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|PPOL 499 - Faith, Race, and Politics|
Faith and politics have always interacted in American public life. The questions have always been not if they will intersect but about how; and whether those interactions are for the common good—or not. Race has always been at the center of our public life—also morally and religiously--both in ways that divide us and bring us together. With public protests over police shootings of African Americans these last few years, the emergence of a new generation of activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, the first black President and re-actions to that, and a new president making racial identity and language even more explicit, race and politics are at the center of public discourse. How do we analyze and reflect upon America’s original sin, and how it still lingers? We will examine that with a focus on racism that is historical, cultural, relational, systemic, and religious. We will examine the fundamental demographic changes underway in the country, and what it will mean to build a bridge to America’s future. How does religion make our nations extreme polarization even worse, or how could it contribute to asking moral questions of all sides. Instead of left and right; how do we examine what’s right and wrong? How do we not go left and right—but go deeper?
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar
Public Policy Department