Black in America

Spring 2021
Leah Misemer
ENGL 1102

In this course, we will consider how different forms of communication--from novels to film and poetry to comics--represent and reflect upon the history of black experience in America. We will be processing, discussing, and debating some of the key issues behind the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as responding creatively to topics such as police and prison reform, reparations, black representation in media, appropriation of black culture, and medical ethics related to race. Texts include The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Starshine and Clay by Kamila Aisha Moon, and March: Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. We will also have readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, Michael Twitty, and others. Assignments will include discussion board posts and responses, a creative project with reflection, an annotated bibliography, and a debate. Format is all online with synchronous meetings once a week, though it is recommended you save the time slot on other assigned course days for ease of scheduling meetings with peer groups.

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