Goals: To analyze and discuss the philosophical concepts and social connections behind the play
Opener: Events like the Salem witch trials, the internment camps in Nazi Germany, the ethnic cleansing in Sudan, and even the fad for recording brutal attacks on homeless individuals and posting them online all seem to indicate that it is disturbingly easy for people to convince themselves that a certain group or kind of person is lesser, wrong, or bad. This often leads to violence against the people targeted, or at the very least keeps people unequal. It’s happened for the whole of human history, all over the world, and it keeps happening. One term for this is dehumanization. What do you think allows people to see others as less than human? When individuals in a society resist this trend, what prevents it? What specific actions or specific kinds of thinking seem to help people see everyone else as valuable?
Handouts in Class: Reading Calendar
Terms and Vocabulary: to dehumanize, dehumanization, dehumanizing
Work Assigned and Collected:
a. You selected an opener for me to read, and turned in your openers
b. We discussed the reading for pp. 1-8
Homework: Follow the reading calendar. Each new reading assignment is a new page of notes. You may have more than one page per section, but do not combine sections on one page, even if you have extra space.