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ASRC 1100 : Elementary Swahili I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Provides an introduction to the Swahili language and culture. In this course, students engage in short conversations and communicative tasks in interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes on diverse topics such as family, communication and interactions, daily routines, shopping, asking for and giving directions, food, transportation, mood expressions and cultural sensitivity, etc. Students are also given tasks to help them develop knowledge of cultural aspects and language situations that are likely to be encountered in daily life interactions while in any Swahili speaking country. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Literature and cultural competence materials are incorporated into the course, along with audio-visual and web-based materials. By the end of this course students should be able at to reach proficiency level Novice Mid According to the American Council of on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) www.actfl.org
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ASRC 1108 : Introduction to Yoruba I
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A two-semester beginner's course in Yoruba Language and Culture. Organized to offer Yoruba language skills and proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, writing, and translation. Focus is placed on familiar informal and formal contexts, e.g., home, school, work, family, social situations, politics, etc. Course uses Yoruba oral literature, proverbs, rhetoric, songs, popular videos, and theater, as learning tools for class comprehension. First semester focuses on conversation, speaking, and listening.  Second semester focuses on writing, translation and grammatical formation. Through the language course students gain basic background for the study of an African culture, arts, and history both in the continent and in the diaspora. Yoruba language is widely spoken along the west coast of Africa and in some African communities in diaspora.  Yoruba video culture, theater, music, and arts has a strong influence along the west coast and in the diaspora.A two-semester beginner's course in Yoruba Language and Culture. Organized to offer Yoruba language skills and proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, writing, and translation. Focus is placed on familiar informal and formal contexts, e.g., home, school, work, family, social situations, politics, etc. Course uses Yoruba oral literature, proverbs, rhetoric, songs, popular videos, and theater, as learning tools for class comprehension. First semester focuses on conversation, speaking, and listening.  Second semester focuses on writing, translation and grammatical formation. Through the language course students gain basic background for the study of an African culture, arts, and history both in the continent and in the diaspora. Yoruba language is widely spoken along the west coast of Africa and in some African communities in diaspora.  Yoruba video culture, theater, music, and arts has a strong influence along the west coast and in the diaspora.
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ASRC 1113 : Elementary Zulu I
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IsiZulu is the most widely spoken language in the Southern African region and it is an official language of South Africa. This two-semester beginners' course emphasizes speaking and listening, and trains students to communicate in everyday situations.  In acquiring this competence, students are introduced to the structure of the language and to the significant status of Zulu language and culture in contemporary multilingual South Africa.  The course is structured around IsiZulu Sanamuhla, a set of web-based learning materials that features Zulu-speaking students and families in South Africa.
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ASRC 1117 : Elementary Wolof I
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Wolof is an African language. It is widely spoken in West Africa in countries such as Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal.  There are strong historical and contemporary links between the African American experiences and West Africa. Senegal and Wolof are important links in these experiences.   Wolof has some influence on some West European languages. Banana is a Wolof word and it is also an English word! Study Wolof, Know Africa and Know the world!This course is taught via videoconference from Columbia University. Wolof is an African language. It is widely spoken in West Africa in countries such as Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania. Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal.  There are strong historical and contemporary links between the African American experiences and West Africa. Senegal and Wolof are important links in these experiences.   Wolof has some influence on some West European languages. Banana is a Wolof word and it is also an English word! Study Wolof, Know Africa and Know the world!
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ASRC 1201 : Elementary Arabic I
Crosslisted as: ARAB 1201, ARAB 1201, ARAB 1201, ARAB 1201, ARAB 1201, ARAB 1201 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This two-course sequence assumes no previous knowledge of Arabic and provides a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It starts with the alphabet and the number system and builds the four skills gradually and systematically through carefully selected and organized materials focusing on specific, concrete and familiar topics such as self identification, family, travel, food, renting an apartment, study, the weather, etc.). These topics are listed in the textbook's table of contents.  The student who successfully completes the two-course sequence will have mastered about 1000 basic words and will be able to: 1) understand and actively participate in conversations on a limited range of practical topics such as self-identification, family, school, work, the weather, travel, etc., 2) read and understand, with the help of a short list of words, passages of up to 180 words written in Arabic script, and 3) discuss orally in class and write a 50-word paragraph in Arabic.  The two-course sequence aims to take the student from the Novice to the Intermediate Mid level according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
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ASRC 1203 : Intermediate Arabic I
Crosslisted as: ARAB 1203, ARAB 1203 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this two-course sequence learners continue to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and grammar foundation through the extensive use of graded materials on a wide variety of topics.  While more attention is given to developing native-like pronunciation and to grammatical accuracy than in ARAB 1201 and ARAB 1202, the main focus of the course will be on encouraging fluency and facility in understanding the language and communicating ideas in it.  The student who successfully completes this two-course sequence will have mastered over 1500 new words and will be able to: 1) understand and actively participate in conversations related to a wide variety of topics beyond those covered in ARAB 1201 and ARAB 1202, such as the history and geography of the Arab world, food and health, sports, economic matters, the environment, politics, the Palestine problem, etc. 2) read and understand, with the help of a short list of words, passages of up to 300 words, and 3) discuss orally in class and write a 150-word paragraph in Arabic with fewer grammatical errors than in ARAB 1202.  The two-course sequence aims to take the student from the Intermediate Mid to the Advanced Mid level according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
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ASRC 1500 : Introduction to Africana Studies
Crosslisted as: AMST 1500, GOVT 1503 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course offers an introduction to the study of Africa, the U.S., the Caribbean and other diasporas.  This course will examine, through a range of disciplines, among them literature, history, politics, philosophy, the themes - including race/racism, the Middle Passage, sexuality, colonialism, and culture - that have dominated Africana Studies since its inception in the late-1960s. We will explore these issues in the attempt to understand how black lives have been shaped, in a historical sense; and, of course, the effects of these issues in the contemporary moment. This course seeks to introduce these themes, to investigate through one or more of the disciplines relevant to the question, and to provide a broad understanding of the themes so as to enable the kind of intellectual reflection critical to Africana Studies.
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ASRC 1816 : FWS: Black Life Writing
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An examination of selected works by Zora Neale Hurston which allows the students to study this writer and simultaneously address issues of self-invention, creativity, the imagination and the writing of black lives. Framed within the genre of life writing, we will pay attention to how Hurston experienced and represented life as an African American woman in the U.S. South, the North during the Harlem Renaissance and in the African Diaspora. We will read and respond to a selection of works by Hurston in different genres – the essay, short story, folk tale, novel, life story (or autobiography). We will explore various approaches to writing through which students will work and develop writing skills in critical areas.
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ASRC 1825 : FWS: Educational Innovations in Africa & the African Diaspora
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course deals with educational innovations geared to promoting equal opportunity based on gender, race and class, in Africa and the African Diaspora.  After an introduction of the concepts and theories of education and innovations and the stages of innovation as planned change, the course will focus on concrete cases and different types of educational innovations.  The selected case studies, in the United States, include the creation and expansion of historically black institutions with a focus on Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), Lincoln University, Spelman College, and the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago.  The African cases to be studied include African languages for instruction in Nigeria, science education also in Nigeria, Ujamaa and education for self-reliance in Tanzania, classroom action research in Lesotho, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in African higher education with a focus on African Virtual Universities (AVU), the application of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in Côte d'Ivoire, and OnLine learning at the University of in South Africa (UNISA).
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ASRC 1846 : FWS: The Color and Class of Water: Environmental Justice and Public Health
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ASRC 1847 : FWS: Space/Place/Body: Remapping the circum-Caribbean Inter-American space
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ASRC 1996 : The Underground Railroad Seminar
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This seminar and its accompanying immersion offer undergraduates the unique opportunity to explore the abolition movement of upstate New York. This course provides an introductory examination of antebellum slavery and its abolition in the United States, including slave resistance, emancipation, reconstruction and effects of U.S. slavery on current social contexts. Students will also explore modern day slavery, forced labor, and contemporary abolition/resistance movements. Course participants will create a curriculum to be proposed to the Ithaca City School District for future undergraduate students to teach and learn with local youth about the area's Underground Railroad and community advocacy and activism. The weekend immersion trips offer an experiential learning opportunity as participants retrace routes of the local Underground Railroad and abolition movement through several cities in upstate New York and Southern Ontario, Canada. This seminar and corresponding travel are offered by Cornell's Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Engaged Learning & Research and Public Service Center.
