[Blackstudies-l] new courses in African history

mcclure mcclure at geneseo.edu
Wed Jun 6 11:35:05 EDT 2012


 

So exciting to have an African specialist at Geneseo! 

glenn 

On
06/06/2012 09:10, Emilye Crosby wrote: 

> 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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