First, a few housekeeping details:
- Remember that this class doesn’t use Blackboard. Check the course website every week for updates and detailed reading instructions which will appear on this page
- Get a copy of the two required course book if you haven’t done so already. You will need it to do the reading assignments for the rest of the semester. If ordering online, you should order it now so it’ll arrive in time. Details on the books page. I’m aware of the issues with the bookstore and am looking into the situation.
- Please sign up for the class text message service run by Remind(.com) if you haven’t done so yet
- You can sign up online here or send a text message to (608) 467-4328 and type the following as the message: @aas166.
- Makes it easy for me to quickly send out important messages
- There’s a class WhatsApp group that is helpful–or so I’m told since I’m not on it. Anyhow, check it out if you haven’t yet.
On the weekly Zoom sessions:
- The sessions are being recorded. Still figuring out the best way to post them. Stay tuned.
- Sign-up info for weekly Zoom sessions is on the Zoom meet info page. I recommend saving the meeting ID and password in your calendar or elsewhere to easily join
- Lehman has emergency grants available to quickly provide money for housing, medical, food, transportation, and other needs. Details at the Student Affairs office.
- The Lehman Food Bank offers food assistance. Details here.
- Lehman has a very comprehensive page of students resources including laptop/tablet loans. Details here.
- Shameless self-promotion, but I’m moderating a Zoom discussion on Monday 2/22 from 7-9 PM with several members of The Last Poets: an important group of poets/activists with roots in the Black Power/Black Arts era of the 1960s-70s and still performing and writing today. It’s free: sign-up here.
- After my event, you might want to watch the Mr. SOUL! documentary film on PBS @ 10 PM and streaming after that.
Quick highlights from third class on 2/17
- Website review
- Zoom wait room music: Betty Carter’s “Feed the Fire“
- Musical selection: Albert Collins’s “Snowed In.”
- Reviewed Chapters 1 and 2 from Introduction to Black Studies
- See the Lecture Notes page for a PDF of the slide deck presented in class (UPDATE: posted!)
- See the video of Temple University’s Molefe Asante defining Afrocentricity on YouTube
What to do for Week 4–February 24:
READ Chapter 3 (“Black History: African Background”) in Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies (pages 65-102).
- As usual, start with the Key Terms and Study Questions at the end of the chapter to guide your reading.
- Focus on the following: the concepts of Maat, sankofa, and Sebait.
- And the following people: Imhotep and Ptah-hotep.
- Read the sections “The Legacy of Egypt” and “The Decline of African Societies” slowly and carefully and take good notes.
- Connect points in this chapter to the points in section 2.6 (“Classical African Studies”) to the sections from Chapter 2 and Dr. Karenga’s reasons for the importance of Egypt and Nile Valley civilization on pp. 56-57
- Focus on Critical Thinking questions 2,3 and 5. You don’t have to write out extensive answers, but take brief notes on each.
RESPOND to one idea in the chapter and DISCUSS it with classmates and myself with the comment board at the bottom of this post
ATTEND the weekly Zoom session @ 6 PM EST on Wednesday February 24
General reading strategies:
- Underline/highlight key points in the text
- Use the reading questions at the back of chapters to focus you: read those first
- Try to understand the definitions of the key concepts listed at the back of the chapter
- Make a note to ask the instructor to clarify anything you don’t understand
- Note key issues, approaches, and dilemmas/challenges Dr. Karenga outlines
Chapter 4 in Introduction to Black Studies: “Black History: Africans in America”
Comments on posts:
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- You have to leave your name (enter as first name and last initial only) so a) I can make sure only people in the class are commenting and b) you get credit for the comment
- Remember to be respectful, especially when responding to classmates
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To ‘participate’ in the class, I’d like to see everyone 1) post a substantive comment of their own based on either the reading or my lecture using some of the questions raised or conversation prompts, and 2) to respond thoughtfully to someone else’s comment—not just agree/disagree, but add on evidence or ask a follow-up question. You can also ask a question–for me or others–but that doesn’t count toward your comment and reply needed for the grade. It’s fine with me if conversation continues in a thread as long as it does, but two responses showing a clear engagement with the reading will count for being ‘present.’ Does that make sense? You have two weeks to write those two comments for credit.