Welcome to the website for the African-American Studies Minor at UC San Diego!
Led by faculty from the departments of Communication, Ethnic Studies, Literature, Music, Sociology, and Theatre and Dance, scholars and artists investigate the history and culture of peoples of the African Diaspora exploring both the ways in which the African-American experience is configured by economic, political, and social factors, and the aesthetic dimensions of the experience as expressed in music, art, and literature. The minor offers a unique perspective as to how African-Americans helped shape American cultural history and continue to transform it today.
AASM is sponsored by Thurgood Marshall College at UCSD. Although AASM is housed in Marshall College, the minor is offered campus wide and is open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing.
In addition to the academic component, the AASM program also plans and sponsors various events and activities on campus, including film screenings, discussion forums, guest speakers, resident artists and seminars. The program works collaboratively with various organizations in an effort to meet both the academic and social needs of underrepresented students on campus. Some of these organizations include the Black Student Union at UCSD (BSU), The African-American Studies Association (AASA), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), The Community Law Project at UCSD, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Cross Cultural Center (CCC), The Ujima Network, Historically African-American Sororities and Fraternities, The Chicano/a Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program (CLAH) and the Division of Student Affairs at UC San Diego.
Why Study African-American Studies?
"We acknowledge that our society carries historical and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs. Therefore, we seek to foster understanding and tolerance among individuals and groups, and we promote awareness through education..."- UCSD Principles of Community
It is the responsibility of the educational community to foster a more full appreciation of the history and culture of the various peoples who make up our nation and the world community. Artifacts of the African-American experience have penetrated all aspects of popular American life from dress, music, language, art, dance, history, and politics. This penetration has essentially been through oral and visual transmission which unfortunately has in many ways led to misunderstanding and misappropriation. A coherent study of African-American culture helps to alleviate the misrepresentation which has led to the development of ethnic stereotypes that continue to breed misunderstanding.
The study of cultures and perspectives different from our own serve to broaden and deepen our individual experience and foster tolerance among various people groups for "It is not our differences that divide us, it is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." -Audre Lorde
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UC San Diego Black History Month * February 2013
February is UC San Diego Black History Month 2013. We invite you to celebrate by attending the following Marshall College events and campus-wide events.
The application to attend the exchange program at Spelman or Morehouse Colleges is available on line. Please review the website and print out the application.
APPLICATIONS for the 2013-2014 academic year are due no later than Friday, February 15, 2013. in the Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) Academic Advising office in the TMC Administration building. For details about the application process or assistance to determine which quarter will work with your academic plan. Please contact the Advising office to arrange an appt for week 3 with Stephanie Muldrow.
The University of California San Diego’s Theatre and Dance Department seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting African American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms not allowed.
Click HERE to download a PDF of the contest flyer
More on the competition..
Successful writer and editor Preston Lauterbach was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from Flagler College and the University of Mississippi. For most of the twenty-first century, he has worked as an editor and journalist.
Marshall Institute interview, "Your new book – “The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock n’ Roll” - runs the musical gamut from Al Green to Elvis. How do you describe the audience and eager readership for your new historical study?" More ...
Preston Lauterbach's web site
Co-authored by UCSD's visiting scholar-in-residence Jennifer Burton and class-tested by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his groundbreaking course, Call and Response is an innovative core reader for African American Studies.
"Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies"
Jennifer Burton bio
"Focusing on the lives and work of black writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers, Daniel Widener tells how black cultural politics changed over time, and how altered political realities generated new forms of artistic and cultural expression." More...
EXCERPT - Chapter 8: How to Survive in South Central: Black Film as Class Critique
—Daniel Widener is Associate Professor of History and past Director of AASM.
Tapping into his history: Daniel Widener
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The struggle to establish the Preuss School UCSD
and a call for Urban Educational Field Stations
By former TMC Provost, Cecil Lytle
"What would become a public firestorm had heretofore been fought within the courtly parlance of a university campus; from behind masks of civility and polysyllabic words, we had played out the ancient transcendental dance between the "haves" and the "have-nots." More ...
For questions regarding the minor,
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