Section 3: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM

Topic: Rhetorics of Social Justice
Professor: G Patterson

In this seminar, we will explore contemporary U.S. social justice movements that work at the intersections of race, class, gender, citizenship, sexuality, and gender identity. Drawing from a range of interdisciplinary scholars, like Michael Zweig and Dean Spade, we will examine the strategies different rhetors have used to forward racial, economic, sexual, and trans justice (among other projects). Throughout the semester, we will examine the complexities of articulating justice in the post-postmodern age, the pitfalls of wedge-issue politics, and the potential for coalition building among various communities.