The Bluest Eye: The Intersection of Race, Gender, Generation and Disability *NEW* *Online*

In this course, we will do a close reading of Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye from an intersectional perspective, with close attention to the narrative of disability in the novel.  We will examine how Pecola’s identity as a person with a disability serves to reinforce the marginalization and oppression she experiences as a black girl, both within her own community and within broader society. Instructor: Joshua Frank



Start Date

October 7, 2021









4 Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm. Begins October 7

This class will meet online using Zoom. The zoom link and information on how to join will be emailed to you. Please also check your spam folder.
If you register 12 hours or less before the class begins or after the start date, please contact for the link.

Instructors: Joshua Frank


Joshua Frank

Joshua Frank has worked as an educator for twenty-nine years--as a teacher, an administrator and a trainer. He has designed and implemented innovative, data-based programs for at-risk middle and high school students, helping them to set and reach specific academic goals. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at UMass/Amherst, and Master’s degrees from UMass/Boston and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His areas of interest include working with at-risk students, fostering positive, effective teacher-student relationships, and promoting cultural competence and equity in schools. Josh’s 2007 Education Digest article, “When White Educators Discipline Students of Color,” was republished as a “classic” in the August 2015 Connections: The Journal of the National School Reform Faculty.