Due to staffing changes in the Black Studies programs, we have had to cancel two classes:
- BLKST 225 Black Popular Culture
- BLKST 240 Minority Health Disparities.
However, space is still available in several other Black Studies courses.
BLKST 100 Introduction to Black Studies
Professors Moore and B. Prince, TTh 11-12:15
An overview of the field of Black Studies as the academic outgrowth of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the sixties and seventies. Students engage the interdisciplinarity of Black Studies by exploring the intersections among music, visual arts, theater, cinema, literature, history, religion, and politics in black culture and experience in the U.S. Controversies in the field, as well as the continuing impact of racism on black communities and strategic debates within anti-racist movements, are examined. Students experience the ways in which Black Studies provides a unique tool to enrich their understanding of race and racism in the world in which they live. Required for the Black Studies minor. Distribution Requirements: HE, PD.
BLKST/PHIL 190 Contemporary African American Thinkers
Professor Bywater, MW 3:30-4:45
A study of the work of prominent black social critics and philosophers such as Kiese Laymon, bell hooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, George Yancy, Angela Davis, Danielle Allen, and Tavis Smiley. Through student-led discussion and short papers, we examine analyses and proposals for action in the 21st century designed to understand and oppose white supremacy.
BLKST 191 Blacks and the Entertainment Industry
Professor Christie-Searles, TTh 9:30-10:45
A study of the connections between Blacks and the arts. America’s music, jazz, has deep roots in the blues and negro spirituals of Blacks who were either in, or a generation or two out of, bondage. Poetry, painting, sculpture, theater, and dance all reflect significant Black contributions. In addition,Black entrepreneurs served as critics, historians, and archivists to this growing body of rich artistic material. This course explores the Black actors behind the scenes of the entertainment industry and how their contributions advanced not only art but the progress of Blacks nationally and globally. Case studies include Motown, Vibe Magazine, and Soul Train.
BLKST 292 Hollywood and Transatlantic Slave Narratives
Professor Christie-Searles WF 11-12:15
A study of the ever-changing relationship between movies and historical sites, with special attention to the inclusion of the slave narrative. Although separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Houmas House Plantation in Burnside, Louisiana and Kenwood House outside of London, England share a kinship as historical sites that represent slave narrative images. The kinship is even more closely linked as a result of their connection with Hollywood. The former was the film location for the movie Mandingo(1975); the latter was the film location for Belle (2013). We investigate how the slave narrative is manifest at both locations.