January 27, 2012

AR 197A: Cleveland’s African American Cultural Experience

AR 197A
Experiential College
Cleveland’s African American Cultural Experience
Spring 2012

This 1-credit course will offer students opportunities to learn about Cleveland’s African American cultural heritage and experience though class discussions, film, and off-campus visits to key sites in the Cleveland area. The course will be graded pass/fail. Transportation and tickets to all events will be provided.

For more information, please contact Danielle Carter at dcarter@jcu.edu and Dianna Taylor, Ph.D., at dtaylor@jcu.edu. For assistance in enrolling in the course, please contact Peter Kvidera, Ph.D., at pkvidera@jcu.edu.

Course meeting times and activities:

Langtson Hughes Birthday Celebration
Thursday, February 2, 2012
3 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library
Langston Hughes, one of our country’s best poets, was born on this day in 1902. He spent his high school years in this neighborhood. We will explore where he lived, what he did when he wasn’t in school, and how this made him the writer he became. Then we’ll take turns reading his poetry aloud.

Class Meeting
Monday, February 6, 2012
9 a.m.
On campus
Introductory activities

The Bluest Eye 
Sunday, February 19, 2012
3 p.m. Matinee
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940’s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl. Discussion with Karamu House Executive Director will follow.

Class Meeting
Monday, March 12, 2012
9 a.m.
On campus

Hale Farm & Village – A Fugitive’s Path: Escape on the Underground Railroad
Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 6 p.m. (meet at 5 p.m. at RecPlex to depart for Hale Farm & Village)
Hale Farm & Village, located in the Cuyahoga Valley near Bath, Ohio, is an outdoor living history museum and a premier collection and property of Western Reserve Historical Society. Daily mid-19th century life is depicted through dozens of historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, and artisan demonstrations such as candle-making, blacksmithing, sawmilling, and hearth cooking. A meal will follow this event.