Sex, Love, Race, Talk: Mixed Race Relationships, Identities & Interracial Communication

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This course is designed explore the conditions and consequences for crossing racial boundaries in North America. We take a multidisciplinary approach, exploring literary, anthropological, historical and communication approaches along with several feature and documentary film treatments of the subject.

The three primary units covered include: Colonial America--Labor, Nation-Building and the Problem of Racial Classifications; Reconstruction and the Early 20th Century--Consolidating Power and the “New” Racial Order; Post-Civil Rights Era and 21st Century--Social Justice, Color-Blindness and Mixed Race Identities.