April 21, 2015
The essay that has been highlighted in media reports because it is critical of capitalism has never been assigned or discussed in the class, “Organizational Studies 203/Environmental Studies 203: Activism.
The class examines what happens when people work together for a common purpose to achieve change. This non-ideological course does generate thought-provoking dialogue among students that is completely consistent with the university’s core value of respect for diverse ideas and viewpoints. In fact, part of a student’s final grade considers how students respect fellow classmates throughout the course.
The professor selects course materials that he believes will help students learn and critique social movement participation. Not every essay or segment of the text, “Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution and Organizing For Social Change” is assigned or discussed by students.