Tag Archives: Frantz Fanon

Blasting the Canon: On the Need for Inclusive Syllabi

by Jovel Queirolo, ’14

As an overeager high school senior, I unknowingly submitted myself to four years of stereotypes and no years of the dreaded IHUM – I decided to do SLE. Structured Liberal Education (SLE) is a Stanford program that offers first year students the opportunity to learn about history, literature, philosophy, and art without having to leave their dorm. At this time last year, our SLE cohort excitedly began the treacherous journey into modernity. I expected that the spring quarter readings would really resonate with us Millenials, but I found myself disappointed. For my final paper, I decided to review my intellectual experience in SLE in an effort to understand the dissonance I was feeling between my life and those we studied. I analyzed our “great books” syllabus and found that 6 out of 60 authors and thinkers were women, and predominantly white, upper class men filled the other 90% of the curriculum. With the ratio of female and male students and section leaders at about 1:1, I began to wonder what it means to receive a liberal education that so blatantly excludes other identities in this postmodern era. Continue reading

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How the Others Other

by Leanna Keyes, ‘14

Frantz Fanon was one of the founding thinkers in critical studies of race. Born in the Caribbean, he studied in France before becoming a resistance fighter in the liberation of French-colonized Algeria. His most famous work, The Wretched of the Earth, argues for the necessary role of violence in revolution. It extensively discusses the process of ‘othering’ and dehumanization.

What ways have I been “other’ed”, or contributed to ‘othering’?

This is always a question that makes me uncomfortable. In my mind, it sets up an “us vs. them,” Manichean world view that hurts people who are fighting oppression. It encourages us to set up a system of ranking for ‘othering,’ as if there is some scale upon which we can measure how much people are dehumanized. Continue reading

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