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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated March 31, 2015 at 07:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
AMST 103-01  The Problems of Race in US Social Thought and Policy
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 217 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*First Year Course only; first day attendance required* In this discussion-based and residential course, we will explore the hypothesis that 21st century racism has morphed from simple and evil formulations of bigotry and exploitation into decentralized and seemingly benign systems of cultural camouflage and ideological control. We will focus particularly on the ways that “structural” inequalities inform complex racial formations, and consequently, individual life chances. We will consider the idea that racism involves a “hidden curriculum” that is promoted by well-intentioned and highly educated people. Our interdisciplinary and integrative approach will employ multiple methods of inquiry and expression, including: self-reflective essays and maps; a scavenger hunt in the Twin Cities; library research; and deep, critical analysis of arguments about race/ethnicity/assimilation/multiculturalism. We will hone writing and speaking skills through highly structured assignments paired with open-ended conversations in order to discover the questions that truly matter to each of us.

AMST 110-01  Introduction to African American Studies
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 110 Duchess Harris
*First day attendance required*

AMST 194-01  Hunger Games
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 213 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required* Did you love the books and hate the movies? Do you wonder what serious messages they carry? This course uses the youth-oriented Hunger Games dystopia as a platform for launching scholarly conversations about racism and heteropatriarchy, Reality TV, security and surveillance, environmentalism, violence, revolution, and the power of love. We will watch both films and read all three books in the first two weeks of the semester. Then we will take an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning and teaching, that includes archery lessons, bread baking, role plays, and our own class blog. A major goal of the course is to open up our hearts and minds, and to discover more precisely what we hunger for—as scholars, gendered and racialized subjects, and human residents of the planet Earth.

AMST 194-02  Asian America: A Social History
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Juliana Pegues
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with HIST 194-02* This course is an introduction to Asian American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that studies how histories of immigration, exclusion, racial construction, and citizenship have shaped Asian American communities and identities. In turn, Asian American Studies asks how Asian Americans, configured as immigrants, refugees, “forever foreigners,” and “model minorities,” impact how American nation, empire, rights, and belonging are defined both discursively and materially. We will explore the history of Asian migration to the United States beginning in the 19th century and the ensuing debates over race, immigration, and citizenship that resulted. After examining the causes and consequences of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, we examine the new waves of migration from Asia in the second half of the 20th century, Asian Americans and civil rights, and contemporary issues such as Asian American education and popular culture. Special attention will be given to ethnic and racial affinities and antagonisms, as well as how class, gender, and sexuality influence the historical and contemporary lives of Asian Americans. Class texts center the voices and ideas of everyday Asian Americans, including memoir, novels, graphic novels, and film.

AMST 200-01  Critical Methods for American Studies Research
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 213 Jane Rhodes
*First day attendance required* This course will introduce students to the critical and intellectual underpinnings of research approaches in interdisciplinary scholarship. Fields like American Studies were founded, in part, to critique the canons and assumptions embedded in the disciplines. American Studies and Ethnic Studies scholars also insist that race, ethnicity, gender, class, and other categories of difference be in the forefront of the research agenda, and that researchers be cognizant of the role difference plays for the researcher, the subject under scrutiny, and the results. This course will consider these factors as you get hands-on experience with historical, field research and cultural studies approaches to scholarship.

AMST 225-01  Native American History
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm OLRI 170 Katrina Phillips
*Cross-listed with HIST 225-01* This course examines American Indian history to 1900, considering the complex and fraught history of the nation's indigenous people. By looking at American Indian interactions with Spanish, French, British, and American explorers, settlers, missionaries, militaries, and government officials, this course argues that the history of American Indians is essential to understanding past as well as present issues. Furthermore, this course looks to move beyond the notion that American Indian history is one of inevitable decline. Students will use primary and secondary sources to question this assumption and create a more nuanced understanding of the American Indian experience.

