After listening to our guest speakers, we watched and analyzed clips from a variety of films ranging from Monty Python to stand-up comedy. Of all the clips, my favorite was one about oppression of women in the Ballet industry. We also talked about what justice meant to us as individuals and Andy led a discussion about how every social justice movement contains contradictions or flaws. In my opinion, the idea that every movement contains contradictions is one of the most fascinating and important concepts to apply to any justice-seeking movement in order to analyze it critically. In any movement or organization it is necessary to ask "whose voice is missing from this discussion,?" but when we are working towards social justice we must also strive to consider what the future will look like in order to create lasting change that benefits future generations as well.
|Our reading material so far.|
After lunch, we broke into smaller groups for discussion sessions. In my discussion group we shared our thoughts about the the reading material on the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 and Candide. We also bought the books we will be reading for the class, the first of which is to be finished by Thursday. As Other Julia remarked, "there is nothing like an untouched, recently opened book." In short, today was fantastic, and I have high hopes for tomorrow and the rest of the class.