Humanities For Everybody

Building Communities Through Knowledge

2017-2018 Courses

July 20th, 2017


All classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8pm, at 811 S. Westnedge Avenue, across from Fourth Coast Café.


Dr. Tom Bailey – September 19 – October 19

Literature Michigan Places, Michigan Childhoods

In this class, we’ll read what folks like Hemingway and Bonnie Jo Campbell have to say about being young in Michigan. Also, we’ll write essays about Michigan and where we grew up. How do these places influence how we see the world? Does living in Kalamazoo offer us a different perspective? How we see the world depends on where we stand in the world when we look at it….that much seems obvious; but it quickly grows wonderfully complicated. We’ll explore these questions and more through ours and other’s written works.


Dr. Ben Wilson – October 24 – November 21

Africana studies The Black Image in the White Mind: The Black Experience (Part III)

This course is designed as a survey of Black images within popular culture. Described as half-children, half-animals, the sports of impulse, whim and uncontrollable lust, black people have historically been subjected to various racialized and gendered representations in popular media. This session will deal with these distortions and perverse perceptions in motion pictures between 1900-1970.


Dr. Mitch Kachun – January 16 – February 15

History  City on a Hill? An Exploration of American Exceptionalism

American exceptionalism refers to the longstanding and persistent notion that the U.S. was uniquely founded on principles of personal freedom and representative government and that the nation’s special character implies a sense of superiority and a mission to spread its ideals across the globe.  This class will explore the origin and evolution of the concept of American exceptionalism and examine its implications (both positive and negative) for American culture, politics, and international relations from the colonial era into the 21st century.


Dr. Mariam Konaté – February 27 – March 29

Gender & Women’s Studies Women, Globalization, and Social Change

We will critically analyze perspectives of the diverse, (but similar) cultural, social, economic, and political realities that impact the lives of women of various ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, sexualities, abilities, and social classes worldwide. We will explore different ways in which colonialism, neocolonialism, imperialism and globalization affect both women’s lives and their determination to fight for positive and progressive social change. In so doing, this course will deconstruct assumptions such as “Sisterhood is Global” in order to move towards embracing the more inclusive and empowering concept of transnational feminism.