On December 9th, you and three of your classmates, will give a presentation on one (of seven) aspects of identity: sexual (orientation), class, caste, gender, disability, religious or ethnic. I have assigned you to a group, selected a reading for your group to use as one of your references, along with one or more related videos.
The readings are from a variety of academic sources and were carefully chosen to help you find out some key aspects of the type of identity to which you were assigned. For your 10-15 presentation, you need not summarize the entire article. I would like you simply to get what you feel are the important points out of it that can help you explain clearly to the class what is involved in your assigned aspect of identity.
The YouTube videos are meant to give you a more emotional and empathetic understanding of the identities. You should use other video or text sources, including recent related news stories. In the course of your presentations, also try to respond to the following questions.
- What challenges do these people face in blending in with mainstream culture or with others in their minority group?
- What steps–if any–do they take to blend in better?
- Do they feel accepted by members of the mainstream culture? If not, in what way(s) do they experience alienation or rejection?
- How do the various aspects of identity (family, gender socialization, ethnicity, age, professional, or religious) come together to influence their life experience?
- What strategies do these people use to actively cope with challenges or issues faced by problematic aspects of their identity?
- If you were friends with people like this, how would you support them?
[Please note that some of the above questions are more appropriate to some of the aspects of identity than others. If the question does not fit what you read about or what you see in the videos, you don’t need to answer it. The important thing in your presentation is to tell your classmates what important and fascinating points you learned, through your reading and viewing, about the identity that was assigned to you.]
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