and broaden conversations started in this seminar in 2013 about creating a  safer and more cohesive environment--one that helps members to benefit from the extraordinary diversity among students and that links inequalities and stereotypes to sexual violence and other local and national problems. Students will conduct interviews  with other students, faculty, and staff to deepen their understanding of campus life. They will collaborate  on photographic representations of campus issues and produce an end-of-semester public event to  summarize their findings and generate further dialogue.      

 Fall semester. Visiting Artist-in-Residence Ewald and Professor Saxton.

If Overenrolled: Dean handles this.


Fine arts for non-majors, Community based learning, Writing attentive


2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2014