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Spring 2015-2016
* REL 377 / AAS 376 / AMS 378 (SA)   No Audit

Race and Religion in America

Judith Weisenfeld

In this seminar we examine the tangled and shifting relationship between religion and race in American history. In doing so, we explore a broad landscape of racial construction, identity, and experience and consider such topics as American interpretations of race in the Bible, religion and racial slavery, race and missions, religion, race, and science, popular culture representations of racialized religion, and religiously-grounded resistance to racial hierarchy.

Sample reading list:
Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Jane Iwamura, Virtual Orientalism
Nathaniel Deutsch, Inventing America's Worst Family
Eric Goldstein, The Price of Whiteness
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week, mid-term paper, final research paper and in-class presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42718 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   307   Enrolled:10 Limit:15