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Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston

Heterosexism, Anti-Jewish Oppression, and Other Forms of Oppression: Making the Links

with Warren Blumenfeld


Schedule: This course will take place on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM for five weeks during Session II (10/20/20 - 11/17/20).

Course Description:

Throughout history, many dominant groups have depicted or represented minoritized groups in a variety of negative ways for the purpose of maintaining control or mastery. The representation of targeted groups is expressed through myths and stereotypes in proverbs, social commentary, literature, jokes, epithets, pictorial depictions, and other cultural forms. This presentation makes the clear and stunning connections between historical representations of Jewish people and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people, and asks participants to make these connections with other forms of oppression.

Students will be required to read:

  • Article: Blumenfeld, Warren J. (1996). “History/Hysteria: Parallel Representations of Jews and Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals.” in Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology, Brett Beemyn and Mickey Eliason (Eds.). New York: New York University Press.
  • All readings are available electronically from the Course Leader.

Enrollment Limit: None

Course Leader: Warren Blumenfeld

Warren holds a Doctorate degree in Social Justice Education, Masters in Special Education, BA in Sociology & Music. Visiting Assistant Professor, Educational Studies, Colgate University (2001-2004); Associate Professor, Iowa State University, School of Education (2004 – 2013); Instructor, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013-present).

Author of The What, The So What, and the Now What of Social Justice Education (Peter Lang Publishers), Warren’s Words: Smart Commentary on Social Justice (Purple Press); editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Beacon Press), co-author of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life (Beacon Press), and co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge) and Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States (Sense).

  • Oct 20 - Nov 17th, 2020
    Tue for 5 weeks from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

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