Introduction to African American Literature (EH 324)Time: T/TH 11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Jessie Dunbar
This course will examine the significance of the African American literary tradition in shaping both the identities and the histories of people of African descent in the United States. The fiction of the writers featured in this course spans such periods as the New Negro Movement or the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s; the fiction of post WWII or the "indignant generation"; The Black Arts Movement of the 1960s; and contemporary African American fiction which is defined by what some scholars term a Renaissance in fiction by African American women. Throughout the course we will focus upon the historical and cultural contexts that shape the artistic development of African American writers as well as the manner in which they experiment with forms of fiction. The purpose of the course is not only to serve as an introduction to the fiction of major writers within the African American literary tradition and the eras which in part defined them, but, equally as important, to provide the skills and background that will enable you to identify and examine the most salient themes, forms and patterns that define their fiction. Together these themes, forms and patterns constitute a shared symbolic geography from which emerges the dynamic and evolving tradition of African American literature.
Gender, Literature, and Medicine (EH 327)Time: T/TH 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Instructor: Margaret Jay Jessee
In this course, we will read both fictional literature about and memoirs by women working in western medicine. We will begin this course discussing women's entry into "legitimate" medical practice through school training and entering the American Medical Association. Not surprisingly, as women gained more influence in the medical community, they faced opposition to their attempt to regain what had once been theirs: social authority in the area of care giving and health. The AMA deemed their role parasitic in nature, and the resentment toward these women led the Boston Gynecological Society to call them "the third sex." We will analyze representations of women healers in literature, tracking the development of the initial "third sex" figure through more contemporary, multi-national literary representations of women in medicine. Our class discussions will primarily focus on how the figure of the woman healer changes with time and place, how cultural representations of women relate to literary representations of women in medicine, and how cultural differences between women affect those representations.
Our assignments for this course will be various contributions to a course homepage where we will hold discussions about readings, curate research, and write reviews of the texts we read.
Black Cinema (EH 425/545)Time: TH 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Melissa Asher Daniels
The collective African American experience, as it is depicted in mainstream movies, is really nothing more than a constellation of racist stereotypes. Beginning with D.W. Griffith's silent drama, The Birth of a Nation (1915), which portrayed blacks as savage monsters, modern film has consistently and predominately framed blackness in destructive and marginalizing ways. Pimp, prostitute, drug kingpin — these are just a few of the pathological tropes that most frequently define the black image in film. Independent black cinema emerged in response to these visual discourses. As a creative, expressive, and critical formation, independent black cinema debunks and deconstructs these filmic representations by providing alternative visions of blackness that are self-directed.
This class traces the development of independent black cinema, from its origins in the Blaxploitation era to its flowering in the 1990s, ending with recent additions to the canon. Central to our study will be an ongoing engagement with the aesthetic and cultural politics involved in film production, spectatorship, and representation. We will discuss the critical roles that questions of ancestry, migration, urban warfare, sexuality, class, and race regularly play in depicting the complexity and diversity of African American life. Our goal is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the power and function of the cinema. Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, and screenings of specific scenes. Students are responsible for viewing films outside of class. Films include: Melvin Van Peebles, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971); Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep (1979); Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing (1989); Jenny Livingston, Paris is Burning (1990); Julie Dash, Daughters of the Dust (1991); Leslie Harris, Just Another Girl on the IRT (1992); Cheryl Dunye, The Watermelon Woman (1996); Barry Jenkins, Medicine for Melancholy (2008); Tina Mabrey, Mississippi Damned (2009); and Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station (2013). Readings will consist of scholarly essays on film and popular culture.
Time: TH 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. The Literatures of Ireland (EH 427/592)
Instructor: Kieran Quinlan
The Literatures of Ireland examines writing from that country from the heroic period of the Celtic heroes, through the monastic poetry of the early Christian centuries, to the Gaelic and Anglo-Irish texts of later times, the Irish Literary Renaissance of the 20th century, ending in modern times. Emphasis on the complexity, variety, and contradictory nature of what all-too-often is seen as a unified tradition.
Flash Fiction (EH 429/592)Time: T 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Adam Vines
In this course, we will read flash fiction, will write critically about flash fiction, will discuss approaches, techniques, and vehicles for flash fiction, will write flash fiction, and will workshop flash fiction. You will write flashes of various lengths from 250 words to 500 words to 750 words — some following my draconian prompts, some following your own dictates.
High school students spend three weeks at the Ada Long Creative Writing WorkshopMore than two dozen area high school students recently participated in The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, hosted by the Department of English. Students competed for the spots and were chosen by application in the spring; their recognition ceremony will be held on Friday, June 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Spencer Honors House.
Art students experiment with alternative materials in a special summer courseContemporary works of art are often made with alternative materials and found objects. But what makes these pieces art, and not just a pile of stuff?
Time: M/W/F 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. History of the Roman Empire (HY 218/318)
Instructor: Walter Ward
Survey of Roman history, society, and culture from the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE to the reign of Constantine in the early fourth century CE, with an emphasis on how the Roman empire ruled.
Social History of Crime (HY 259/359)Time: T/TH 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Instructor: Carolyn Conley
This course examines the various approaches historians have made to the social and cultural history of criminal violence. While the topic is one that applies to every human society, most of the material deals with Europe and the United States.
George Wallace: Hero or Pariah? (HY 291/391)Time: T/TH 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Instructor: Pamela Sterne King
To some he was a hero, to others he was an outcast and stain on the United States. Find out why this man so provoked Americans and why his legacy remains controversial to American politics even today.
Spain and the Spanish Inquisition (HY 459)Time: M/W/F/ 12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Instructor: Andrew Keitt
Examines early modern Spainsh history covering the breakdown of the Spainsh "convivencia," the rise of the Catholic kings and the absolutist state, the establishment of a Spanish colonial empire and its ultimate decline of power, as well as an examination of the Spainsh Inquisition and its institional development and function as a tool of the Spainsh state.
Ancient and Medieval Britain (HY 460)Time: T/TH 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Carolyn Conley
Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Roman, and Viking influences and evolution of kingdom from Norman Conquest to reign of Edward III.
Terrorism in Modern History (HY 472)Time: M/W/F 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Stephen Miller
The history of terrorism from its advent during the French Revolution of 1789 to the global war of present time reviewing three main instances of terrorism in history — the French Revolution, 1793-1794; Russia in the 1870s and 1880s and their civil war between 1918 and 1921; and the present-day conflicts involving the United States and the Middle East.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credit hours and will be offered in Fall 2014.
African American StudiesClasses:
- Social Justice & Identity (AAS 250)
- Introduction to African American Literature
- Gender, Literature, and Medicine
- Black Cinema
- The Literatures of Ireland
- Flash Fiction
- History of the Roman Empire
- Social History of Crime
- George Wallace: Hero of Pariah?
- Spain and the Spanish Inquisition
- Ancient and Medieval Britain
- Terrorism in Modern History
Well never mind, because there really is no way to wrap your head around what's going on in David Hilton's laser lab in the UAB Department of Physics.
This course will examine anti-racist and anti-oppression social movements, practices and concepts throughout the world that promote racial equality and social justice. Students will participate in self-reflective conversations and inquiry that relate to their personal and social identities and those that are represented across social issues. Supplemental learning activities will enable students to better understand and analyze the processes by which their identities are constructed and understood and social change happens.