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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 2018-19

Fall 2018

  • *ENGL 2230/INST 2614: Studies in African American Literature. Phyllis Burns. MWF 11:30-12:25.
  • FYS 1046: Eastern Encounters: Identity and Change in Modern East Asian History. Deborah Solomon. MWF 01:50-02:45.
  • FYS 1054: The History of Rock and Roll. Anthony DeStefanis. TR 09:55-11:15
  • HIST 3350: Modern Japan. Deborah Solomon. MWF 12:40-1:35.
  • HIST 4400: Riots, Reds & Riffraff: A History of the Working Class in America. Anthony DeStefanis. TR 02:40-04:00.
  • INST 2009: Privilege and Power in College Sport. Kristy McCray. TR 8:20-9:40.
  • *PSYC 2410/INST 2010: Diversity in Psychology. Denise Hatter-Fisher. W 06:00-08:45.
  • INST 2011: Equity Literacy in Education: Why Race and Ethnicity Matter. Deanne Knoblauch. TR 02:40-4:00.
  • MUSC 3046/INST 2623: American Popular Music. Michael Yonchak. MWF 09:10-10:05.
  • INST 2806: Latin America: Orientations, Perspectives, Contexts. Kristina Escondo. MWF 01:50-02:45.
  • RELG 2300/INST 2215: Introduction to Judaism and Hebrew Bible. Glenna Jackson. TR 09:55-11:15.
  • RELG 2600: Religions of India. Suzanne Schier-Happell. MWF 08:00-08:55.
  • SYE 4204: Health Equity: Issues with Minority Health. Robert Braun. TR 8:20-9:40.
  • SPAN 3200: Latin American Culture and Civilization. TBA. MWF 11:30-12:25.
  • SGMT 2450: Sociology of Sport. Kristy McCray. TR 01:05-02:25.

Spring 2019

  • HIST 2500: Modern China. Deborah Solomon. WF 09:55-11:15.
  • HIST 2910: The African American Civil Rights Movement. Anthony DeStefanis.
    (will be taught at either Marion Correctional Facility or the Ohio Reformatory for Women).
  • HIST 4560: Modern Korea. Deborah Solomon. TR 11:30-12:50.
  • INST 2806: Latin America: Orientations, Perspectives, Contexts. TBA. MWF 9:10-10:05.
  • JAMC 3500: Race, Gender, Class, and Media. Eric Jones. TR 01:05-02:25.
  • MUSC 3060: Jazz History. TBA. TR 01:05-02:00.
  • *PHIL 2500: Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity. Stephanie Patridge. MWF 12:40-01:45.
  • *POLS 3400: Theories of Race and Politics. Marcus Green. TR 11:30-12:50.
  • *PSYC 2410/INST 2010: Diversity in Psychology. Denise Hatter-Fisher. MWF 12:40-1:45.
  • RELG 2950: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity. Suzanne Schier-Happell. MWF 10:20-11:15.
  • SOCL 3030: Poverty, Wealth, and Inequality. Carla Corroto. TR 11:30-12:50.
  • SOCL 3100: Human and Community Service: Organizing Across Race, Class, Gender, and Age. Melissa Gilbert. TR 09:55-11:15.
  • SPAN 3200: Latin American Literature and Film. TBA. MWF 10:20-11:30.

/ 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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