EXP SETS 1, 2, 3, & 4

Notice that presentations are an essential part of most assignments, necessary in order to receive credit for the assignment. That means you must build into your understanding of each one the idea that anything written is not all that is necessary to complete your work and to get credit for it. If an emergency or illness kept you from participation in presentations, to get full credit you will have to meet with three other students to share your work and their work outside class, and write up the experience and what you learned from it to complete the presentation portion and to get your grade. SO DO NOT MAKE OTHER PLANS FOR THOSE DAYS ON WHICH ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE: BUILD THEM CAREFULLY INTO YOUR SCHEDULE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE TERM! 29 SEPTEMBER FOR TUESDAY’S SEMINAR, 20 OCTOBER FOR TUESDAY’S SEMINAR, THE WEEK OF 17 NOVEMBER FOR BOTH TU AND TH SEMINARS, AND THE LAST WEEK OF CLASS, 8 & 10 DECEMBER. Put these into your calendars from the beginning so that attending them will always be at the forefront of your term plans. 

Reading, Writing, Assignment Schedule

Readings are of several sorts: some will be discussed in depth in class or section, some will help you with each assignment, some are background reading to enrich discussion and class experiences. You will need to faithfully complete all to do assignments well, especially the final learning analysis.


Tuesday, 1 September – Welcome to our course!
• Bring in as many course books as you have so far
• Bookmark the course website, be sure you are receiving coursemail 
• Check out which section you are in and meet your TA 
• Learn how to do Ass. #1: SEE COURSE SITE TAB: 1: MUSEUMS 
We jump right into the thick of it all! Today we will met each other, make some class buddies, learn about the books for the course, and think about how to use the course website. Katie, Tangere, Cara, Clara, Anna and Jocelyn will introduce themselves. We will talk about how the class is structured as a series of experiences. And we will start immediately with experience #1 – your museum visits and what to do! It all starts right away and you should make plans for museum visits NOW! 

Tuesday, 8 September – Women’s Studies, what is it about? 
• Bring in our book-museum,  Pérez’ book, Chicana Art.
• You are encouraged to bring in laptops or other electronic devices. How will we use them in class? 
• What is Web Action? How will we activate it? 
• Check out  Pérez’ teaching site: http://ethnicstudies.berkeley.edu/faculty/profile.php?person=12
• Start finding the artists in Perez on the Web. Bring in an example to share. 
Women’s Studies is a scholarly field, a range of feminist actions, a set of issues that matter to women, an analysis of power and knowledge, and an intersectional intervention into dominant social structures. Our class is an introduction into all of these, by way of engaging the interrelationships between Women, Art, and Culture. How will we use Perez to help us care about it all? 

Tuesday, 15 September – Why is art a political issue at all? 
• You should have read Freeland, Chs 4,5,7 by today and be prepared to discuss! 
• Check out Freeland’s website: http://www.uh.edu/~cfreelan/ What sort of passionate thinker is she? 
How will we activate web action to see how alive and dynamic women’s studies’ concerns are? That they involve people of passion individually and in groups? What is your stake in all this? How might it matter to you and to those you care about? You will be telling us about your museum experiences next time we meet! Mentally prepare yourself to talk in class! Notice the Freeland readings for next two weeks too!

You should have started the museum assignment already, already visiting and doing what you can during these hectic first weeks of classes. But we will not meet this whole week to give you as much room to complete it all as we can!! The assignment is due TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER! 

Tuesday, 29 September – What counts as art? What counts as feminism? For whom? 
• DUE ASS. #1: Museums & More: hardcopy in class and email also, both to your TA 
• finish up Freeland! 
Reports, thoughts, analysis of our first class experiences, the museum visits. What assumptions altered as you got involved here? What was surprising? What insights about feminisms emerged? What was new? What was exciting and fun? Where will this beginning take us this semester? What sort of journey have you begun? How will Freeland guide us? The more Freeland you have read, the better! 


Tuesday, 6 October – The F-word? Steps to taking Action
• Read Reed, Ch 3 & 4
• choose your 5th book with Thursday seminar group this week and make sure your EVENT is up and running!
• what else do you need to consider for Ass. #2?
These readings with Reed are the beginning of the experience that culminates in Assignment #2: your group’s event, flyer, and collective definition of feminism. What do we learn about Women’s Studies as we go about deciding on a fifth book? Why is feminism defined collectively, in our project and in the world? Each feminist speaks from several collective locations. What are yours? Which collective locations might matter the most to you? To people you care about? To people you don’t know? What does taking action mean in Women’s Studies?

Tuesday, 13 October – The Art of Protest
• Read Reed Intro, Ch 1-2, and look over the whole book as an event itself!
• Examine Reed’s book website: http://art-of-protest.net/tvreedhome.html 
• Check out his teaching site: http://libarts.wsu.edu/english/TV%20Reed.html 
• Look at his cultural politics resources: http://culturalpolitics.net/about 
What sort of “art” is protest? How do social movements create culture? Which social movements do you know the most about? Which ones would you like to learn more about? Which arts have engaged the feminist issues you care about most? How do you know? How is women’s studies involved?

