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This course examines the unheard voices of those who go unnoticed, those who are scrutinized, judged, generalized, and spoken for, those who are brown, yellow, and red all over. We will look at nonfiction works by philosophers, journalists, essayists, and political leaders. We will look at fiction works by poets, novelists, filmmakers, and artists. We will hear the cries for freedom, for justice, for revolution, that those in power seek to suppress. We will join our voices with theirs
- Angela Y. Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (Haymarket Books, 2016).
- Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (Minor Compositions, 2013).
- Mitchell Duneier, Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, The History of an Idea (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016).
- Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Nate Marshall, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymark Books, 2015).
- Katherine McKittrick (ed.), Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis (Duke University Press Books, 2015).
- Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman in America (Secretarius Memps Publications, 1997).
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press, 2007).
- Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (Lawrence Hill Books, 2001).
- Inés Hernández-Avila (ed.), Reading Native American Women: Critical/Creative Representations (Altamira Press, 2005).
- Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent (Monthly Review Press, 1997).
- Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions (Penguin Books, 1999).
- Jorge J.E. Garcia and Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert (eds.), Latin American Philosophy for the 21st Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity (Prometheus Books, 2004).
- Young Lords Party, Palante: Voices and Photographs of the Young Lords, 1969-1971 (Haymarket Books, 2011).
- Erika Lee, The Making of Asian America: A History (Simon & Schuster, 2016).
- Amaney A. Jamal and Nadine Christine Naber, Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (Syracuse University Press, 2008).
- Jonathan Hafetz, Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System (New York University Press, 2011).
- Deepa Kumar, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Haymarkte Books, 2012).
- Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Grove Press, 2005).
- Jesmyn Ward, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Scribner, 2016).
- Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (State University of New York Press, 2015).
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias” (1818), poem.
- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Bloomsbury Academic, 2000).
- Banu Bargu, Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2016).
- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” in Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, ed. Cary Nelson (University of Illinois Press, 1988).
- Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps (NewSage Press, 2005).
- Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (Polity, 2013).
- Iza R. Hussin, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, and the Making of the Muslim State (University of Chicago Press, 2016).
- Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (NYU Press, 2015).
- Vijay Prashad, Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation (Verso, 2015).
- Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012).
- Jacobo Timerman, Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002).
- Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014).
- Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown, 2016).
- Michel Foucault, Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collége de France: 1977-1978 (Picador, 2009).
- Mahmoud Darwish, If I Were Another: Poems (Farrar, 2009).
- Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal (City Lights Books, 2015).
- Ashutosh Gowariker, Lagaan (2001), film.
- Richard Price and Steve Zaillian, The Night Of (2016), TV series.
- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), album.
- Terry George, Hotel Rwanda (2004), film.
- Peter Sollet, Raising Victor Vargas (2002), film.
- David Simon, The Wire (2002-2008), TV series.
- CocoRosie, “Child Bride” (2013), song.
Sabeen Ahmed is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, where she focuses on social and political philosophy, postcolonial studies, critical theory, and medieval philosophy. Her current research, inspired by her year in Turkey as a Fulbright ETA, examines the ontological status of the non-European refugee against the genealogy of the “Other” as explored in post-Kantian, Western political philosophy. Sabeen also examines foundations of Islamic political philosophy through comparative analyses of medieval writings, primarily those of Abu Nasr al-Farabi and Ibn Rushd. As an instructor, Sabeen strives to offer her students a history of philosophy that integrates historically marginalized voices, with contributions from postcolonial theory, critical philosophy of race, queer theory, feminist studies, and non-Western philosophy.