An interdisciplinary study of some significant issue, theme or period relevant to Africana Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationDeborah 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.
390B: Tps:Politics of Race
Spring Semester informationEmmitt Riley
390A: Tps:The Politics of Inequality