New Classes

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 Mar. 16, 2007

Sean Kearns
Media Relations Director
(323) 343-3050
Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

Note to editors: CSULA faculty Melina Abdullah and C.R.D. Halisi are available for interviews on topics related to African-American history and politics. Call the Public Affairs office at (323) 343-3050 to schedule an interview.

Can Senator Obama win?

New Cal State L.A. Pan African courses
focus on emerging politics, women, roots of activism

Los Angeles, CA – If U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is elected president of the United States, what difference will he make in the lives of black people and other people of color who are part of the working and underclass?

“Black Political Economy”—a new course at California State University, Los Angeles this spring—will delve into this question and survey the ways in which political and economic structures reinforce one another and how each impacts communities of color, particularly black communities. Taught by CSULA faculty Melina Abdullah, this four-unit course (PAS 402) will meet every Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-4:10 p.m.

Two other Pan African Studies classes at Cal State L.A. will examine the role of women leaders and the foundations of activism.

Also taught by Abdullah, “Black Women Leaders in Thought and Politics” will look into the lives of Ida Wells, Angela Davis, Ella Baker and Assata Shakur. Designed to learn from the past and help develop contemporary leaders, the class will include guest lectures by California State Assemblymember Majority Leader Karen Bass, State Assemblymember Laura Richardson, CSULA Psychology Professor Kimberly King and others. This four-unit course (PAS 406) will meet every Monday and Wednesday, 4:20-6 p.m.

Taught by CSULA faculty C.R.D. Halisi, “Black Intellectual Traditions” will explore how movements are built, with focus on black leadership and the theoretical foundations that form activist efforts. Topics to be addressed include antislavery, antilynching, anticolonialism, civil rights, black power, African socialism, black feminism and hip-hop. Halisi served as chair of the “US” cultural nationalist organization at the height of the Black Power movement and is author of a book on Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa. This new four-unit course (PAS 403) is offered every Tuesday, 6:10-10 p.m.

The three 10-week classes are open to all majors. For registration information or class locations, call the Department of Pan African Studies at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-2290.

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