BLST 101: Introduction to Black Diaspora Studies

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Course Description

Introduction to the historical and contemporary dispersal of people from the African continent around the globe beginning in the 15th century to the present. General Education: Understanding the Past course; Exploring World Cultures course.

This is a required course for BLST major/minor fulfillment.

3 credit hours.

Past Texts Include

Albert J. Raboteau, “The African Diaspora”

Bartolomé de Las Casas, “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1552)”

Natalie Robertson,  “Life of Slave Ships”

Revolt Aboard the Amistad, Discovery Channel documentary

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, “An Unthinkable History: The Haitian Revolution as a NonEvent”

Georges Fouron, “Theories of “Race” and the Haitian Revolution”

Colin Palmer, “The African Diaspora”

Sandra L. Richards, “What Is to Be Remembered?: Tourism to Ghana’s Slave Castle Dungeons”

Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother

Stuart Hall, “Negotiating Caribbean Identities”

Robin D.G. Kelley, “Poetry & The Political Imagination: Aimé Césaire, Negritude & the Applications of Surrealism” (Introduction to Césaire’s A Tempest) (vii – xvi)