Fall 2015

Equality and Violence

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-115  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-115


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


(Offered as SWAG 115 and ARHA 115.) This Inside/Out course will meet every week at the Hampshire County Jail, and students will study how inequality of various kinds is linked to violence and sexual assault and also examine social art practice and its relation to issues of power.  Readings and discussions will focus on gender, racial, and class inequalities in society and examples of contemporary art work which address them. Inside and outside students will pursue and refine themes through interviews with one another and in art projects and individual essays.  They will produce a final project in a public forum to be decided on by the students for an audience of incarcerated and Amherst students. Students will create an accompanying  publication of text and images that enlarges on their debates and discussions. The course will be conducted on the Inside/Out model, and authorities from the Jail will collaborate with participants in determining the nature of permitted research, the format, and the timing of the final project.

Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 12 students.  Interview with the instructor prior to admission is required.  Fall semester.  Professor Saxton and Visiting Artist-In-Residence Ewald.

If Overenrolled: Permission of instructor

Cost: 13.07 ?


Artistic Practice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015