Dartmouth College keeps the “Black Lives Matter” conversation going by introducing a new curriculum based off the protests that sprung up globally after the shooting death of Ferguson Missouri teen Michael Brown.
The course, titled, “10 Weeks, 10 Professors: #BlackLivesMatter” is “dedicated to considering race, structural inequality and violence in both a historical and modern context,” The Dartmouth student newspaper reported.
“We hope students will be able to understand that Ferguson is not just an event in 2014, but something that’s tethered in time to a long history and still-emerging ideas about race in the U.S. and how policing works in an age of social media and distributed surveillance,” said English professor Aimee Bahng, according to The Dartmouth paper.
Anthropology professor Chelsey Kivland said this is an opportunity “to use Ferguson as a starting point for broadening the conversation about the national problems of inequality, race and violence.”
One student said she is excited about the class, but concerned that it may not appeal to the majority of students.
“I do wonder who will take the class – whether it’ll be kind of preaching to choir or if they’ll get different points of view,” Adria Brown, a senior Native American studies major, told USAToday. “But I still think – no matter what – that it’s worth having the class to really interrogate this topic.”
The Ivy league institution will begin courses this Spring.