Against All Odds: The African American Experience

Spring 2016 quarter

Taught by

dance, African American studies, theater

How did Black women and men, of many different cultures and ages, succeed against all odds? How did they move from the master narrative to their own agency? Where did they find the insurmountable courage to deconstruct and reconstruct their lives? In this program, students will participate in an inquiry-based exploration of the resiliency, efficacy, and longevity of the lives and legacies of selected Black women and men from Ancient Egypt to present-day African Americans. Our exploration will use the lenses of Ancient Egyptian studies, African, African-American and Afro-Disaporic history, dance history, and popular culture to investigate these women’s and men’s lives with cultural contextualization.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

African American studies, cultural studies, teaching and education, and graduate-level studies in the humanities.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Monday, March 28 at 10am (Com 320)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 24


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 30125
So - Sr (16 credits): 30128

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