Making Sense of World Events (POP2356.03)

David Bond, Mariam Ghani, Senem Pirler, & Özge Savas

Once again, Gaza has burst into view at the center of world events. More refugee camp than nation-state, Gaza is home to 2.2 million Palestinians (half of whom are under the age of 18) squeezed into a narrow sliver of land 25 miles long and 7 miles wide. One of the most densely populated, barricaded, and now bombed places on the planet, Gaza now demands attention on several fronts.

This interdisciplinary seminar aims to open up a venue for urgent conversations about the unfolding crisis in Gaza, its longer history and its present crucible. Rather than prefabricated positions and partisan performances, we aim to set the table for the wider community to come together with the best of who we are as students and scholars, artists and writers, citizens of today and makers of the world to come. We presume no easy answers, but we will not shy away from asking the difficult questions that find voice in such tragic moments. We aim to take seriously the hard work of facing up to colonial histories of dispossession, brutal premeditated violence, wider fields of complicity, and the diminishing place of solidarity today. By nature of who we are, this forum will draw from a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarly and artistic work, from social sciences and humanities to visual and sound art.

We will ground our conversations by discussing the histories of the region, presenting critical methodologies to analyze media as a “truth-making” tool, and investigating the creative practices at the intersection between listening/seeing, space, and politics.

While students are welcome to register for credit, all – students, faculty, and staff – are welcome to join this conversation.

Course dates: November 6, 13, 20, & 27

Learning Outcomes:
Gain media literacy skills in processing current world events
Foster civil debate and listening skills
Explore human rights frameworks
Apply politics of seeing and listening to current world events

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
M 7:00PM-9:00PM (3rd module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 50
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 3rd Module Block , Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Fully In-Person , One Credit , Updates