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Justice and Rights Movements: "Let Them Lead the Way"

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1881
Section 001
Instructor Michael Dinwiddie
Days MW
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   HUM


Same as SCAI-UF 401 001. Team-taught with Joyce Apsel. Permission required ( Please note this course includes a three-day visit to Washington D.C. with overnight stay on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. Students who wish to take this course should not enroll in any courses that meet on Friday.


“ I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way. ” George Benson’s lyric from  The Greatest  highlights the focus of this interdisciplinary seminar, which will examine the various roles that young people have played in movements of social transformation. From civil rights marches to anti-nuclear protests, young people have oftentimes been the “shock troops” on the front line for social change. But rarely is this aspect of justice and rights movements explored. On a global scale, students will study various methods and strategies used by civil society actors organizing campaigns to lobby against inequity and violence targeted at specific groups. What advocacy mechanisms have been developed and how effective are they? The emphasis will be on the active role of young people as they seek to dismantle systems of oppression and mobilize into “peaceful warriors.” A weekend trip to the NYU Global Site in Washington, DC, will include visits to the U.S. Institute of Peace and the National Museum for the American Indian as well as civil rights memorials. Students will create a “young people’s peace map” of New York City and conclude with a mini-conference. Readings may include  The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child ,  The Children  by David Halberstam,  Civil Disobedience  by Henry David Thoreau,  Marching on Washington: The Forging of a Political Tradition  by Lucy Barber, selections from  Peace and Conflict Studies  by David P. Barash and Charles P. Webel, and creative works such as the film  Amandla! , music by Peter, Paul and Mary, Miriam Makeba, Pete Seeger, Odetta, and Woodie Guthrie, among others.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)