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Pre-College Program Category: Humanities/Language/Writing

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  • What does it mean to be Black in Brazil? Iran? How is blackness lived in Ghana or in Ferguson, MO or Detroit, MI? How can we think about the complexities and diversity among black communities throughout the globe, particularly in the age of both Barack Obama, the first Black US president, and Donald Trump’s presidency, which has given prominence and power to white Christian nationalist hetero-patriarchal perspectives? Thus, in this class we will study the complexities of black embodiment, experience, discourse, politics, and culture. This course is designed to introduce students to global blackness (what it means to live a black identity and experience throughout the world) primarily through forms of cultural production such as history, literature, material culture (adornment, artifacts, body art), theatre/performance, music, and film. The materials and our discussions will engage fields of inquiry such as politics, history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and performance. We will examine global blackness while attending to histories of migration among communities in Africa, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Some of the categories of social life that we will explore/examine include the politics of culture, race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. Throughout this course we will read, analyze and discuss both fiction and non-fictional texts; screen films/videos; take field trips/excursions to museums and to theatre productions; and host guest lectures. In general, we hope this course will inspire and prepare students to think about blackness in a global context and gain a greater understanding of how interconnected the world is and how they can act to foster a more equitable and just world for all of humanity.

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  • Eligibility:

    rising juniorsAfrican American students, other students of color, and any student with an interest in exploring critical Black and ethnic studies are especially encouraged to apply