It seems as though Rutgers University in New Jersey has a last minute addition to its summer course offerings—a class on Black female writers.
Last month Rutgers was roundly criticized for paying Jersey Shore star Snooki a higher speaker’s fee than venerable author and professor Toni Morrison. If money talks, many wondered what the university’s decision to pay Snooki $2000 more than Morrison– who is scheduled to give this year’s commencement speech–really means.
After catching flack from some bloggers and students, it seems like the university is trying to make amends. According to a Jezebel tipster, Rutgers recently added a class on Black female writers to its summer course lineup.
According to the school’s website, the class—Twentieth Century Literature II—will “examine the ways black women writers’ works intervene in the Western male, white, and heterosexual literary canon and the social movements that have influenced them and benefited from them. Writers explored will include: Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Samiya Bashir, Edwidge Danticat.”
Sounds cool, right?
Well, according to the tipster, the addition of the class seems like an afterthought.
“The announcement of this course offering came so much later than the rest of the summer schedule that I just can’t see how this was coincidence.”
What do you think? Is Rutgers trying to make-up for the Morrison diss? Sound off!