Schedule of Readings

 

WEEK 1: AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED (3/20)

READ
• James Baldwin, “The Discovery of What it Means to
Be an American” (Bb)
• Hughes, “Let America Be America Again” (Bb)
• Christine Emba, “What is white privilege?” The
Washington Post. January 16, 2016. (Bb)
• Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the
Invisible Knapsack” (Bb)
• Toby Morris, “On A Plate: A Short Story About
Privilege.” May 22, 2015 (Bb)
COMPLETE
• Discussion Post 1 (due 3/22)
• Spring 2017 Reading Survey
• Sign Up for WordPress

WEEK 2: WRITING WOMANHOOD (3/27)

READ
• Angela Y. Davis, “The Legacy of Slavery” (Bb)
• Audre Lorde, “Age Race Sex and Class” (Bb)
• Kate Chopin, “Désirée’s Baby” & “The Story of An
Hour” (Na 538-544)
• Ursula K. Le Guin, “She Unnames Them” (Na 593)
• Audre Lorde, “Coal,” “The Woman Thing,” “Black
Mother Woman” (Na 684-687)
WATCH
• Susan Glaspell’s Trifles (Bb Video) (Na 241-251)
COMPLETE
• Quiz 1 (due 3/29)
• Discussion Post 2 (due 3/29)
• Choose Groups for Multimedia Project

WEEK 3: BLACK STORIES MATTER (4/3)

READ
• Rankine, “The Condition of Black Life is One of
Mourning” (Bb)
• B.T. Washington, Up From Slavery (Na 701-724)
• Zora Neale Hurston, “How It Feels to Be Colored
Me” (Na 533-536)
• Ann Petry, “Like a Winding Sheet” (Bb)
• Claude McKay “The Lynching” (Na 470)
• Reginald Betts, “When I Think of Tamir Rice” (Bb)
WATCH
• Beyonce, “Formation” (Bb)
• A Conversation with White People on Race (Bb) • A Conversation on Growing Up Black (Bb)
• A Conversation With My Black Son (Bb)
COMPLETE
• Quiz 2 (due 4/5) • Discussion Post 3 (due 4/5) • Blog Post 1 (due 4/6)

WEEK 4: QUEER RENAISSANCE (4/10)

READ
• Adrienne Rich, “Heterosexuality & Lesbian
Experience” (Bb), “Diving into the Wreck” (Na 577)
• Audre Lorde, “The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as
Power,” “Power” (Bb)
• Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Bb)
• James Baldwin, “The Outing” (Bb)
• Langston Hughes, “Blessed Assurance” (Bb)
COMPLETE
• Quiz 3 (due 4/12)
• Discussion Post (due 4/12)
• Blog Post 2 (due 4/13) • Choose Text for Multimedia Project

WEEK 5: SIN FRONTERAS (4/17)

READ
• Zimmerman, U.S. Latinos: Culture and Literature (Bb)
• Jose MartÍ, “Our America” (Bb)
• Aurora Levins Morales, “Puertoricanness” (Bb)
• Sandra Cisneros, “Barbie-Q” (Bb)
• Gary Soto, “Like Mexicans” (Bb)
• Lorna Dee Cervantes, “Refugee Ship” (Bb)
• Pat Mora, “Legal Alien” (Bb)
WATCH
• A Conversation with Latinos on Race (Bb)
• Manuel Gonzalez, “Chicanismo” (Bb)
• Elizabeth Acevedo, “Afro-Latina” (Bb)
COMPLETE
• Quiz 4 (due 4/19)
• Discussion Post 5 (due 4/19)
• Blog Post 3 (due 4/20)

WEEK 6: ARAB IN AMERICA (4/24)

READ
• Samham “Not Quite White” (Bb)
• Aziz Ansari, “Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My
Family,” New York Times, June 24, 2016. (Bb)
• Abu-Jaber, “Tainted Love” (Bb)
• Atefat-Peckham “Fariba’s Daughters.” “Them?” (Bb)
• Roger Sedarat “My Mother’s 20 Persian Gold
Bracelets,” and “San Antonio, 1979” (Bb)
• Joseph Awad, “For my Lebanese Grandfather,” “For
my Irish Grandfather,” and “Aunt Anna” (Bb)
LISTEN
• What It’s Like To Be An American Muslim After
Trump’s Election
COMPLETE
• Quiz 5 (due 4/26)
• Discussion Post 6 (due 4/26)
• Blog Post 4 (due 4/27)

WEEK 7: ASIAN AMERICA UNABRIDGED (5/1)

READ
• Takaki, Ronald, “From a Different Shore: Their
History Bursts with Telling” (Bb)
• Maxine Hong Kingston, “No Name Woman”
(Na 798-806)
• Amy Tan, “A Pair of Tickets” (Bb)
• Cathy Song, “Lost Sister” (Bb)
• Okita, “In Response to Executive Order 9066” (Bb)
WATCH
• A Conversation with Asian Americans on Race (Bb)
• George Takei “Why I Love a Country That Once
Betrayed Me” Ted Talk (Bb)
COMPLETE
• Quiz 6 (due 5/3)
• Discussion Post 7 (due 5/3)
• Multimedia Project (due 5/4) • Reflective Essay (due 5/5)

WEEK 8: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? (5/8)

READ
• Richard Blanco, “America” (Bb)
• Toni Morrison, “Mourning for Whitness” (Bb)
• Junot Díaz, “Radical Hope” (Bb)
• Amanda Taub, The Rise of American
Authoritarianism (Bb)
WATCH
• Saul Williams On Donald Trump (Bb)
COMPLETE
• Discussion Post 8 (due 5/8) • Class ends (5/11)
• Grades due (5/12)