Black Mobility and Safety in the US I & II

Ekene Ijeoma, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
I Fall 2020 MAS.S63, II Spring 2021 MAS.S63
Tuesdays, 1–4 pm

Public Lecture Series:

In this seminar and studio, we’ll listen, learn, reflect and respond to issues around mobility (physical, mental, socio-economical, political, etc) and safety for Black Americans through words, images, and sounds that reference social science and anti-racist research. This two-semester course is organized into two-week topics around living while Black. The first semester will include: birthing, breathing, sleeping, eating, and walking; the second: learning, voting, driving, working, and loving. The first-semester course is not required for the second. 

By the end of each semester, students will have the resources and tools to actively listen and respond critically to issues of Black mobility in the context of their own fields and their purposes. Weekly meetings will be organized around private group discussions on assigned materials, public lectures from guests ranging from designers and urban planners to activists and social scientists, and private individual presentations for the group. 

Related Content

Ekene Ijeoma's Deconstructed Anthems


Deconstructed Anthems at the Day for Night festival.


Emmy-winning pianist Kris Bowers, Blue-note recording artist/trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and Grammy-nominated bassist Burniss Earl Travis perform Deconstructed Anthems.


Burniss Earl Travis


Ambrose Akinmusire


Deconstructed Anthems is an ongoing series of music performances and light installations in which a self-playing piano and music ensemble deconstruct the Star-Spangled Banner, repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration, and ending in silence. 

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