- Do you want to know why South Sudan (the newest African State) broke from Sudan?
- Do you want to understand the Chinese presence in Africa?
- Do you want to understand the current state of African Unity/AU and what roles Africans play in Africa’s conflicts and affairs?
- Do you want to learn about Africa’s first woman president and what that means for women/girls?
- Do you want to know who is benefitting from Africa’s diamond, petroleum, gold, timber and other resources?
- Do you want to know why Africa needs $24 billion in food aid when most Africans farm?
AFRICA TODAY - AFRS 2307, Summer I – Mon & Wed 8-11:30AM
Africa Today is taught by Prof. Kwamina Panford, who is an experienced Professor who has taught in Ghana, worked with African Governments, the UN, AU and other international groups and as a researcher and adviser in and out of Africa.
The Research, Innovation & Scholarship Expo, provides an annual showcase for Northeastern researchers and scholars to celebrate their scholarly achievements and share their innovations. More than 300 research poster presentations by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students cover a wide range of disciplines: Physical & Life Sciences, Computer & Information Science, Engineering, Humanities, Arts & Design, Health Sciences, Law, Business and Social Sciences. Check out the RISE website for more information on this exciting showcase.
ENGL4670: Modern African-American Literature
Sequence F (1:35-3:15 Tu/F)
Fulfills CAS Core Diversity and NU Core Comparative Cultures
With a particular focus on three historical moments — the Harlem Renaissance; modern African American literature after World War II; and the contemporary period — this course will consider African American literature both as a distinct tradition and in relation to the mainstream, white, literatures to which it so often responds. We will place this literature in an historical context which includes slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, the Great Migration; the Great Depression, wars, and modern civil rights. At the same time, we will ask about the ways in which formal categories such as naturalism, realism, and modernism do – and do not – fit this tradition. Themes that help us connect our reading will include identity, invisibility, authenticity, recognition, blindness, double consciousness, memory, and others. As a class we will parse out literary commonalities and differences, with attention also to demystifying and strengthening the skills of literary and cultural analysis. Among the authors we will read are: James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, and Anna Deveare Smith. Assignments will include short reading responses and papers.
Note: DAAS majors/minors will receive departmental credit.
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