AMST 308
The Impact of Black Panther Party Intellectuals on Political Theory Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed LEAD 319 / PSCI 376 / INTR 320 / AMST 308

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This seminar examines the historical and contemporary impact of the Black Panther Party–and key allies such as Angela Davis–on political theory. Texts include: narratives from 1966-2016; memoirs; political critiques; theoretical analyses; interviews; speeches; government documents. The seminar will examine: original source materials; academic/popular interpretations and representations of the BPP; hagiography; iconography; political rebellion, political theory. Readings: Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party; Soledad Brother: The Prison Writings of George Jackson; Mao’s Little Red Book; The Communist Manifesto; Still Black, Still Strong; Imprisoned Intellectuals; Comrade Sisters: Women in the Black Panther Party.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 4036
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Requirements: students attend each seminar class and come prepared to discuss the readings; participate in discussions; present a collective analysis with Q/A for the seminar; submit a mid-term paper and a final paper or a group project.
Prerequisites: None.
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors and Seniors with previous courses taken in Africana Studies, American Studies, Political Science, Philosophy.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 319 Division II PSCI 376 Division II INTR 320 Division II AMST 308 Division II
WS Notes: An analytical outline of collective presentation; a mid-term paper and a final paper.
DPE Notes: The course focuses on African Americans and political resistance to racism and capitalism, as well as support for impoverished, under-resourced communities grappling with police violence.
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses
PSCI Political Theory Courses

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