Undergraduate Courses

A glimpse into Professor Boelcskevy’s “Harlem Renaissance” course, Summer 2015.

Spring 2018 Courses

CAS AA 207 A1 Race & Ethnic Relations—Saida Grundy
TR 9:30-10:45am
Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS SO 207.

CAS AA 297 A1 Black Women’s History—Ashley Farmer
TR 2:00-3:15pm
Survey of African American women’s history from the slave trade to the present, investigating its critical role in shaping the meaning of race, gender, and sexuality during slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. Also offered as CAS HI 297 and CAS WS 297.

CAS AA 305 A1 Toni Morrison—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 12:30-1:45pm
Examines four of the Nobel Laureate’s novels, using primary and secondary materials to construct historical contexts and critical perspectives. Also offered as CAS EN 370. WGS credit.

CAS AA 306 A1 Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics—Linda Heywood & Michael Birenbaum Quintero
Spring Break: March 3-10, 2018
Also offered as HI 395 & IR 246

CAS AA 310 A1 Civil Rights History—Ashley Farmer
TR 9:30-10:45am
Through historical scholarship, oral history, documentary film, and excursions to local historic sites, this course explores how African Americans created a dynamic and multifaceted movement for civil and human rights from the 1950s to the present. Also offered as CAS HI 299.

CAS AA 408 A1 Sociology: Minority Groups—Saida Grundy
F 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.
Prereq: CAS AA 207 or CAS SO 207, or consent of instructor
*REQUIRED for AFAM Minors*

CAS AA 502 A1 Topics in African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
W 2:30-5:15pm
Topic for Spring 2018: 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 EN 327 A1 Afro-futurism, Black Science Fiction and Fantasy—Louis Chude-Sokei
MWF 11:15-12:05pm
May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Topic for Spring 2018: Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, and Fantasy. In the last two decades there has been an explosion of Black writers working in science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction. This course introduces and engages the specific histories and broader cultural contexts and implications of this work.
Prereq: one EN literature course or junior/senior standing

CFA MH 563: Salsa, Music & Culture—Michael Birenbaum Quintero
M 2:30-5:15pm
Read, discuss, and begin to understand many traditions of World Music through performance and discussion taught in the oral tradition. Enrollment is open to all students, and no previous musical experience is necessary. No prereq.

Fall 2017 Courses

CAS AA 103 A1 Introduction to African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 9:30-10:45am
An introduction to the political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings of a range of African American literature from Colonial to Contemporary. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS EN 129.

CAS AA 207 A1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—Saida Grundy
MWF 3:30-4:45pm
Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS SO 207.

CAS AA 215 A1 Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora—Cynthia Becker
TR 12:30-1:45pm
Exploration of a diversity of visual and performing arts from Africa, including ceramics, textiles, royal regalia, masquerades, and contemporary painting. Examines how the dispersal of Africans, due to the transatlantic slave trade and immigration, contributed to the cultural richness of the Americas. Also offered as CAS AH 215. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS AA 313 A1 The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire—Katherine Einstein/David Glick
TR 2:00-3:15pm
HBO’s television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities. Also offered as CAS PO 313.

CAS AA 335 A1 Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender—Saida Grundy
TR 11:00-2:15pm
Examines race, class, gender, and sexuality as intersecting axes of stratification, identity, and experience. Draws heavily from feminist theories in both sociology and history in order to analyze how these intersections can be applied to understanding social problems and structures. Also offered as CAS SO 335.

CAS AA 371 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 298.
*REQUIRED for AFAM Minors*

CAS AA 385 A1 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 CAS HI 350.

CAS AA 395 A1 Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean—Linda Heywood
MWF 11:15am-12:05pm
Haitian Revolution; British Caribbean, leadership, governance, and power in Africa during the period of legitimate trade; visionaries, dictators, and nationalist politics in the Caribbean; chiefs, western elites, and nationalism in colonial Africa; road to governance in post-colonial Caribbean and Africa. Also offered as CAS HI 352 and IR 394.

CAS AA 501 A1 Topics in African American Literature—Joseph Rezek
MW 12:20-1:35pm
Topic for Fall 2017: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. 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 466 A1.

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 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
Th 3:30-6:15
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 AA 517 A1 Urban Politics and Policy—Katherine Einstein
T 8:00-10:45am
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