Course Description

ONLINE: After 20 years lobbying for progressive legislation with the think tank Demos, Heather McGhee began to realize that policies alone would not solve our most intractable societal problems. Instead, she saw that a false belief in a racialized "zero-sum" game was at the root of opposition to policies that would benefit all Americans. In this course, we will journey with McGhee around the country in search of what she calls "the solidarity dividend," described as "the benefits we gain when people come together across race to accomplish what we simply can't do on our own." Combining an in-depth study of her book "The Sum of Us" with episodes of her podcast series, we will explore inspiring stories of people in diverse communities coming together across race and class lines to accomplish extraordinary things. These things would seem normal in a country that sees itself as a beacon of progress and democracy, but that due to our troubled history of racial inequality, have so far eluded us. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 30.

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Section Title
Heather McGhee's "The Sum of Us"
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
May 04, 2023 to Jun 08, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: Students will be assigned chapters from the required text to read prior to each class session, with additional (optional) recommended listening and reading resources posted on the class website. Some class sessions will feature small group discussion in breakout rooms.

Required reading:
Heather McGhee, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together" (9780525509585)

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