News Border Crossings and The Phallus
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Charting at #6 on the list is a class being offered this Winter quarter at our very own UW called “Border Crossings, Borders: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Immigration.” It’s being taught in the UW’s Women Studies Dept. Here’s the course description:
WOMEN 490 D Border Crossings, Borderlands: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Immigration M W 12:30-2:20 Serena Maurer
In the United States, immigration has recently become a topic of widespread public
discussion and concern. In this course, we will use a transnational feminist perspective
to explore what is highlighted and concealed in contemporary public debates about
Charting at No. #1 on the list was this class on the phallus from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.:
CTSJ 342. THE PHALLUS.
A survey of theories of the phallus from Freud and Lacan through feminist and queer takings-on of the phallus. Topics include the relation between the phallus and the penis, the meaning of the phallus, phallologocentrism, the lesbian phallus, the Jewish phallus, the Latino phallus, and the relation of the phallus and fetishism. Prerequisite: a 200-level CTSJ class.
CORE REQUIREMENT MET: GROUP 6
For descriptions of all 12 classes that made the list, click on the Dirty Dozen link above. In the mean time, here’s a simple list of the course titles:
1. The Phallus (Occidental College)
2. Queer Musicology (UCLA)
3. Taking Marx Seriously: “Should Marx be given another chance?ā€¯ (Amherst College)
4. Adultery Novel (University of Pennsylvania)
5. Blackness (Occidental College)
6. Border Crossings, Borderlands: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Immigration (The UW)
7. Whiteness: The Other Side of Racism (Mount Holyoke College)
8. Native American Feminisms (University of Michigan)
9. Mail Order Brides: Understanding the Philippines in Southeast Asian Context (Johns Hopkins)
10. Cyberfeminism (Cornell)
11. American Dreams/American Realities (Duke)
12. Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism (Swarthmore)
If you ask me, though, Young America’s Foundation gave short shrift to Olympia’s Evergreen State College. Check out Evergreen’s current course catalogue where YAF would have found this cool course on “Awareness”
Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Bill Arney, Sarah Williams
Major areas of study include:
somatic studies, philosophy, sociology, education, feminist theory and consciousness studies.
This all-level program offers appropriate support for freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
The faculty and perhaps some students are continuing work begun in “Awarenessā€¯ in winter and spring quarters, 2005. Any student is invited to join this program at the beginning of any quarter.
The modern university is based on a rupture, effected a millennium ago, between head and heart. This institution—the one in which we meet as teachers and students—is devoted almost exclusively to the technical and critical disciplines. Ascetic disciplines were left in the proverbial dust. Secularization rendered proverb and metaphor, even language itself, disenfleshed and idolatrized. Our task in this program is to become deeply aware of the devastation caused by this rupture, this loss. Because of what has been betrayed, we dare not simply imagine an alternative form of education, much less another new institution, devoted to the healing of this rupture or the recovery of any loss. Instead, we will, through disciplined, mutually supportive inquiry, become mindful of what we scholars participate in, here and now.
Students will begin their work by designing independent learning projects. These field studies, which will constitute half of each quarter’s work, can be anything (community service, sailing, midwifery, writing, gardening, Aikido, reading, etc.). We will begin our work together by answering these questions: What do you want to learn? How are you going to learn it? How are you going to know when you have learned it? How are you going to show others—faculty and colleagues—that you have learned it?