This seminar will take a close look at the realities of race in the United States in the 21st century. We will enter this conversation through the stories of recent events in this country built upon the foundational understanding that racism continues to pervade society (examples: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, LA Clippers, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Black Lives Matter, Charleston AME shooting, University of Missouri, Bree Newsome, mass incarceration, etc.). Acknowledging the complexity of these stories and the many facets they represent, we will attempt to create a space where honest and respectful dialogue can happen. Using Catholic Social Tradition as a foundational lens, we will look at the current racial landscape through a multicultural (not only Black/White) lens that builds a reflection-oriented community of trust, respect, and vulnerability. Approximately 12 students will participate in this seminar which will meet seven times on campus and spend most of Spring Break in Ferguson and St. Louis, MO.
The classes before immersion will seek honest dialogue and learning about the complexities of race with regard to systemic racism/oppression, history, faith tradition, current events, as well as lived experiences of racism and privilege. While on immersion In the St. Louis area, we partner with the Karen House Catholic Worker community in order to engage effectively. Entering into these communities with humility and a willingness to learn, we will hear stories, learn from movements, engage our own racial identity, and ask questions. Understanding this to be complex and connected to historical and present harm, we will seek to navigate a way forward for ourselves and the communities in which we habitate. We will take a focused look at how racial realities play out at Notre Dame and in the South Bend community.
You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course.
Class Dates: Fridays, 3:00-4:30, February 10 - March 31, 2017
Immersion Dates: March 12-18, 2017
- Application process consists of two parts: (1) Completed application and (2) Interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email)
- You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
- Notification of seminar placement will happen after final application deadline.
- If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
- No admittance into the seminar after the first class (see seminar calendar of events)
- By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
- With questions about your application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application deadline is January 19, 2017.