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African-American Studies  W4031:  Section 001
"POPULAR MUSIC & POPULAR MOVEMENTS"
Call Number: 60181   Points:  3
Day/Time:  Tuesday:  2:10pm - 4:00pm
Instructor: Kevin Fellezs
 
This course will examine the relationship between popular music and popular movements. We will be taking a historical as well as a thematic approach to our investigation as a way to trace various legacies within popular music that fall under the rubric of "protest music" as well as to think about the ways in which popular music has assisted various communities to speak truth to power. We will also consider the ways in which the impact of the music industry has either lessened or enhanced popular music's ability to articulate "protest" or "resistance" to hegemonic power.
 
Open to Graduate Students; limited number of Upper Level undergraduates
 

 
African-American Studies  G4080: Section 001
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:  "African-American Novelists and the Question of Justice"
Call Number:  28674   Points:  4
Day/Time:  Wednesday:   2:10pm - 4:00pm
Instructor:  Farah J. Griffin
 
This course asks, “What conceptions of Justice emerge from a selection of works by canonical African American writers?” We open with an exploration of Justice in the works of the Greek dramatist, Aeschylus, the Hebrew Bible and the contemporary Philosopher, Michael Sandel.  We then turn to texts by Charles Chesnutt, Richard Wright,  Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Gaines and Toni Morrison to examine the way these writers engage, negotiate and critique the relationship between Justice and Race in the United States.   Draft  Text : Aeschylus,  The Orestia The Bible:  Ezekiel 18, Vs. 7-17;  Matthew 25 Michael Sandel, Justice:  What’s the Right Thing to Do? Charles Chesnutt.  The Marrow of Tradition Zora Neale Hurston.  Moses, Man of the Mountain Richard Wright.  Native Son Ralph Ellison.  Invisible Man Ernest Gaines.  A Lesson Before Dying Toni Morrison.  Song of Solomon
 

 
African-American Studies G4080:  Section 002
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:   "Beyond Civil Rights: Martin Luther King and the Case for Radical Democracy"
Call Number:  61074   Points:  4
Day/Time:  Tuesday:  11:00am - 12:50pm
Instructor:  Obery Hendricks
 
When Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed, “America, you must be born again,” he was speaking in much more than religious or even racial terms. Clearly he had in mind something long sought for but not yet achieved: a truly democratic America ruled by the demos, the people, rather than by the entrenched forces of capital. For King, a “reborn” America meant a radical reconfiguration of the priorities of market-driven capitalism, which he believed distorted the human personality and moral values; a serious consideration of key aspects of democratic socialism, which he felt was crucial for a truly just political economy; a more comprehensive economic safety net that would allow every American to live with dignity and without want; and a body politic and policy-making process based on uncompromising moral principles rather than political expediency. Using King’s writings, sermons, speeches and historical accounts of his deeds and strategies, as well as key readings in political economy, religion, and basic political theory, we will explore the implications of King’s vision for today and the kinds of policies and social actions implicit in his vision that could make today’s America more politically, socially and economically just – in other words, a more fair and democratic democracy for all Americans.   Course Requirements Apart from the usual requirements of being prepared to fully participate in seminar discussions, at least three times during the semester each student must post a “commentary” on the Columbia CourseWorks website. The “commentary” should be at least 150 words in length. It may contain your thoughts about issues discussed in a previous class meeting, reflections on particular assigned readings, or a continuation of an exchange of opinions generated by another student’s commentary. Attendance, class participation and three “commentaries” will comprise 25 percent of your final grade. Each student will be required to introduce one week’s topic and readings. The presentation can be a creative as you choose, but in some way it must: 1) summarize the main points of the week’s readings; 2) articulate three significant questions inspired by the readings or 3) present an argument against some aspect of the readings with which you disagree. 25 percent of the final grade. A final paper or project of 15-20 pages on a topic of your choosing,
 

 
African-American Studies G4100:  Section 001
"AF-AM: PRO SEMINAR"
Call Number:  68390   Points:   4
Day/Time:  Monday 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Instructor:  Marcellus Blount
Notes: AFAM MA STUDENTS ONLY
 
This course introduces students to central questions and debates in the fields of African American Studies, and it explores the various interdisciplinary efforts to address them. The seminar is designed to provide an interdisciplinary foundation and familiarize students with a number of methodological approaches. Toward this end we will have a number of class visitors/guest lecturers drawn from members of IRAAS's Core and Affiliated Faculty.
 

 
African-American Studies G4520: Section 001
"RACE & THE ARTICULATION OF DIFFERENCE"
Call Number:  28896   Points:   4
Day/Time:  Thursday:  4:10pm - 6:00pm
Instructor:  Steven Gregory
 
This seminar examines the intersection of race, gender and nation in the formation of hierarchical social systems and their legitimating ideologies.  A leading premise of this course is that racial ideologies are, foundationally, claims about the heritability of socially produced and imagined differences—claims that muster, mimic and articulate notions of differences associated with a variety of social distinctions, including sex/gender, class and nation-based identities.  This seminar will situate the process of racialization within the wider problematic of political subjectivity and direct attention to the symbolic and structural organization of modern, hierarchical social systems.
 

 
African-American Studies G4993: Section 001
"EDITORIAL & WRITING COLLOQUIUM I"
Call Number:  66890   Points:  2 
Day/Time:  Wednesday:  4:10pm - 6:00pm
Instructor Richard A. Blint
[African American Studies Graduate Students Only- Required Course]
 
This colloquium is designed to guide students through the various stages of writing and editing the Master's thesis: defining the field of research, formulating the problem, choosing an appropriate research methodology, gathering information, organizing the material, revising, developing a bibliography, and preparing a scholarly manuscript. In addition to weekly peer-editing sessions, students will read, evaluate, and discuss essays from major writers in the field as a way to identify the generic conventions of fine critical analysis.
 

 
African-American Studies  G89755: Section 001
"PROBLEMS OF SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY:  W.E.B DU BOIS"
Call Number:  76449   Points:  3 
Day/Time:  Tuesday:  10:10am - 12:00pm