African 297: African and African American Linkages


Tejumola Olaniyan (Teju)

Schedule and room: TBA
Office: 1470 Van Hise
Tel: 262-8168

Slave Trade Map

This course will introduce students to linkages between Africa and African America in particular, and the concept of Africa-African diaspora relations in general. Course materials will be drawn from literature, film, music, performance, current affairs, history, sociology, anthropology, and political science. The goal of the course is to give students a broad overview of the historical and contemporary relations between Africa and African America, the origin and evolution of the African diaspora, and the differences and similarities in the aspirations of peoples of African descent globally with particular reference to the two locations of Africa and African America.

Required Texts

  • Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
  • Ama Ata Aidoo, Dilemma of a Ghost
  • Toni Morrison, Bluest Eye
  • Selections from the music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
  • Selections from hip-hop
  • Other texts—articles, book chapters, etc—will be provided