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Freedom University will not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, economic background, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or immigration status. We believe that all students have the right to an accessible, quality education.
La Universidad de la Libertad no discrimina a individuos en base a raza, origen nacional o étnico, situación económica, religión, discapacidad, orientación sexual, identificación de género ni estatus de inmigración. Creemos que todos los estudiantes tienen derecho a una educación accesible y de calidad.
*The second course of the spring semester is NOW open for registration. Please fill out the Course Interest Form below to find out more about our course and to receive more information about the course. Classes begin on March 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
We are located in North Georgia and our driving capacity is limited. Our ability to pick up students who cannot drive or unable to is a 2 hour radius from downtown Atlanta.
Spring Term II, 2014
Global Migration in the Americas: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Labor
Dr. Bethany Moreton, Dr. Emiko Soltis
March 23- May 25
In this writing class, we will focus on the history of United States immigration policies and critically examine transformations in these policies within the broader context of race, gender, and the role of immigrant labor in a globalizing economy. Specifically, we will explore changing meanings and configurations of race and gender in the United States during European colonialism, the displacement of indigenous peoples, the forced migration of Africans through the institution of slavery, the importation and exclusion of immigrants of Asian descent, the adoption of racialized immigration quotas, and the development of our contemporary immigration system.
We will also study the history and experience of Mexican immigration in the United States in more detail. Over the course of the 20th century, one out of every ten Mexicans spent time in the United States. We will explore the great Mexican Revolution of 1910 to understand why people migrated in such numbers and the political and cultural sensibilities that they brought with them. We will study labor importation programs such as the Bracero Program, its influence on Mexican and Chicano identity formation, and the development of the modern guest worker program.
Finally, we will consider the history and role of immigrant-based social movements in shaping U.S. immigration policy. We will focus on the internal and external challenges these movements face, their perception and creation of political opportunities, and what their ultimate successes and shortcomings signal for the immigrant rights movement today.
Past Course Offerings:
Spring Term I, 2014
Negotiating Identities in Visual Culture and Performance
Dr. Betina Kaplan, Dr. Diego del Pozo
January 12- March 2
This course explores how categories such as gender, race, class, health, and ethnicity are constructed in the performance of identity, in film, graphic art, performance, and music. Through the analysis of images and performance produced by Latino or Latin American artists we will focus on the ways in which we see and are seen.
Fall Term II, 2013
Gender Identities and Writing the Self
Dr. Dana Bultman, Dr.JoBeth Allen
November 17- December 15
This five-week mini-course will analyze and discuss gender, masculinity, and femininity as concepts that shape our social, political and economic relationships and that, in turn, we can use consciously to shape our lives. We will examine how imposed gender definitions and sexualities—found in the pervasiveness of media images, inherited ideals, and rules embedded in common language—are made to seem natural and used to structure and limit our access to power and privilege in U.S. society. As we explore questions of bodies, relationships, and consumerism, we will work on being mindful of our own and our peers’ multiple and intersecting race/ethnicity, class, and gender/sexuality identities. We will do this by reflecting on our own positions throughout the course through writing and open discussion. The material will be challenging, sometimes shocking and often very personal, so each student’s past experiences and processing of our themes over time will be respected in an environment that puts our individual perspectives in dialogue.
Fall Term I, 2013
Who Belongs Here?: Race, Identity, and Social Movements in the U.S. South
Dr. Pamela Voekel, Dr. Emiko Soltis
September 1- November 10
Spring Term II, 2013
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Dr. Lorgia García Peña
March 17 - May 12th
This course introduces students to ethnic studies with an emphasis on the centrality of race and racism in contemporary U.S. America. We will collectively and collaboratively examine the cultural, historical, social, political, and structural forces that affect the constructions of race, racism and white supremacy in our society. In addition we will study the movements of resistance, protest, liberation, and/or sovereignty launched by ethnic minorities in the United States since 1960 to the present. Although we will follow a comparative ethnic studies approach, creating conversations among African American, Native American, Asian American and Arab American cultural productions and criticism, our course will pay a much closer look at the construction of Latinidad in the United States and the history of the various groups that are imagined under the umbrella “U.S. Latinos”. Throughout the course we will attend to the ways in which gender, sexuality, and class are intertwined with race and racism, and central to their constructions as we analyze the relationship among colonialism, immigration, and national belonging. Necessary to such an examination will be discussions that seek to answer questions like – How does diversity differ from “political correctness” and multiculturalism? Why does ethnic studies (such as Chicano studies) exist and how does it differ from area studies (like Latin American Studies)?
Select list of readings:
Anzaldúa and Moraga. This Bridge Called My Back
Phil Deloria. Playing Indian
Junot Díaz. This is How You Lose Her
bell hooks. Salvation: Black People and Love.
Suji Kwock Kim. Notes from a Divided Country: Poems.
Nadine Naber. Race and Arab Americans
Mae Ngai. Impossible Subjects. Illegal Aliens and The Making of Modern America
Achy Obejas. We Came All the Way From Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?
Precious Knowledge. Dir. Ary Palos
Arab in America. Dir Abou-Harb
Honk if you know Buddha, Dir. Rennee Tajima-Peña
Spring Term I, 2013
Ancient World Cultures
Prof. Dana Bultman
January 13 - March 10
This course examines the myths, images, structures and beliefs of early cultures from prehistory to 200 CE. Thinking critically about both the material and the imaginative aspects of culture will be our focus. Beginning with myths of origins from the Zuni Pueblo people and the people of ancient Japan, we will go on to study how the concept of "culture" developed over time. We will analyze examples of artifacts from Mesopotamia, China, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. A highlight of the course will be a field trip to the High Museum in Atlanta. This course is designed for beginning first-year college students. All students will learn to improve their skills in discussion and debate with emphasis on developing logic, precision, clarity and depth of thought.
Mexican and United States History in Global Perspective
This course examines the intertwined histories of the United States and Mexico. The causes and consequences of the great Mexican Revolution will be a central focus. We will open with the Aztec Empire and then grapple with the nature and legacy of Spanish colonialism, the causes and consequences of decolonization, and the complex interactions between people in the two countries over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course is designed for serious first-year college students and students at slightly later stages of their education. All students will learn to write strong analyitical essays.
Latin American Literature and Cultures
Through Latin American cultural productions since the end of nineteenth century to recent times we will analyze issues related to the formation of national and regional identities, race, class, gender, violence, and the role of intellectuals in society. The class will be offered in Spanish. The purpose of the course is twofold, while developing critical tools to analyze cultural productions in Latin American students will expand their skills in written and oral Spanish.
American Civilization I
This course offers an interdisciplinary examination of the American experience focusing on the significance of immigration and transnationalism in the construction of American society. Looking at various forms of scholarly analyses, memoirs, films, newspaper articles, music, and literature, we seek to establish an important dialogue between the role of historical narratives in constructing our understanding of society and politics today and the history of the struggles for obtaining civil rights and equality that is central to the American Experience.
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