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ASRC 2101 : Intermediate Swahili I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intermediate Swahili levels I and II in general impart speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills beyond Swahili elementary level to participate with ease and confidence in familiar topics and exchange information on unfamiliar topics. Students are assigned communicative tasks such as respond to a situation with a short text and take part in a discussion after viewing short video clips and prompts to elicit speaking and listening competence and cultural awareness responses beyond elementary level. The language and cultural scenarios practiced are designed to help students demonstrate language responses beyond familiar topics, and to feel comfortable conversing with Swahili native speakers, as well as to blend in and feel welcomed as part of the community while exploring different topics such as acquaintanceship, relationships, health, festivals, education, sports, housing, politics, commerce, travel, etc. Short stories are used to depict cultural aspects such as cultural expressions, proverbs, sayings, and riddles. Literature and cultural materials are incorporated into the course, along with audio-visual and web-based material. In this course, students have an opportunity to participate in language conversation outside the classroom and explore the opportunities for study abroad in East Africa. Swahili Elementary I and II are prerequisite for this course. By the end of this course, students should be able to reach proficiency level Intermediate High according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) www.actfl.org.
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ASRC 2105 : Arabic for Heritage Speakers
Crosslisted as: ARAB 2201 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed for students who can speak and understand a spoken Arabic dialect (Egyptian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, etc.) but have little or no knowledge of written Arabic, known as Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, or Fusha. The focus of the course will be on developing the reading and writing skills through the use of graded, but challenging and interesting materials. As they develop their reading and writing skills, students will be learning about Arab history, society, and culture. Classroom activities will be conducted totally in Arabic. Students will not be expected or pressured to speak in Classical Arabic, but will use their own dialects for speaking purposes. However, one of the main goals of the course will be to help the development of the skills to communicate and understand Educated Spoken Arabic, a form of Arabic that is based on the spoken dialects but uses the educated vocabulary and structures of Fusha.
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ASRC 2110 : Intermediate Yoruba I
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The intermediate course extends the development of the main language skills-reading, writing, listening, and conversation. The course deepens the development of correct native pronunciation, the accuracy of grammatical and syntactic structures; and the idiomatic nuances of the language. Students who take the course are able to (1) prepare, illustrate, and present Yoruba texts such as poems, folktales, advertisements, compositions, letters, (2) read Yoruba literature of average complexity, (3) interpret Yoruba visual texts of average difficulty, (4) comprehend Yoruba oral literature and philosophy-within the context of African oral literature and philosophy-of basic complexity. Through the Yoruba language students appreciate African oral literature and philosophy. The primary textual media are Yoruba short stories, poems, short plays, films, songs, and newspapers.
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ASRC 2116 : Intermediate Zulu I
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The course is structured around IsiZulu Sanamuhla, a set of web-based learning materials that features Zulu-speaking students and families in South Africa.
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ASRC 2118 : Intermediate Wolof I
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Wolof is an African language. It is widely spoken in West Africa in countries such as Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania.
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ASRC 2160 : The Black Family and the Socialization of Black Children
Crosslisted as: HD 2710 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Prepare to be challenged in this course exploring the historic and contemporary dynamics of the African American family in U.S. society. From the African Diaspora to the Cosby Show, we will focus on the socio-historical, -political and - cultural contexts of black family formations and functions--both real and invented. We'll study Afrocentric, feminist, and sociological frameworks for understanding black families. We'll examine the continuation of African heritage in black family organization. We'll tackle hard issues of gender roles, sexuality, love, mate selection, divorce, marriage dissolution, parenting, fatherhood and the well- being of black children. And we'll look at popular culture, paying special attention to how black families are imagined and re- imagined in the news, on television, in film and through music.
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ASRC 2212 : Caribbean Worlds
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2512, LSP 2212 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This introductory course to the study of the Caribbean will begin with examinations of what constitutes the Caribbean and an understanding of Caribbean space.  We will then study its peoples, contact between Europeans and indigenous peoples, African enslavement and resistance, Indian indentureship and other forced migrations.  By mid semester we will identify a cross-section of leading thinkers and ideas. We will also pay attention to issues of identity, migration and the creation of the Caribbean diaspora. Constructions of tourist paradise and other stereotypes and the development of critical Caribbean institutions and national development will be discussed as we read and listen to some representative oral and written literature of the Caribbean and view some relevant film on the Caribbean. This inter-disciplinary survey provides students with a foundation for more specialized coursework on the Caribbean offered in our department.
