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Fall 2018-2019
* AAS 322 / LAS 301 / LAO 322 / AMS 323 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Afro-Diasporic Dialogues: Black Activism in Latin America and the United States

Reena N. Goldthree

This course investigates how people of African descent in the Americas have forged social, political, and cultural ties across geopolitical and linguistic boundaries. We will interrogate the transnational dialogue between African Americans and Afro-Latin Americans using case studies from Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. We will explore how black activists and artists from the US have partnered with people of color in Latin America and the Caribbean to challenge racism and economic inequality, while also considering why efforts to mobilize Afro-descendants across the Americas have often been undermined by mutual misunderstandings.

Sample reading list:
Frank Andre Guridy, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans
Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto
Millery Polyne, From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti,
Micol Seigel, Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 200 pages per week. The major assignments include an oral presentation, weekly 1-page response papers, a short essay (6 pages), and a final paper (10-12 pages).

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23254 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:12 Limit:18