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Spring 2019 University Scholars Seminars

"#blacklivesmatter and the Struggle for the Recognition of One’s Humanity" taught by Shawn Alexander

Course Description:  The struggle for the recognition of black humanity is not new, but through the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford Florida, the killing of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the death of Sandra Bland in Waller, Texas, the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, and so many more, #blacklivesmatter has emerged as a social movement to resist, and expose the current and historic violence done against black and brown bodies in the United States. This course will look at the history of the struggle for the recognition of black humanity and how the more recent movements, such as #blacklivesmatter and the Movement for Black Lives have grown out of a historical  black freedom movement as well as altered the approaches, tactics and strategies of the centuries long fight.

This course will familiarize students with some of the most important developments and issues in the Black Freedom Movement. The material will focus on the struggle for the recognition of one’s humanity, the fight for freedom rights, white rage, the lack of acceptance of black rage, violent vs. nonviolent direct action, the historical role of black women in the fight for civil rights, the centrality of black feminist and LGBTQ actions and theories to the #blacklivesmatter movement, and ultimately, with a return to Martin Luther King Jr’s 1967 question, ask “Where do we go from here?”

The course will be offered Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm.

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"Nuclear Chemistry in Modern Society: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" taught by Misha Barybin

Course Description: TBD

The course will be offered Tuesdays, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

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