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Life after Death: Malcolm X and American Culture
Taught by: Manning Marable

Description
E-Seminar Description
This e-seminar treats the image of slain civil-rights leader Malcolm X after his death by focusing on the popular view of his life and his treatment by historians and scholars. A generation after his assassination Malcolm X's image and historical reputation have been profoundly transformed. Most historians of the black experience now rank Malcolm X among the half-dozen or so most influential personalities in African American history. Malcolm X's The Autobiography is one of the top ten best-selling nonfiction works of the twentieth century, according to Time magazine. Nearly 3,000,000 copies of this book have been sold. The essential question of this e-seminar is: How has the legacy of Malcolm X been portrayed in the popular imagination and analyzed in scholarly publications and broadcasts?

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

Outline
1. Too Black, Too Strong: Biographical Background of Malcolm X as a Black Cultural Icon
2. (En)gendering Blackness: Black Women, Black Masculinity, and the Image of Malcolm X
3. House Negroes vs. Field Negroes: Malcolm X, Intellectuals, and the Black Middle Class

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Manning Marable is Professor of History and Political Science, and the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Marable was the founding director of Colgate University's Africana and Hispanic Studies Program, from 1983 to 1986. He was Chairman of the Department of Black Studies at Ohio State University, from 1987 to 1989, and was also Professor of Ethnic Studies, History and Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Marable is the author of thirteen books, including—among others—Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience (2000) and Black Leadership (1998). In January 1999, Dr. Marable initiated Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, a new quarterly journal examining key theoretical issues within black America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Since 1976, Dr. Marable has written "Along the Color Line," a syndicated commentary series on African American politics and public affairs. Dr. Marable was a cofounder of the Black Radical Congress, a progressive coalition of African American activists. He is a national co-chairperson of the Committees of Correspondence, a democratic socialist organization. Dr. Marable also donates much of his time with civil-rights, labor, religious and social-justice groups.

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Recommended Reading
Asante, Molefi K. Malcolm X As Cultural Hero: And Other Afrocentric Essays. Trenton, New Jersey, Africa World Press, 1993


Breitman, George Last Year of Malcolm X: The Evolution of a Revolutionary. New York, Pathfinder Press, 1967.


Breitman, George The Assassination of Malcolm X. New York, Pathfinder Press, 1976.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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