This semester, we are looking at IDENTITY through several perspectives, one of which looks at one's fight to be seen and validated for who they deem themselves to be. As stated on our classes' "tone cheat sheet," authors tend to side with the individual that goes against societal mandates. This is even more relative as we look at what is going on in our current political scene. One moment occurred yesterday: the Women's March on Washington. The march inspired women all over the world to speak for equality and equitable access to what they see as their RIGHT(s).
This week's blog will give you all an opportunity to reflect on this semester's theme and discuss various aspects that relate to one's ownership and ability to be true to who they are. In order to complete this assignment, you will do the following:
1. Watch Chimamanda Adichie's TED Talk, "We Should All Be Feminists." Be sure to discuss what you see as the most important aspect of this talk and how it relates to the theme of identity. Due by Wednesday, January 25th at 11:59 p.m. (20 point grade); video below
2. Read the editorial "The End of Identity Liberalism" by Columbia University professor Mark Lila. Post your reaction to the article making sure to use a piece of textual evidence to support your thoughts. Due by Wednesday, January 25th at 11:59 p.m. (20 point grade)
3. Choose a classmate's response either to Adichie or Lila, and reply with your reaction to what they stated. Be sure to use supporting evidence from the two sources (from this blog post only) when necessary. Due by Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 p.m. (20 point grade)
Total points: 60
In your discussing the articles, feel free to make any connections between the two whether you see striking similarities or differences. You can also make these distinctions in your responses to your classmates.
It is a truism that America has become a more diverse country. It is also a beautiful thing to watch. -- Professor Mark Lila