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ASRC 2308 : Modern Caribbean History
Crosslisted as: HIST 2541, LATA 2308 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines the development of the Caribbean since the Haitian Revolution.  It  will focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and our readings pay particular attention to the ways in which race, gender, and ethnicity shape the histories of the peoples of the region.  The course uses a pan-Caribbean approach by focusing largely on three islands - Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba - that belonged to competing empires.  Although the imperial powers that held these nations shaped their histories in distinctive ways these nations share certain common features. Therefore, we examine the differences and similarities of their histories as they evolved from plantation based colonies to independent nations.
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ASRC 2350 : Music of the African Diaspora
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 2350 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the history and significance of musical performance in the African Diaspora. What specific cultural practices survived the Middle Passage, and how were they transformed in the New World? Why did these practices develop into traditions as seemingly disparate as Cuban Santería's sacred batá drumming and the secular blues music of the American South? In the 20th and 21st century, how have people (including Africans, people of African descent, and marginalized populations without direct historical links to Africa) mobilized certain musics of the African Diaspora as practices of resistance to imperialism, apartheid, and segregation? Tracing intersecting and multi-directional movements of people, music, and culture across the oceanic divide between Africa, Europe and the Americas—the "Atlantic Triangle"—we will examine the central role that music has played in the construction of social identities and movements, from the era of the transatlantic slave trade to the present day.
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ASRC 2674 : History of the Modern Middle East
Crosslisted as: GOVT 2747, HIST 2674, NES 2674 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines major trends in the evolution of the Middle East in the modern era. Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries and ending with the  "Arab Spring," we will consider Middle East history with an emphasis on five themes: imperialism, nationalism, modernization, Islam, and revolution.  Readings will be supplemented with translated primary sources, which will form the backbone of class discussions.
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ASRC 2770 : Representing Racial Encounters/Encountering Racial Representations
Crosslisted as: AMST 2770, ENGL 2770, LSP 2770 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This team-taught course uses literature and popular culture, alongside literary, social, and cultural theory to consider how people from different cultures encounter and experience each other. The course explores travel from multiple perspectives, the concept of dark tourism, and the cultural industry of racial representation. Designed for the general student population, the course specifically appeals to students traveling abroad, or who in the future will work with diverse communities (for example, students with interests in medicine, law, labor, government, business, the hospitality industry, or in the fields of gender, queer, or ethnic studies). The course serves as an introduction to the critical inquiries and scholarly fields of the English department.
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ASRC 3031 : Race and Revolution in the Americas: 1776-1900
Crosslisted as: AMST 3032, HIST 3031, LATA 3031 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will examine the "age of democratic revolutions" in the Americas from the perspective of the Black Atlantic. During this momentous era, when European monarchies were successfully challenged and constitutional governments created, Blacks fomented their own American revolutions both in the outside of evolving "New World democracies." This course examines the black trajectory in British North America, Latin America, the French (especially Haiti,) the British and the Spanish Caribbean. The course begins with black participation in the U.S. independence War (1776-1781) and concludes with black (non-U.S.) participation in the independence wars against Spain. The course will also briefly address post-emancipation race relations in these American countries. 
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ASRC 3100 : Advanced Arabic I
Crosslisted as: ARAB 3201 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this two-semester sequence, learners will be introduced to authentic, unedited Arabic language materials ranging from short stories, and poems, to newspaper articles dealing with social,  political,  and cultural issues. Emphasis will be on developing fluency in oral expression through discussions of issues presented in the reading and listening selections. There will be more focus on the development of native-like pronunciation and accurate use of grammatical structures than in the previous four courses. A primary objective of the course is the development of the writing skill through free composition exercises in topics of interest to individual students.  This course starts where ARAB 2202 leaves off and continues the development of the four language skills and grammar foundation using 18 themes, some new and some introduced in previous courses but are presented here at a more challenging level.  The student who successfully completes this two-course sequence have mastered over 3000 new words and will be able, within context of the 18 new and recycled themes to: 1) understand and actively participate in conversations, 2) read and understand, with the help of a short list of words, authentic, unedited passages of up to 400 words, and 3) discuss orally in class and write a 300-word paragraph in Arabic with fewer grammatical errors than in ARAB 2202.  The two-course sequence aims to take the student from the Advanced Mid to the Superior level according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
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ASRC 3110 : Advanced Yoruba I
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This course will help students expand their understanding of the Yoruba language through the communicative approach. We will focus on the four skills, speaking, listening, learning, and writing.
