‘Critical Race Theory’ course taught at University of Iowa one year after governor’s ban

The course is titled ‘Identity and Social Issues: Critical Race Theory.’ Campus Reform obtained a copy of the syllabus.

A course at the University of Iowa (UI) appears to teach Critical Race Theory despite a state law banning its teaching in classrooms. 

The course, “Identity and Social Issues: Critical Race Theory,” is being taught this semester by Professor Kathy Lavezzo.

According to the syllabus, students in the course will “acquire a solid understanding of pieces by major theorists and thinkers such as Stuart Hall, Hortense Spillers, and W. E. B. Du Bois.” 

House File 802 was signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds on June 8, 2021. 

“Critical Race Theory is about labels and stereotypes, not education. It teaches kids that we should judge others based on race, gender or sexual identity, rather than the content of someone’s character,” Fox News reported Reynolds saying at the time. 


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