Faculty Race Course

Why Does "Blackness" Matter?: A Race Course for Faculty

January 28, 2021 at 6:30pm ET / Zoom

The Socio-historical Context of Racism in America: a faculty-led 4-week virtual course for faculty hosted by InterVarsity

Faculty Race Course

Hosted by InterVarsity Faculty Ministry

Dates/Times: This course will meet for 90 minutes once/week for 4 weeks Thursday Evenings, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18

Faculty Instructor: Dr. Angela M. Simms, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Barnard College - Columbia University

Faculty Host: Dr. Cullen Buie, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Esther & Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Chair at MIT


Over the course of four weeks, we will examine the social construction of race in the United States from the colonial period to the present. The lectures, readings, and personal and group exercises will analyze how capitalist interests, class differences, gender, immigration, and who “deserves” the full rights and privileges of citizenship, shape boundaries between and within racial and ethnic groups, and ultimately the racial hierarchy underpinning White domination. We will also consider how racism affects resource access inequities between racial and ethnic groups in education, criminal justice, media, and other domains.


This course might be for you if:
• You are asking yourself: how can I better understand the current context of racism in America?
• You are looking for a group-setting in which to ask questions and learn more.
• You have read a few books, but still have lots of questions about American history and capitalism.

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Angela Simms

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies

Barnard College-Columbia University.

Cullen Buie

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering