The Valente Center Undergraduate Roundtable Seminar is a three-credit course in which a small group of dedicated students meets every week with five members of the faculty, representing different disciplines, to read and discuss challenging books of recognized importance and value. The books are ones that the faculty members do not already know and that do not come from their field of expertise. This way the seminar has no "teacher" in the usual sense. Students and faculty members read and learn together, and it is the student participants who lead the discussion.
Our focus in this Valente Center Roundtable Seminar on Racial Justice will be on selected works of fiction, non-fiction, and film representing Black lives and Black voices. Materials for the seminar may also include excerpts from tv series, music, and other cultural products. Our goal will be to explore how the issue of "race" and racial justice in contemporary culture intersects with issues concerning ethnicity, gender, law, politics, citizenship, immigration, and environmental justice. Participants, including both students, staff, and faculty members, will come together weekly to read and discuss works that engage with the current crisis of racial justice, and also place the crisis within the context of earlier public debates about these interlinked issues.
In this course, students will develop or build on emerging presentation and reading and analysis skills through engagement with the texts and the corresponding assignments. Classroom methods will include discussion, student presentations, a midterm, and a reflection paper at semester's end.
The seminar meets on Tuesdays between 11am and 1.50pm (block 10) through zoom. The Valente Center covers the cost of all books as well any other activities as selected by students and faculty.
How to apply:
Send a brief statement to the Valente Center - between 400 to 500 words - explaining why you want to participate, a copy of your Degree Works Summary (available on Workday)