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Race and Ethnic Studies Program

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What is RES at Otterbein University?

The Race and Ethnic Studies program at Otterbein University promotes the critical study of race and ethnicity from disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives.  Courses examine historical and contemporary constructions of race and ethnicity, in national and transnational contexts. 

While the program’s primary focus is the United States, RES at Otterbein regards the processes of racialization and ethnic identity formation as occurring across borders and nations.  As the program makes systems of institutionalized marginalization, racial privilege, racial and ethnic superiority, and white supremacist terrorism visible, students gain a critical perspective on both historical and immediate social contexts.  As it considers possibilities for ethnic and racial solidarity, students learn strategies for racial and economic justice.

RES Course Offerings 2017-18

Fall 2017

  • ARTH 3200: African Art. Janice Glowski. TR 12:00-1:45
  • ENGL 3381: Black Speculative Fiction’s Liberation Narratives. Phyllis Lynne Burns. R 6:00-9:30.
  • FYS 1054: The History of Rock and Roll. Anthony DeStefanis
    • section 01: MWF 10:50-12:00
    • section 02: MWF 12:15-1:25
  • HIST 4310: American Indian History. Jonathan DeCoster. TR 2:00-3:45
  • PSYC 2410: Diversity in Psychology. Denise Hatter-Fisher. W 6:00-9:30
  • RELG 2500: The Muslim Faith. Suzanne Schier-Happell. MWF 9:25-10:35
  • RELG 2600: Introduction to Buddhism. Suzanne Schier-Happell. MWF 8:00-9:10
  • SYE 4014: Issues in Minority Health. Rob Braun. TR 8:00-9:45
  • SPAN 3000: Latin American Civilization and Culture. Kristina Escondo. MWF 10:50-12:00.

Spring 2018

  • ARTH 3400: Art in America. Amy Johnson. TR 2:00-3:45 (also WI).
  • ENGL 2230: Satire in African-American Literature. Phyllis Burns. MWF 9:25-10:35.
  • JAMC 3500: Race, Gender, Class, and Media. Eric Jones. R 6:00-9:30.
  • SOCL 3030: Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality. Carla Corroto. TR 2:00-3:45.
  • SOCL 3060: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Heidi Ballard. TR 12:00-1:45.
  • SPAN 3200: Latin American Literature and Film. Kristina Escondo. MWF 12:15-1:15.
  • SYE 4009: Structural Inequalities and Professional Life. Timothy Christensen. MWF 12:15-1:15.

/ Contact

Dr. Phyllis Lynne Burns
RES Program Director
p / 614.823.1221
e / plburns@otterbein.edu

p / 614.823.1500
e / uotterb@otterbein.edu

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