Course Topics

AFRS 251 African-American Literature
A survey of African-American literature. Primary emphasis will be on literature written since 1920 when the Harlem Renaissance began. Includes authors such as Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison and gives attention to theories of race and culture formation.

ENG 354 American Novel
A study of major American novelists from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, such as Melville, Stowe, Twain, Cather, Faulkner, and Morrison. Some attention is given to theoretical approaches to American literature.

AFRS 240 Africana Women's Writing
A study of writing by selected Africana women writers from Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and elsewhere in the African diaspora. Topics may vary by geographic region or theme.

AFRS 239 New Hope Summer Camp, South Africa: Service Learning and Vocation
In this course you will experience the joys, challenges, and realities of service in the wider world by helping lead an after school camp for disadvantaged youth ages 5-16 in Cape Town, South Africa. Organized by New Hope Ithisi iAfrika (New Hope Feeds Africa) the camp will offer music, sports, art, drama, personal health, and other activities as well as life skills. In the first week we will have a service learning opportunity with youth at Othandweni orphanage in Soweto. During the month we will also visit historical sites and speak with South Africans about the challenges of transforming a post-apartheid, democratic society. At heart this course will invite each of us to ask: how do I live out my vocation of service in a wondrous but complicated world?