This course examines representations of class, race, and gender in American culture from 1900 to the present. Its primary objective is to introduce students to a range of nonfiction and fiction works that explore one or more of these key concepts. Engaging with the texts in this course will provide the basis for a rich conversation about the ways in which ideas of class, race, and gender have operated, and continue to operate, in American society.
As museum professionals, you will come into contact with many diverse communities throughout your careers. In order to be effective museum leaders, it is imperative that you recognize the pluralistic nature of American life and learn how to work with people from many different backgrounds. An important goal of this course, then, is to facilitate a process whereby you will be able to see American society and culture, both past and present, from a multiplicity of perspectives.