[Blackstudies-l] new courses in African history

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Wed Jun 6 09:10:39 EDT 2012


Dear Africana/ Black Studies community,

I am happy to announce that the History Department has added two  
courses in African history to the schedule for the fall semester.  
Please forward and share this information widely--with students who  
are likely to be interested and others who are in a position to advise  
students. Open enrollment for currently enrolled students continues  
until this Friday, after which, registration will close to allow newly- 
admitted students to add classes during orientation, so please act  
quickly.

Below are course descriptions and additional information from History  
Department Chair, Joe Cope, who can be contacted with questions.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Africana/ Black Studies students  
and others at Geneseo.

Emilye

HIST 288:  Introduction to African History

This course is designed to familiarize students with major themes in  
African History with a particular emphasis on the region south of the  
Sahara.  Among the themes that recur in the course are identity  
formation, political and religious change, the challenges of slaver  
and colonialism, and the realities of post-colonial life.  Upon  
completion of the course, students will be able to participate  
knowledgably in exchanges of ideas about the continent, its people,  
and their place in world history.


HIST 388:  The Sahara World

This course is designed to introduce students to the main events and  
themes that unite the societies and cultures of the Sahara, North  
Africa, and the Sudan/Sahel, from the earliest times to the present,  
with a particular focus on the 15th-19th centuries.  The African  
continent has been central to the development of world history (the  
Americas, Europe, Middle East and beyond) and the Sahara has been a  
key crossroads of trade and intellectual exchange.  Key themes to be  
addressed in this course include trade, intellectual though, the  
environment, political change, religion, gender, identity and  
colonialism.  We will also explore how Saharan societies have affected  
both European and Sub-Saharan African societies and were themselves  
impacted by this contact.

Both courses will be taught by Professor Jennifer Lofkrantz, an expert  
in Islamic history and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Some of you may have met  
Professor Lofkrantz late in the spring semester when she interviewed  
for this position – she is a talented and experienced teacher and will  
bring a lot to the history curriculum.

Although these courses were added late to the schedule, I hope that  
you will consider enrolling in one or both of these classes. They  
represent excellent additions to the history curriculum and should be  
valuable experiences.  Open enrollment for currently enrolled students  
continues until this Friday, after which, registration will close to  
allow newly-admitted students to add classes during orientation, so  
please act quickly.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Joe Cope


Emilye Crosby
Professor
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu




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