What is race? How does it shape our sense of self and the communities in which we live? This class begins with a study of the plurality of concepts that constitute contemporary critical race theory. It also examines the scientific and philosophical origins of ‘race’ vis-à-vis European expansionism. In the rest of the class, emphasis is placed on works of philosophy, literature, and art, which will help us to critically analyze the complexities of lived experience at the intersections of race, class, and gender. This course also considers the impact of contemporary movements for racial justice on culture, history, ideology, science, and everyday life.