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DANCE/AFRICAAM 128: Roots Modern Experience - Mixed Level

In this course students will be introduced to a variety of dance forms rooted in African and African diaspora traditions with a focus on learning movements of Afro Cuban and Afro Brazilian dances for the Orishas/Orixás, and Capoeira, an African Brazilian dance/martial art form. Our study of these dance disciplines will inform the movement, discussions, and choreography explored in this course. We will experience the ways African diaspora movement traditions shape western contemporary dance. We will also examine various dance forms that have been created in response to societal events, and will use our current local and global experience with the Covid-19 virus to look at  the dance, movement and performance expressions  that are a response to our current experience with this virus. While we are practicing “physical distancing” by holding this course online, course material will still include dancing together virtually via Zoom. Accommodations will be made for students who have limited access to the internet. Students will engage in a deeply (self)-exploratory and inclusive learning process. Throughout this course, we will use dance as an embodied means for processing and collectively moving through the challenges of our current global reality.

Terms: Spr | Units: 1 | UG Reqs: way_ce

IDA Instructor:  Amara Tabor-Smith




 AAAS / CSRE 170A: Unlearning Racism, Redefining Identity: Culture workers and the frontlines of Change


The fabric of racism is inextricably woven and constructed into the founding principles of the United States. As such, the concept of liberation and equity cannot be fully realized unless we address how race and racism sustain our collective oppression. The first three weeks of this course will utilize the Undoing Racism training work of The People’s Institute For Survival and Beyond (PISAB) based in New Orleans, LA. PISAB is a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. PISAB is recognized as one of the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institutions in the nation. Following the first three weeks of Undoing Racism training, we will have weekly guest artists and scholars whose social justice work and approach will help us to imagine and effectively work towards building more equitable cultures, communities, and institutions. Units: 1-4 (Letter / Credit / NoCredit).

IDA Instructors:  A-lan Holt & Amara Tabor-Smith

Guest Instructors: TBA

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STS 200N/AFRICAAM 200: Funkentelechy: Science, Technology and Black Vernacular Cultures


From texts to techne, from artifacts to discourses on science and technology, this course is an examination of how Black people in this society have engaged with the mutually consitutive relationships that endure between humans and technologies. We will focus on these engagements in vernacular cultural spaces, from storytelling traditions to music and move to ways academic and aesthetic movements have imagined these relationships. Finally, we will consider the implications for work with technologies in both school and community contexts for work in the pursuit of social and racial justice. 5 units.


Instructor: Banks, A. (PI)


PWR 194NCR: Introduction to Cultural Rhetorics

All cultures have their own ways of communicating and making meaning through a range of situated rhetorical practices. In this gateway course to the Notation in Cultural Rhetorics, you’ll explore the diverse rhetorical contexts in which such practices are made; learn methodologies for examining their rhetorical production across media and modality; and engage in the rhetorical study of situated cultural practices and their historical developments. As the Notation emphasizes the study of the rhetorical histories and traditions of communities that have not always been foregrounded in classical rhetorical study, the gateway course introduces you to foundational theoretical frameworks and epistemological approaches for undertaking ethical, responsible research of diverse communities and rhetorical traditions with which you may have varying degrees of familiarity and affiliation. Additionally, the course invites you to examine the ways that race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship, ability, and other cultural locations bear on the production of rhetorical practices that maintain or resist social differences among people. We invite you to expand your facility with real-world cross-cultural and intercultural communications that you will likely encounter in both professional and public spheres. The theories, methodologies, practices, and research skills gained in this course will also prepare you for more sustained study of cultural rhetorics in the Notation. 4 units

Instructor: Banks, A. (PI) ; Brown, T. (PI) ; Jordan, Z. (PI)


DANCE 106i: Stanford Dance Community: Inter-Style Choreography Wkshp

A virtual exploration of dance across cultures and communities. Designed for dancers from beginners to curious choreographers, this super fun class led by Aleta Hayes invites master dancers/choreographers from across the Stanford dance community to lead weekly choreography workshops from styles as diverse as bhangra, liindy, salsa, hip hop and many more. Learn new styles, hype your style, or just be a more versatile dancer. Seize the opportunity to design your own dance practice and remix styles.

1-2 Units.

Instructor: Hayes, A. (PI)



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AFRICAAM 291 Riot!: Visualizing Civil Unrest in the 20th and 21st Centuries

This seminar explores the visual legacy of civil unrest in the United States. Focusing on the 1965 Watts Rebellion, the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, and the 2014 Ferguson Uprising, students will closely examine photographs, television broadcasts, newspapers, magazines, and film and video representations of unrest. In addition, students will visually analyze the works of artists who have responded to the instances of police brutality and/or challenged the systemic racism, xenophobia, and anti-black violence leading to and surrounding these events.

5 Units.

Instructor: Salseda, R (PI)



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NATIVEAM 14: Indigenous Peoples in Film and Visual Media: Reframing Narratives of Race, Gender and Personhood

This class explores the multiple valences of Indigenous Peoples within the genre of visual media and film with particular attention to race and gender as reflective and reflexive categories. Using the lenses of anthropology, postcolonial, Indigenous and Gender Studies this course will examine the ways in which the imagery of indigenous peoples has been woven into Western narratives, appropriated as projections of Western masculinity and in more recent years reclaimed by indigenous filmmakers and documentarians.

2 Units.

Instructor: Michael Wilcox



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DANCE 45: Dance Improvisation: From Freestyle to Hip Hop

Designed for dancers and movers from various backgrounds and levels, the Dance Improv Strategies Lab class explores improvisation strategies from various dance styles and traditions including contemporary, West African, hip-hop, house, and contact improvisation.

1-2 Units.

Instructor: Hayes, A. (PI)



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