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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Major Texts Include:
Nell Painter, Sojourner Truth: A LIFE, A SYMBOL; Cedrick J. Robinson, BLACK MARXISM: THE MAKING OF THE BLACK RADICAL TRADITION; Ida B. Wells-Barnett, SOUTHERN HORRORS: LYNCH LAW IN ALL ITS PHASES; Ann Petry, THE STREET; Charles M. Payne, I'VE GOT THE LIGHT OF FREEDOM: THE ORGANIZING TRADITION OF THE MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM STRUGGLE; George Jackson, SOLEDAD BROTHER; Beyoncé Knowles, LEMONADE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly two-page memo. Oral presentations and class facilitation. 15 page final essay.
|Instructor(s): Johnson,Khalil Anthony Times: ..T.R.. 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: CAAS LOUNG; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 22||SR major: 5||JR major: 17|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|