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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 303 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Global Race and Ethnicity - From Haiti to Ferguson: The Global Black Freedom Struggle

Jessica A. Levy

This seminar surveys the global and historical dimensions of the black freedom struggle beginning with the Haitian Revolution. Course readings challenge students to reflect on the contingent nature of identity and power as experienced by people of African descent living on different continents over the course of two centuries. Meanwhile, class assignments facilitate practice with critical thinking, civic engagement, and different forms of communication, including oral history, blog posts, and exhibit design.

Sample reading list:
Tiffany Ruby Patterson & Robin D.G. Kelley, Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora
Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History
Keisha N. Blain, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women
Jenifer L. Barclay, The Mark of Slavery: Stigma of Disability, Race, and Gender
W.E.B. Du Bois, Pan-Africanism: A Mission in My Life
Anne-Marie Angelo, The Black Panthers in London, 1967-1972: A Diasporic Struggl
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings include 40-100 pages of primary and secondary materials per week. Assignments facilitate practice with a variety of forms of analytical writing, including several short 1-2 page History-in-Action assignments; 4-6 page essay in lieu of a midterm; 4 page concept paper; and final research project.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Design Project - 30%
Papers - 5%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Five History-in-Action assignments encourage students to think civically, while also facilitating practice with different genres of analytical and popular writing through oral history, mock movie reviews, and blog posts. The final research project will take the form of a website or other exhibit. Prior to the final project submission, students will submit a 4 page concept paper. Students will give a presentation on their project during the final week of classes.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42314 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:7 Limit:15