Against all Odds: The Black Experience - Studies in Resiliency, Ancient Egypt to Enslavement

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Fall 2017 quarter

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How have people of African descent, of many different cultures and ages, succeeded against all odds? How have they consistently moved from victims to victors? Where have they found the insurmountable courage and humanity to deconstruct and reconstruct their lives over and over again? In this course, students will participate in a literary exploration of the factors that promoted resistance, resiliency and cultural sustainability in the lives and legacies of selected Black men and women from Ancient Egypt to Kabby Mitchell III.

During Fall, our collaborative explorations will use the lenses of Ancient Egyptian studies, African, African-American and Afro-Diaspora history, and the work of H. Richard Milner and Tara J. Yosso as theoretical frame works to create a memoir from an Ancient Egyptian perspective.  All students will be given the opportunity to leave the class inspired, equipped and informed. Following this course students will be able to identify historical perspectives shaping the life of people of African descent, an understanding of the dynamic forces shaping our views of Ancient Egypt and slavery and a better understanding of the concept of resilience.

The work of this course continues in Winter.  Enrollment in Fall Quarter is not dependent on being enrolled Winter Quarter. Enrollment in Winter Quarter is not dependent on being enrolled Fall Quarter.

Program Details

Fields of Study

cultural studies history literature

Preparatory For

Comparative World Views, Community Service , or Human Development 


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tues 6-9:30 pm

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


2017-09-07New Fall Quarter Offering Added