In this course, we will examine the ways in which various types of diversity -- such as class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation -- impact the way we negotiate and resolve conflict, including the effects of intersectionality and privilege. Although the main focus of the class will be on readings and discussion, we will also use experiential exercises, including role plays, to enhance our personal understanding of how diversity affects our experience of conflict and our ability to manage difficult conversations involving identity and diversity.
Teaching Assistant Rabiat Akande (who is an S.J.D. candidate at HLS) will participate as a co-leader of discussions.
Readings will include excerpts from Mahzarin Banaji, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kim Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, Carol Gilligan, Trina Grillo, Michele LeBaron, Carol Liebman, Larry Susskind, and Kenji Yoshino.
Enrollment in the course is limited to 24 students. There will be no final exam or research paper -- instead, students will write a 300-500 word reading response for each day of class, except for the final class, for which the reading response is 600-1,000 words.