2014 SPRING UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

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AFAS C3930: Section 001
Topics in the Black Experience:  "The Culture of Freedom - Quilombos, Palenques and Maroon Societies in the Americas"
Call #:  68000 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Instructor:  Danny Dawson
 
Africans in the Americas had various ways of resisting slavery and oppression including work slowdowns, breaking of tools, destruction of crops and property, revolt and escape from captivity. This course, The Culture of Freedom, will discuss the important societies formed by self-liberated Africans including quilombos and mocambos in Brazil, palenques and cumbes in the Spanish speaking Americas, and maroon societies in the United States, South America and the Caribbean.  In addition to creating the first non-indigenous republics in the Americas, maroons gave us pioneering ideas about social responsibility and individual rights, concepts that are still operative in our social philosophy. Revolts and runaways also gave the Americas some exceptional leaders who are still celebrated as national heroes. The Culture of Freedom course will further investigate the numerous quilombos, palenques and maroon societies that still exist, as well as how their ubiquitous ideas are represented in all spheres of society from the arts to cyberspace.
 

 
AFAS C3930: Section 002
Topics in the Black Experience:  HISTORY OF RACE IN THE U.S.
Call #:  65295 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Instructor:  Gary Okihiro
 
A survey of the idea and practice of race in the U.S from the colonial to modern periods. Emphasis will be on the U.S. racial formation, but will also underscore the intersections of race with gender, sexuality, class and nation.
 

 
AFAS C3936: Section 001
BLACK INTELLECTUALS SEMINAR
Call #: 11851 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  W 2:10 - 4:00pm
Instructor:  Vanessa L. Agard-Jones
 
Black Intellectuals (this semester, a focus on the "Isle of Intellectuals") For an island of only 400 square miles and a population of only 400,000 people, Martinique’s intellectuals have loomed large in conversations about Black freedom. This course follows the intellectual itineraries of iconic theorists Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, and Édouard Glissant, as well as the varying ideological currents and political projects (Négritude, Antillanité, Creolité, Tout-Monde) with which their work is associated. Foregrounding their writings’ relationship to colonial histories and contemporary politics in the French Caribbean, we will also consider their bearing on questions of decolonization and revolution in the broader African diaspora. 
Over the course of the semester we will also attend to the most important critical literatures developed in response to this work, paying sustained attention to feminist critiques and to approaches that trouble the very idea of an "intellectual." Throughout, we will ask what conditions in Martinique gave rise to Césaire, Fanon, and Glissant's currents of theoretical production, grounding each intellectual project in the particular histories of the island, the theorist’s life there, and their relationships to Black intellectual praxis.  A reading knowledge of French will be helpful, but is not required for the course.
 

 
AFAS W4032:  Section 001
BUSINESS & SOCIETY:  IMAGE & IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY ADVERTISING 
Call #:  74535 - Points: 4
Day/Time:  M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Notes: Soph, Junior, Senior, MA Graduate Students ONLY Must Register for DISC W3034
Instructor:  Sudhir Venkatesh
 
This course examines the modern business landscape to understand how representations of social life are developed, created, and contested. Particular emphasis will be given to representations of race, ethnicity, and social difference. The principal empirical focus will be on the profession of modern advertising, which has become a polyglot institutional field consisting of not only traditional advertising agencies, but also digital companies specializing in new media communications, and social media firms using crowd sourcing and viral marketing. We will consider the ways that corporations and those in their service produce and consume information and image, in an effort to shape individual and collective identities. A production of cultural perspective will be tied together with semiotic analysis and research into organizational dynamics. The overall objective will be to understand both the production and consumption of images of social difference. 
Sophomore, Junior, Senior Undergraduates students & MA Graduate Students only