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Ethnic Studies Courses Fall 2017

Ethnic Studies Symposium Chair
Kim Brodkin

Student chairs perform substantive analytic work related to this interdisciplinary field of study,conducting extensive research to explore speakers, develop panels, identify important issues, and develop the program of events. Working closely with each other, the planning committee, and the faculty director, chairs also develop leadership and professional responsibilities. Preference given to minors in Ethnic Studies, but students with relevant coursework or other experience will be considered. 

Ethnic Studies Colloquium: Slavery, Bondage and Prisons in the United States.
Tuesday 6:00- 9:00 PM
Elliott Young
Reading and critical analysis of major interpretive works. Organized around themes or analytical problems; comparative study of works in ethnic studies exemplifying different points of view, methodologies, subject matter. Focus varies depending on instructor’s teaching and research area.

US Empire to Superpower
M/W/F 8:00- 9:00 AM
Jane Hunter
The power of the United States in the world, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq. American economic growth and its consequences. The federal government and the people. Mass society and mass marketing. Changing political alignments, the policy elite, and “political will.” The welfare state, women’s and minority rights

Colonial Latin American History
T/Th 9:40- 11:10 AM
Elliott Young
History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

HIST-243  *core Ethnic Studies course
African American History Since 1863
M/W/F 9:10- 10:10 AM
James Padilioni
A survey of African American history from emancipation to the present: the process of
emancipation, Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great
Depression and the transformation of the rural South, the civil rights movement, black power and
white backlash, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the development of hip-hop culture.
An examination of art, film, and theater will supplement written primary and secondary sources.

The British Empire
M/W/F 11:30AM - 12:30PM
David A. Campion
The history of British overseas expansion from the early 17th century to the end of the 20th century. Theories of imperialism; Britain’s Atlantic trade network; the Victorian empire in war and peace; collaboration and resistance among colonized people; India under the British Raj; Africa and economic imperialism; the effects of empire on British society; the creation of the British Commonwealth; the rise of nationalism in India, Africa, and the Middle East; decolonization and postcolonial perspectives. Extensive readings from primary sources.

African Politics
T/Th 1:50- 3:20 PM
Laura Vinson
Introduces students to political, social, and economic issues facing African states (primarily sub-Saharan), covering both domestic and international dimensions. The course explores the historical origins and contemporary dynamics of challenges associated with democratization, civil conflict, and underdevelopment, as well as emerging opportunities and prospects. Students gain specific country expertise, and are also equipped to make sense of the variation in the experiences of a range of African countries.

Latin American Culture Studies
M/W/F 10:20- 11:20AM
Magalí Rabasa
Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture. Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians. Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, postcolonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity. Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class. To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

World Music: Asia
M/W/F 9:10 - 10:10AM
Kaley Mason
Survey of musical traditions from the Asian continent. Study of music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.

Music and Social Justice
M/W/F 12:40- 1:40 PM
Kaley  Mason
Engages with the roles of music in movements for women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, civil rights, labor reform, and nation building. Will entail critical listening, examination of primary and secondary sources, and research papers.

Cross-Cultural Psychology
Wednesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Yueping Zhang
Relations between culture and human behavior. Examination of topics in psychology from a multicultural, multiethnic perspective, with special emphasis on cultural influence on research methods, self-concept, communication, emotion, social behavior, development, mental health. Cultural variation, how culture shapes human behavior, and psychological theories and practices in different cultures.

Comparative Rhetoric
Monday 03:00- 04:30 PM, Thursday 3:30- 05:00 PM
Kundai Chirindo
Comparative approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism. History, theory, and contributions of non-Euro-American rhetorics. Exploration of rhetoric’s role in culture, knowledge, philology, and colonialism. Study of current scholarship on non-Euro-American rhetorics, including methodology.

Argument and Social Justice
T/Th 8:00- 9:30 AM
George  Reyes
Investigation of argumentation and social justice. Exploration and application of scholarship through the community-based Thank You for Arguing, a mentoring program run with local inner-city public schools. Theoretical and methodological frameworks for understanding the role of argumentation in fostering social justice explored through readings, classes discussion, and writing assignments.

Religion-Society and Modernity
T/Th 9:40 - 11:10 AM
Oren Kosansky
Anthropological approaches to religion in the context of modern global transformations, including secularism, capitalism, and colonialism. Advanced introduction to classic theories (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) in the sociology and anthropology of religion, along with their contemporary ethnographic applications. Critical ethnographies of the ideological, practical and embodied expressions of religion in contemporary context.

Indigenous Peoples
T/Th 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Sarah Warren
Indigenous peoples, indigenous identity, and social movements for indigenous rights. How indigenous identity is defined, constructed, and maintained, and the rights that indigenous people have and can claim. The relationship between international organizations, including the United Nations, and indigenous movements. Central focus on North and South America with some comparative cases from Asia. Sociological theories of social movements, identity politics, and racial formation.

Race, Work, and Belonging
T/Th 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Kim Cameron-Dominguez
An overview of work relations in Western hemispheric political and economic systems, with a focus on black diasporic labor as a key component in the development of capitalist culture. Focus on how black labor is embedded within the social organization of production relations, and what negotiations and sacrifices are made in the process. What have shifts from slavery and manufacturing to global service and technological industries meant for black workers and professionals? How does work and leisure influence relationships of authority and freedom, but also identity and belonging? Students will read from anthropological works produced by scholars of color, and part of our work will be to ask how race and labor figure into authorial intent, knowledge production, and professional expertise.

Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque
M/W/F 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Matthieu Raillard
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
M/W/F 12:40 - 1:40 PM
Freddy Vilches
Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.





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