Graduate Courses

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Fall 2017 Courses 

CAS AA 501 A1 Literature of the Early Black Atlantic—Joseph Rezek
MW 12:20-1:35pm
This course considers the first century of black Atlantic literature, including poetry and prose by Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Frederick Douglass. How did these writers represent the early modern world? How did they work to change it? Also offered as CAS EN 666.

CAS AA 504 A1 African American and Asian American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 12:30-1:45pm
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. Also offered as CAS EN 584.

COM JO 505 A1 Race and Gender in the News Media—Caryl Rivers
W 2:30-5:15pm
To examine the nature of race and gender stereotypes and the forms they take, and the historic context in which they develop and change overtime. To look at the structures, practices and culture of the news (and entertainment) media that create or echo and reinforce race and gender stereotypes. Evaluate and analyze dominant political and ideological positions on race and gender in the U.S. and how they are presented by major media outlets.

CAS AA 507 A1 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance—Mary Anne Boelcskevy

M 2:30-5:15pm
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
R 3:30-6:15pm
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 HI584.

CAS AA 517 A1 Urban Politics and Policy—Katherine Einstein
R 8:00-10:45pm
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. Also offered as CAS PO 517.

CAS AA 588 A1 Women, Power and Culture in Africa—Linda Heywood
W 2:30-5:15pm
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.

CAS AA 871 A1 African American History—Ashley Farmer
MWF 10:10-11:00am
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 698.

GRS AA 885 Atlantic History—John Thornton
TR 11:00am-12:15pm
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. Also offered as GRS HI 750.

Spring 2017 Courses

CAS AA 502 A1 Topics in African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
W 2:30-5:15pm
Topic for Spring 2016: Tracking Changes in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel: Negotiations of Genre and Gender. Readings of Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives, and the Urban Novel. Authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley. Also offered as CAS EN 588.

CAS AA 504 A1 African American and Asian American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 12:30-1:45pm
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. Also offered as CAS EN 584.

CAS AA 514 A1 Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World—John Thornton
F 11:15-2:00pm
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 HI584.

CAS AA 580 A1 The History of Racial Thought—Ronald Richardson
M 02:30-5:15pm
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. Also offered as CAS HI 580

CAS AA 808 A1  Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—Saida Grundy
M 2:30-5:15pm
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 CAS SO 408.

CAS AA 882 A1 History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa—John Thornton
TR 10:10pm-11:25am
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. Also offered as CAS HI 349 and CAS RN 382.