Course: Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

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The Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights presents Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary, presenting preeminent scholars, thought leaders, and public intellectuals to guide students through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice. The course is available to all Notre Dame students as a pass/fail one-credit course, or to undergraduates as a graded 3-credit course.
In each class period, a guest expert will present opening remarks that dissect a specific topic that addresses an aspect of racism in the United States. Some topics are broad concepts (e.g., "Implicit Bias"); others address a particular historical moment (e.g., "The Tulsa Massacre" or "Ferguson"). Following the main presentation, the guest expert will engage in a conversation with our moderator, guided by student questions.  Each lecture in the series closes with our request that the guest help us build our anti-racist reading list by sharing their own "musts" — must-read, must-watch, or must listen — on the week's topic, or on anti-racism more generally.

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Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

Note: Registration information for the fall 2023 semester will be announced soon.

1 Credit, P/F
Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., via Zoom

In addition to attending the weekly lectures, students will also participate in three small-group sessions and write a brief reflection paper.

CHR 30711-01, CRN 16825 (Primary)


3 Credit, Graded
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Fridays, 12:30-1:45 p.m., via Zoom

Students will anchor the weekly lectures in a seminar course. Informed by readings, short papers, and a final project, students will engage more deeply in connecting each week's topic to the larger context of systemic racism.

CHR 33702-01, CRN 17467



Guest Experts Fall 2023

Speakers will be announced in August 2023.