What I admire about Dartmouth's effort is the understanding that #BlackLivesMatter is a complex subject that needs to be talked about. The conversation shouldn't end because the media coverage on Ferguson has. Silence will not create change. This course has the potential to change perspective, encourage critical thinking, and provide interdisciplinary discussion in and outside of the classroom. And it is based on a topic so modern that has affected the lives of college aged people in some personal way. I hope students at Dartmouth see how race, structural inequality, and violence is so deeply rooted in America's foundation like I have through my studies.
Another takeaway I hope others find is the importance of #BlackLivesMatter. Some have said: What about all lives? It is true that all lives matter but it is also true that not all lives have been understood to matter, making it important to name the lives that have not mattered (historically) and are struggling to matter in a way they deserve. That is way the creation of this course is important to the future of interdisciplinary education and racial equality in America.
If you need me, I'll be daydreaming of this course.
What are your thoughts and ideas?