upcoming WINTER 2018 courses & deadlines
GEOG 410 / Prisoner narratives & Post-Conflict Reconciliation / instructor Katie Dwyer
In this course, we will explore the role of political prisoners and ex-combatants and rebuilding societies after intra-community violence. How do formerly incarcerated leaders leverage their experiences of incarceration to advocate for change? What is the role of forgiveness and personal reconciliation? How does the personal relate to political-level transformation? What lessons can we apply from these case studies in healing social divisions in our own communities?
We will examine the case studies of South Africa, Northern Ireland, and the Civil Rights Era in the USA. We will also ground the discussions in theories of the roles that prisoners and ex-prisoners can play as members of the broader civil society. Readings will be drawn from autobiographical accounts, interviews, and academic discussion of issues of conflict resolution, punishment, narrative as a political tool, and post-conflict reconciliation.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Correctional Institution on Wednesdays from 6pm-8:30pm. EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications are due Thursday, November 9, 2017 by 12pm to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HC424/431H / AUTOBIOGRAPHY AS POLITICAL AGENCY / professor ANITA CHARI
This class explores the autobiography as a form of both personal and political expression. The class begins by complicating, questioning and demystifying the divide between the personal and political by linking students' personal stories and histories with narratives of broader social structures, such as capitalism, patriarchy, slavery, and colonialism.
We will read autobiographies from diverse sources, including diaries, quasi-fictionalized autobiographies, poetry, and autobiographies of political activists. We will also engage with theories of social structure and agency in order to interrogate the interface between personal experience and political agency. Finally, we delve into trans-generational narratives in order to think about social structure and agency across time and space.
Students will produce a significant body of writing in class and in homework assignments in order to create their own (political) autobiographies. Authors that we will read in the class include the following: Gloria Anzaldua, Hannah Arendt, Iris Young, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Ta Nehisi Coates, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Albie Sachs.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Correctional Institution on Mondays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due November 6, 2017 by 5pm to email@example.com AND hand deliver a copy to Prof. Chari's mailbox (9th floor of PLC). An information session will be held on Thursday, November 2 from 3:30-4:30p (location TBD). Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 5-7p (location TBD).
HC421H / WAR & PEACE & Totality & infinity: Tolstoy & lEvinas / professor STEVEN SHANKMAN
This is a two-quarter sequence. War and Peace is too massive a novel to read carefully in a single, ten-week academic quarter. All students who sign up for winter quarter will be expected to register for spring quarter as well.
In our time of seemingly endless wars, we will read one of the world’s greatest war novels, Tolstoy’s massive War and Peace. We will read War and Peace in light of the thought of one of the 20th-century’s greatest philosophers, Emmanuel Levinas (1905- 1995), with an emphasis on Levinas’s first magnum opus, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (1961). For Levinas, it is the epiphany of the face that ruptures totality.
Both Tolstoy and Levinas are acutely aware of the difference between the political and the ethical self, of the difference between the human being viewed as a role-player in the unfolding of an impersonal world historical drama or narrative, on the one hand; and the human being seen as absolutely unique and irreplaceable, on the other. If ethics is peace, is war perhaps the inevitable result of pursuing politics at the expense of ethics?
Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Tuesdays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due November 3, 2017 by 5pm to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Fall 2017 courses
CRES / Restorative justice / professor nathaline frener
Join us for a critical and engaging discussion about the principles and practices of Restorative Justice. Through course dialogues and activities we will explore the needs and roles of victims, offenders, communities, and justice systems, as well as outline the principles and values of Restorative Justice. Assumptions about—and labels given to—all those involved will be examined. This is a transformative learning experience that emphasizes collaboration and dialogue, while inviting students to address crime, justice, and other issues of social concern.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Mondays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due May 10, 2017 by 5pm to Professor Frener in the Conflict & Dispute Resolution Program, Suite 137, UO Law School.
(PAST courses) Spring 2017
SOC 410 / Race, Gender and Poverty in the US / professor ellen scott
In this course, we will we will consider the intersections of race, gender and class and how they are experienced in, and how they shape institutions, such as the labor market, social welfare system, education, family life and parenting, and the criminal justice system, for example. We will read 4-5 ethnographies to examine the politics of race, class and gender in the United States. The class will be entirely discussion-based, with the possible use of an occasional short film to highlight the themes in the texts read for the week. We will conclude by employing the concepts from the course to examine our own lives through the lens of the institutional structures studied (work/economy, education, family, criminal justice system). This will constitute the core of the final essay for the course.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Tuesdays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 by 12pm to Professor Ellen Scott’s mailbox 7th Floor of PLC Hall, Room 736.
