Anna Julia Cooper Center 


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:

Black Women’s Political Activism

In Spring 2019 Professor Melissa Harris-Perry and Professor Jessica Stewart are co-teaching a course for Wake Forest University undergraduate students. Black Women’s Political Activism examines black women’s participation in American politics as citizens, residents, voters, activists, candidates, and elected officials. Topics include traditional political action such as voting, campaigning, and protesting and less traditional engagement such as education, research, media, sports and art. We consider the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation and identity.

Race, Class, Social Justice

In Fall 2018 Professor Harris-Perry taught a course combining traditional classroom experiences with significant community engagement. Race Class and Social Justice asks--What is social justice? How are identities, experiences, and structures of race, ethnicity, and class intertwined with social justice in the American context? Why does social jus- tice matter? What can individuals and communities do to develop socially justice out- comes?

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 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.

The Charlottesville Syllabus

The Charlottesville Syllabus is a resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia. With resources selected and summaries written by UVa graduate students, this abridged version of the Syllabus is organized into six sections that offer contemporary and archival primary and secondary sources (articles, books, responses, a documentary, databases) and a list of important terms for discussing white supremacy. Only “additional resources” are not available online (but can be found either through JSTOR, at the library, or for purchase).

The Ferguson Syllabus

Created and disseminated by Sociologists for Justice, The Ferguson Syllabus is a collection of research articles used to inform the arguments in the public statement on the events in Ferguson.

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