Info Session for Student Forum: Intersectionality and the American War on Drugs

Paul Blasenheim ’12, campus activism coordinator extraordinaire and WesSSDP member, knows a lot about the War on Drugs in America. He’s willing to share some of that information with you (in a student forum designated AMST420, no less) if you simply show up at an information session this Sunday at 7:00 PM in PAC or contact Paul at pblasenheim(at)gmail(dot)com.

Spots are limited; get them while they’re hot:

This semester, I will be facilitating a student forum (AMST 420, 1.0 Credit) called Intersectionality and the “American” War on Drugs. The course is designed to holistically analyze the intersectional issue that is today’s global “War on Drugs,” explicitly through anti-oppression and social justice lenses. The course will challenge us to think beyond a “single-issue” paradigm, to locate the drug war within fields of power and its role in reinforcing patterns of domination. Our studies will link the drug war to institutionalized racism, heteronormativity, imperialism and compulsory able-bodiedness, as well as specific issues including immigration, globalization, indigenous sovereignty, the prison-industrial complex, sex work, militarization in Latin America, addiction and environmental justice. Beginning with the theory of intersectionality from a black feminist perspective, the course will evolve to incorporate the interests and experience of those enrolled, with a consistent goal of understanding how drug war violence is implicated in a wide array of struggles for justice.

If you are potentially interested in taking this course, please come to an informational meeting this Sunday, January 29th at 7:00 PM in PAC 002. The enrollment for the course cannot exceed 16, but I will allow for a few auditing spots if you would like to audit. I will give a more detailed overview about the course, specifics of course work, and the time/location at the meeting on Sunday.

If you have any pressing questions about the course, please do not hesitate to email me at pblasenheim(at)gmail(dot)com.

Date: Sunday, January 29
Place: PAC 002
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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