The Department of African American Studies is offering a course on Hate Crimes.
AFRO 410 (CRN 62628)/PSYC 410 (CRN 62633)
Time: 2 - 4:50 p.m.
Credit: 3 hours, 8-week course, October 21 - December 11
With the Trayvon Martin murder as our backdrop, this African American Studies course examines hate crimes in national, state, and local perspectives.
It will examine the history of hate crimes in the United States, the changing nature of hate crimes over time, local hatecrimes and their impacts on African American communities. We will consider the roles that youth culture(s), law enforcement, gun culture(s), terror(ism), American political culture, and the media/social media landscape all play in creating a broader context for studying hate crimes in 21st century American life.
We will also discuss "hate crimes" as a concern in the global arena. Finally, we will consider preventative strategies that can be employed to stem the tide of hate crimes against African Americans and other communities in American life.
Instructor: Nicole Anderson-Cobb, Ph.D.
Dr. Nicole Anderson-Cobb-a UIUC PhD in History (2007)-is currently Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV). In addition to her work as a historian and anti-gun violence activist, she is an established playwright and has recently launched an international project called "GunPlay(s)" which is soliciting new plays on violence for a juried competition. The Department of African American Studies will co-sponsor a "GunPlay(s)" public presentation of the winning plays in March 2014.