GH 101, Introduction to Social Justice, explores the nature and goals of social justice movements through an analysis of commercial cultures and social privileges. U.S. institutions will be examined in the historical context of global commercialization. Students will learn philosophical and theological approaches to social justice. Key concepts such as human rights, citizenship, resistance to injustice, religion, and the politics of compassion will be examined. Students can earn extra credit by contributing to ISU"s annual Human Rights Day.
Dr. Leck earned a PhD/MA in History at the University of California, Irvine, and an MA in History at The Ohio State University. His areas of specialization are the history of ideas, critical theory, and gender history. He is the former director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Marian University. His civic experiences include Human Rights Day (ISU), the Terre Haute peace movement, Earth Day (SMWC), the Indianapolis interfaith movement, the Kinsey Institute Interdisciplinary Series (IU), the Midwest Women's Studies Conference (RHIT), the Sex & Gender Colloquium (ISU), the Solidarity/SOA movement, the Underground Railroad Re-Enactment (SMWC), and membership in the NAACP and the Eugene V. Debs Society. His book, Georg Simmel and Avant-Garde Sociology (Humanity Books), is available on Amazon.com. He recently published “Anti-Essentialist Feminism Versus Misogynist Sexology in Fin de Siècle Vienna,” Modern Intellectual History (2012).
TR 2:00 – 3:15