EDXC 242-01: Anti-Black Racism and Epistemic Violence – Dr. Kyra Shahid
Recent killings of unarmed Black American citizens by police, court rulings, media activity, and acts of public protest have brought the legacy of anti-black racism in the United States to the forefront of mainstream American society. Various strategies and movements have (re)emerged to resist, unlearn, and disrupt ways of thinking that sustain racially-motivated violence against Black bodies. But how are such ways of thinking sustained?
Through this seminar course, we will examine the existence and impact of anti-Black racism in the form of epistemic violence and its impact on three large systems (Education, Governance, and Media) in the US. This course provides a learning experience for students who are seeking to enhance their abilities to: 1) Recognize anti-black racism and its personal and collective impact on contemporary society, 2) Understand the meaning of epistemic violence and how systemic oppression impacts learning in and outside the classroom, and 3) Develop and enhance skills to engage in personal and collective healing, reconciliation, and restoration.
ENG 205-27: Slavery and Contemporary Conversations – Dr. Shadawn Battle
We are the fortunate inheritors of the stories captured by brave African men and women who were reduced to brutes and forced to fatten the bellies and pockets of mere mortals. But how might we harness these tales to make sense of the social relations of domination and subjection in the current moment as well as the will to survive anti-Blackness? Will they reveal to us that our current strategies of resistance are, in fact, recycled? The abolition of U.S. chattel slavery only occurred in theory. Since the publication of Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987), scholars in the post-Civil Rights era have turned their attention to the ghosts of slavery in contemporary U.S. society—particularly to the ways in which it has adversely structured the lived experiences of people of African descent in the U.S, as well as how we have unconsciously borrowed the survival tactics of enslaved Africans. This course is designed to enter into these debates.
Time & Days: T/Th, 2:30-3:45pm
Mode: Hybrid1 / ZOOMba2 and FTF
Room: Cintas Center 202