Department of Anthropology

Kevin Foster


Affiliated FacultyPh.D., UT Austin

Associate Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Kevin Foster

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Interests


African American student achievement; intersection of sports and academics; impact of race and gender on student academic outcomes; cultural theory in education

Courses


AFR 372C • Social Media/Social Impact

29750 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CLA 1.102

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

AFR 372C • Social Media/Social Impact

30255 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.120

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

ANT 310L • African American Culture

31125 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM GEA 105
(also listed as AFR 301, AMS 315)

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

Required Texts: 

  • Kindred (Octavia Butler)
  • Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois)
  • Why We Can’t Wait (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Price of the Ticket (Frederick Harris)
  • Good Ole’ Fashioned Composition Notebook

Graded Assessments (100 points available):

  • Unannounced (10) Quiz #1 Kindred, lectures & other readings Unannounced
  • (10) Quiz #2 Souls of Black Folk, lectures & other readings
  • Mid-term Test (30)
  • Unannounced (10) Quiz #3 Why We Can’t Wait, lectures & other readings
  • Unannounced (10) Quiz #4 (Price of the Ticket; lectures & other readings
  • Final Test (30)

AFR 372C • Black Studies & Social Media

29360 • Spring 2016
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM GEA 114

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

ANT 310L • African American Culture

30480 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GEA 105
(also listed as AFR 301)

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AFR 372C • Black Studies & Social Media

29700 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 5:00PM-6:30PM GEA 114

Description:

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

AFR 372D • Politics Of Black Education

29705 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM PHR 2.114

Description

Issues surrounding the schooling of Black folks in this country have been central to the civil rights struggle. In this course, students will explore the history of Black education philosophies, alongside contemporary issues and outcomes of implemented policy. Students will then be asked to consider political and practical strategies for the improvement of the educational outcomes of Black students.  Focus will be on ideologies driving local, state, and federal education policy, policies that have emerged, and their impacts.

 

Building upon the Black epistemological context established through students’ reading of primary sources, we will explore how school policies, practices, and curriculum, as well as socialization, cultural background, peer groupings, race, class, and gender, impact students’ academic aspirations, development, performance, and outcomes.

 

Students will look at education-related interests in the political world, the efforts and organizing of marginalized groups in society, and how (or sometimes whether) their interests translate into policy, programs, and actions related to teaching, learning and schooling opportunities in the United States.

ANT 310L • African American Culture

31425 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM WAG 101
(also listed as AFR 301)

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AFR 393 • Ed Pol: Race, Class, & Gender

30890 • Spring 2014
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM GDC 5.304
(also listed as EDC 385G)
Race, Class and Gender in Education Policy will look at recent history and contemporary issues in education policy, with a focus on: ideologies driving local, state, and federal education policy; policies that have emerged; and their impacts. We will look at education related interests, efforts and organizing of marginalized groups in society and how (or sometimes whether) their interests translate into policy, programs and actions related to teaching, learning and schooling opportunities in the United States. From the standpoint of policy, our topics will include such federal legislation as the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was passed as part of President Johnson's "War on Poverty," the 1972 Education Amendments that included the Title IX effort to end sex discrimination, and the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA known as No Child Left Behind. Our study will also include analyses of state law, local programs and their impacts. We'll also think about program areas like Special Ed, GT, AP and others that include huge overrepresentation or underrepresentation of black students among others.

AFR 372C • Black Studies & Social Media

30335 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 201

Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of Black Studies thinkers and professors, and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive new media analysis in the United States. Students will discuss their individual approaches to and understandings of social media. The course is focused on action research and professional development as students develop and implement a personalized philosophy of social media engagement as it relates to the field of Black Studies.

Texts:

Taking a Stand: Community Engaged Scholarship on the Tenure Track (Foster, 2012)

Partnerships for STEM Education (Foster, 2010)

Here Comes Everybody (Shirky 2008)

I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately (Marwick, 2011)

Social Networks That Matter: Twitter Under the Microscope (Huberman 2009)

From Informal Learning and Identity Formation (McNally)

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media for the 21st Century. (Jenkins, 2009)

 

Grading breakdown:

Social Media Tracking – 40%

Social Media Plan of Action – 40%

Reaction Papers – 10%

Participation/Attendance – 10%

ANT 310L • African American Culture

31191 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 116
(also listed as AFR 301)

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ANT 310L • African American Culture

31086 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM BUR 108
(also listed as AFR 301, AMS 315)

This course surveys African-American Culture from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of Blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary society. Classroom lectures and discussions reflect the reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African-American religious, political, social, and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African-American culture and history, and will provide a foundation for future Black Studies coursework. Required reading list: Kindred (Octavia Butler, 1979), Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903), The New Negro (Locke, ed, 1925), Why We Can’t Wait (MLK, Jr, 1964).

AFR 381 • Blk Stds Thrys: New Media Age

30585 • Spring 2012
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM CBA 4.340

Black Studies Theories in the New Media Age” will introduce AADS and other graduate students to the work of UT AADS faculty and help disseminate that same body of work to a broader audience via electronic media. The course is grounded in theories and traditions of community engaged, immediately impactful intellectual work in Black Studies. Course participants will collect and discuss the intellectual work of AADS faculty and use that material as the basis for a comprehensive New Media presentation and dissemination effort for AADS scholarship. The New Media presentation will minimally include: 1) an AADS Facebook page, 2) a Twitter account, 3) a series of 6-8 minute video recorded talks, and 4) a YouTube channel for the scheduled dissemination of the recorded talks and other intellectual work of the AADS community.

ANT 310L • African American Culture

31264 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM RLM 5.104
(also listed as AFR 301)

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ANT 310L • African American Culture

30943 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.104
(also listed as AFR 301)

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ANT 310L • African American Culture

31250 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 4.134
(also listed as AFR 301)

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AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

35810 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 370

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AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

36515 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SZB 240

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AFR 374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

36035 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SZB 278

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AFR S374D • Sociocul Influences On Learn

84627 • Summer 2006
Meets MTTHF 10:00AM-1:00PM SZB 296

Sociocul Influences On Learning.

AFR 301 • African American Culture

31826 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 1.102

This course surveys African American cultural production from the 1600s to the present. Topics cover the circumstances and responses of blacks during North American enslavement, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Great Migration, The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, and in contemporary contexts. Class sessions will reflect our reading of primary and secondary texts that embody a wide range of African American religious, political, social and artistic thought and production. The class will fill gaps in students’ knowledge about African American culture and history and provide a foundation for future Black Studies course work.

Required Texts:

Kindred (Octavia Butler)

Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois)

Why We Can’t Wait (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Price of the Ticket (Frederick Harris)

Good Ole’ Fashioned Composition Notebook

Graded Assessments (100 points available):

Unannounced (10) Quiz #1 Kindred, lectures & other readings Unannounced

(10) Quiz #2 Souls of Black Folk, lectures & other readings

10/9/14: (30) Mid-term Test

Unannounced (10) Quiz #3 Why We Can’t Wait, lectures & other readings

Unannounced (10) Quiz #4 (Price of the Ticket; lectures & other readings

12/5/14: (30) Final Test 

ANT 324L • Anthropol Of Race And Educatn

27177 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM JES A218A

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ANT 324L • Race/Sport In Afr Amer Life

27261 • Fall 2000
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM RAS 313A

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