2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Gateways: Popular Education, the Arts, and Activism

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Chico Herbison African American studies, American studies

Fields of Study: African American studies, American studies, community studies, cultural studies and education

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10110 (16) So - Sr; 10400 (1-16)  Signature Required Students must submit an application and be interviewed by the faculty member. The application will be available by April 12, 2010. For fall quarter entry, applications received by the date of the spring Academic Fair (May 12, 2010) will be given priority consideration. For more information, contact Chico Herbison (herbisoc@evergreen.edu). Students will be considered for entry on a space available basis.  

Winter: Enrollment Closed  CRN (Credit) Level 20078 (16) So - Sr; 20391 (1-16) So - Sr  

Spring: Enrollment Closed  CRN (Credit) Level 30095 (16) So - Sr; 30275 (1-16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day


This program is part of the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program. A fundamental principle of Gateways is that every person has talents given to them at birth; it is our job to encourage each other to search out and find our passions and gifts. Our work is guided by ideas of popular education. We recognize and value the knowledge and experience of each participant. The program works to strengthen notions of self and community through cultural awareness and empowerment. In connecting and building with people from other cultures and class backgrounds, each person becomes empowered to share their knowledge, creativity, values and goals.

This program offers Evergreen students the opportunity to be peer learners with incarcerated young men in a maximum-security institution. Students will address issues of diversity, equality and critical thinking, along with other issues that are chosen by the young men who are incarcerated. At the same time, the Evergreen students will deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of popular education. Students in this program will have the opportunity to reflect on how they themselves learn as well as how others learn, as they gain experience in the facilitation of discussions and workshops. Students will work on designing, implementing and assessing the workshops. In the process of collectively shaping the Gateways seminar, students will also learn how to organize productive meetings and work through conflict.

Each week the Evergreen students will visit one of two institutions for a cultural diversity and equality workshop, and a college class book seminar. Through the workshops we will explore various aspects of culture in order to understand ourselves and others as an important part of analyzing contemporary society and building egalitarian relationships. In preparation for the workshop, each week the Evergreen students will meet to organize the workshop’s activities. We will also take time each week to reflect on the previous workshop to assess how it worked and draw lessons for the next one. Throughout our work we will read, share and learn about various kinds of relative advantage ("privilege"), while also exploring cultural diversity and continually working to foster a space committed to equality.

We will begin fall quarter with an examination of the history, forms, and functions of popular education. We then will explore the complex ways in which popular education intersects with the arts and how that intersection has been, and continues to be, often at the heart of both personal activism and social movements. In winter and spring quarters, we will continue to deepen our understanding of the intersections among popular education, the arts, and activism, culminating in a capstone project and presentation at the end of spring quarter. Building on our experiences, reflections and studies, each quarter students will take increasing responsibility for designing, implementing, and assessing the program, workshops and seminars. This program requires that all participants be ready to fully commit themselves to our common work and show a willingness to help build a community of learners. Students should expect to spend approximately 11 hours per week in class on campus and 5 hours per week off campus (including time at, and travel to and from, the institutions).

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Required Fees: Fall/Winter/Spring $100 per quarter for field trips.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: cultural studies, the humanities, the arts, education, law, community work, social work, and American studies.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

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