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ASRC 3113 : Advanced Zulu I
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The course is structured around IsiZulu Sanamuhla, a set of web-based learning materials that features Zulu-speaking students and families in South Africa.
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ASRC 3340 : Race, Class, Gender and Violence
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3340 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Ideas change the world. Sometimes the same ideas can do tremendous good and also cause great suffering. In this course we will consider violence and revolutionary changes through the prism of British 17th and 18th century Enlightenment thought. Thinking through the writings of Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Mary Wollstonecraft and others, we will explore the ways in which the brilliance and blind spots of Enlightenment thinking influenced contemporary notions of race, class, gender and changed the world.
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ASRC 3350 : Beyoncé Nation
Crosslisted as: AMST 3355, ENGL 3950, FGSS 3350 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Beyoncé's trajectory from Houston, Texas as a member of the group Destiny's Child to international fame and superstardom and a successful career as a solo singer, actress, clothing designer and entrepreneur holds important implications for critical dialogues on the U.S. South and national femininity.  Her iconicity illustrates the region's profound impact on the nationalization and globalization of black femininity in popular and political contexts.  This course examines themes related to her intersectional identity as a model of black and Southern womanhood that have recurred in her song lyrics, performances and visual representations, which have also been foundational for her development of more recent productions, including "Formation" and the larger Lemonade album, which we will examine in this course.  We will also consider Beyoncé's early career in Destiny's Child, including the impact of projects such a "Independent Women, Part II" and popular icons such as Farrah Fawcett in shaping Beyoncé's Southern discourse.  We will carefully trace Beyoncé's journey to global fame and iconicity and the impact of the music business, social media, fashion, and film in her development.  We will also consider her impact on politics and contemporary activist movements, as well as her engagement of black liberation discourses from the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Panther Party.  Furthermore, we will consider Beyoncé's impact in shaping black feminism, along with her impact on constructions of race, gender, sexuality, marriage, family, and motherhood.  In addition to her body of work in film and video, we will draw on popular essays and critical writings on Beyoncé that have been produced from journals to books, along with visual materials and several biographies.  In addition, we will explore texts such as I, Tina and Dreamgirls:  My Life As a Supreme that have paved the way to the rise of her artistic empire and productions in which Beyoncé has been involved in the popular arena.
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ASRC 3470 : Nueva York:Caribbean Urbanisms
Crosslisted as: AMST 3475, LATA 3470, LSP 3470, SPAN 3470 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
To what extent is New York City part of the Caribbean? This course explores the ways in which writers from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic write New York, whether as tourists, residents, or exiles. We will read about places like Coney Island, Wall Street, Chinatown, Harlem, the Bronx, the Village, the World Trade Center, and Washington Heights. Beginning with the chronicles of José Martí and other Cubans in the late 19th century, we then turn our attention to surrealist visions of catastrophe (1920s & 30s), followed by Nuyorico (1950s), Bronx hip hop (1970s), the gay underground scene (late 1970s & early 80s), 9/11, and the contemporary Dominican diaspora in Upper Manhattan. Topics include exile, nostalgia, transnationalism, imperialism, aesthetics, performance, race, and sexuality.   
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ASRC 3501 : African Art and Culture
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3510 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is a survey of the visual art and material cultural traditions of sub-Saharan Africa. It aims at investigating the different forms of visual artistic traditions in relation to their historical and socio-cultural context. The symbolism and complexity of traditional African art will be explored through the analysis of myth, ritual and cosmology. In-depth analysis of particular African societies will be used to examine the relationship of the arts to indigenous concepts of time, space, color, form and socio-political order. New and contemporary art forms associated with major socio-economic changes and processes of assimilation and acculturation will also be explored. These include tourist art, popular art, and elite art.
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ASRC 3511 : Hip Hop: Conflict and Controversy
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In this debate-format exploration of the most polarizing topics in hip hop, we'll examine the intersection of urban culture and American values. Does hip hop glorify violence, or simply reflect the reality of urban poverty? Should society censor homophobic and sexist music? Who should be allowed to use the n-word? Is hip hop dead, or has there been a renaissance of creativity in recent years? We'll examine the toughest questions facing hip hop as a way to discuss significant social issues related to race, social class, sexuality, and gender. Classes will feature guest faculty from other universities, hip hop artists, and members of the Ithaca community.
