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Black Freedom Dreams

What is freedom? Can freedom be boundless, or does it have limitations? Who can define it, and who protects it or polices it? Does it look like 1920s Harlem, Wakanda, the Mothership Connection, or worlds we have yet to imagine?  In this course, we will utilize black feminist thought, afro futurism, queer theory, and historical analysis to explore the ways in which black people in the United States have imagined freedom and their varied efforts to achieve it. We will evaluate how radical imagining, speculation, and dreaming can transform institutions and individuals and can push the boundaries of ideas of race, gender, sexuality, nation, belonging, and liberation.  We will draw heavily from history, literature, and the performing and visual arts to delve into these questions and issues. In addition to scholarly works, we will examine novels, art, film, and music.