Our roster of cross-listed courses is updated frequently; students should visit individual department sites for the most current listings.
Current Courses - Spring 2013
AAS 201 (SA)
Introduction to the Study of African American Cultural Practices
Lecture L01: 11:00 am - 11:50 am TTh
This course examines the past and present, the doings and the sufferings of Americans of African descent from a multidisciplinary perspective. It highlights the ways in which serious intellectual scrutiny of the agency of black people in the United States help redefine what it means to be American, new world, modern and post modern.
AAS 238/THR 238 (LA)
American Spectacle: A Theatre Conversation Beyond The Proscenium
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm W
Lynn Nottage (Playwright & Visiting Research Scholar)
In this workshop, students will create original writing that is in conversation with American theatrical traditions beyond the proscenium. We will investigate and engage American theatrical forms, such as the freak show, burlesque, courtroom drama, mega-church, street protests, violence as spectacle and more.
AAS 312/ENG 395 (LA)
Migration and Exile in Caribbean Literature and Culture
Seminar S01: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm MW
Dixa Ramirez (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
This class analyzes Caribbean literature, art, and other cultural products from the late 18th to the current century to trace the cultural/historical significance of Caribbean migrants and exiles. Using this lens, we explore critical moments in Caribbean and global history.
AAS 319/REL 396 (LA)
The African American Prophetic Tradition
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm T
Karen Jackson Weaver (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity)
The quest for freedom has been a constant struggle for African-Americans in modern America. This course will explore the context of how a prophetic tradition emerged while the rhetoric and activism of leaders reflected efforts to dismantle the economic, social, and political disenfranchisement African-Americans endured in a racially hostile country. Drawing upon early anti-slavery sermons, speeches and other primary source documents which reflect the historicity of selected eras in American history, we will study individuals who embraced this prophetic tradition and strived to achieve full liberation in American society.
AAS 322 (HA)
A History of Race in the United States
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm W
Gary Okihiro (Professor of International and Public Affairs – Columbia University)
An introductory history of race in the U.S., including the intersections of racializations, as social constructions, with imperialism and conquest, science and explanation, gender and sexuality, and geography and place, and the policing of those taxonomies and their borders and violations.
AAS 359/ENG 366 (LA)
African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
Lecture L01: 11:00 – 11:50 am TTh
This course explores the relationship between cultural production and historical phenomena (such as the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement, for example) in 20th- and 21st-century African American literature. Additionally, we will consider the place of African American literature and cultural production in a diasporic context that encompasses decolonization, multiculturalism and globalization. Primary texts include novels, short fiction, drama, essays, poetry and performance culture.
AAS 372/ART 374/AMS 372 (LA)
Postblack – Contemporary African American Art
Seminar S01: 7:30 – 10:20 pm T
As articulated by Thelma Golden, postblack refers to the work of African American artists who emerged in the 1990s with ambitious, irreverent, and sassy work. Though hard to define, postblack suggested the emergence of a generation of artists removed from the long tradition of black affirmation of the Harlem Renaissance, black empowerment of the Black Arts movement, and identity politics of the 1980s and early 90s. This seminar provides an opportunity for a deep engagement with the work of African American artists of the past decade. It will involve critical and theoretical readings on multiculturalism, race, identity, and contemporary art.
AAS 378/AMS 379 (HA)
Lecture L01: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm TTh
Aaron Carico (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
This interdisciplinary seminar will focus on slavery's forms, structures, and logics. But, as the title suggests, it will also concentrate on those remnants of slavery that outlast its purported ends. We'll spend much of the semester surveying the boundary lines that are imagined to separate slavery and freedom (geographical, temporal, legal), bringing into question the times and spaces thought proper to each. Anchored in nineteenth-century America but extending into our own moment, our texts will address the entrapments of freedom, the life and death of the slave commodity, the racial protocols of the law, and the architectures of captivity.
AAS/ANT 403 (EM)
Race and Medicine
Seminar S01: 11:00 – 12:20 pm MW
In 1998, then-President Clinton set a national goal that by the year 2010 race, ethnic, and gender disparities in six disease categories would be eliminated. While the agenda, called Healthy People 2010, was a noble effort, many of the goals were not met. This course examines what went wrong. For a final project, students will be asked to propose their own solutions for eliminating health disparities.
AAS/SOC 407 (SA)
Race, Social Inequality, and Education
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm T
Education is becoming increasingly important for upward social mobility in the U.S. and abroad. Education has been linked to societal inequalities in health, income, and other life-chance measures. This course will focus on the role of education in both the production and amelioration of social inequality. Particular attention is given to racial achievement gaps. By engaging both quantitative and qualitative studies, you will acquire 1) knowledge of the historical trends and understanding of racial differences in achievement, and 2) a broad understanding of the current issues/debates in the literature.
Law and the Study of Race
Grad Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm T
This is a graduate level seminar for students who want to use case law, legislation and legal history as a means of examining race and ethnicity in the Americas in the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, and sociology.
CROSS LISTED BY AAS
Art and Politics in Postcolonial Africa
S01: 7:30 pm – 10:20 pm W
Chika O. Okeke-Agulu
DAN 211/AAS 211
The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices
Dyane Harvey Salaam
ENG 382/AAS 383
Contemporary African American Literature and Culture: Identity, Injury, and Instability
Seminar S01: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm TTh
HIS 393/AAS 364/WWS 389
Race and Drug Policy in America
Lecture L01: 11:00 am – 11:50 pm TTh
HIS /AAS 402
Princeton and Slavery
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm M
SPA 352/LAS 356/AAS 363
Politics of Writing and Difference: Cuban Literature of Slavery
C01: 1:30 – 2:50 pm MW
WWS 331/AAS 317/SOC 312
Race and Public Policy
Lecture L01: 11:00 – 11:50 am MW
ENG 556/AAS 556
African American Literature
Topics: 9:00 – 12:00 pm M