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ASRC 3652 : African Economic Development Histories
Crosslisted as: HIST 3652 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
What impact did Africa's involvement in the slave trade and its colonization by Europe have on its long-term economic health? What role have post-independence political decisions made within Africa and by multinational economic actors (the World Bank and the IMF, for example) had on altering the trajectory of Africa's economic history? Does China's recent heavy investment in Africa portend a movement away from or a continuation of Africa's economic underdevelopment? These questions and others will be addressed in this course. 
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ASRC 3975 : Afropolitanism
Crosslisted as: COML 3975, ENGL 3975 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Are you an Afropolitan? Are you a Cosmopolitan? Perhaps yes, perhaps no? How is afropolitanism different from cosmopolitanism, diaspora, or pan-africanism? How about finding it out while exploring the theoretical, conceptual, fictional, cinematic, popular, and fashion manifestations of Afropolitanism. Coined in 2005 by fiction writer Taiye Silasi, Afropolitanism designates a new of mode of being African in the world. Afropolitans are this young and glamorous generation of African cosmopolitans (artists and intellectuals, such as Lupita Nyong'o, Teju Cole, Chimamanda Adichie, and Taye Silasi ) for whom the continent is no longer the repository of all that is wrong with humanity. This course will explore the history, politics, and ideologies of Afropolitanism and how the concept has been taken up in African fashion, theory, cinema, and literature. Readings include texts by Achille Mbembe, Simon Gikandi, Miriam Pahl,Taiye Selasi´s "Bye-Bye Barbar," Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah, NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names, Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. 
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ASRC 3999 : Introduction to African American Cinema
Crosslisted as: AMST 3461, PMA 3461, VISST 3461 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the rich and diverse history of African American filmmaking.  Focusing on films written and/or directed by African Americans, this seminar traces the history of filmmaking from the silent era to the present day.  In exploring Black cultural production and creative expression, students will consider the ways in which film is used as a medium of protest, resistance, and cultural affirmation.  We will look at films through the critical lenses of race and representation in American cinema while locating our analysis within larger frameworks of Hollywood's representation of African Americans and various cultural and social movements within local and global contexts.
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ASRC 4212 : Black Women's Autobiography in the 21st Century #WritingHerStory
Crosslisted as: AMST 4212, ENGL 4912, FGSS 4212 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Black women first began to shape the genre of autobiography during the antebellum era slavery.  They were prolific in developing the genre of autobiography throughout the twentieth century, to the point of emerging as serial autobiographers in the case of Maya Angelou.  Significantly, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first autobiography of six by Angelou, along with autobiographies by a range of other black women writers, helped to launch the renaissance in black women's literature and criticism in African American literature during the 1970s.  In this course, we will focus on how black women have continued to write and share their personal stories in the new millennium by examining autobiographies that they have produced in the first years of the twenty-first century, and more broadly, the impact of this writing on twenty-first century African American literature.  In the process, we will draw on a range of critical and theoretical perspectives, including Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson, Angela Ards, and Frances Smith Foster, Joanne M. Braxton, among others.  Among the works that we will examine are Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother:  A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, Jennifer Teege, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me:  A Black Woman Discovers Her Nazi Past; Margo Jefferson, Negroland:  A Memoir; Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World:  A Memoir; Misty Copeland, Life in Motion:  An Unlikely Ballerina; Janet Mock, Redefining Realness:  My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More; Bettina Aptheker, Intimate Politics:  How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel; Angela Nissel, Mixed: My Life in Black and White; Beverly Johnson, The Face that Changed it All:  A Memoir; Nene Leakes, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice:  Lessons on Love and Life Learned the Hard Way; and Phaedra Parks, Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment.  Students will have opportunities to produce research related to autobiography as well as the opportunity to do some autobiographical writing.  The impact of transgender women such as Janet Mock, along with transracial women such as the Rachel Dolezal, the cross-cultural and popular impact of Piper Kerman's Orange is the New Black:  My Year in a Women's Prison, and the autobiographical song lyrics of Beyoncé in projects such as Formation and Lemonade, will also help us to ponder the innovative, distinct and diverse body of work shaping black women's autobiography.
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ASRC 4393 : The Underground Railroad and the Coming of the Civil War
Crosslisted as: AMST 4393, HIST 4393, HIST 6393 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In 1850 American politicians banded together cross-regionally, passed a Fugitive Slave Law and breathed a sigh of relief, thinking they had once again dodged the slavery issue that threatened disunion. This "Bloodhound Bill" was designed to make "slave" catchers of all Northern whites. Instead it set in motion waves of protests, transformed previously silent whites into underground conductors, further emboldened veteran underground workers and forced thousands of self emancipated Northern blacks to emigrate. The Underground Railroad contributed to convincing Southerners that the Government would not or could not protect slavery. This course examines underground activism beginning in 1850 and offers an interpretation of how the Underground Railroad led to emancipation. The ebbs and flows of underground activity; transnational networks; Civil War military and geo-political issues; and what W.E.B. DuBois called the "General Strike" all contributed to making the Thirteenth Amendment a foregone conclusion.
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ASRC 4514 : Post Colonial Studies and Black Radical Imagination
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4514, ARTH 6514, ASRC 6514 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines the intersection of Africana/Black Studies and Postcolonial Studies.  Although the two fields are often perceived as being distinct from one another, in reality they overlap in significant ways as the result of the immense contributions of African and African Diaspora theorists and intellectuals to the rise and evolution of postcolonial studies. Course readings include original texts by theorists and scholars such as Frantz Fanon, Aimé Cesaire, W E B DuBois, Albert Memmi, Edouard Glissant, Leopold Cedar Senghor, C.L.R. James, Amilcar Cabral, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in addition to Nawal Sadawi, Edward Said,and Gayatri Spivak among others.  In addition, we will explore the contributions made to both fields by feminist, gender, race, and sexuality studies.
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ASRC 4547 : The Middle East in Africa, Africa in the Middle East
Crosslisted as: ASRC 6547, HIST 4547, HIST 6547, NES 4547, NES 6547 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this seminar we will explore the Ottoman Empire's presence in the continent, and the continent's influence on the rest of the Ottoman Empire.  In addition to the focus on the history of Ottoman North Africa, we will explore the role Istanbul played in the history of the Red Sea Basin (today's Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) and vice versa. A special focus will be placed on the role sub-Saharan African slave trade played in Ottoman society, from the ruling elite households of Istanbul to the day-to-day formulation of ideas of difference making across the Turkish and Arabic speaking parts of the Ottoman Empire. Emphasis will be placed on reading new literature on race and slavery in the Ottoman world, borrowing theoretical and analytical formulations around this topic form better-developed historiographies of other parts of the world. This seminar targets a senior and graduate students interested in the history of empire, the Middle East and Africa trans-imperial histories, and south-south relations. 
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ASRC 4606 : The Family and Society in Africa and the African Diaspora
Crosslisted as: ASRC 6066, SOC 4780 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The family, as a social institution, is structured according to historical, socio-economic, political, and cultural factors. Course topics include the concepts of the nuclear and extended family, the roles, rights and obligations of different age groups and generations; and marriage and its related issues, including parenthood, childrearing, and gender roles. Other issues examined are reproductive health, family planning, sexuality and fertility (particularly during adolescence), family codes, and legal implications. The course deals also with structural change and continuity, the impact of westernization, urbanization, formal education, and the contemporary economy on the structure and challenges of the family in Africa. Finally, the legacy of African family values and traditions in the African Diaspora, with a focus on the African-American experience, is discussed.
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ASRC 4650 : Contesting Identities in Modern Egypt
Crosslisted as: HIST 4091, NES 4605 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This seminar examines the dynamics of modern collective identities which dominated the Egyptian public sphere in the long twentieth century. We will explore the underpinnings and formation of territorial Egyptian nationalism, pan-Arabism and Islamism through close readings and class discussions of important theoretical, historiographical and primary texts.
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ASRC 4900 : Honors Thesis
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For senior Africana Studies majors working on honors theses, with selected reading, research projects, etc., under the supervision of a member of the Africana Studies and Research Center faculty.
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ASRC 4902 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For students working on special topics, with selected reading, research projects, etc., under the supervision of a member of the Africana Studies and Research Center faculty.
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ASRC 6010 : Psychoanalysis & Race
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This graduate seminar will examine direct and indirect claims by W.E.B. DuBois, Franz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter, and Hortense Spillers for sociogeny as both a critique of and supplement to psychoanalytical theories and theorizations in Hegel, Freud, and Lacan. At its most basic, the seminar will interrogate how these African diaspora thinkers engage with psychoanalytical theories and practices. Because sociogeny posits an imperative for social analysis in the theorization of the psyche, we want to take a close look at how each of our thinkers presents his or her case for such an imperative. If sociogeny is an argument for racialization of the unconscious, then we also need to ask ourselves the following questions: What is racialization as a critical practice? Don't subjects already enter the world raced and gendered? Is it possible to racialize the mind and the unconscious? What relations are there between race, racialization, and pathology? Between race, racialization, and wellbeing? A component of the course will also be devoted to race and psychotherapy. One of the requirements of the seminar includes the individual selection, presentation, and analysis of a text, episode, poem, song, video, or film-clip that will invite us collectively to brainstorm answers to the questions above and related inquiries.
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ASRC 6011 : The African American Intellectual Tradition
Crosslisted as: HIST 6011 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
We will consider a selection of recent scholarship on some of the main issues of African American and Africana Studies.  The African American Intellectual tradition is so vast, that our readings will necessarily be selective.  We will focus on scholarship on the assumption that students have read canonical texts (e.g. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk; Cooper, A Voice From the South). The list of assigned texts includes classic works as well as recent scholarship.  Our focus will be on African American intellectual and social thought, as well as scholarship reflecting the struggles and concerns of African Americans and African descended people.  Organized around themes (music, radicalism, religion, cultural studies, etc.) rather than specific thinkers, our readings reflect the field's development beyond earlier  preoccupations with race and racism, to address the intersections of "race" with gender, class, and sexuality.
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ASRC 6066 : The Family and Society in Africa and the African Diaspora
Crosslisted as: ASRC 4606, SOC 4780 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The family, as a social institution, is structured according to historical, socio-economic, political, and cultural factors. Course topics include the concepts of the nuclear and extended family, the roles, rights and obligations of different age groups and generations; and marriage and its related issues, including parenthood, childrearing, and gender roles. Other issues examined are reproductive health, family planning, sexuality and fertility (particularly during adolescence), family codes, and legal implications. The course deals also with structural change and continuity, the impact of westernization, urbanization, formal education, and the contemporary economy on the structure and challenges of the family in Africa. Finally, the legacy of African family values and traditions in the African Diaspora, with a focus on the African-American experience, is discussed.
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ASRC 6514 : Post Colonial Studies and Black Radical Imagination
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4514, ARTH 6514, ASRC 4514 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines the intersection of Africana/Black Studies and Postcolonial Studies.  Although the two fields are often perceived as being distinct from one another, in reality they overlap in significant ways as the result of the immense contributions of African and African Diaspora theorists and intellectuals to the rise and evolution of postcolonial studies. Course readings include original texts by theorists and scholars such as Frantz Fanon, Aimé Cesaire, W E B DuBois, Albert Memmi, Edouard Glissant, Leopold Cedar Senghor, C.L.R. James, Amilcar Cabral, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in addition to Nawal Sadawi, Edward Said,and Gayatri Spivak among others.  In addition, we will explore the contributions made to both fields by feminist, gender, race, and sexuality studies.
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ASRC 6547 : The Middle East in Africa, Africa in the Middle East
Crosslisted as: ASRC 4547, HIST 4547, HIST 6547, NES 4547, NES 6547 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this seminar we will explore the Ottoman Empire's presence in the continent, and the continent's influence on the rest of the Ottoman Empire.  In addition to the focus on the history of Ottoman North Africa, we will explore the role Istanbul played in the history of the Red Sea Basin (today's Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) and vice versa. A special focus will be placed on the role sub-Saharan African slave trade played in Ottoman society, from the ruling elite households of Istanbul to the day-to-day formulation of ideas of difference making across the Turkish and Arabic speaking parts of the Ottoman Empire. Emphasis will be placed on reading new literature on race and slavery in the Ottoman world, borrowing theoretical and analytical formulations around this topic form better-developed historiographies of other parts of the world. This seminar targets a senior and graduate students interested in the history of empire, the Middle East and Africa trans-imperial histories, and south-south relations. 
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ASRC 6900 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Independent study course in topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course work.
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ASRC 6902 : Africana Studies Graduate Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This class is the first in a two-part course sequence offered in the fall and spring semesters annually. In this hybrid theory and methods course, students will read historiographic, ethnographic, and sociological engagements about African-descended people throughout the Diaspora.
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ASRC 6941 : Twenty-First Century African American Literature
Crosslisted as: ENGL 6941 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description