Graduate Courses

Fall 2015 Courses

CAS AA 507 A1 Topics in African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
M 11:00-02:00pm
This study of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focuses on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. Also offered as CAS EN 377.

CAS AA 514 A1  Labor, Sexuality and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World—John Thornton
W 02:00-05:00pm
The role of slavery in shaping the society and culture of the Afro-Atlantic world, highlighting the role of labor, the sexual economy of slave regimes, and the various strategies of resistance deployed by enslaved people. Also offered as CAS HI 584.

CAS PO 517 A1 Urban Politics and Policy—Katherine Einstein
M 09:00-12:00pm
Explores the impact of American urban politics on the implementation of local policy. Topics include deindustrialization, white flight, neighborhood effects, housing policy, schools, regionalism, and factors that constrain policy-making capacities.

CAS AA 588 A1 Women, Power and Culture in Africa—Linda Heywood
T 03:30-06:30pm
Understanding the role of women in African history. Topics include the Atlantic slave trade, power, religion, the economy, resistance movements, health, the state, and kinship. Emphasis on the period before independence. Also offered as CAS HI 588.

GRS AA 716 A1 African Diaspora Arts in the Americas—Cynthia Becker
W 10:00am-12:o0pm, MWF 2:00-3:oopm 
Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as GRS AH 716. 

GRS AA 808 A1 Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—Saida Grundy
T 12:30pm-03:30pm
Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as GRS SO 808.

GRS AA 871 A1 African American History—Linda Heywood
MWF 10:00-11:00am
The history of African Americans from African origins to present time; consideration of slavery, reconstruction, and ethnic relations from the colonial era to our own time. Also offered as CAS HI 298.

Spring 2015 Courses

CAS AA 504 A1 African American and Asian American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 9:30-11:00am
Cross-cultural comparison of selected African American and Asian American women writers examines strategies by the “Other” to navigate cultural constructions of race, class, and gender. Attention to literary histories.

CAS PO 505 A1 Readings in American Politics-Katherine Levine Einstein
W 9:00am-12:00pm
Topic for Spring 2015: Inequality. Combining research from history, political science, economics, and public policy, this course examines the role of income inequality in shaping American politics and policy.

CAS AA 507 A1 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
W 11:00-02:00pm
This study of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focuses on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen.

CAS AA 580 A1 The History of Racial Thought—Ronald Richardson
M 01:00-04:00pm
Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends.

CAS AA 590 A1 The World and the West—Ronald Richardson
T 01:00-04:00pm
Explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World, and places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective.

GRS AA 882 A1 History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa—John Thornton
TR 02:00pm-03:30pm
The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole.

GRS AA 885 A1 Atlantic History—John Thornton
MW 05:00-06:30pm
Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era.

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