Last summer, Amanda Kingston studied Carol Gilligan’s stages of moral development outlined in the book In a Different Voice by journeying through the history of women in Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and United Kingdom. With the research, interviews and artifacts collected, she created a new, cross-cultural class called “The Female Voice,” which culminates today – the International Day of Women – with the display of capstone projects.
“The class went beautifully!” said Amanda. “Students were so engaged and are so excited to share their final projects and about what they’ve learned. They each created a piece representing their biggest takeaways. We even had them do a mini-Fund proposal a few weeks ago; they proposed their own ideas for fellowships to learn more and grow as scholars around female voice. A few actually studied places they’re visiting this summer or over spring break and are planning to see some of the museums, homes, monuments, and sites they researched.”
In addition to these projects, the class dialogued about what it means to include silenced voices at the table so they are free and valued to speak, and how they can better support diverse learning in the classroom.
“One of the challenges we’re wrestle with is where we do and don’t hear voices of women in our world , along with other groups of people historically oppressed,” said Amanda. “I want them to learn how to listen to and make room for a different story, or to share their own story if they are part of a group that has been silenced.”
Click here to read more about Amanda’s female-focused fellowship.