Course

Black Mobility and Safety in the US

Ekene Ijeoma, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
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Black Mobility and Safety in the US is a discussion-based seminar and workshop which explores doing anything while Black (e.g., "driving while Black") and racist ideas and policies through a series of words, images, and sounds: readings (articles, books), screenings (films), listenings (songs, poetry readings), viewings (artworks, exhibitions, locally in-person and/or online), guest lectures (ranging from artists and urban planners to activists and social scientists), and discussions. Throughout two semesters, every two weeks we explore these topics: Birthing while Black, Breathing while Black, Sleeping while Black, Eating while Black, Walking while Black, Learning while Black, Swimming while Black, Driving while Black, Loving while Black, and Dying while Black. Through a series of workshops, students will develop text and image responses to discussions and readings, for a print-on-demand zine. No design or technology skills are required. 

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Ambrose Akinmusire

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