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Academic Programs

The African Diaspora & The World

Course Description

African Diaspora and the World (ADW) 111
ADW 111 seeks to examine the major themes associated with the African diaspora within a global context and from perspectives that are both interdisciplinary and gender-informed. 

Topics examined in this semester include various forms of knowledge construction; issues of identity; the intersection of race, gender, ethnicity, and class; and the varying responses to the phenomena of forced and voluntary migration, displacement, conditions of servitude and community formation.  

African Diaspora and the World (ADW) 112
ADW 112, the second half of the two-semester sequence, begins with responses to industrialization and colonialism and considers the various manifestations of the phenomenon of diaspora meeting the continent. 

Specific topics examined include Garveyism and periods of cultural efflorescence such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Afro-Cuban, and Negritude movements; liberation and anti-colonial struggles in Africa; the U.S. civil rights movement and the turbulence of the 1960s; contemporary issues related to the African diaspora, globalization and the environment.