Race in America
Instructor: Deborah Fink
Wednesday 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Four weeks, Sept. 14 – Oct. 5
Horton Multi-purpose Conference Room, ISU Alumni Center
Class limit 32 Registration
This course is centered on the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose 2015 book, “Between the World and Me,” won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. The book is written as a letter to his teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States.
An extended interview of Coates shown from Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” will be shown. Participants may read the book before or during the class, but this is not required. The book is available at the Ames Public Library in audio and electronic versions, as well as large-print.
Topics to be covered:
- How does race affect or apply to white Americans?
- “Between the World and Me” – Coates’s perspective on racism
- “The Case for Reparations” – Coates’s “Atlantic” article on reparations
- Critiques of Coates
Deborah Fink has taught anthropology and women’s studies at Iowa State University and Grinnell College. Her book, “Cutting Into the Meatpacking Line,” won the Saloutos Award in Agricultural History and the Shambaugh Award in Iowa History. A ruralist, she has done fieldwork in Denmark, the Midwestern U.S., and Ghana. She serves on the executive committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.