Afro American Studies 1 Syllabus

Topics: African people, African American, African Pages: 207 (8563 words) Published: April 23, 2013
Howard University Spring 2013 Semester

Introduction to Afro American Studies I1 AFRO 005, Section 005, CRN 10009 Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:40-11:00 a.m. Ernest Everett Just [Biology Building] Auditorium2 Greg Carr, Ph.D., JD, Associate Professor3 Office: Founder’s Library, Room 3194 [202.806.7243 (direct office);; Twitter: @AfricanaCarr5 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m.; Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.; Also by Appointment

According to the Department of Afro-American Studies Course Description document, this course “provides a survey of selected major factors which helped create the African-American experience: the cultures of pre-colonial Africa, the slave experience in the Americas, life in post-rural and urban North America, etc.” 2 Ernest Everett Just (1883-1941), one of the most brilliant biologists of his generation, was born in South Carolina, was graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth, received the Ph.D. in Experimental Embryology from the University of Chicago and chaired Howard University’s Biology and Zoology Department from 1910 until his death. An NAACP Spingarn Medalist, Dr. Just was a leading figure in cell biology (particularly fertilization of marine mammal cells) and a central participant for a generation in the internationally-recognized biological research conducted at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He researched, lived and taught in Germany, Italy and France and was a founder of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. See Kenneth R. Manning, Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just. New York: Oxford University Press (1994); also Samantha Obuobi, “Just the Truth: Dr. Ernest Everett Just and Howard University,” BA Honors Thesis, Departments of Afro American Studies and Biology, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Howard Unviersity (April, 2012). and “A Forgotten Man of Remarkable Intelligence: The Life of Ernest Just,” Truth (Newsletter of the Association of Black Women Historians), Special Issue (2012): 15-19 3 BA (Speech Communications and Theater, Tennessee State University, 1987; JD, The Ohio State University, 1990-; MA, African and African American Studies, The Ohio State University, 1992; Ph.D., African American Studies, Temple University, 1998: Disseration Topic: “The African-Centered Philosophy of History, From Antiquity to the Contemporary Era.” 4 The Department of Afro American Studies is located on the 3rd floor of Founder’s Library. The main office for the Department is Room 311. The Department’s Administrative Assistant is Ms. Donald’a Gaddy ( The main office telephone number is 202.806.7242. 5 We will use Blackboard for class-related communication; however, I use Twitter to share observations across a range of topics, many of which are related to the discipline of Africana Studies. Substantive questions related to class readings and/or discussions are encouraged. Occasionally, I will notify you of events, class assignments, etc. through Twitter: I will not, however, use the medium to respond to student class issues (e.g. grades, late arrival, policies outlined in syllabus, office hours, etc.). I also do not, as a rule, follow students on Twitter as a practice of respect for your personal space and in order to generally maintain a more manageable student/faculty relationship. 1


This course introduces students to the academic discipline of Africana Studies and its major concepts and methods. Using a long-view genealogical approach, the course applies Africana Studies disciplinary concepts and methods to the study of select narratives, data and/or texts derived from and/or related to the African world experience, with particular emphasis on the period of late modernity...

Bibliography: ” Research Essay for Children’s Defense Fund Advanced Service and Advocacy Workshop for HBCU Student Leaders, Clinton, TN (2003).
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