We are excited to announce two new classes for Fall 2019:
Moya Bailey, MWR 1:35 – 2:40 PM
Explores different aspects of the literary and cultural productions of black women throughout history. Examines writing by women in the United States—like Octavia Butler, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison—in addition to writing by women across the global African diaspora—like Chimamanda Adichie and Jamaica Kincaid. Students may also engage with theories such as Black feminism, womanism, or intersectionality; consider issues of genre such as the novel, poetry, or science fiction; and explore key themes such as class, sexuality, and disability. AFRS 3900, WMNS 3900, and ENGL 3900 are cross-listed.
NU Path – Engaging Difference and Diversity and Interpreting Culture
Margaret Burnham, Sequence D (TF 9:50 – 11:30 AM)
This course examines developments in the fields of historical injustice and reparation with a focus on the Afro-diasporic experience. It explores the genealogy of reparation as a tool of law and politics and the debates over the concepts and practices in the arenas of law, political theory, ethics and history. The course begins by exploring key concepts and themes such as the effect of the passage of time on claims, determining who owes and who is owed, the responsibility of state and non-state actors, collectives, and “implicated subjects,” the mechanics of reparation schemes, and the role of state apologies, truth projects, and memory sites. We examine juridical approaches to reparation. We look at the global movement to address the legacy of slavery. We explore gendered practices, land redistribution claims, and the challenges of design and implementation. Through case studies we deepen discussion of the foregoing issues and examine the current political movements for redress and reparation. The units here include colonialism and Africa, the Caribbean reparations claim, and Latin American experiences. We then turn our attention to the US. We compare successful claims in a narrow set of cases with reparations for slavery and explore Native American claims and Japanese American internment. This is a mixed grad/undergrad class.