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Afr Amer Studies (AF AM)

AF AM 100 (GS;US) Living While Black: Themes in African American Thought and Experience (3) What it means to be Black in America by engaging with questions about identity and authenticity, freedom and unfreedom, radicalism and reform, gender and sexuality, and the role of music in African American life.

AF AM 100 Living While Black: Themes in African American Thought and Experience (3)

This course introduces some of the major themes that have emerged from the experiences, expressions, and reflections of African-descended peoples in the Americas. Exploring these themes will reveal that black life is a distinctive phenomenon within the context of the larger historical and cultural narrative of the Americas. The course will use texts from major African American intellectuals and artists to uncover the major issues that have shaped black life in the Americas. Some of the themes and writers explored include "identity and authenticity" as illustrated in the works of W.E.B. DuBois and Audre Lorde; "freedom and unfreedom" using the works of Frederick Douglass and Angela Davis; "radicalism or reform" as expressed in the works of Booker T. Washington, Bayard Rustin, David Walker, and Claudia Jones; "gender and sexuality" as expressed in the work of John Oliver Killens, bell hooks, and Francis Ellen Watikins Harper; "songs in the key of black life" as seen in the work of Ralph Ellison, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Amiri Baraka, and Tricia Rose; "love, the spirit, and the word," in the works of James Cone, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, and James Baldwin; and "the black planet," as described in the writings of Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, and Lorraine Hansberry. These authors represent the key debates in African American life and thought and illustrate the wide range of intellectual, cultural, political, and artistic expression that has defined black life in modern America. This course provides a beginning foundation for understanding the various meanings of the lived experiences of Black people in the Americas in the twentieth century.

General Education: GS
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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