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African and African American Studies Courses

AAAS S-120s Study Abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania: Resilience and Transformation (32790)

Caroline Elkins.

Limited enrollment.

See Study Abroad for more information.

AAAS S-129 The Harlem Renaissance (32821)

Francis Abiola Irele.

Class times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 3:15-6:15 pm.

Course tuition: noncredit, undergraduate, and graduate credit $2,700.

The Harlem Renaissance is one of the landmarks of African American literary, artistic, and intellectual history. It marked the emergence of a distinctive current of a modern black literature, involving a remarkable constellation of black writers who sought to give expression to the African American experience in all its complex range. The course focuses on texts by Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston; it also includes a survey of African American achievements in music and the visual arts. The influence of the Harlem Renaissance in the evolution of African American literature is also examined, as well as its impact on other movements in the black world, notably the Negritude movement of the French-speaking African and Caribbean writers. The course thus serves as an introduction to modern expression in the black world. (4 credits)

AAAS S-181s Study Abroad in Kisumu, Kenya: Innovations, Technologies, and Health Transformations in Africa (32791)

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