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American Studies 10 11/16/09 “Intellectual Affirmative Action” How Multiculturalism Became Mandatory and Mainstream in Higher Education (with Berkeley’s American Cultures Requirement as a Case Study) I. Introduction A. Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement (approved by the Academic Senate in 1989) as part of a broader, nationwide push for multicultural curricula and course requirements B. Terms of Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement C. Lecture thesis – the push for multicultural curricula and requirements as “intellectual affirmative action”; changing the content of the curriculum to reflect the composition of the student body II. The Spread of Mandatory Multiculturalism Courses A. #’s and goals III. Multiculturalism and 3 Critiques of It A. Multiculturalism Ronald Takaki Ethnic Studies professor at Berkeley “American mind needed to be expanded by ethnic studies” “Multicultural illiteracy” Take ethnic studies out of ethnic studies department and make it
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