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Spring Lecture Series

Wednesday March 16, 2016
12:30 – 2 p.m. in Alger Hall room 110



"Across the Great Divide: Crossing Classes and Clashing Cultures"

Barbara Jensen
Community and Counseling Psychologist
Founder of the Working Class Studies Association
Author of: Reading Classes: on Culture and Classism in America


Community and Counseling Psychologist, Barbara Jensen delivers the Dialogue on Diversity Spring Lecture on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (12:30 – 2 p.m.) at the Rhode Island College campus in Alger Hall Room 110.  The Spring Lecture audience will be mixed, but consist predominantly of undergraduate students. In the keynote, Barbara Jensen will explain the fluid definition of “class,” and associated connotations; discuss the concept of class as a culture (citing relevant academic resources including her book Reading Classes); explore the dynamics of moving from working class to middle class and/or “straddling” classes; demonstrate the predominance of middle class culture in the academy; and briefly introduce the idea of intersectionality between class and other aspects of sociocultural identity.  The keynote will include an interactive or “group breakout” component and will conclude with a question and answer period for no less than 15 minutes.

In addition, Ms. Jensen will conduct a faculty in-service following the lecture from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Alger Hall room 110 focused on the effects of unintentional classism on pedagogy and the success of working class students.  Faculty will explore approaches that are mindful of class cultures and create opportunities for working class students to have increased comfort and thereby success in the academy.

Funding provided by the Committee on College Lectures and Learning for Life with support from Gender and Women’s Studies and the School of Social Work

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