FHS 410 / liberatiNg education / PROFESSOR Deanna chappell belcher
In the course, both inside and outside students will thoughtfully examine our deeply held, even cherished, notions of the role of education in our lives, democracy, and society. What do we believe about public education and what is the source of that belief? Second, we will critically question the actual role of our system of public education in our society today, and how it has evolved over time. Final projects will ask students to envision an ideal public education system, one that is liberated from its historical assumptions and is able to provide liberation, rather than schooling, to all people.
Attend these interest sessions for more information. Class will be held at the Oregon State Penitentiary on Mondays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 via email.
HC 421H / Religion, Ethics, and Literature: Tolstoy's Resurrection / PROFESSOR Steve Shankman
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the greatest and most influential masters of the novel. The Russian literary classics of the nineteenth century, including the novels of Tolstoy, made a profound impression on Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), perhaps the greatest philosopher of ethics of our era. We will carefully read Tolstoy’s late novel Resurrection, paying special attention to what the novel has to say about ethics understood in Levinas’s sense: my inescapable responsibility for a unique and irreplaceable other. In Resurrection, Tolstoy reconfigures the relation between religion and ethics in ways that anticipate Levinas's late essay "God and Philosophy." We will read this challenging essay, as well as Tolstoy's reflections on religion in A Confession, a work which marks Tolstoy's sharp turn away from the kinds of subjects he depicted in his great earlier novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Correctional Institution on Thursdays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 via email.
UGST 410 / stories from the inside: Prison narratives and social movements / instructor katie dwyer
This course explores social change and conflict resolution through the lens of autobiography by incarcerated individuals whose stories and experiences influenced social movements and conflict situations. We will focus on three case studies: the US Civil Rights era, the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Offering this course through the Inside-Out Program provides a unique lens for dialogue, analysis, and deepened understanding of the topics we will explore.
Class will be held at the Oregon State Correctional Institution on Wednesdays from 6pm-8:30pm. Applications are due Friday Feb. 17, 2017 via email.
(Past Courses) Winter 2017
HC 444H/431H / THE AMERICAN FAMILY IN THE 21ST CENTURY / PROFESSOR ALLTUCKER
Join us for an exploration into the effects of family functioning on human development, using an ecological systems perspective. Families are the primary socializing unit for humans, and yet there is considerable discussion about how familial processes work that affect the lives of their members. We will explore the idea of a "typical" or "normal" family in the context of the Hollywood Myth that depicted an unrealistic caricature of the American family that had a breadwinner father, a stay-at-home mother, two children, a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and a dog named Spot. We will also explore how families socialize children on issues of gender roles, empathy, communication, and healthy relationships, while considering issues of rage, gender, and socio-economic class.
HC 424H/431H / Autobiography as Political Agency / Professor Chari
This class explores the autobiography as a form of both personal and political expression. The class begins by complicating the divide between the personal and political by linking personal stories and histories with narratives of broader social structures, such as capitalism, patriarchy, slavery, and colonialism. We will read autobiographies from diverse sources, including diaries, fiction and poetry. We will engage with theories of social structure and agency to interrogate the interface between personal experience and political agency. Students will produce a significant body of writing to create their own (political) autobiographies. Authors that we may read include: Ralph Ellison, Albee Sachs, Gloria Anzaldúa, Iris Young, Johnny Cash, Sigmund Freud, Aime Cesaire, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Assata Shakur.
GEOG 410 / imagined communities / Professor cohen
Every person is a part of multiple communities, and has a set of labels that they use to identify themselves and make sense of the world. Where do these communities come from, and what do they mean? What do they do for us, to us, and to others? You may be an American (or some other nationality), what does that say about your connection to others who are also Americans? How does it set you apart from others? Through readings, exercises, writing, and dialogue, students will learn about the nature of communities at a range of scales – each of us lives in a country and a state, but also in a city, and a neighborhood. Whether on campus or in a prison, we form communities with those around us, but the groupings that we use, from family on up to the whole human race, have different functions – some of them positive and essential, others harmful and seemingly inevitable. The course is based in the discipline of geography and will draw upon insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other fields as well. Successful completion of the course earns four credits which may be applied to a degree from Chemeketa Community College or the University of Oregon. The class will be held under the auspices of the Inside-Out Program and will meet on Monday evenings, with mandatory attendance required.
ENG 607 / levinas and shakespeare / PROFESSOR shankman
"It sometimes seems to me," Emmanuel Levinas writes, "that the whole of philosophy is only a meditation on Shakespeare" (Time and the Other 47). We will reflect on 1) how Shakespeare figures in Levinas's philosophical development from the time of the appearance of Existence and Existents and Time and Other, both published just after the Second World War, through Humanism of the Other and Otherwise than Being in the early 1970s; and 2) how Levinas's thought can, in turn, open up the ethical dimension of Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear, three plays that Levinas particularly admired.