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AFST 390

Advanced Topics in Africana Studies

An interdisciplinary study of some significant issue, theme or period relevant to Africana Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Deborah Geis

390A: Tps:Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize in drama, is a fresh, challenging, and always surprising contemporary voice in the theater. This course examines her significant collection of plays, beginning with her early dramatic experiments like Pickling and Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom, continuing to her "Abraham Lincoln" works (including The America Play and the Pulitzer-winning Topdog/Underdog), and culminating in her most recent theatrical projects such as 365 Plays. We'll also look at her other projects, including screenplays, fiction, and music. Since this is an "S" course, students should expect to participate actively and to give a series of oral presentations.


Emmitt Riley

390B: Tps:Politics of Race


Spring Semester information

Emmitt Riley

390A: Tps:The Politics of Inequality


Emmitt Riley

390B: Tps:The Legislative Process: Congressional Politics