Fall 2016

Representing Equality


C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Section 01)
Wendy T. Ewald (Section 01)
Karla Keyes (Section 01)


This seminar is part of an on-going campus conversation about building community out of diversity and considering how equality is essential to that goal.  Recently, many communities have had to respond to incidents of aggressive disrespect directed against specific racial, sexual or religious groups. This year, the debate around transgender bathrooms has taken such discussions in a new direction. As more and more people address the multiple and fluid ways in which they define themselves, the focus has shifted from an emphasis on accommodation to considering how these differences can become a tool for reshaping our communities.  Difference can be sources of tension as well as a resource for learning and growth between people. We will look at examples of the former and work towards creating the conditions for the latter. 

We will read essays and works of fiction drawn from a variety of disciplines that consider campus diversity in the U.S. in the context of other spaces where scarcity and struggle have led to exciting new ways of exploring difference and creating dialogue. We will also view a number of films and art works. Visiting artist Zanele Muholi, a renowned South African photographer and visual activist, will work with us on our final project, a representation of ourselves and members of the LGBT community in photographs and text.

 Fall semester. Professor Cobham-Sander and Visiting Artist-in-Residence Ewald.

If Overenrolled: Dean handles this.

Cost: 10 ?


Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016