Fall 2021

Living with Inequality

Listed in: Education Studies, as EDST-359  |  English, as ENGL-359

Moodle site: Course


Barry O'Connell (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 359 and EDUC 359) Almost 60% of Americans now experience economic struggles. When they can they struggle to balance food, housing, medical care, clothing, and other needs. There are, at the same time, some 600 billionaires whose combined wealth exceeds that of all other Americans. Yet in 1970, a mere fifty years ago, the United States had the most equitable economic order in the world, and probably in history.

Our course moves around the country and among individuals and groups trying to survive scarcities of many kinds. This is not a literature course but one that does often engage language, how people speak their experience. It will be a journey in exploration.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Professor Emeritus O’Connell.

If Overenrolled: Seniors have priority, juniors next if there is room, then, then first years.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021