Senior Seminar in African and African American Studies
CRN 85753, Section 001
MWF: 10 - 10:50 in Brewster D-312
Fall 2017

Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Office Hours (BD-312): MWF 8:15 - 9 and by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
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Course Goals:

Students in AAAS 4000 will learn the subject matter of African and African American Studies in provincial, national and global contexts. A variety of research, discussion, and service assignments will introduce students to research methodology, principles, and concepts related to the multi-disciplinary areas of African and African American Studies. Finally, students will learn about the contribution of AAAS to general knowledge, as well as how AAAS teaches us about the human experience.

Seminar Discussions (25%) and Writing Assignments (75%):

Three research assignments will be arranged in class. Two papers of ten pages each will review films and books related to AAAS. A third paper of ten pages in length will be on an AAAS topic of original research using primary and secondary sources. All papers must use Chicago-style formatting for footnotes and bibliographies. For assistance see:

Many of the semester's seminars will be devoted to the discussion of the stages of your research papers on all due dates listed below. Other seminars will center around topics led by visiting AAAS faculty.

Guest Presentations:

Dr. Mary Jackson, School of Social Work, AAAS, Friday, 1 September
Dr. Joseph Hellweg, Whichard Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, Monday, 11 September
Dr. Marame Gueye, Department of English, AAAS, Friday, 22 September
Dr. Cherif Keita, Visiting Professor, Carleton College, Monday, 16 October
Dr. Crystal Chambers, Department of Educational Leadership, AAAS, Wednesday, 18 October
Dr. Kennetta Perry, Department of History, Co-Director, AAAS, Monday, 23 October
Dr. Sitawa R. Kimuna, Department of Sociology, AAAS, Wednesday, 25 October
Dr. Mary Nyangweso, Philosophy Department, AAAS, and Ms. Mansi Trivedi, Friday, 27 October
Ms. Wanda Tyler, Director of Intercultural Affairs, Ledonia Wright Culture Center, Wednesday, 1 November
Mr. Tom Braswell, Ms. Maria Modlin, Curators, African Art Collection, and Dr. Joseph Hellweg, Diadie Bathily, and Caph Guei, Jenkins, Gray Gallery, Monday, 6 November
Dr. Joseph Hellweg, Diadie Bathily and Caph Guei, African Dance Workshop, ECU Rec Center, Racquetball Court 1, Wednesday, 8 November
Dr. Lathan Turner, Associate Director, Office of Student Transitions, AAAS, Friday, 10 November
Dr. Tom Eamon, Department of Political Science, AAAS, Wednesday, 15 November
Dr. Bernice A. Dodor, Department of Human Development and Family Science, AAAS, Friday, 17 November
Dr. Shelly Wilburn, Sociology of Education, University of Cape Town, Skype Session, Rhodes Must Fall/Fees Must Fall, Monday, 20 November

Class Attendance Policy:

Seven or more unexcused absences effect failure.

Class Decorum:

Laptops and other communications devices must be turned off before each class. Please enjoy Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, email and your telephone before you enter and after you exit our classroom. Your classmates and I thank you in advance for your good manners and respectful commitment to intellectual engagement in African and African American Studies.

Severe Weather:
Emergency Announcements and Hotline:

ECU seeks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodations
must first go to the Department of Disability Support Services, Slay 138; call 252-737-1016.

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First Online Edition: 17 July 2017
Last Revised: 14 November 2017