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Fall 2018 African-American Studies GR6100 section 001
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.
Thursdays, 12:10-2pm; room 758 Schermerhorn Extension
Instructor: Robert Gooding-Williams; RG2944@columbia.edu
Note Open to all Graduate Schools

Fall 2018 African American Studies GU4080/002
TOPICS IN THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: Martin Luther King and the Case for Radical Democracy
Wednesday, 12:10pm-2:00pm; Room 758 Schermerhorn Extension
Instructor: Obery Hendricks; OH2151@columbia.edu
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.

Fall 2018 African American Studies GU4080/003
Tuesdays 6:10pm-8:00pm; Room 758 Schermerhorn Extension
Instructor: Kevin Fellezs; KF2362@columbia.edu

This course will explore the major writings of Angela Davis. The focus will not only be on Davis’s major works but the way in which her thinking and activism fits into a broader lineage of black women intellectuals. Major themes to be explored will include the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the formation of social relations; the prison abolition movement; and, the role of women of color in social justice movements.