Race and the American Story

The Course

This project is part of a nationwide movement that the Center for Political Thought and Leadership (within SCETL) at ASU is leading along with the University of Massachusetts and the University of Missouri. 

Students at all three universities enroll in a spring semester course that aims to serve as a model for improving diversity education on campuses across the country and to contribute to a more informed and unified national culture. 

The shared syllabus consists in readings that tell the story of the confrontation between American political principles and the practice of racial injustice throughout our history. Students will read and discuss the Declaration of Independence, the slavery clauses in the Constitution, the poetry of Phillis Wheatley, and the speeches of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others.

ASU's section of the course will be taught by CPTL associate director, and project co-founder, Adam Seagrave. Students in all majors are encouraged to enroll. 


The Symposium

The course includes the opportunity for enrolled students from all three universities to participate in the grant-funded conference designed to help them achieve a greater understanding of how diversity relates to humanity through hard-issue lectures and discussions that require them to dialogue productively and respectfully with others who may not share their background or opinions.

The Second Annual Race and the American Story Symposium, in March 2020, will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

The Website

Visit the Race and the American Story website to learn more about the course and the project.

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