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The “Life of Malcolm X” murals were painted by Florian Jenkins in 1972. The eight panels depict the life and assassination of the human rights activist. The murals were sponsored by the Afro-American Society and are located in Cutter-Shabazz Hall.

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AAAS Courses by Term

Click here for an overview of all AAAS courses offered in 2014-15.

Fall 2014

AAAS 10 Introduction to African American Studies
A multidisciplinary investigation into the lives and cultures of people of African descent in the Americas. Topics may include: the African background, religion and the black church, popular culture, slavery and resistance, morality and literacy, the civil rights movement, black nationalism, theories of race and race relations.
Rabig (2A) CI SOC

AAAS 13 Black America since the Civil War (crosslisted with HIST 17)
Among the topics to be discussed are Black Reconstruction, segregation and disfranchisement, migration, nationalism, Blacks and the New Deal, the impact of war on Blacks, and the 1960s. Open to all classes.
White (10) W SOC

AAAS 19 Africa and the World (crosslisted with HIST 5.08)
This course focuses on links between Africa and other parts of the world, in particular Europe and Asia. Readings, lectures, and discussions will address travel and migration, economics and trade, identity formation, empire, and cultural production. Rather than viewing Africa as separate from global processes, the course will address historical phenomena across oceans, deserts, cultures, and languages to demonstrate both the diversity of experiences and the long-term global connections among disparate parts of the world.
Trumbull (3B) NW INT or SOC

AAAS 33 The African American Intellectual
A cross-disciplinary study of the contributions and problems of African American intellectuals in the U.S. We will focus primarily on 20th century figures and scholarship to understand works by such thinkers as W.E.B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Carter Woodson, Ralph Ellison, E. Franklin Frazier, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Manning Marable, Derrick Bell, Cornel West, and Patricia Williams, as well as the social and intellectual contexts in which they found, and continue to find, themselves.
Favor (11) CI SOC

AAAS 34 Early Black American Literature (crosslisted with ENGL 30)
A study of the foundations of Black American literature and thought, from the colonial period through the era of Booker T. Washington. The course will concentrate on the way in which developing Afro-American literature met the challenges posed successively by slavery, abolition, emancipation, and the struggle to determine directions for the twentieth century. Selections will include: Wheatley, Life and Works; Brown, Clotel; Douglass, Narrative; Washington, Up from Slavery; DuBois, Souls of Black Folk; Dunbar, Sport of the Gods; Chestnut, House Behind the Cedars; Harriet Wilson, Our Nig; Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; and poems by F. W. Harper, Paul L. Dunbar and Ann Spencer.
Chaney (2A) W LIT

AAAS 35 Modern Black American Literature (crosslisted with ENGL 33)
A study of African American literature from the Harlem Renaissance to the present, this course will focus on emerging and diverging traditions of writing by African Americans. We shall also investigate the changing forms and contexts of 'racial representation' in the United States. Works may include those by Hurston, Hughes, Wright, Ellison, Morrison, Schuyler, West, Murray, Gates, Parks.
Favor (11) W LIT

AAAS 39 History of Jazz (crosslisted with MUS 5)
This course examines jazz from its origins to the present, with special attention to pivotal figures in the history of jazz such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. Class work includes listening to, analyzing, and discussing a wide variety of recorded jazz performances, and watching jazz films. Class sessions include performances by visiting artists. Outside of class, students will attend live jazz performances, listen to recordings, and read about the artists who brought this music to life. The goal is to help increase understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the great American art form called jazz.
Haas (10A) W ART

AAAS 52 The History of North Africa from the Arrival of Islam to the Present (crosslisted with HIST 68)
This course offers an introduction to the history of North Africa from its conversion to Islam to its current, transnational political and social formations. Focusing on religion and conversion, Sufism and mysticism, French and Italian colonialism, trade and economic history, environment, the region's engagement with the Sahara, literature and culture, and migration, assignments will emphasize major themes in the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the region. Open to all classes.
Trumbull (10A) NW SOC

AAAS 82.05 Dave the Potter: Slavery Between Pots and Poems (crosslisted with COCO 3 and ENGL 52.03)
This course examines the work of David Drake, a South Carolinian slave who made some of the largest ceramic storage vessels of this region, signing them and etching sayings and poems onto them as well. This seminar engages with Drake's poetry-pottery through critical and historical research, interpretive writing, and our own creative adventures in ceramic handicrafts. As a culminating assignment, students will contribute chapters to a scholarly book on Drake, which the professor shall edit.
Chaney (10A) ART

AAAS 87.05 Politics of Africa (crosslisted with GOVT 42)
This course examines post-colonial politics in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on the events of the last decade. The course will be structured around three main themes: (1) patterns of economic growth and decline; (2) the transition to democratic political systems; and (3) political violence and civil conflict. While the course covers broad trends across the continent, it will also draw on case studies from particular countries.
Horowitz (2) NW INT or SOC


Ongoing Offerings

AAAS 89: Independent Study in African and African American Studies
Available to students who wish to independently explore aspects of African and African American Studies which are not included in courses currently offered at Dartmouth. Open to qualified students with permission of the course instructor and the Chair. (Obtain Proposal Form in the program office.) No student may take more than two such courses without the approval of the Chair. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

AAAS 97: Senior Independent Research in African and African American Studies
For senior African and African American Studies majors toward the culminating experience, with permission of selected instructor and the Chair. (Obtain Proposal Form in the program office.)

AAAS 98-99: Honors Thesis in African and African American Studies, two terms of senior year with selected AAAS faculty member.
The honors student will pursue the project under guidance of selected faculty member and with permission of the Chair. See "A Guide to Honors in African and African American Studies."


Last Updated: 7/25/14