This Week in Class: Reality Check and a Class Project!

Morgan Franklin, @morganmfranklin
February 21, 2013

Week 5: Reality Check and a Class Project!

“These are the times that try men’s souls”- Thomas Paine. For college students in New Orleans this spring, times have gotten pretty tough. As the city says goodbye to the sheer amazingness that was both the Superbowl and Mardi Gras within a ten day time frame, students on Tulane’s campus have been forced to say hello to the mountains of readings and papers and problem sets we’ve been allowing to accumulate. Fortunately for my classmates and I, this week in the Politics of Environmental Justice we had the opportunity to receive instructions on something that will get us out of the library and into the community; our EJ class project!…

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This Week In Class: Law, Policy, and Regulation

Morgan Franklin, @morganmfranklin
February 6, 2013

Week Four: Law, Policy, and Regulation

Rough week so far? If you’re looking for a pick me up, what about having a movie night? Boy do we have just the film for you! It’s called “The Island President” and its about a man on a mission to save his country and it’s people. The story goes that the Maldives, a country made up of islands, is at severe risk of sinking into the ocean. As sea levels increase, it’s president works around the clock to prevent the nation from becoming the modern day Atlantis. I know right, where do they come up with this stuff?!…

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This Week in Class: Environmental Justice and Racial Justice

Morgan Franklin, @morganmfranklin
January 30, 2013

Week Three: Environmental Justice and Racial Justice

While reading or listening to an engaging story, most people imagine physical descriptions for the entities presented within the narrative. For instance, if I were to tell you “The racist went to the store”, what’s the mental image that you conjure? Did you imagine a hooded figure in white sheets strolling down the cereal aisle? Now let’s move from characters to abstract concepts.  If I said “That was an act of racism”, what would you automatically assume?  Do you see a burning cross? Do you imagine a ‘coloreds only’ sign?…

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This Week in Class: Ethically Speaking

Morgan Franklin, @morganmfranklin
January 22, 2013

Week Two: Ethically Speaking

Let’s suppose that you, Professor Harris-Perry, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Olivia Pope as played by Kerry Washington, and your high school P.E. teacher are all enjoying Sunday brunch together. You decide to follow brunch with a card game, with each person wagering their cab fare. Olivia suggests that you create a new game with original rules. The cards are dealt face down. Before you begin, the group must come up with the rules of the game.

Your old P.E. teacher suggests that whoever has the most royal cards wins the game and all the spoils.…

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This Week In Class: What is the Meaning of Environmental Justice?

Morgan Franklin, @morganmfranklin
January 16, 2013

Editors note: This semester we want to invite you to come with the Cooper Project to Professor Harris-Perry’s class “The Politics of Environmental Justice.” First, download the course syllabus to read along with the class. Then, every Wednesday, our Head Research Fellow Morgan Franklin will bring our class to you, sharing parts of the week’s lecture, readings, and discussion. You can join the conversation about environmental justice each week in the comments below, or on twitter with the hashtag #EJ or #EnvironmentalJustice.

Week One: What is the Meaning of Environmental Justice?

This week in class, our first discussion in Professor Harris-Perry’s spring course, The Politics of Environmental Justice, centered around the actual definition of the term “environmental justice.” We were first posed with the questions “What does the word environmentalism mean to you?” and “What exactly constitutes the environment?” While my fourth-grade Earth Science textbook made these seem like easy digestible definitions, the reality of these questions and the implications of how they are answered is much more complex.…

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This week in class: Hip-Hop Feminism

Sara Kugler, @sarakug
December 17, 2012

In the last week of “Black Women’s Political Activism”, we read Joan Morgan’s When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost and Ruth Nicole Brown’s Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. We used these texts to discuss women and media socialization, ultimately asking: does hip-hop feminism exist?

This week at AJC we’ve been reading about FAAN Mail- FAAN standing for “Fostering Activism and Alternatives Now!” They are a media literacy and media activism project formed by young women of color in Philadelphia. Together with their allies, they seek to critique and create media, with social change in mind.…

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