Instructor: Dr. Chamara Kwakye
Day/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays | 3:00 – 4:20 PM
Description: This three-credit course will cover current trends and topics in African American and African Studies. AAAS 100 explores the Black experience from several perspectives: history, politics, economics, art, sociology, psychology, religion, and culture. In addition, this course allows for students with both nascent and developed interest in Black studies to delve deeper into their intellectual passions. 

Instructor: Dr. Trimiko Melancon
Day/Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays | 2:40 – 4:00 PM
Description: In this interdisciplinary course, we will explore representations and social constructions of race, gender and sexuality and how these intersect and inform Black people’s lives. How and in what ways, that is, do particular narratives regarding Black people and black racialized sexualities manifest and are entrenched in society, literature, laws, cultural production, and various types of media that range from music videos, reality television, magazines and print culture to social media, web series, and film, among other venues? Drawing upon critical frameworks informed by black feminist theories, gender and sexuality studies, critical race and performance theories, and intersectional paradigms, this course analyzes and explores black sexualities, the “erotics of racism,” and black sexual politics. 

Instructor: Dr. Yvonne Morris
Day/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays | 12:40 – 2:00 PM
Description: In this course, students will explore the life experiences of Black folks through the lens of gender. This will be examined in relation to social identities such as class, religion, location as well as from a political, social, and historical point of view. The course will work to see beyond the binary of femininity and masculinity as well as learn how capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy shape gender norms and thereby the lives of Black folks and the relationships they have with each other. 

Instructor: Dr. Trimiko Melancon
Day/Time: Tuesdays | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Description: Examining various types of film during different historical and cinematic eras, namely (though not exclusively post-1970 to the contemporary moment), this course examines how black directors and filmmakers engage, produce, and complicate narratives of race, specifically U.S. representations of blackness and constructions of race, as these intersect with gender, sexuality, class, geography, and other axes of identity. 

Instructor: Tuesdays/Thursdays | Dr. Tamura Lomax
Day/Time: 12:40 – 2:00 PM
Description: This course is a genealogical survey of Black religious experiences, expressions, and motivations. It notes both a distinction and overlapping between religion and spirituality. Namely, it holds that spirituality is an internalized sacred force that diasporic Black folks have deployed for survival, healing, movement, and power. More, it takes up Charles Long’s idea that Black religion, which includes the sacred force of spiritus, is an orientation and/or quest for meaning, which has a manifold of appearances, that precedes yet influences thought and manifests in a variety of ways. Finally, this course holds that we cannot critically engage Black life, culture, and thriving, particularly in North America, and not explore expressions of Black spirituality and religiosity. Both have been vital to the freedom narrative. 

Instructor: Dr. LeConté Dill
Day/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays | 3:00 – 4:20 PM
Description: Students will critically explore the role of various institutions in enabling oppression and constraining diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students will also examine historical, contemporary, future-oriented pursuits towards justice and liberation, with a special focus on the MidWest. 

Instructor: Dr. LeConté Dill
Day/Time: Mondays/Wednesdays | 12:40 – 2:00 PM
Description: In this intensive creative writing workshop, students will come to know that good readers become good writers. Students will practice critical reading skills by considering an expanded canon of well-known, emerging, and submerged Black Feminist writers of poetry, memoir, fiction, science fiction, and journalism. Students will also practice writing, critiquing, and revising their own work and that of their peers with loving rigor. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice, perform, and further disseminate their work. Overall, I look forward to holding space for students to grow awareness of their individual and collective agency, power, and vitality through the written and spoken word.