Past TASS Topics & Faculty

Past TASS Topics & Faculty


2020 summer programs were held online due to the COVID pandemic.

Cornell I: Black Protest from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter

Faculty: Alisha Marie Gaines, Florida State University, and Dennis Tyler Jr., Fordham University

Cornell II: Testify: The Politics of Imagination, Fantasy, and Magic

Faculty: Jasmine Jay and Cristina Correa, Cornell University

Michigan I: “Whose Streets?! Our Streets!” The Legacy of Youth Organizing in Black Liberation Movements

Faculty: Eshe Sherley and Aurelis Troncoso, University of Michigan

Michigan II: AfroAsian Cultures and Media

Faculty: Joo Young Lee, University of Michigan, and Myra Washington, University of New Mexico


Cornell I: Blackness Remixed: Genre and Adaptation in Contemporary Literature, Music, and Film

Faculty: LaMonda Horton-Stallings, University of Maryland, College Park, and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Bryn Mawr College

Cornell II: Black Feminist Thought

Faculty: Ashley R. Hall and Nia Michelle Nunn, Ithaca College

Michigan I: Black Movements

Faculty: Gabriel Allen Peoples, Indiana University and Aaron C. Allen, Roger Williams University

Michigan II: Reconceptualizing Black Geographies: The Politics of Race, Space, and Home

Faculty: Tashal Brown and Lauren Elizabeth Reine Johnson, Michigan State University


Cornell I: Mediated Lives: Performing Identity in Contemporary Media

Faculty: Karen Jaime and Samantha Sheppard, Cornell University

Cornell II: Shades of Blackness: Exploring Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the African Diaspora through Performance, Film, Music, and Art

Faculty: Marlon M. Bailey, Arizona State University, and John Thabiti Willis, Carleton College

Michigan I: The Cultural Politics of Race in Media and Literature

Faculty: Shazia Iftkhar and Aliyah Khan, University of Michigan

Michigan II: African American Mobility and Travel Abroad: From Paul Cuffee to Ta-Nehisi Coates

Faculty: Sharika Crawford, United States Naval Academy, and Derek Handley, Carnegie Mellon University


Cornell I: The Opposite House: Grieving Time in Space and Place

Faculty: Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Greg Londe, Cornell University

Cornell II: Black Feminist Thought

Faculty: Nia Nunn and Ashley Hall, Ithaca College

Michigan I: Coming of Age within the Long Black Freedom Movement

Faculty: Erin Chapman, George Washington University, and Brandi Hughes, University of Michigan

Michigan II: Performance, Gender, Race and Culture in the Harlem Renaissance and in Parisian Negritude

Faculty: Frieda Ekotto and Robin Wilson, University of Michigan


Cornell I: Are You an American Citizen? A History of a Complicated Question

Faculty: Ed Baptist, Cornell University, and Minkah Makalani, University of Texas at Austin

Cornell II: Exploring Cultural Identity Through the Music of the Harlem Renaissance, Soul and Social Protest Movements, and Contemporary Hip Hop

Faculty:  William Banfield, Berklee College of Music and Charrise Barron, Harvard University

Indiana: The Black Struggle for Freedom: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Faculty: Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde and Fabio Rojas, Indiana University

Michigan:  In Search of Identity: Performance of Blackness and Representations of Gender and Sexuality

Faculty: Tabitha Chester, Denison College and Khalid Long, University of Maryland, College Park


Cornell: Ascending Melody: Contemporary African American Creative Arts and Critical Thought

Faculty: Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Dagmawi Woubshet, Cornell University

Indiana: Growing Up While Black: Coming of Age in Black Literature, Music, and Film

Faculty: Marlo David, Purdue University and Lamonda Horton-Stallings, Indiana University

Michigan: Dreams of Freedom and Realities of Confinement

Faculty: Diana Louis, Indiana University and Michael McGee, University of California, Berkeley


Indiana: Health Disparities: The Importance of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Social Class.

Faculty: Pamela Braboy Jackson and Rasul Mowatt, Indiana University.

Michigan: Comparing and Performing Black Theatre.

Faculty: Charles (OyamO) Gordon and Dieudonné Mbala Nkanga, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Race Films in a ‘Post-Race’ America? Film Studies and Critical Spectatorship.

Faculty: Audrey T. McCluskey and Natasha C. Vaubel, Indiana University.

Michigan: Race, Ethnicity, and Difference in Modern Medicine and Society.

Faculty: Barbara Berglund, University of South Florida and Alexandra Stern, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Don’t Believe the Hype: Facing Cultural Misinformation about African Americans with Historical and Legal Truths.

Faculty: A.B. Assensoh and Yvette Marie Alex-Assensoh, Indiana University.

Michigan: Mass Incarceration: Race, Punishment, and Contemporary Urban America.

Faculty: Ahmad Rahman, University of Michigan, Dearborn and Stephen Ward, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Blackness, Media, and Self-Concept.

Faculty: Maresa Murray and Sharlene Newman, Indiana University.

Michigan: Intergenerational Memory in U.S. Literature.

Faculty: Joshua Miller, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Ruby Tapia, Ohio State University.


Indiana: Blackness, Literature, and the Media.

Faculty: Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, Indiana University; and Libya Pugh, New York–based actor and educator.

Michigan: Poverty, Environment, Work, and Social Inequality in America.

Faculty: Dorceta Taylor and Ian Robinson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Health and Illness in the African American Community: Social and Neurobiological Perspectives.

Faculty: Maresa Murray and Sharlene Newman, Indiana University.

Michigan: Imaging Race in Literature and Visual Culture.

Faculty: Joshua L. Miller, University of Michigan; and Ruby C. Tapia, Ohio State University.


Indiana: Social Identity in Contemporary African American and LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Theatre.

Faculty:  Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and Marlon Bailey, Indiana University.

Michigan I: Pros and Cons of “Getting Involved” – Community Participation in Multicultural Communities

Faculty:  Robert Ortega and Charles Kieffer, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michigan II:  Imagining the Congo, Performing African History and Culture.

Faculty:  Mbala D. Nkanga and Nancy R. Hunt, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Modern Sports and the African American Experience

Faculty: Gary Sailes, Indiana University, Bloomington; and JaDora Sailes, Indiana University at IUPUI campus.

Michigan I: American Politics and Culture: Left and Right

Faculty: Angela D. Dillard and Alan Wald, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michigan II: Infectious Disease Detectives: Fighting Epidemics Using the Right Tools

Faculty: JoLynn P. Montgomery, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Kristi J. McClamroch, University at Albany, SUNY.


Indiana: Civic Engagement and African American Youth.

Faculty: Paulette Patterson Dilworth and Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Indiana University.

Michigan I: Bridging the Atlantic: Music and Media in the African Diaspora.

Faculty: Naomi André and Kelly Askew, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michigan II: Black Multiculturalism: Harlem’s World 1919-1940.

Faculty: Ifeoma C.K. Nwankwo and Frieda Ekotto, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Films of the African American Experience: An Introduction to Film Studies.

Faculty: Audrey McCluskey and Natasha Vaubel, Indiana University.

Michigan I: Race, Space, and American Identity.

Faculty: Magdalena Zaborowska and Justyna Pas, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michigan II: Who Deserves to Get Well? Public Health at the Crossroads of Science and Social Values.

Faculty: Sharon Kardia and Susan King, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Conflicting Visions: A History of African American Political Thought and Action.

Faculty: Lawrence J. Hanks and Jas Sullivan, Indiana University.

Michigan: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of Multicultural Societies in Brazil and the U.S.

Faculty: Susan Juster and Sueann Caulfield, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Constructing “Race”: Society and Law.

Faculty: Dennis Rome and Steve Russell, Indiana University.

Michigan: Social Identities and the Mass Media.

Faculty: Elizabeth Cole and Catherine Squires, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Indiana: Does My Vote Count: African Americans and the Struggle for Political Representation.

Faculty: Valerie Grim and Dennis Rome, Indiana University.

Michigan: Reading the Body through Ethnicity, Racism, Gender, and Power.

Faculty: Frieda Ekotto and Robin Wilson, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


The African Diaspora: Music, Dance, and History.

Faculty: Iris Rosa and Daniel Walker, Indiana University.


Understanding Black and Multiracial Political History in the New Millennium.

Faculty: Akwasi Assensoh and Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Indiana University.


Law, Race, and Society: Demythologizing Common Notions of Legal Order.

Faculty: Frank Motley and Dennis Rome, Indiana University.


Demythologizing Africa: Transatlantic Musical Crossroads.

Faculty: Mellonee Burnim and Takyiwaa Manuh, Indiana University.


African-Americans in the Political System: A Historical and Political Analysis.

Faculty: Akwasi Assensoh and Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Indiana University.


African-American Arts and Social Life: Exploring Their Influence on Each Other.

Faculty: William Banfield, Indiana University; and R. Drew Smith, Butler University.


Contemporary Media Representations of the African-American Community.

Faculty: Gloria Gibson-Hudson and Dennis Rome, Indiana University.


Self and Society: African-American Autobiographical Writings.

Faculty: Audrey Thomas McCluskey and Fred McElroy, Indiana University.


Play and Performance: African-American Music and Sports in the Twentieth Century.

Faculty: William Wiggins, Jr. and Portia Maultsby, Indiana University.