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MCLA Adds Class to Summer Sessions Offerings: “I Can’t Breathe”

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —As part of its first Summer Session from May 31-June 11, 2021, MCLA will offer an education course titled “I Can’t Breathe:” Racial Capitalism at the Intersections of Race, Social Class, Space, and School,”(EDUC 364) taught by Dr. Lisa Arrastia, assistant professor of education.


The course will take place remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:20 p.m., and addresses Massachusetts Subject Matter Knowledge goals for history and social science, English language arts, and digital literacy and computer science for grades 5-12.


Course description 

The guiding, interdisciplinary question of this course is, “Why can’t Black bodies breathe in America?” The professor and students in this course will act as parallel learners who attempt to respond to this same question and, therefore, both will be “the student” in this unique and timely class that will use methods of history, aesthetics, and multimedia. The course will use as a case study the Derek Chauvin trial in the death of George Floyd to examine how the historical and contemporary landscape of American racial traumas are devised, composed, and constituted.


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About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


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