History Wars: The 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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By now, it seems everyone has an opinion about The 1619 Project, a special edition of The New York Times' Magazine (August 14, 2019) that tried to focus readers' attention upon the continuing legacies of race slavery in American life. Legislators in many states have since passed laws to ban it from school curriculums, along with the teaching of Critical Race Theory--or CRT--a set of premises developed by legal scholars in the 1990s to interpret America's institutions in the context of race and civil rights. So, in this six-week course, we will go back to basics. We will push past the headlines, the op-eds, and the shouting on cable news and talk candidly about what The 1619 Project actually says--and what it doesn't say. We will engage with the debates among leading scholars as to its claims and to their merits and get as close as we can to the subjects--like the American Revolution, the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, and Reconstruction--around which so many of these debates over The 1619 Project have swirled. Critical Race Theory is, of course, a bit harder to pin down. There is no manifesto, no mission statement, or special magazine supplement. That has made CRT a moving target. Our goal will be to establish its core premises, describe them accurately, and interrogate their validity--and do so with respect for those moments when we inevitably disagree. Our purpose here is not to promote and persuade, or to disparage and reject, or let alone to proselytize. Instead, we hope to leave you with a better understanding of both The 1619 Project and CRT upon which you can then base your own informed opinions.

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Class Sections For History Wars: The 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory (OSHER 331)

Spring 2024 Section 1, Starting on: 03/25/2024

Class meets online via Zoom. A link will be emailed a few days before the first class begins.

Date(s) Day Time Location
03/25/24 - 04/29/24 M 3:30 pm -5:00 pm Online
Tuition: $99.00      

Instructor: Richard Bell

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