Suffrage Academy Courses

Divided into two subcategories, Immersion and Connection, the Sojourner Truth Suffrage Academy courses engage the topic of suffrage throughout the semester. See below the list of courses for the Spring 2021 semester.

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Immersion Courses:

*Immersion courses critically engage the topic of suffrage throughout the semester

AIP 336 The Politics of Abortion
M/W 2:30-3:51PM, OL
Professor Rosemary Nossiff

With the exception of race, no issue has remained on the political agenda as long or has split the country as fractiously as abortion policy. Since 1973, when access to abortion was legalized in the United States, there have been hundreds of pieces of legislation introduced and court cases filed in every state challenging the Roe v. Wade decision. Two  major social movements and numerous interest groups on both sides of the issue have emerged as well. This course seeks to understand why this has happened by analyzing the historical, political, religious, and cultural dimension of this issue within the broader context of American government and public policy. Pre-req:WRIT 102 or WRIT 201. AIP:UP


AIP 346 Reform and Revolution: Radical New York in the Early 20th Century
T 2:30 - 5:21 PM, OL, Honors College
Professor Jessica Blatt

What is the meaning of citizenship, and who should exercise it? What is economic justice, and how might it be achieved? What sorts of family and sexual relationships nurture and unleash human potential? This course explores how a diverse group of New York intellectuals engaged with such questions in the early twentieth century. These figures confronted a changing world: small-town America faced great cities and hitherto unimaginable contrasts of wealth and poverty. Ideas about American culture were challenged by an influx of immigrants and the claims of women and African-Americans to equal citizenship. Stable social roles were undermined by a new fascination with the Self, a unique identity that had to be discovered, nourished—even created. This course uses a game-based format called “Reacting to the Past” to immerse students in the ideological, artistic, and sociopolitical context in which these challenges played out. Core texts include works by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Karl Marx, Emma Goldman, Jane Addams, W.E. B. DuBois, and others. Pre-req: WRIT 102 or 201. AIP: EP, UP


HIST 255 American Women’s History
M/W 2:30 - 3:51PM, OL
Professor Lauren Brown

This course will examine the changing roles, status, images, and self-consciousness of women in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of industrialization on women’s lives. Among themes to be discussed will be the cult of domesticity as it applied to factory, pioneer, and enslaved women in the early nineteenth century, sexuality in the Victorian age, theory and action of the women’s rights movement, and images and realities for twentieth-century women. Pre-req: WRIT 101. DS5


PHR/ART 326 Photography and Social Engagement: A Road to Activism
W 10:00 - 12:51PM, OL
Professors Manolo Estavillo and Mille Falcaro

Photographic images are not a simple documentation of a reality that precedes them, but rather retrospectively constitute ‘reality’ through their recording, production, and circulation. In this course, students explore the intimate relationship between photographs and the fate of diverse communities and social life in the U.S. Drawing insights from urban studies and critical photography studies, students investigate the political expediency of photographs and their formation of U.S. moral values and consequent social life. Engaging the role of documentary photography in various social and political struggles across race, class, gender, sex, the environment, food scarcity, globalization, geopolitics, and the contested history and ongoing struggles of suffrage, students will construct their own photographs to create cohesive visual essays that analyze how communities and political rights, such as enfranchisement, come into being. Pre-req: WRIT 102 or WRIT 201. AIP: CP, REP, UP.


PHR/ENV 398 01 Trans-Species Suffrage
T 2:30 -5:21PM, OL
Professor Erin O’Connor

This is a critical ecology course that investigates the disenfranchisement of the non-human world and the possibility of trans-species suffrage. Drawing upon the discourses of post-humanism, new materialism, trans-corporeal feminism, critical indigenous theory, and interspecies politics we will ask, “What would a interspecies democracy look like?” How would a interspecies democracy inclusive of animals, trees, rivers, and even the atmosphere work?” In this, we will consider the sociohistorical construction of the concepts of ‘nature,’ ‘humans,’ ‘animals’ within the context of patriarchy and colonialism. Case studies ground these explorations. Pre-req: WRIT 102 or 201. AIP: EP or REP with approval. This course substitutes for PHR/ENV 320 EcoCulture & Sustainability.


PHR/IS 398 04 Participation in Liberation: Women of Color and Citizenship
M/W 10:00 - 11:21AM, OL
Professor Ricardo Bracho

This course will take into consideration the ways in which Black, Indigenous, Asian and Mestiza women have contested, redefined and interrogated the laws and limits of citizenship, nation and personhood. Paradigmatic figures, scholars and writers for the course would include Elizabeth Freeman, Ida B Wells, Claudia Jones, Angela Davis, Chrystos, Joanne Little, Anna Mae Aquash, Mistuye Yamada and Hazel Carby. Organizations and movements we would explore for their world historical impact on notions of freedom, justice and rights would include the Third World Women’s Alliance, Sisters in Support of South Africa and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Pre-req: WRIT 102 or WRIT 201. AIP: REP with approval.

Suffrage Connection Courses

*Connection courses critically engage the topic of suffrage at least once during the semester

BUS 329 The Social Psychology of Dress
T 2:30-5:21PM, BL01
Professor Lorraine Martinez-Novoa

COMM 233 Video Field Production
M 2:30PM-5:21PM, OL01
Professor Erin Greenwell

COMM 308 Creating the City
W 11:30-12:51PM OL01
Professor Sarah Nelson Wright

COMM 350 Special Topics in Journalism: Reporting Gender
T 8:30-11:21AM, OL
Professor Tatiana Serafin

COMM 363 Black Female Sexuality in Film
M 2:30 – 5:21PM, OL01.
Professor Cyrille Phipps

DANC 309 Ethics, Aesthetics, and Gender Representation in the Performing Arts
T/Th 5:50 - 7:11PM, OL
Professor Catherine Cabeen

DANC 352 Dance Composition II
M/W 10:00 - 11:21AM, OL
Professor Elisabeth Motley

HIST 307 Topics in Modern History: Monumental Debates
T 2:30 - 5:21PM, OL
Professor Lauren Brown

PHR/IS 342 Social Movements, Protest and Conflict
W 2:30 - 5:20PM, OL
Professor Marnie Brady