The focal point of this integrated freshmen seminar is bias, prejudice and bigotry in society. Led by a different faculty member each quarter, seminar participants will explore the varied sources of hostility to human and cultural diversity through interrogating the manifestations of contemporary homophobia, antisemitism, and Islamophobia.
In weekly moderated conversations, students will discuss the causes and consequences of implicit bias, the interaction between personal preferences and political discourses of difference, and the use of ideologies of hate to construct communities organized around fear of the other. The purpose of this seminar series is to provide students with a conceptual vocabulary about bias, prejudice and bigotry in society while equipping them with a greater awareness of campus resources for promoting a culture of inclusive excellence for all.
Instructor: Professor Valerie Jenness
Course Overview: This course is the first of three courses in the series. In weekly moderated conversations, students will discuss the causes and consequences of implicit bias, the interaction between personal preferences and political discourses of difference, and the use of ideologies of hate to construct communities organized around fear of the other. Our focus will be on anti-LGBT bias, prejudice, bigotry, and violence.
Bias, prejudice, bigotry, and violence aimed at individuals who identify, or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or otherwise gender variant has been a part of the fabric of most societies historically and in the present era. This course situates bias, prejudice, bigotry, and violence against sexual and gender minorities in an historical context; presents an overview of empirical data that reveals the contours of this type of violence in the modern era; and presents psychological, interactional, cultural, and structural perspectives on violence against LGBTQ people. We discuss empirical and theoretical literature that indicates that the patterned nature of bias, prejudice, bigotry and violence against sexual and gender minorities is an outgrowth of structures and processes intimately connected to a binary sex/gender system in which heterosexuality and heterosexism are defined as normative. The course concludes by examining how, late in the twentieth century, violence against LGBTQ people garnered the attention of activists and interest groups, educators, politicians, journalists, and other stakeholders in unprecedented ways, which in turn engendered significant legislative and other mitigatory responses at the local, state, and national levels in the U.S. and other countries.
- “The Dangerous Safety of College,” by Frank Bruni. The New York Times, March 11, 2017.
- University of California Regents’ Principles Against Intolerance (http://inclusion.uci.edu/2016/08/05/principles-2/ )
- “The Danger of the Single Story,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/transcript?language=en)
- Capuchin Monkey fairness experiment
- What are the differences and nuances between bias, prejudice, bigotry, discrimination, and reactionary hatred/prejudice?
- Understanding Unconscious Bias: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
- Prejudice and Discrimination
- Implicit Bias Test
- And More Implicit Bias Tests
- “Before Orlando: A History of Modern Anti-LGBT Violence,” Christina Nunez
- “This Report Says More LGBT People Were Killed So Far in 2017 Than in All of 2016, Nidhi Prakash
- “Violence Against Sexual and Gender Minorities,” by Michael Smyth and Valerie Jenness. Published in The Oxford Handbook on Gender, Sex and Crime, edited by Rosemary Gartner and Bill McCarthy, 2014
- “LGBT People are More Likely to be Targets of Hate Crimes Than Any Other Minority Group,” Haeyoun Park and Iaryna Mykhyalyshyn
- Trained in the Ways of Men, a documentary that explores the controversial events surrounding the violent murder or Gwen Araujo in Newark California (available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUakYGnp1bc)
- Recommended: Out in the Night, a documentary that examines the 2006 case of the “New Jersey Four” (available on Amazon.com)
- “Attacks on LGBT People are Rarely Prosecuted as Hate Crimes,” Ned Parker and Mimi Dwyer
- Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, Southern Poverty Law Center
- Free Speech on Campus, Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
- The Veil of Ignorance, an idea advanced by John Rawls
- On John Rawls
Instructor: Professor Catherine Sameh
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