We begin addressing the myth of the American Dream, and then step out of that framework to consider the US work experience through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender identity, abilities, income, and class.
As issues affecting the US workplace also influence our congregations and ministerial constituencies, so we will delve into corporatist systems issues including layoffs, bullying, wage theft and discrimination.
Growing income inequality is likewise a concern to our ministries and we will consider the history of income inequality in the United States and compare and contrast that history with the current reality.
In this class we will also take a close look at the 2008 mortgage crisis with special attention to those most affected by it. There will be prerequisite readings which will be included in the final syllabus. This class is taught by a Hilda Mason Fellowship Recipient.