Race, Place, and Expression: Arts Against Oppression

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FIG 41
Roberta Hill
Multiethnic and Multicultural Literature
Lecture 1, 2:30–3:45 TR
Black Music and American Cultural History
Lecture 1, 9:30–10:45 TR; Discussion 309, 12:05–12:55 F
Introduction to Print: Graphics of Dissent
Lab 1, 11:00–1:30 TR

This interdisciplinary cluster of courses will focus on how artists, authors, poets and musicians have responded to social, political, and economic conditions. Specifically, this FIG explores how individuals have challenged oppression by creating new artistic forms and complex visions that value their own identities and their communities’ experience and knowledge. English 173: “Multiethnic and Multicultural Literature” introduces students to Black, Native American, Chicano/Latino/a and Asian American literatures and histories to examine the power of storytelling. The two linked courses engage students with Black music and history and with the art of print-making as a means of social protest. Students in this FIG will have the opportunity to go on one field trip and to make and keep their own art. No previous artistic experience required and the $130 art supply fee will be covered by the FIGs Program.

English 173: “Multiethnic and Multicultural Literature” — This course engages students in the study literature by writers from racialized groups in the United States and examines how they expressed their place and time, portrayed conflict, and compelled audiences to challenge oppression and work for social justice and equality. The course broadens one’s understanding of U.S. culture and the important contributions of writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Afro-American Studies 156: “Black Music and American Cultural History” — This course examines the interaction between Afro-American musical culture and its historical context, with an emphasis on the period from 1920 to the present.

Art 448: “Introduction to Print: Graphics of Dissent” — This studio course will cover the major techniques of printmaking which include relief, intaglio and screen print. Students will learn hands on printmaking skills as supported by the study of contemporary and historical print examples in which artists published opposition and protest.