Let’s Talk About Race
Tuesday Lecture/Thursday Discussion
CCI, ES, SS
Thursday discussion will take place over dinner at Zweli’s Cafe on campus each week.
Recent events have led to increasing awareness of and reckoning with race and racism in the United States and globally. To maintain this momentum and facilitate lasting change at individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels, it is important to enhance our collective understanding about past and current realities regarding race and racism, uproot dominant narratives that normalize injustice and sustain oppression, and advance narratives that promote equity and collective liberation. This course provides students with a long view of race and racism, from the origins of ideas about racial hierarchies and classifications to their historical and contemporary manifestations within and across societies. Through large and small group interactions, students will engage with faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates to gain new knowledge, have candid conversations, build relationships, and collectively envision and devise strategies for a better future.
UNIV 101: Let’s Talk About Race will provide foundational knowledge about and explore the origins and meanings of the concept of race. Truly university-reaching, UNIV101 will feature scholars from across Duke and is open to any undergraduate student from any discipline (no pre-reqs required).
This course will examine the evolution, pervasiveness, and consequences of racial classifications, hierarchies, and bias in the U.S. and around the world. Each Tuesday, the course will feature a different guest lecturer who will discuss race within their area of expertise, spanning a broad range of academic and professional disciplines including the natural and social sciences, humanities, arts, law, religion, medicine, and more. Each Thursday, the course will convene discussions based on the Tuesday lecture.
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The two co-conveners for UNIV101: Let’s Talk About Race are both part of the University Course on Race Committee and are responsible for implementation of the course and its topics, structure, and learning outcomes. In addition, there are 14 guest lecturers from within and outside Duke University who will lead weekly lectures on a variety of topics related to the study of race.