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Syllabi & Bibliographies

The Anna Julia Cooper center produces and shares syllabi and bibliographies on topics that align with the mission of the center.

Syllabi & Bibliographies from AJC:

Melissa Harris-Perry Syllabi

Download and view past and current syllabi from courses taught by our founding director, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Various course topics include: Black Lives Matter, The Politics of Motherhood, and America’s First Ladies.

Welfare Reform Syllabus

The Welfare Reform Syllabus was created by top poverty scholars in an effort to create a more informed public debate about welfare reform in the wake of the 20th anniversary of PRWORA. Themes include: the history of welfare as a New Deal, the racial politics of the backlash against welfare, the realities of pre-1996 welfare use, the context of the legislation within the rise of neoliberal austerity policies and the criminalization of poor people.

A Seat at the Table Syllabus

Curated by the ELLE.com Scholars, this syllabus features texts, music, and visual art submitted by young women of color, ages 16-30, reflecting on the themes of Solange’s album A Seat at the Table.

Syllabi & Bibliographies from AJC Partners:

Lemonade Syllabus

In 2016, following the release of Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, Candice Benbow created the #LemonadeSyllabus hashtag and social media campaign. With contributions from over 70 Black women, Candice released the syllabus as a free downloadable resource of over 250 works centered around the lives of Black women to help sistas unpack the rich feminist and womanist themes that permeated the visual album.

Black Disabled Woman Syllabus 

The Black Disabled Woman Syllabus also known as #BDWSyllabus was created by Vilissa Thompson in an effort to being awareness to the experiences of black disabled women. As an educator and advocate, Vilissa and others compiled bodies of work that accurately explains the diverse forms of Blackness that exists for Black women, and how the lives of Black disabled women mesh within that discourse.

Charleston Syllabus

In the wake of the tragic mass murder of 9 African Americans at Charleston’s Emmanuel AME Church on the evening of June 17, 2015, scholars from across the nation created the #CharlestonSyllabus to broach conversations in the classroom. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general.

Ferguson Syllabus

The Ferguson Syllabus is a crowdsourced syllabus initiated by Georgetown professor, Marcia Chatelain to aid school children in a discussion about race, African American history, civil rights and policing. The following list was compiled by a community of teachers, academics, community leaders, and parents to teach about some aspect of the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri that resulted in the murder of Michael Brown.

Colin Kaepernick Syllabus 

The Colin Kaepernick Syllabus was created to aid in following pro football player Kaepernick in leading discussions around athlete activism as a tool for social justice. Though the syllabus was formed by a host of contributors, the idea was proposed by Rebecca Martinez, Louis Moore, David Leonard, Sarah Jackson, Bijan Bayne, and Matt Holder. The materials in the syllabus will allow for engaging conversations on racial injustices and inequality,  with insight into the longstanding struggles of the Black athlete.

Rape Culture Syllabus

On Friday, October 7, a video of Republican nominee Donald Trump went viral. The video featured Trump admitting to nonconsensual sexual advances on women. Two days later, Anderson Cooper asked the candidate to explain his predatory behavior of which he reduced to “locker room talk.” Within weeks, the term “rape culture” was dominating national discourse. From the Brock Turner case to the Department of Justice’s report on the Baltimore City Police Department, sexual assault has been at the forefront of national news. The Rape Culture Syllabus was created by Laura Ciolkowski to highlight the literature of scholars, activists, poets and playwrights that have been writing about rape for centuries and to strengthen the conversation about the United States and its history of gender based violence.