Tuesday, 20 October – Raising our Consciousness: What is Feminism?
• DUE ASS. #2: feminist event project elements & logbook 2
Everyone will say something today! Everyone should be in class today, working with their group, and talking about the experiences that coalesce around this set of projects. Prepare with your group before hand so that your group’s presentation will allow everyone to be introduced and talk about feminist process and CR, and discuss how definitions of feminism entail collective action. See the Assignment TAB 2:Event for specifics for preparation!


Tuesday, 27 October – Performing feminisms: investigating kinds of knowledge and tracing some influences of Octavia Butler and Alison Bechdel

Experience Set 3 Resources for Assignment 3 & for this week!

• You went to the UMD Zine library last Thursday and watched video last class.
• Check out the DC Zinefest online: https://dczinefest.wordpress.com 

• Read and reread the handout you got last Thusday in section: "The Matrix of Domination" fr Collins. 2002. Black Feminist Thought. Routledge. pp. 224ff. https://books.google.com/books?id=WMGTAgAAQBAJ&q=matrix+of+domination#v=snippet&q=matrix%20of%20domination&f=false

• Check out Octavia's Brood and find essays and stories you want to read. Be ready to say which you chose and why.
• Note Butler’s description on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler
• Read about Earthseed on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthseed
Note the link there to an interview with Butler, and the video we watched parts of last week.

• Check out the Bechdel book you picked to examine and choose parts to share in your discussion section. Be prepared to say which one it is and why you chose it.
• Note Bechdel's description on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Bechdel
• Explore Bechdel's website: http://dykestowatchoutfor.com
• See the strip archive: for example: DTWOF episode #527: May 13th, 2008 | Strip Archive: http://dykestowatchoutfor.com/dtwof-episode-527

We begin to learn about different kinds of knowledge, esp. the differences between subjected knowledges about the world that locations from oppression require, what we call "epistemic privilege" and the ways in which a very different kind of "social privilege" and power actually make it difficult to know about how the world is really operating.

Tuesday, 3 November – Whose Worlds? Intersectionality and multiple identities
• Read Reed 5 and 8.
• Read two chapters from the book 5 you chose.
• Check out the art-activist online project on microagressions: http://www.microaggressions.com

What connections do you make among your readings for this week? Art and social movements can speak powerfully about the worlds we live in, the differences among worlds created by uneven power and social structures, the forms of oppression and privilege that identities entail, and the histories in which some groups thrive at the expense of others. How does intersectionality help us understand these complexities? How do we live as individuals and as groups at the intersections?

Tuesday, 10 November – Altar, Alter – Self, Other
• Look at artists in Perez, Ch 3. Pick the artwork that speaks to you most. Read about it in Perez.
• Read Perez, Conclusion
• Read more from Octavia's Brood and something Bechdel: what did you chose and why? How can you connect all this?

Self and Other, Otherings of various kinds are political and power transactions with implications for social justice. Perez is interested in how people survive oppression through art and spirit, creating culture and meaning, and “politicizing spirituality.” What are the implications for intersectionality? What feminisms are vibrant here? How do your readings intertwine among art-activisms?

Tuesday, 17 November – Offerings: Intersectional Identities and Zine Art Activisms
• Read more from Octavia's Brood and something Bechdel: what did you chose and why?
• DUE ASS. #3: Your intersectional zine project

Today we will learn about each other’s projects in a poster-session style event!


Finish up the materials you chose concerning Octavia Butler & Octavia's Brood: be ready to discuss!
• Finish up the materials you chose concerning Alison Bechdel: be ready to share with others!
What have you learned in class you might want to share with friends and family this week? What would you choose and how would you connect with all these concerns? Ask friends and family about their experiences in social movements, or their values for social change. Be open to listen and to talk with sensitivity, heart, integrity.

Tuesday, 1 December – Visions for Justice
• Look over any stuff in Reed, Perez, Freeland you haven’t gotten to yet
• If possible finish up your book 5 or at least read an additional chapter.
• Consider all the readings for the class: make sure you have completed them all.
What are all these books about now you’ve worked with both and done projects that tie you into the insights they want to share with us? How do they each speak to the idea that feminism is for everybody? What feminist worlds do they open? Which aspects of Women’s Studies do you glimpse from these? How do they offer versions of intersectionality, feminist identities, visions of social justice?

Tuesday, 8 December – Sharing Feminisms – LAST DAY!
• DUE ASS. #4: Final redrafted and edited version of your Learning Analysis: hardcopy in class; electronic copies to TA.
Our class will share learning analyses today in class. You must be present to get credit for this assignment!



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