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African-American Studies C1001
Introduction to African-American Studies: Section 001
Call Number:   62896   Points:  3
Day/Time:  M/W  10:10am – 11:25am
Instructor:  Josef Sorett
 
Level: Undergraduate - Notes: Discussion Section AFASC1010 required Global Core Course
Discussion Required - C1010:  001, 002
  or 003
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
From the arrival of enslaved Africans to the recent election of President Barack Obama, black people have been central the story of the United States, and the Americas, more broadly. African Americans have been both contributors to, and victims of, this “New World” democratic experiment. To capture the complexities of this ongoing saga, this course offers an inter-disciplinary exploration of the development of African American cultural and political life in the U.S., but also in relationship to the different African diasporic outposts of the Atlantic world. The course will be organized both chronologically and thematically, moving from the “middle passage” to the present so-called “post-racial” moment—drawing on a range of classical texts, primary sources, and more recent secondary literature—to grapple with key questions, concerns and problems (i.e. agency, resistance, culture, structure, etc.) that have preoccupied scholars of African American history, culture and politics.   Students will be introduced to range of disciplinary methods and theoretical approaches (spanning the humanities and social sciences), while also attending to the critical tension between intellectual work and everyday life, which are central to the formation of African-American Studies as an academic field. This course will engage specific social formations (i.e. migration, urbanization, globalization, diaspora, etc), significant cultural/political developments (i.e. uplift ideologies, nationalism, feminism, pan-Africanism, religion/spirituality, etc), and hallmark moments/movements (i.e. Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights movement, Black Power, etc). By the end of the semester students will be expected to possess a working knowledge of major themes/figures/traditions, alongside a range of cultural/political practices and institutional arrangements, in African American Studies.

Introduction to African-American Studies DISC

Section 001: Call Number 66946  Points: 0
Seciton 002: Call Number 67846  Points: 0
Section 003: Call Number 68346  Points: 0

 
African American Studies  C3930
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:  Section 001
African Sprituality in the Americas
Call Number:   71997  Points:  4
Day/Time:  T  4:10pm – 6:00pm
Instructor:  C. Daniel Dawson
Location:  758 Schermerhorn Ext
Level: Undergraduate
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This seminar will investigate the cultural contributions of Africans in the formation of the contemporary Americas. There will be a particular focus on the African religious traditions that have continued and developed in spite of hostile social and political pressures. Because of their important roles in the continuations of African aesthetics, the areas of visual art, music and dance will be emphasized in the exploration of the topic. This seminar will also discuss two important African ethnic groups: the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria, and the Bakongo of Central Africa. It will highlight the American religious traditions of these cultures, e.g., Candomblé Nago/Ketu, Santeria/Lucumi, Shango, Xangô, etc., for the Yoruba, and Palo Mayombe, Umbanda, Macumba, Kumina, African-American Christianity, etc., for the Bakongo and other Central Africans. In the course discussions, the Americas are to include Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, the United States and numerous other appropriate locations. There will also be a focus on visual artists like Charles Abramson, Jose Bedia, Juan Boza, Lourdes Lopez, Manuel Mendive, etc., whose works are grounded in African based religions.
In addition, we will explore how African religious philosophy has impacted on every-day life in the Americas, for example in the areas of international athletics, procedures of greeting and degreeting, culinary practices, etc. Honey is My Knife: African Spirituality in the Americas will include presentations by three innovative guest scholars: The seminar will include an extensive use of audio-visual materials including slides, videos and audio recordings.
African-American Studies   C3930
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: Section 002
The Caribbean Metropolis
Call Number:   76946   Points:  4
Day/Time:  W  11:00am – 12:50pm
Instructor:  Richard A. Blint
Location:  758 Schermerhorn Ext
Level: Undergraduate
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The Caribbean metropolis is productively understood as a circular restaging of the traffic in flesh undertaken during the Middle Passage with its complex history of fugitivity, exile, and forced and more voluntary migrations the globe over. Attending to the historical and contemporary set of social, political, and economic arrangements which gives shape to the urban centers of former colonized capital cities such as Kingston, Port-of-Spain, and Port-au-Prince, to the dense, “cosmopolitan” metropolises of New York, London, and Paris, this course will present historical, literary, visual, musical, and critical ‘texts’ as tools to theorize the Caribbean city broadly imagined. We will examine these urban sites and their too familiar features of violence, spatial and class division with special attention to historical categories of human difference that prepare us to analyze the seemingly outsized importance of the Caribbean in the hemisphere and around the world.
 

 
AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES C3930
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE:  Section 003
Concepts of Race & Racism
Call Number:   71298   Points:  4
Day/Time:  2:10pm – 4:00pm
Location:  758 Schermerhorn Ext
Level: Undergraduate
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Concepts of Race and Racism- An intensive examination of a number of important and influential contributions to our understanding of race, racism, and racial oppression as it has evolved from the US Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s to the present day.  Readings will be drawn from the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., Cornel West, Charles Mills, Michelle Alexander and Beth Richie.