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African American Studies
In addition to the traditional disciplines of literature, history, music, and politics, the African American Studies minor asks students to investigate African American experiences through the lenses of communications, economics, philosophy, and sociology/anthropology, to name a few. Students are encouraged to critically examine people, social movements, and cultural artifacts from the Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop, from Phillis Wheatley to Barack Obama, from Their Eyes Were Watching God to The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Toni Morrison’s works were read and a screening of “The Pieces I Am.” This event was huge success. Attendees enjoyed a movie, food, and wonderful cake.
The 21st, Illinois’s statewide news talk show, turned to Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies Courtney Joseph for her insight on “Bringing Juneteenth to the Mainstream,” which aired on five NPR member stations in central and northern Illinois on June 18.