Seminar: Seeing Black: African Americans and United States Visual Culture

This course explores black Americans' relationship to visual culture in the twentieth-century United States. We will examine how African Americans have produced, used, and appeared in the visual media of news, entertainment, and marketing industries, and evaluate the significance of their representation to both black and non-black political and social agendas. Areas of inquiry will include the intersections between U.S. visual culture and race relations, African Americans' use of visual culture as a means of self- and group-expression, and the state's use of black media images. This exploration will take us through a study of Jim Crow politics, black migrations and artistic movement, U.S. foreign relations and conflicts, and the development of marketing and advertising.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Greer

Distribution Requirements: HS - Historical Studies

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered