About the Course Assignment
English 135AC: “Race, Class, & Disability: An American Foundling Museum” analyzed race, ethnicity, and disability in American cultures, focusing particularly on histories of family separation. A final project for the course asked students to curate an artifact for an “American Foundling Museum," with an opportunity to work in a variety of different mediums: conventional papers, podcasts, video, graphic art, and more. Across the semester, students applied writing and arts-based practices to generate a major project that responded to and participated in conversations on family separation, incarceration, detention and reunion in American histories and American cultures. Disability was a key term in the course, and students were encouraged to develop accessible materials and modes of presentation.