Jodi Picoult's novel Small Great Things was inspired by a true story about an African American nurse, a white supremacist, and the trial that resulted from ensuing discrimination charges. Using Picoult's fictional characters as well as historical facts and statistical data, we will discuss the challenging and provocative topics of privilege, race, prejudice, compassion and justice. We will also examine how many of us, without awareness or conscious control, perpetuate discriminatory practices that are the result of hidden biases. And we may surprise ourselves to discover these biases are often embedded in our good intentions. Required text: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, ISBN-13: 978-0345544957. Recommended text: Dear White America by Tim Wise, ISBN-13: 978-0872865211 and Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, ISBN-13: 978-0345528438.
Instructors Susan Trammell (email@example.com) and Raja Crumby (firstname.lastname@example.org) are published authors, teachers and counselors whose life purposes include helping others reach their potential by growing in conscious awareness. Susan and Raja have recently taught College for Seniors courses.