#BlackLivesMatter Becomes More Than A Movement In New Dartmouth Class


Students attending Dartmouth College will have the opportunity to delve into the real issues behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement with the collaborative course, 10 Weeks, 10 Professors: #BlackLivesMatter, this spring.

According to The Dartmouth, the course will be taught by 15 of Dartmouth’s professors from 10 different academic departments. Professors of anthropology, history, women’s gender studies, mathematics and more will analyze the issues of race, violence and the rampant inequality that is prevalent today while comparing it to similar issues of the past.

Dartmouth geography professor and course instructor, Abigail Neely told The Dartmouth “We just thought that it might be interesting and innovative and exciting to have a course that’s dedicated to this whereas lots of other people are incorporating it into other courses.”

Neely also said, “The point really is to use the tools our disciplines offer us. And to sort of offer up different ways of thinking about this really complicated and intractable problem that we’re living through in this moment, and to recognize that no single discipline is enough.”

The new course was inspired by the Dartmouth Center for Advancement of Learning workshop held last year. Educators at the college were encouraged to bring the highly discussed events surrounding the August shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent non-indictment of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson into the fold as part of their curriculum and to encourage conversations among students.

Participating English professor, Aimee Bahng, said “We hope students will be able to understand that Ferguson is not just an event in 2014, but something that’s tethered in time to a long history and still-emerging ideas about race in the U.S. And how policing works in an age of social media and distributed surveillance.”

USA Today College reports that the course will also focus on other current issues of relevance in our society like “redlining, housing discrimination and the prison-industrial complex – and how they compound state violence against minorities.”

Bahng goes on to say, “I hope that for the students it will provide an opportunity to learn and talk about things that might seem very far away from Dartmouth but affect a lot of people in the country, and to do so with a lot of different professors.”

According to Mashable, Neely said “A number of faculty and students on campus have been deeply troubled about the recent events that unfolded in Ferguson, on Staten Island, and across the country. Many of us have felt that we both wanted and needed a way to think of systematically about these events and about broader questions of race, violence, and the state in America.”

Students seem to be responding positively to the new course and its importance in our world today.

President of Dartmouth’s NAACP chapter and senior English and government major, Kevin Gillespie, said of the course “As a black man, it’s incredibly hard to have this reality. It’s something that all of us wake up with every day, so I’m really happy that this course is happening. This is exactly what this college needs.”

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