The Institute for Research on Women invites all undergraduates to apply to its Spring 2021 Virtual Learning Community, "Knowing Bodies: Science, Sex, and Gender." This class will use feminist approaches to science and technology to explore how our bodies are both vulnerable and resilient to illness, lack of health care, economic uncertainty, racial injustice, and changing social norms. At the same time, we will examine the role of technology in facilitating the disembodied experience of online learning, remote working, and video chats with family and friends. Because self-care is a key component to feminist politics, it is critical that we consider how trauma affects our communities, and what strategies we can use to handle stress and heal.
In keeping with Rutgers' decision to hold most classes online this spring, the Learning Community will be asynchronous remote. As a discussion-based, 1.5 credit seminar, it will be a creative space to:
- Build a tight-knit community
- Unwind and de-stress
- Organize for racial justice and post-election activism
- Attend virtual IRW lectures, "field trips," and livestream events
- Develop your own podcast project
- Learn recording, editing, research, and presentation skills