Seminar on Angela Davis

I'm posting HERE a copy of my syllabus for a course on Angela Davis' work. The course follows a largely chronological path, beginning with her Autobiography and concluding with the speeches and essays included in Freedom is a Constant Struggle. I do begin the course with her essay "Lecture on Liberation" in order to set up a framework for interpreting not only

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Modernity, Disease, Life

It’s hard to know what to say in this moment. The emergence of COVID-19, coronavirus, ‘rona, whatever you call it … it’s been terrifying and disorienting. What is there to say? There is science. I’ll leave that to the scientists. There is politics. I have a lot to say about that. And so do you. The unevenness of our political

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Pedagogies of/in Isolation

I’m sure people who teach film exclusively or near-exclusively have layered techniques for guiding discussion and orienting people properly toward cinematic language, but I really struggle to keep students on track. This is especially the case with my course on Spike Lee, which I’m finishing up now. It’s so hard to get them to think about a given film as

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