Black Studies

Black Studies Program

 

 
 
Black Studies at UO

The Black Studies minor at the UO draws from courses across the curriculum that survey histories of the African Diaspora, Black political ideologies and practices, intellectual and ideological traditions, as well as the cultural expressions and creative arts of Black peoples in the West. Black Studies faculty make plain the correlation between discursive and material anti-blackness, “blackness” as a racial formation and its relation to African-descended people. The interdisciplinary minor also emphasizes the heterogeneity of Black experiences, by paying attention to intersections of ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and related vectors of sociopolitical power.   

 

 

Resources

Black Lives Matter: Campus and Community Resources, Information, Messages 

 
 
The Minor

The only required course is a gateway course. Students have two choices (ES 250 Intro to African American Studies or ANTH 244 Intro to the African Diaspora) and in each course, students will gain a breadth of knowledge including the formal history of the discipline and an overall intellectual history of ’Black Studies’ beyond the disciplinary formation in the US. A BLST advisor will meet with students prior to and following successful completion of the course to help them map out their course of study.

The courses for the Minor are divided between ’roots’ (foundational overviews and lower division courses) and ’routes’ (specific lines of inquiry in particular places, focused on particular authors, etc., and upper division courses). Following the successful completion of their gateway course and meeting with an advisor, students can decide if they want “roots” work in a combination of Anthropology, English, History, IRES, and WGSS lower-division courses. From there, students can take that breadth and focus their studies in some depth, moving further into Anthropology, English, History, IRES, Philosophy, SPAN and WGSS (and future BLST upper-division courses which will be multi-disciplinary in nature with contributions from philosophy, economics, history, literature and visual art). 

 

Events

UOAA Black Alumni Reunion
Sep29
UOAA Black Alumni Reunion Sep 29 On-campus, Eugene, OR
“Black Pro Se: Authorship and the Limits of Law in 19th-Century African American Literature”
Sep30
“Black Pro Se: Authorship and the Limits of Law in 19th-Century African American Literature” Sep 30 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC)
Prof. Ebony McGee - Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation
Oct11
Prof. Ebony McGee - Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation Oct 11 EMU
Lonnie Graham’s A Conversation with the World
Oct15
Lonnie Graham’s A Conversation with the World Oct 15 Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon
Career and Internship Expo: Preview and Tour
Oct26
Career and Internship Expo: Preview and Tour Oct 26 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Ducks After Dark - Nope
Nov3
Ducks After Dark - Nope Nov 3 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Keith Knight lecture
Feb7
Keith Knight lecture Feb 7
Britney Wilson lecture
May16
Britney Wilson lecture May 16