The Center for Geographies of Justice and Cultures cultivates trans-disciplinary learning through dialogue, mutual understanding, cooperation, and community engagement. Geographical thinking grounds our approach in situated knowledge. Our collective methodology encompasses a commitment to bring the marginal to the center and to prepare students to claim their voice in the world.
The Center for Geographies of Justice and Cultures is comprised of Africana Studies, Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace Studies, Religion, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emily Billo, from Environmental Studies, is also a faculty member from our Center.
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The minor in Africana studies aims to provide students with a broad yet selective exposure to the study of people of African descent on the continent of Africa and in the African diaspora. Students work with advisers to construct an individualized program of study that teaches them to interpret specific historical and cultural evidence, to examine the many identities and worldviews of African people, and how different cultures mix in Africa and the African diaspora.
Our courses have been designed for the 21st century student, with on-line components, in which students Skype with native Spanish speakers from Mexico City; or with community-based learning components, in which students interact and learn the with local Latino community on campus and in Baltimore City. We offer courses cross-listed with departments and programs such as History, Women's Studies, Peace Studies, Sociology, Education, Environmental Studies, and World Literature, and a wide variety of interdisciplinary Intensive Courses Abroad (ICA) in Argentina, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Spain. Our curriculum is broad and diverse, with courses in a variety of topics, including: Spanish and Latin American media and press, narratives of the Spanish Civil War, queer studies, crime and punishment in Latin American cinema, Spanish-speaking cultures and language varieties, Latin American theater and performance, the Latino presence in the U.S., studies in translation and interpreting, and classes on literary production, from pre-Hispanic poetry and the origins of the modern novel to the magic realism of the Boom and the contemporary literary movements.
Judaic Studies is an innovative and interdisciplinary minor program offering students the opportunity to explore, examine, and critically engage the rich and multifaceted history, religion, and cultures of the Jewish people. As a people that has crossed multiple borders and cultures, the Jews have served as transmitters of texts and ideas and as agents of cultural and intellectual cross-fertilization and innovation. In accordance with Goucher's mission, the Judaic studies curriculum focuses on the global dimensions of Judaic civilization and aims to cultivate an appreciation of its major developments, institutions, and ideas, and its contribution to world civilizations. The Judaic studies program benefits from the expertise of faculty throughout Goucher College and from visiting scholars.
The minor in Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the diverse regions of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America through the history, politics, languages and cultures of its people. In addition to the language requirement, the minor in LAM requires a minimum of 20 credits of course work.
Based on an understanding that differences enrich our lives and that conflicts provide opportunities for growth, peace studies proposes ways of being in the world that incorporate the skills of listening and dialogue, mediation and negotiation, the ideas of rights balanced with responsibilities, questions of justice, and philosophies of nonviolence. As the 21st century finds us living in a world where violence has become banal, where armed political and economic conflicts divide the world again into fiefdoms of ethnicity or privilege, so, too, exist alternatives by which we can live. Peace thought is the study of alternatives to violent conflict. In this interdisciplinary program, students explore those alternatives through the study of conflict, violence, and nonviolence in the lives of individuals, communities, and the shared world. Students consider peace and conflict theories as they apply to historical and contemporary conflicts around the world. Additionally, they practice reflection and critical thinking and render service to communities as engaged citizens in the practice of peace.
One of the major goals of a liberal arts education is "to prepare students within a broad, humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity and critical and analytical thinking." For Goucher College this means "transcending boundaries" so to insure that students are able "to participate in the world of the 21st century as true global citizens." Such reflection inevitably begins with students as enthusiastic and persistent inquirers confronting fundamental questions about human meaning and truth. The study of religion is a central to a liberal arts education; particularly one committed to "transcending boundaries not only between disciplines, but also among individuals, cultures, and nations worldwide." By fostering close textual study and critical thinking and through facilitating the encounter with diverse perspectives, the study of religion is essential to such an educational commitment.
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration through which students examine the social construction of gender and sexuality as well as the material impact of those constructions on the lives of individuals and communities.
We offer historical, contemporary and transnational analyses of how women, men, and transgender people experience the dynamics of power, oppression, and resistance in many different situations. Employing a comparative approach, students explore how gender intersects with issues of nation, geographical location, histories of colonialism, culture, religion, sexuality, class, and race. The program focuses on the nuanced historical processes through which women, men, and transgender people live out gender; the set of institutional and ideological practices that shape it; and the concrete processes and political moments through which inequities are transformed.