In Fall 2013, Professor Harris-Perry is teaching the following courses.
POLA 4010: Hip-Hop & Feminism
This course seeks to address, analyze, explore and contest the political aspects of hip-hop music and culture through a close examination of feminism. This course is an analytic space for debate and discussion about the impact of hip-hop culture on the sexual, gender and political understandings of Americans and others around the world.
In Spring 2013, Professor Harris-Perry taught the following courses:
POLA 6960: African American Religion and Politics
Scholars of the African American experience have located the black church as the cultural, social, and political womb of the black community. This research tends to think of the church as a structure that brings actors into contact with one another; it has paid less attention to the church as a place that brings actors into contact with ideas. This course will use a variety of classic and contemporary texts about black political thought as an entry into investigating the connections between black religious ideas and political activism. The class links the work on religion to an intensive introduction to black political thought. This course focuses on the various 20th century ideologies and strategies, which have informed the African American quest for human fulfillment, self-actualization, and equity in the United States of America.
POLA 4020: Politics of Environmental Justice
This course will explore the intersection of social justice and environmental stewardship, with particular attention to issues of environmental justice. Students will learn the history of environmental justice and its relationship to the larger environmental movement. Students will also explore the political and ethical issues underpinning environmental justice work and develop the ability to reason about issues of environmental justice. This class will assist students in becoming familiar with the literature on and methods used to study environmental justice, understanding how studying the social sciences can help one become a more effective citizen, and learning how to apply the theories learned in class to real-world events. This is a service learning course with a significant beyond the classroom aspect. Students will be involved in creating a major Food Justice report for a local non-profit organization in New Orleans.
Course syllabi for Professor Harris-Perry's current and past classes at Tulane University can be found on the Anna Julia Cooper Project website at cooperproject.org/curriculum
Melissa is the director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project
on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South.
Named in honor of one of the most noted African-American intellectuals in the history of the nation, the Anna Julia Cooper Project is an LLC based in New Orleans that investigates how gender and race intersect to shape women’s politics in the South.
This December, the Project is holding a mini-conference on Gender, Sexuality & Hip-Hop. You can find the call for papers here
More information and current projects and events can be found at cooperproject.org