Winter 2019 HC 424H/421H: Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation

Winter Term, 2018-2019

Professor: David Frank

4.00 credits

CRN 23383: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ CHA 201

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an IP (Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP Multicultural class.

This course is dedicated to aspiration of racial reconciliation. We will study the long emancipation, restoration, reconstruction, and civil rights movements.  Toward this end, the class will feature the ongoing debates about racism and anti-racism, violence and nonviolence, and the role rhetoric can play in seeking racial reconciliation.  

Students will gain a command of the scholarly literature on these topics, write position papers on issues of race and identity, and present a major speech on race at the end of the term. 

The course will be divided into three interrelated sections:

  1. The history of the long emancipation, restoration, reconstruction, and civil rights movements.  
  2. The ongoing debates concerning issues of race and identity. 
  3. Student development of advocacy positions on what we should do to confront racism.