Sunday, June 4, 2017

Readings for African American Literatures & Cultures Institute (2017)

This June, I'm working with Fellows in the African American Literatures and Cultures Institute. Here's a look at our reading list for the summer.

Week 1
Debates in Black Studies
• Poetry packet #1: Vivee Frances, Robert Hayden, Ishmael Reed, Opal Palmer Adisa
• “Message to the Grassroots” by Malcolm X
• Editorial selections by Felicia Nimue Ackerman
• "Diversifying the Graduate school Pipeline" by Joycelyn Moody and Howard Rambsy II
• Poetry packet #2: Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Jayne Cortez, Lucille Clifton, Jay Z and Jay Electronica
• Writing an Effective Abstract: An Audience-Based Approach
• Poetry packet #3: Amiri Baraka: “Diggig Max,” “RhythmBlues,” “Jungle Jim Flunks His Screen Test,” “Dope,” “Culture,” “In the Funk World” (MB)

Week 2
• "The Breast Cancer Racial Gap" by Tara Parker-Pope 
• "A Grim Breast Cancer Milestone for Black Women" by Tara Parker-Pope 
• "1.5 Million Missing Black Men," "The Methodology: 1.5 Million Missing Black Men," "Chicago’s Murder Problem"
• Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl"
• Toni Morrison's "Sweetness"
• Excerpt from The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
• “The Blue Period: An Origin Story” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
• Moya Bailey: “They aren’t talking about me…,” “More on the origin of Misogynoir”
• Jenn M. Jackson: “Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels Built Careers on Black Women Stories but Trade in Misogynoir”
• Poetry: Kelly Norman Ellis – “Raised by Women,” Erykah Badu – “On and On (freetyle),” Yaya Bey “blue line,” Lauryn Hill – “Freedom Time,” Brie Nurse-Bailey – “So Gone Challenge,” Mahogany L. Browne – “Black Girl Magic"

Week 3
• Selections by Aaron McGruder, Keith Knight, Mat Johnson
• “The poetics and politics of protest signs”
• Presentations

African American Literatures and Cultures Institute

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