Historical Racial Violence: Legacies & Reckonings (L90 AFAS 4601)
Area histories of enslavement, lynching, and other racial terror and dispossession relate to inequality, conflict, and violence in the same places today - these legacies include health disparity, homicide rates, voter suppression, and corporal punishment in schools. Many communities and institutions are moving to acknowledge and address legacies of historical racial violence in various ways. We engage several responses including the WashU & Slavery Project and the broader consortium of Universities Studying Slavery. The course combines seminar readings, discussion and writing on legacies of racial violence with a practicum where students conceptualize and develop interventions intended to facilitate contemporary reckoning. The practicum supports a broad range of interventive efforts, including research and policy-focused projects, archival development, and interventions through visual art, design, film, digital projects, and other creative approaches.