Lauren Anderson's article on teaching J-Term published

Lauren Kientz Anderson recently received her copy of the Spring 2014 issue of the Radical History Review. This package was particularly exciting, because her name is in the table of contents.

Her essay on teaching a course on the global anti-apartheid movement at the University of Kentucky and as a J-Term at Luther was solicited by the Radical History Review after Dr. Anderson posted preliminary thoughts about teaching the course at the Society for US Intellectual History's blog, where she used to be a regular contributor (she is now a monthly contributor at the African American Intellectual History Society blog). She originally developed the course at Kentucky to accompany a public presentation of Connie Field's seven part film "Have You Heard from Johannesburg." It took quite a bit of change to fit the course into a three and a half week AFST/HIST 185 class, but two central elements remained--watching the film and having students carry passbooks with them to each class session. These passbooks simulated, but could in no way replicate, the oppressive devices used by the apartheid government to control black people's movements and job opportunities. Using a physical document that students had to bring to class everyday to be stamped in order to "prove" their attendance (no matter whether or not they were physically present) cemented students' understanding of the passbooks and allowed us to talk with greater depth about the use of passbooks within South African society. At the same time, the film encouraged us to see the anti-apartheid movement as a global movement for change.

Spring 2014 Radical History Review
Student Nadia Onsando with her passbook
Nadia chose a real South African woman to design her passbook around.