“how white people […] profit off of the stories of marginalized people”
This is another example of the subject of study being eclipsed by left-wing ‘woke’ politics.
The College Fix reports:
New Iowa State University art course to emphasize ‘critical whiteness’
A new one-credit art course at Iowa State University will “talk about white privilege” and “emphasize critical whiteness.”
“Diversity in Art,” taught by Women’s and Gender Studies teaching assistant Nancy Gebhart, also will cover “how white people […] profit off of the stories of marginalized people,” reports the Iowa State Daily.
The course begins March 9 and can serve to satisfy the university’s U.S. Diversity requirement.
According to the report, the class will be discussion-based and have no (art) assignments. It will “impact critical thinking and cultural empathy and work towards the intersectionality of art and how it implements diversity and social justice.”
Gebhart said inspiration for the course came from a 2015 campus incident in which ISU students protesting a visit by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump “had their banners broken” by Trump-supporting students.
“Many students were talking about the lack of representation of students of color on the art on campus, and the only representation that they had was in a tokenized way,” Gebhart said.
From the story:
This course highlights many artists who are against oppression and advocates for equality, such as Brenda Jones, a university professor in art and visual culture. Students can work with local artists in the community to create an environment that allows people to advocate for social justice.
“Having them meet artists who are on campus and live in Iowa who create art to talk about oppression is important, and to create a course on campus that inquires about artwork to be shown on campus that will address the lack of diversity and representation,” Gebhart said.
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