English 1A

Desfile del 1o. de Mayo en Moscú, 1956




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Diego Rivera Mural of protest march

This English 1A class is a transfer level course that examines texts and social issues that deeply affect the quality of our lives. Famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky claims, "There has been a general assault in the last 25 years on solidarity, democracy, social welfare, anything that interferes with private power, and there are many targets." We will take a critical look at some of those targets to examine how the abuse of power can make "targets" out of la gente (the people). The class theme is social justice from a multicultural perspective. This class will prepare you for the academic thinking, reading, and writing assignments you will face when you transfer to a four year institution. The class page, where you will find the course syllabus, tentative schedule of activities, links to other pages and sites, and other useful material, is the place to come to view many of the handouts and resources that are geared for this particular class. I hope the site helps you to become better writers and critical thinkers as you make yourselves ready to meet (or even surpass) your goals whatever they might be. Like Diego Rivera's depiction of a march for justice above, we are going to pursue justice in this freshman composition class by examining how society and culture are influenced by forces that are sometimes not visible to the naked eye. "Race" (a term that has been discredited by anthropologists), ethnicity, class, and gender are often ignored by historians, and minority contributions to our culture and society given little attention in traditional history classes. Thankfully this is gradually changing with the development of strong movements within these ethnic and gender groups. In this class we will examine how this gradual change has taken place, the powerful forces that have given them impetus and how these oppositional movements have collided with the entrenched powers that have historically run this country. If you look very closely, you can spot me in the mural. I'm the third from the "left" next to the doorway.


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