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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Fall 2014

HUM 595A

Public Scholarship in a Post-Affirmative Action Era

2 credits, C/NC

Instructor: Chandan Reddy (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and English)

Location: Communications 202, unless otherwise listed

Meeting Dates:

  • Friday, October 10, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Friday, October 31, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Friday, November 14, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 20, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, at Northcreek Events Center, UW Bothell
  • Friday, November 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Time Schedule

This micro-seminar asks students to consider the meaning and practice of "public scholarship" as universities become more racially and economically exclusionary than even a decade past. In this context, does “public scholarship” function as an alibi for exclusion and minoritization? Does it disturb or augment the division of knowledge within the university? How might we rethink and redeploy the terms “public” and “scholarship” in ways that resist the reproduction of racial disparities and inequities across institutions of higher education? Readings for the seminar will focus on "public," "scholarship," "diversity," "affirmative action," and "university."

Students enrolled in the course will be required to attend Jodi Melamed's Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Distinguished Speaker lecture at UW Bothell, Thursday, November 20. It is entitled "What are the Stakes of What Diversity Means? Capitalism, Collective Existence, the University, and Beyond." 

Chandan Reddy is Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and English at the University of Washington, and author of Freedom with Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the U.S. State.

Jodi Melamed is Associate Professor in the Department of English & Africana Studies at Marquette University and author of Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the new Racial Capitalism. Her public lecture as