First, a few housekeeping details:
- Please sign up for the class text message service run by Remind if you didn’t in class. Send a text to 81010 with the message “@introaas” to sign up. (Don’t include the quotation marks around the @introaas). If that doesn’t work, send a text with the message “@introaas” to (608)-467-4328. This gives me a simple way to contact the entire class for important updates or emergencies.
- If you do not have a cell phone capable of text messages, sign up for email notifications at: rmd.at/introaas
- Note that this class doesn’t use Blackboard. Check the course website every week for updates and detailed reading instructions
- Get copies of the two required course books. You will need them to do the reading assignments for 9/12 and the rest of the semester. The main textbook is on reserve at Lehman’s library.
Wednesday 9/5 is a Monday schedule (PDF!) in CUNY, so we don’t meet. Note that we also don’t meet on Wednesday 9/19
For Wednesday 9/12:
- Read Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s “Africana Studies: A Decade of Change, Challenge, Conflict” (PDF on the Readings page) Password hint: what year is it? Reading notes: Dr. Clarke’s essay is organized very informally and confirms to his storytelling-based style. It can be read quickly or while traveling, but be sure to highlight or underline key points and take good notes.
- Skim “About Us” and “AHSA Matters” on the African Studies Heritage Association website (Clarke refers to this in his essay).
- Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 1-60).
- Skim (read quickly and to gain an overview) pp 1-17 on history and development of the discipline.
- Focus on the following sections: (pp 17-27) 1.3 (Relevance of the Discipline) and 1.4 (Scope of the Discipline) and sections 2.3-2.7 — the different developmental initiatives.
- Read only pp 39-60 (“Developmental Initiatives”) in chapter 2
- This book is on reserve at Lehman’s library if yours doesn’t arrive in time.
Reading points/ questions to consider:
- Think about how Clarke is defining the field of Africana/Black Studies
- Note key issues, approaches, and dilemmas/challenges he outlines
- What is worldview?
- What’s the importance of worldview to the discipline of Africana Studies?
Quick recap of first class highlights:
- Who’s in the room/ what brought you to this class?
- Reading of Dr. Leonard Jeffries Jr’s “The Essence of Black Studies” (handout and also on the Readings page). What’s his view of a Black Studies methodology (i.e. ways to analyze information and do research) and how should it approach the world?
- Viewing of first half of the John Henrik Clarke documentary film A Great and Mighty Walk. [EDIT: we didn’t get to this. We’ll view it next week. And you can watch on your own if you want.] Embedded below via YouTube: