[Blackstudies-l] new courses in African history
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
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.
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.
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
crosby at geneseo.edu
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