AMST 240-01  Race, Culture and Ethnicity in Education
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 216 Ann Hite
*Cross-listed with EDUC 240-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 250-01  Race, Place and Space
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 101 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*Cross-listed with GEOG 250-01; first day attendance required* How do racial formations manifest in space and place? Through lecture and discussion, we will define what is spatial or “platial.” A discussion of visual culture will help us to engage the difficult practice of “looking” at race and space. Then we consider how race and racism operate at various levels of scale: women’s reproductive health (Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body), urban renewal (“Detropia” and Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff), and the planet (“A Fierce Green Planet”). Prior exposure to American Studies, Urban Studies, or Environmental Studies will help ground you in this course.

AMST 256-01  Transatlantic Slave Trade
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 002 Lynn Hudson
*Cross-listed with HIST 256-01*

AMST 275-01  African American Literature to 1900
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 009 Daylanne English
*Cross-listed with ENGL 275-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 294-01  Lines in the Sand: The U.S. Mexico Borderlands
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 009 Ryan Edgington
*Cross-listed with HIST 294-03*

AMST 294-02  Immigration and Citizenship in American Political Development
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 206 Zornitsa Keremidchieva
*Cross-listed with POLI 208-01*

AMST 300-01  Jr Civic Engagement Seminar
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 111 Duchess Harris
*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required* This course examines the backlash against affirmative action in the late 1980s and early 1990s—just as courts, universities, and other institutions began to end affirmative action programs. We will learn how law professors of color created Critical Race Theory to resist a cautious approach to social transformation. These scholars favor a race conscious approach to transformation rather than liberalism's embrace of color blindness, and favor an approach that relies more on political organizing, in contrast to liberalism's reliance on rights-based remedies. We will read about Critical White Studies as the next step in Critical Race Theory. In focusing on whiteness, not only do theorists ask nonwhites to investigate more closely for what it means for others to be white, but also they invite whites to examine themselves more searchingly and to "look behind the mirror." To balance out the course, we will end by reviewing Dan Subnotik’s text, “Toxic Diversity.” He analyzes the work of preeminent legal scholars such as Patricia Williams, Derrick Bell, Lani Guinier, and Richard Delgado, and argues that race and gender theorists divert the implementation of America's social justice agenda. In the elusive quest for racial justice, is equality enough, and if not, in the words of Toni Morrison, how can we race justice and engender power?

AMST 308-01  Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 213 Alicia Munoz
*Cross-listed with HISP 308-01 and LATI 308-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 330-01  Mellon Seminar
W 12:00 pm-01:00 pm NEILL 113 Duchess Harris
*Must be one of the ten Mellon Fellows to register; first day attendance required; 2 credit course*

AMST 334-01  Cultural Studies and the Media
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
*Cross-listed with MCST 334-01*

AMST 370-01  Understanding and Confronting Racism
T 01:20 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 301 Kendrick Brown
*Cross-listed with PSYC 370-01*

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated March 31, 2015 at 07:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
AMST 101-01  Explorations of Race and Racism
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 212 Juliana Pegues
*First day attendance required*

AMST 112-01  Intro to LGBTQ Studies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 009 Corie Hammers
*Cross-listed with WGSS 110-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 194-01  The Culture and Theory of Women of Color Feminisms
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Juliana Pegues
*Cross-listed with WGSS 194-01* This course examines women of color feminisms as historical, intellectual, cultural, and political formations in the U.S. from the 1960s to the present. We will focus on the specific ways that women of color feminism arose from and posed serious challenges to second-wave feminism and nationalist movements, and its importance to social change organizing and the development of what is now known as queer of color critique. We will address the ways that women of color feminists critiqued the racism and classism of white, middle class feminist spaces while simultaneously critiquing the heteropatriarchy within Black, Chicana/o and Latina/o, American Indian, and Asian American nationalist movements and fields of study. In addressing these important interventions we will focus on three major theoretical frameworks of women of color feminism: intersectionality, hybridity, and coalition through difference. We will read original texts from the women of color feminism movement (political analysis, personal narrative, poetry, literary analysis) alongside contemporary documents from queer of color scholarship and queer people of color movement organizing (social theory, independent film/multimedia, blogs, etc).

