IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

Team Favorites, Inspiring Class

IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

April 25, 2017 Blog

Sometimes we know going in that a class will provide us with an amazing opportunity to explore a new topic, examine a passion in-depth, or see our world from a new perspective. Other times, that life-changing class sneaks up on us. In the latest edition of our Ideas on Fire Team Favorites, we are sharing the classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we’d never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways. You never know when (or where) inspiration might strike…

Cathy (President + Lead Editor): “Feminist Theory with Jenny Terry at UC Berkeley was deeply inspiring to me. It was the first women’s studies course I took (and was my first semester in college), and it blew me away. I changed my major to women’s studies 2 weeks in and it is not an exaggeration to say my life was profoundly changed forever. Fun tidbit: that class was also where I first met IoF Rockstar Coach Kate Drabinski—she was one of the TAs. 15 years later, after building the intersectional feminist company of Ideas on Fire, I was incredibly excited to bring Kate on board to help more students build amazing careers. Talk about full circle!”

Alex (Communications Director): “I’ll never forget taking Race, Diaspora, and Critique with John Jackson at the University of Pennsylvania. It was the very first class I took as a graduate student, and it deeply impacted my thinking on embodied identity and representation.”

Kate (Grad School Rockstars Coach): “I remember taking Utopias & Dystopias with Ruthie Gilmore. We just read Marx’s Capital, and it was fascinating to take a deep dive into that work.”

Sarah (Senior Editor): “My love for Toni Morrison has a lot to do with the Morrison seminar I took in college—really moving, challenging, deep engagement with all of her work to that date (around 2000).”

Michelle (Junior Editor): “Intro to Feminist Theory with Anjali Arondekar at UC Santa Cruz was an incredible experience.”

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Alexandra Sastre: Alexandra is a Contributing Writer at Ideas on Fire, as well as a feminist media studies scholar whose research focuses on the body as a critical communicative tool.