ERIC Number: ED213644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-30
Reference Count: 0
Comparative Explorations of the Black and Immigrant Experience: Teaching Ethnic Studies at Alverno College.
Lazo, Dimitri D.
This paper describes an ethnic studies course taught at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The course is offered as a two semester, hour elective in the Weekend College which provides women an opportunity to complete a college degree by attending classes on weekends only. The course meets for three hours every other weekend for a total of seven sessions. Because Milwaukee has a large black population and a history of racial conflict, the course concentrates on comparing the experiences of the blacks with the experiences of immigrants. The first session explores the concept of ethnicity and relates it to contemporary American life. The next two sessions concentrate on the immigrant experience, addressing such issues as residential and employment patterns, generational tensions, and the process of adaptation, acculturation, and assimilation. The fourth and fifth sessions of the course deal with black life and history, emphasizing slavery, the conflicting strategies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois for black progress, and the black migration to urban-industrial America. The last two sessions are a comparative exploration of the black and immigrant experience. Required readings in the course are Colin Greer's collection of essays "Divided Society: The Ethnic Experience in America," Thomas Sowell's "Race and Economics, " and Federman and Bradshaw's collection of ethnic prose and poetry "Speaking for Ourselves." Students discuss the readings in class and write essays about them. Students are also asked to write a family history. Appendices contain a class calendar, sample class assignments, and a guide for a family history. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Appendix 2 and some portions of Appendix 3 containing copyrighted poetry and a short story were removed. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Los Angeles, CA, December 30, 1981).