AFR 476 Spring 2015 Black Radicalism (D)

Cross Listed as HIST476
"Amandla! Black Power! Venceremos! A Luta Continua!" Ever since the end of slavery--occurring, in part, due to the efforts of Black radicals from Haiti to South Carolina to the Quilombos of Brazil--transatlantic people of African descent have demanded radical change in the organization of modern societies. Their struggles and ideas have changed the ways we think and study--through the formation of Africana/African-American/Black-Studies--and the ways in which we express ideas--through the creation of rich traditions of music, dance, theater, poetry, carnivals, sculpture, and art that have acted as global conduits of cultures of resistance. In this Senior Seminar, we will study the interdisciplinary history of Black radicalism--in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa--from W.E.B. Dubois to the present, paying special attention to Black working class and feminist challenges to capitalism and sexism, (e.g. A. Philip Randolph, Angela Davis), to the uses of Black Power to challenge Black societies (Walter Rodney), to African socialism (Nyerere, Nkrumah), to musicians and poets, like Bob Marley and Aimé Césaire, whose rhythms and example continue to inspire us to fight for social justice and equality.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation to be based on student participation, a take-home mid-term paper, and the completion of an original research paper or project; all projects will have some written component, but may include a dance performance, spoken word, fieldwork etc.
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Additional Info2: we will have a number of shared class/discussns w/ Mt. Holyoke's Africana Senior Seminar via video-skype; the class will visit Mt. Holyoke, & we will host a visit from the Mt. Holyoke seminar, organized around speakers, presentations, & local activists
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators; History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AFR Core Electives,HIST Group A Electives - Africa,HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3129
AFR 476 - 01 (S) SEM Black Radicalism (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Shanti M. Singham
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 240 3129
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