African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Open AFR undergrad classes for Spring 2013!

Wed, October 31, 2012
Open AFR undergrad classes for Spring 2013!

Please read about AFR classes for Spring 2013 below, and keep up-to-date with the Spring 2013 course schedule.


Full listing of Spring 2013 Courses here:

AFR 303: Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies – Dr. Edmund Gordon 

TTH 11:00-12:30p

Room: WAG 420

Flag: GC

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

MWF 11:00am-12pm

Room:JES A218A

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

TTH 9:30-11:00am

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

MWF 3:00-4:00pm

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

TTH 9:30-11:00am

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

TTH 2:00-3:30p

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

MWF 2:00-3:00pm

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

MWF 2:00-3:00pm

Flag:  Wr

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 

MWF 11:00am-12pm

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

MWF 9:00-10:00am

Flag: Wr, GC

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

TTH 12:30-2:00pm

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

MWF 2:00-3:00pm

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

TTH 11:00am-12:00pm

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

TTH 12:30-2:00pm

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

TTH 11:00am-12:30pm

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

MWF 1:00-2:00pm

Room: MEZ 1.216

Flag: Wr,CD


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

MW 5:00-6:30pm

Room:JES A207A

Flag: Wr,CD

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.



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