The Commodification of

Black Culture

Identity: Nigeria's Film Industry

Identity & Black Women in the Media

Addressing Race in the Arts, Marc Jacobs and Adele

The Appropriation of

Black Culture

Too Many Asian American Hip Hop Artists are Anti-Black

Course Description:

This is a Performance Studies course that examines performance in the human experience through an aesthetic lens, and critically analyzes how performance has been used to create, renew, and in some cases, to deconstruct identity. Through an examination of dance, theatre, speeches, and spoken word, literature, visual arts, grassroots movements, rituals, and everyday life, students will examine ways in which performance has historically been used to shape or advance collective and individual identity globally. Although the course is organized thematically, the themes will be examined in historical context. The purpose of the course is to challenge students to critically analyze the societal and global impact of performance. This interdisciplinary course engages the fields of performance studies, history, cultural studies, visual arts, theatre arts, mass communications, international studies, political science, sociology, and comparative literature studies.

Hidden in the Spoken Word: Notions of Identity

Performance, Identity & the Black Aesthetic

Black Theatre in Britain