Social Justice Seminar August 25, 2008

In attendance: Nancy, Michelle, Michael, Laura, Adam, Jessica, Phillip, Nana

Idea to create a space of community, and the group to do the work outside of the classroom, a cohort feeling of community.

Teaching Community by bell hooks

  • August 25
  • September 8 (Teaching Community, chapters 1-4 || determine semester speaker)
  • September 22 (Teaching Community, chapters 5-8)
  • October 6 (Teaching Community, chapters 9-12)
  • October 20 (Teaching Community, chapters 13-16)
  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1

Various lectures:

Iowa Mosaic
2008 Iowa’s Mosaic Diversity Conference
“Effectiveness through Inclusion”
Monday, October 20th, 2008
Scheman Building-Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

Friday, 5 Sep 2008
Recent Studies in Human and Nonhuman Aggression
9:00 AM @ Gallery, Memorial Union – Director of the Center for the Study of Violence and Distinguished professor of psychology Craig Anderson will be joined by other Iowa State faculty who will share their research for the First Annual Iowa State University Center for the Study of Violence Conference. Presenters include Douglas Gentile, Brenda Lohman, Jill Pruetz, Nathaniel Wade, and Matthew DeLisi.

Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008
Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama – Tim Wise

8:00 PM @ Sun Room, Memorial Union
– Tim Wise has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. He is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. He has contributed essays to a dozen books and anthologies, including Should America Pay? Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations. Wise serves as the Race and Ethnicity Editor for LIP Magazine, and his bi-monthly columns are distributed as part of the ZNet Commentary program. He also appears regularly on ESPN’s “Quite Frankly, with Stephen A. Smith” to discuss racial issues in the world of sports. Wise received his B.A. from Tulane University and antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

aspirational democracy?


  • Be engaged in a discussion process
  • Develop a project to be tangible — so we may have something to say we accomplished this for this time we had together during seminar
  • Change the time of the seminar to ease the transition for people who work 30-40+ hours a week
  • We do not need to be taught, we want to utilize the experience we have to make a difference.
  • Utilize the time for a article or book read dialogue; bring in a speaker, and have each of us takes a class to share experiences
  • Instructors are colleagues within the group rather than hierarchal
  • Shared desired outcomes
  • Consider looking into various student development theories which are taught and how social justice can be added to the mix
  • This is not a class — it is a community
  • Focused conversation (ex. challenging the status quo curriculum — counter arguing Chickering)
  • what do you want to accomplish personally? [SELF]
  • how do you envision in your practice(s)? what are your future practices/directions? what questions do the start to create for us? [STATED DESIRES]
  • talking points for the topic? (examples of readings/articles, etc.)
  • provocative questions about the topic for us to discuss during seminar
  • theories which impact the topic
  • defining community and social justice what does it mean to us [SELF]