Open AFR undergrad classes for Spring 2013!
Wed, October 31, 2012
Please read about AFR classes for Spring 2013 below, and keep up-to-date with the Spring 2013 course schedule.
AFR 303: Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies – Dr. Edmund Gordon
Room: WAG 420
This course provides students with an introduction to Black Studies, including a history of Black Studies in the U.S., considerations of the historical construction of Africa, and an exploration of canonical Black Studies literature, themes, and theories.
AFR 317D: Introduction to Black Women’s Studies – Dr. Kali Gross
This course examines the complexities of Black womanhood in America through history, identity, popular culture, and Black Feminism/Womanism as well as social and political activism.
AFR 317E: Liberation in the African Diaspora – Dr. Minkah Makalani
Room: MEZ 1.102
This course examines the liberation movements in the African diaspora, from political activities to cultural production, and the circulation of ideas among people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.
AFR 317F: Performance, Feminism, and Social Change – Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
Room: GAR 1.134
This course is an exploration of the ways that engaged performance and feminist practice generate space for social change. The course builds on the basic principle that social transformation requires individual awareness, and that awareness necessitates a rigorous examination of race, gender, class, and sexuality.
AFR 320: Race and the Criminal Justice System – Dr. João Vargas
Room: WAG 420
In this course, we will examine historical and contemporary studies that provide arguments about the connections between race, poverty, and the criminal justice system.
AFR 372C: The Black Freedom Movement – Dr. Minkah Makalani
Room: MEZ 2.124
This course will focus on what scholars are now calling the Black Freedom Movement — the Civil Rights and the Black Power Movement — to understand precisely what the goals and objectives were that would help explain the sense that this movement has finally realized its goal with the election of the nation’s first black president.
AFR 372E: Afro-Luso-Brazilian Worlds – Dr. Omoniyi Afolabi
Room: BEN 1.126
This course engages some of the myths and realities in the Afro-Luso-Brazilian worlds while at the same time drawing connections and contrasts between them. Drawing upon a mix of theoretical, cultural, historical, sociological, and literary readings, we will tease out the vibrant affinities and/or tensions between Africa and Brazil, Africa and Portugal, Brazil and Portugal, Portugal and Asia, etc.
AFR 372E: Black Queer Literature and Film – Dr. Matt Richardson
Room: PAR 303
This seminar will combine elements of critical race theory to investigate the particular experiences and cultural production of Black people who are determined to be gender variant and different sexualities.
AFR 372E: Twentieth-Century African-American Art – Dr. Cherise Smith
This course surveys art made by African-American artists in the 20th century. We will study painting, photography, and sculpture made in representational and abstract styles.
AFR 372E: Black Women and Dance – Dr. Omise’eke Tinsley
Room: MEZ 1.120
This course explores women’s participation in ritual, concert, and social dance in North America, Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil.
AFR 372F: Race, Law, and U.S. Society – Dr. Shirley Thompson
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Room: MEZ 2.124
This course examines the intersection of racial ideology and legal culture in the United States.
AFR 374E: Afro-Caribbean Diasporas – Dr. Jossianna Arroyo Martinez
Room: CMA A5.136
This course analyzes the socio-cultural contexts of the African Diaspora in the Americas with a specific focus on the African Diaspora in the islands of the Caribbean, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Saint Dominque (the Dominican Republic and Haiti).
AFR 372F: Black Marxism – Dr. Joy James
Room: BUR 136
This course examines 20th century approaches to Marxism through the Black liberation tradition.
AFR 372G: Histories of African Liberation – Dr. Tshepo Chery
MWF 12:00- 1:00pm
Room: PAR 306
Is Africa free from all forms of colonialism? This course engages this question by examining the historical moment of African independence.
AFR 374D: Minority Student Leadership Issues – Mrs. Brenda Burt and Dr. Edmund Gordon
Room: BUR 134
This course will explore racial identity development by discussing innovative ways to think and talk about race.
AFR 374D: Psychology of the African-American Experience - Dr. Kevin Cokley
Using a worldview that utilizes Africentrism, racial/ethnic socialization and ecological frameworks, this course will focus on the psychological and social issues that promote and impede the optimal lifespan development of Black women, men, and children in the US and the Diaspora.
AFR 374E: Modern Latin America – Dr. Frank Guridy
Room: CLA 0.128
This course surveys the history of Latin America from the period of the Wars for Independence in the early nineteenth century until the present.
AFR 374F: Contemporary African-American Women’s Fiction – Dr. Matt Richardson
Room: MEZ 1.216
In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present.
AFR 374F: Literature of Black Politics – Dr. Stephen Marshall
In this course, we will examine the novels, plays, and critical essays of James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison as works of democratic political theorizing and political engagement.
For more information, please contact the AFR undergrad advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org