Dianne Stewart and "The Power of Black Self-Love"

“The Power of Black Self-Love” was a “side-car” course taught by Dr. Dianne Stewart and Dr. Donna Troka in fall 2016 as a part of Emory University’s Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship (IDEAS) program.

It brought together the work of Stewart’s "Black Love" course (Religion 270/African American Studies 285) and Troka’s “Resisting Racism” course (American Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies 385).  Stewart’s “Black Love” course invited students to explore historical and contemporary notions of love with emphasis on love’s powerful and controversial presence/absence in the lives of black people in the North American context. “Resisting Racism: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter” juxtaposed the Black Lives Matter movement with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to investigate how racism in America has (and has not) changed over the last 60 years and to uncover what strategies black people and their allies have used to work toward liberation.

In “The Power of Black Self-Love,” a new one-credit course, Drs. Stewart and Troka aimed to emphasize and build on the resonances of their two courses. They asked students to consider theories of black love and histories of black social movements, but also to interrogate their contemporary cultural products. Student projects aimed to demonstrate the ways the black self-love is an act of resistance that has the power to transform the world.

For more on Dianne Stewart and Donna Troka’s course, see http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/er_power_of_black_self_love/campus.html

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