Morehouse College has announced it will offer a course on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) culture and politics.
The creation and launch of the course was spearheaded by Marcus Lee and Dr. Jafari Allen.
The course will be the first of its kind at Morehouse.
The course will specifically focus on key concepts of black feminism and critical cultural theory and methodology. This has been described as “an interdisciplinary survey of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) culture and politics” in the course’s syllabus.
Faculty and students of Morehouse are optimistic that the course will shed light on LGBT leaders and topics normally not given their due acknowledgement due to their sexuality.
“I want students to be open and engaged in reading closely, generously, and with what Gramsci called something like ‘pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will,’” Allen said. “That is, to relentlessly question and never settle for a just-so story or interpretation that suggests, for example, that any knowledge is innocent of the author’s own motives, background or the times in which s/he lived … This is my general commitment as a pedagogue.”
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