Junior Colloquium: Defining African American Studies|
Between 1896 and 1914, W.E.B. Du Bois organized an annual conference at Atlanta University devoted to documenting and analyzing the oppressive structural conditions shaping black life in the United States. Though arguably the genesis of African American studies as a systematic academic endeavor, these sociological conferences also joined a long intellectual tradition that has always exceeded and often resisted the Western academy. This colloquium examines how the African diaspora has generated knowledge both within and beyond the ivory tower--from cargo holds to quilombos, prisons to abortion clinics, newsrooms to classrooms, from music studios to dancehalls and soundstages. Students will engage closely with several defining texts, methods, movements, and moments concerning black life in the Americas. Ultimately, we seek possibilities toward defining an African American studies program and praxis that addresses the political, social, intellectual, and epistemic needs of the 21st century.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Major Texts Include:
Nell Irvin Painter, Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Zora Neale Hurston, Baracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Ann Petry, The Street
Amiri Baraka, Blues People: Negro Music in White America
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly two-page memo. Oral presentations and class facilitation. 15 page final essay.
|Instructor(s): Johnson,Khalil Anthony Times: ..T.... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: CAAS LOUNG; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 5||JR major: 15|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|
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