March 11-25: Student Conferences/ Class, Race, Power [UPDATED]

First, thanks to Karen Taylor for visiting and her talk on the While We’re Still Here Organization! You can find more details at their website or follow them on Instagram

Announcements: our first written assignment is due on Wed. March 25. See the assignments page for the instruction sheet.

UPDATE: CUNY HAS CANCELLED FACE TO FACE CLASSES UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY. CLASSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE FOR THE REST OF THE SEMESTER AFTER THAT. I will be on campus for our scheduled meetings and office hours. You can call in to talk to me if you don’t want to come to campus. [Edit: campus access is now restricted. Office hours will be held by Skype.]

No regular class March 11 and 18: instead we’ll do short one-on-one conferences by appointment to check in on your fieldwork assignments. Meetings will be in my office: Carman 398 held via Skype calls. Please email me in advance if you need to change from your scheduled time. IF YOU MISSED CLASS ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 4, EMAIL ME THIS WEEK TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET!

Individual conference schedule: Spring20_Student_Conferences

Things to think about:

  • What’s going well?
  • What’s not going well?
  • What work are you doing so far?

For Wednesday March 25, Read Chapter 7 (“Class, Race, and Power in America”) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. [UPDATE: THIS WILL NOW BE DONE ONLINE. CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS.]

Presentation by Alesha, Fatou, Irie, and Leah

Questions to think about as you read:

  • How does race and social class connect, according to Wilson?
  • What is the role of class consciousness?
  • Pay close attention to the “Preparing for Power” subsection in chapter 7. What social institutions transmit power?
  • What 4 processes does the ruling class use to dominate government?


  • There’s a rally and info session at the House of the Lord Church in downtown Brooklyn on March 7 as a lead-up to this Fall’s State of the Black World Conference. It’s free and open to the public (they’ll ask for donations). Details here.

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