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Black Studies Program

Highlighted Courses

Fall 2018

CUBANIDAD: The Afro-Cuban Experience


 BLST 31176  Sec (D-LEC) Code (58341)                                                                      Instructor: Cassells, E

 M, W 12:30 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.                                                                                    RM: NAC 5/123


This course examines the role and place of race in Cuban national consciousness. Cubanidad the embodiment of Cuban identity draws meaning from contested notions of “Cubanness”, and what it means to be Cuban.  Using an interdisciplinary framework and analytic categories of race, class, ideology, power and culture, the course will explore the relationship between Afro-Cubans and the Cuban state in historical and contemporary context. ​

3 HR. /WK.; 3 CR



The Films of Spike Lee


BLST 31174 Sec (L-LEC) Code (58381)                                                                   Instructor: Gillespie, M.

  T, Th 9:30 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.                                                                                     RM: NAC 6/314


Students will study the films of Spike Lee by framing this body of work as art and cultural production. The class will address such issues as film form, the idea of black film, intertextuality, historiography, gender, popular culture, and the history of American cinema.​

3HR./WK.; 3 CR.



Black Queer Subjectivities


BLST 31179  Sec (P-LEC) Code (58384)                                                       Instructor: Thompson, M.

T, Th 2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.                                                                                      RM:S-203

Black Queer Subjectivities will examine GLBTQ communities throughout the African Diaspora mostly through​ the lens of historical work. The course will span the 14th century to the present across the African Diaspora. Students will engage in robust discussion about both historical works as well as literary and film products connected the GLBTQ communities across the African Diaspora.

3HR./WK.; 3 CR.



Afro-Latina/o Literature


BLST 31175  Sec (F-LEC) Code (58377)                                                       Instructor: Fernandez, M.

M, W 3:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.                                                                                    RM: NAC 5/124

This course is an examination of AfroLatina/o Literature. We  will look closely at the immense contributions of Black Latina/o writers throughout the hemisphere. The course is organized around readings that have been central to the development of Afro Latin@/x Literature: poetry, prose, fiction, memoir, literary criticism, plays, solo performance art and spoken word. We will also examine primary documents such as speeches, diaries, letters, narratives and testimonials, as well as other ethnographic materials. Through close reading, core lectures and dialectical discussion we will survey the literary universe of AfroLatina/os and intersections of gender, Blackness, sexuality, class, Latinidad, and queerness. The goal of the course is to contribute to the development of literary appreciation and a confident and coherent understanding of major currents and themes in Afro Latin@/x Literature and to encourage further study, and promote future cultural and literary production. The course is a writing intensive, designed to elevate the ability to translate and synthesize ideas in writing, both academically and creatively and to provide a brave space" (to borrow a term coined by bell hooks) where creative writers can experiment and grow in the craft of writing. Students will be assigned critical papers, creative projects and will do in-class workshop writing.

3HR./WK.; 3 CR. 



Comparative Africana Fiction


BLST 32010 Sec(B-LEC)   Code (61892)                                                       Instructor: Jean-Charles, M.

M, We 9:30A.M.- 10:45 A.M. 

What is our world in the eyes of First-Generation creators of color? This course is discussion based and in it we focus on coming of age texts regarding identity formation and specifically race, sexuality, class, gender, and (im)migration. Rooted in diaspora theory, this course is an exploration of what it means to grow up in America and be a child of (im)migrants in the texts from the early 1990s to the contemporary moment. Endeavoring to advance conversations about identity, socio-cultural politics, theory, and more, this course excavates the realities of both being and living in between. ​​

 3HR./WK.; 3CR