AMST 222-01  Imagining the American West
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 001 Ryan Edgington
*Cross-listed with HIST 222-01*

AMST 237-01  Environmental Justice
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 204 Erik Kojola
*Cross-listed with ENVI 237-01 and HIST 237-01; first day attendance required; ACTC students may register on the first day of Class with the permission of the instructor*

AMST 244-01  Urban Latino Power
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 213 Paul Dosh
*Cross-listed with LATI 244-01 and POLI 244-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 260-01  Race, Cultural Politics and Social Movements
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 213 Michael Hanson
This course will focus on the cultural dimension of social movements for racial equality and political change in the United States. The cultural realm has historically provided communities of color an arena for political self-representation, protest, and collective mobilization. The course will examine the political possibilities of cultural expression including protest art, music, performance, visual culture, literature, and sport as well as new platforms for political mobilization enabled by new technologies and media.

AMST 265-01  The Schools-to-Prison Pipeline
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MUSIC 228 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with EDUC 294-01; prior exposure to American Studies or Urban Studies is recommended.*

AMST 294-01  Black Women and Politics of Representation
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 212 Tia-Simone Gardner
AMST 294-02  American Philosophy
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 111 Geoffrey Gorham
*Cross-listed with PHIL 202-01*

AMST 294-03  Page to the Stage: Analyzing American Indian Performances of Race, Authenticity, and Indigeneity
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 002 Katrina Phillips
*Cross-listed with HIST 294-05*

AMST 294-04  Community-Based Theatres
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MUSIC 113 Harry Waters Jr.
*Cross-listed with THDA 210-01; counts for fine arts distribution*

AMST 294-05  Music in the United States: 1700s to Present
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MUSIC 228 Elissa Harbert
*Cross-listed with MUSI 294-02; counts for fine arts distribution*

AMST 308-01  Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Studies
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 213 Alicia Munoz
*Cross-listed with HISP 308-01 and LATI 308-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 315-01  Transnational Studies: US Imperialism: From the Philippines to Viet Nam
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 217 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*First day attendance required* In this discussion-based seminar, we will examine U.S. global presence through the lenses of empire, diaspora, and transnationalism. We will look specifically at U.S. involvement in the Philippines and Vietnam from 1898 to 1975 as moments of military occupation and cultural domination, as well as turning points for U.S. nation-building. What is "imperialism" and how is imperialism different from "hegemony"? How did U.S. imperial adventures in Asia help to recreate a Western geographic imaginary of the “East”? How did they reshape or reconfigure “American” positions and identities? Under what circumstances were former imperial subjects allowed to generate racialized communities? To what extent are memories of U.S. conflicts in Asia cultivated, proliferated, twisted, or suppressed? What lessons can be garnered for the contemporary historical moment? Other topics for exploration include: internment, transracial adoption, commemorations of war, and anti-imperialist/anti-war movements.

AMST 330-01  Mellon Seminar
W 12:00 pm-01:00 pm NEILL 113 Duchess Harris
*First day attendance required- 2 credit course*

AMST 341-01  Urban Social Geography: City Life and Landscapes
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 241 Daniel Trudeau
*Cross-listed with GEOG 341-01*

AMST 354-01  Blackness in the Media
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 402 Leola Johnson
*Cross-listed with MCST 354-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 384-01  Langston Hughes: Global Writer
TR 08:00 am-09:30 am CARN 404 David Moore
*Cross-listed with ENGL 384-01 and INTL 384-01; first day attendance required*

AMST 394-01  Race, Gender, and Science
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 110 Amy Sullivan
*Cross-listed with HIST 350-01*

AMST 400-01  Senior Seminar
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 111 Duchess Harris
*First day attendance required*

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