Class Awareness Week
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“Class is rarely talked about in the United States; nowhere is there a more intense
silence about the reality of class differences than in educational settings.”
bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
Playing Field in
Amherst College faculty are invited to a lunchtime conversation on how classroom dynamics affect learning in the students of 2010: How do teaching styles and classroom formats shut students from some groups out of the conversation? How can faculty create teaching environments sensitive to differences in cultural styles and backgrounds?
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Documentary Screening of "People Like Us: Social Class in America”
A fascinating PBS documentary showing how social class plays out in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats or suburban gated communities. Parts 2 & 4 will be viewed followed by discussion. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.
8 pm - 9 pm
How does your social class background affect your experience as a col- lege student? How does it come into play when working in the community? Come to reflect and explore these and other related issues in an interactive Exploring Social Change Workshop. This workshop is sponsored by the Community Outreach Program and will be facilitated by Karen Lee, Assistant Director of Community Outreach. Refreshments will be served.
4:30 pm - 6 pm
Friedmann Room, Campus Center
Get heard! Students from different class backgrounds share their personal experience of socioeconomic class at Amherst. All students are encouraged to contribute to the forum with their own stories of socioeconomic class. President Marx and other members of the Amherst administration will be in attendance to hear your thoughts. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.
4 pm - 5 pm
Cole Assembly Room
Equality of Opportunity: The Role of Class in Admissions
What role does socioeconomic class play in the admission process? Are students from disadvantaged backgrounds treated differently in the application process? If so, how and why? Learn about what Amherst is doing to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus. We will be joined by Tom Parker, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. Open to the public.
4 pm - 5 pm
The Debate after
Join our discussion of student and alumni opinions presented in various print and online forums, identifying and confronting the underlying assumptions, in response to the Business Week article, “Campus Revolutionary.” Discussion will be facilitated by members of F.A.C.E. (Financial Aid & Class Equality). Open to the public.
5 pm - 6 pm
Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams
Alfred Lubrano, an award winning journalist and author of Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams, speaks from both personal experience and his work as a journalist about the role of class, culture and education across generations. Lubrano’s book focuses on white-collar children of blue-collar parents. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.
4:30 pm – 6 pm
Organized by the President’s Office & F.A.C.E. (Financial Aid & Class Equality) / Sponsored by the Office Of the President and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation