African-American & African Studies

AAS 2559: Women and the Civil Rights Movement [3]

Cecilia Marquez, Instructor

This course analyzes the history of women in the Civil Rights Movement spanning the 1930s to the 1970s.  It will engage this history through various forms of cultural production and historical texts in order to ensure students are able to both articulate the historical narrative and analyze diverse sources.  This African-American studies course utilizes historical, musical, photographic and artisitic material to understand the multifaceted (and often elided) role that women played in the Civil Rights Movement.  Topics addressed in this course include the politics of respectability, African-American feminist thought, challenges of memory in the use of oral histories, and how cultural production transformed the experience and memory of the Civil Rights Movement.


AAS 3400: Changing Worlds, Making Tradition: Culture and Identity in South Africa

Clare Terni, Instructor


In this course, students have a unique opportunity to explore another culture – that of the Venda region in South Africa – with linguists from that region. Students will work with visiting faculty to consider the forces shaping Venda culture today and to reflect on elements of their home culture. In particular, we will discuss the ways in which indigenous knowledge is constructed and contested in contemporary Africa, and the intersections of this practice with post-colonial thought. Participants will gain a basic familiarity with South African history and its impact on present-day conditions in the country, especially in the Limpopo region. Students will interact with visiting faculty to gain insight into Venda culture and contemporary social issues and will engage in comparative ethnography as they relate aspects of Venda culture to their experience in their home culture