AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 006 Race, Faith and Migration
Term: FA 2012
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Course Note:
This course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and issues in American Studies in a seminar format from a Humanities perspective. It enables students to have contact with regular faculty in a small-class experience and to elicit their active participation in the topics under discussion.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar offers a broad introduction to the historical intersections of religion, race, and migration. The course studies a range of “traveling” narratives; travelogues, historical fiction, anthropology, film and memoir; to consider how migration across the boundaries of homelands and the borders of nation-states has set historical concepts of race and religion in continued, and often vexed, dialogue. The seminar will explore the meanings of race and religion as mobile and evolving categories of analysis that have developed alongside the migrations and resettlements of enslaved, displaced and emigrant/immigrant communities. Across its three units, the course aims to think comparatively about historical context and racialized experience; from the rise of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through contemporary discourse on illegal immigration. The seminar’s reading, listening and viewing assignments travel within and across the borders of the U.S., but class discussion will remain attuned to the course assignments’ emphasis on matters that are both broader and more intimate than the bounds of the U.S. nation.

Course assignments include a screening of Avatar and readings from Olaudah Equiano, Toni Morrison, Zitkala-Sa, N. Scott Momaday and Edwidge Danticat.

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23134
Closed
0
2Y1
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
24307
Closed
0
1Y1
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
27531
Open
11
1LHSP Y1
3Y1
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Th 10:00AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
29675
Closed
0
 
2Y1
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
29886
Open
13
6Y1
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9781400034307
Brother, I'm dying, Author: Edwidge Danticat., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780307276766
A mercy, Author: Toni Morrison., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2009
Required
ISBN: 9780826304360
The way to Rainy Mountain, Author: N. Scott Momaday., Publisher: Univ. of New Mexico Press Repr. 1991
Required
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