2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Against All Odds: The Black Woman's Experience


Spring 2012 quarter

Kabby Mitchell dance , Joye Hardiman literature
Fields of Study
African American studies, American studies, cultural studies, dance, gender and women's studies, history, literature and music
Preparatory for studies or careers in
history, sociology, dance, arts management, and liberal arts.

How did Black women, of many different cultures and ages, succeed against all odds? How did they move from victim to victors? Where did they find the insurmountable courage to deconstruct and reconstruct their lives? In this program, students will participate in an inquiry-base exploration of the efficacy, resiliency and longevity of the lives and legacies of selected Black women from Ancient Egypt to contemporary Seattle. Our exploration will use the lenses of Ancient Egyptian studies, African, African-American and Afro-Disaporic history, dance history and popular culture to investigate these womens' lives and cultural contexts.

The class will have a variety of learning environments, including lectures and films, workshops, seminars and research groups. All students will demonstrate their acquired knowledge, skill and insight by: creating an annotated bibliography; giving a final performance based on the life of a chosen black woman; and an end-of-the-quarter "lessons learned presentation" demonstrating how our collective studies applied to each individual student's life and legacy.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 31st, 2011 New offering added.