Fall 2018 Sessions

Identity and Justice

American-Arab and French Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Sex, Religion and Immigration
Each class is an opportunity to learn through thought-provoking presentations, readings and group discussions focusing on identity and justice:
  • Are universal rights and justice being advanced or threatened by the current explosion of identities—sexual, religious and nationalistic?
  • Is the proliferation of multicultural identities liberating or leading to tribalism and a “clash of civilization?”
  • How do we arbitrate between competing rights and identities, such as religious freedom, free speech and civic equality?
Teacher: Anne Protopappas
October 4-December 13 (10 weeks)
Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Future of Freedom of Expression

How Far Is Too Far and Who Decides?
This multimedia course on freedom of expression will focus on French-Arab-American cross-cultural perspectives. Class discussions will consider the multifaceted challenges to freedom of expression in the context of social media, “hate speech,” terrorist attacks and multiform censorship in the aftermath of the 2016 American and French elections and competition to redefine what constitutes “free speech,” protest and “civility.” The class will explore questions including:
  • Can humor still serve as a safe space for social critique?
  • What is the cost of being critical or even inquisitive of issues deemed taboo?
  • What does “too far” mean for free speech?
Teacher: Anne Protopappas
October 2-December 11 (10 weeks)
Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fees and Class Size

$550 for Spence community members (parents/guardians, alumnae, faculty, staff, parents of Spence alumnae)
$600 for non-Spence participants

Class size is limited to 20 students, and a minimum of four students is required for the class to be offered. 

Fall Registration Deadline

September 25