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Fall 2021
Nov 29,2023
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The descriptions and topics of this course vary from semester-to-semester as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisites: varies with the topic offered. AFST 490 WORDS, SOUNDS, AND PICTURES: The Lives and Works of Pioneering African-American Writers, Jazz Musicians, and Visual Artists. The course will look at the lives and works of pioneering 20th century African-American artists in three areas: literature, jazz, and painting. A focus, particularly with literature, will be on challenges the artists faced and the way those challenges surface in their work. Students will read and discuss short texts (stories, essays, poems, book chapters) by writers. The course will also have a multimedia component, with students listening to and comparing jazz recordings and examining and discussing paintings and sculpture. We will compare and discuss the styles of the various artists, both within and between genres, and will examine common themes that emerge across genres. Those whose works will be studied include the writers Langston Hughes, Rudolph Fisher, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin; the jazz musicians Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker; and the visual artists Jacob Lawrence, William H. Johnson, Aaron Douglas, Archibald J. Motley Jr., and Augusta Savage. The African American Relations with Ghana-Travel Program is a component of the Topics course entitled African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) 4.0 credits. To participate in the Ghana Travel program students must be enrolled in the Topics course - African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) for the Spring semester. Students enrolled in the course will participate in classroom based learning at Ramapo College over the course of the Spring semester and travel to Ghana during Spring Break 2018. The course will provide students with unique opportunities to travel and explore the vibrant and diverse country of Ghana, often recognized as the most stable democracy in Africa. Participants will witness some of the primary sites of the country. In partnership with the Aba House in Accra and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, students will engage in cultural and service learning activities. Students will work to achieve the following goals: The goal of the African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society (AFST 490) course is designed to provide an opportunity for Ramapo College students to learn the service, culture and society of Ghana by engaging in classroom discussions and by participating in an impactful international community service. The course offered provides a balance of academic research, community service, and cultural exchange..
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Africana Studies Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

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