CAPSTONE: Black Radicalism
Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
This is not the current course catalog
Amandla! Black Power! Venceremos! A Luta Continua! Ever since the end of slavery–brought about by the Haitian Revolution, slave rebellions, maroons, Quilombos, Civil War and various other means of resistance–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 most tumultuous period of Black radicalism in the 1960’s, focusing on the Black Panther Party, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, the Third World Women’s Alliance/Angela Davis, and Caribbean and African radical movements, with an eye to examining their relevance to Black radical movements today.
The Class: Type: 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.
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Extra Info 2: 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
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;