The Center for Africana Studies has awarded Prize Teaching Fellowships to two graduate students, who are teaching courses this spring.
Tara Bynum and Sameena Mulla, graduate students in English and Anthropology, respectively, received the inaugural $6,000 fellowships. Bynum’s course, Where Is the Love? Imagining Love in 20th-Century African American Literature, addresses Bynum’s concerns about “the lack of popular and academic dialogues about the ideological role/place of positivity, and more specifically, love within the Black community.”
Her course employs literary works by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and others, as well as films such as Boys in the Hood, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and American History X to examine, among other things, popular representations of the African-American community.
Mulla’s course, African-Americans and American Medicine, attempts to place into a context the anthropological understandings of race, specifically concerning African-Americans and their roles in American medical projects.
Among the topics covered in the course is a section on slave medicine, exploring the social contexts in which slaves accessed healthcare and were used in medical experiments. Finally, the course looks at the contemporary context of African-Americans as patients and healers.