ASTRO 2034

ASTRO 2034

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Conventional wisdom would have it that the "black" in black holes has nothing to do with race. Surely there can be no connection between the cosmos and the idea of racial blackness. Can there? Contemporary Black Studies theorists, artists, fiction writers implicitly and explicitly posit just such a connection. Theorists use astronomy concepts like "black holes" and "event horizons" to interpret the history of race in creative ways, while artists and musicians conjure blackness through cosmological themes and images. Co-taught by professors in Comparative Literature and Astronomy, this course will introduce students to the fundamentals of astronomy concepts through readings in Black Studies. Texts may include works by theorists like Michelle Wright and Denise Ferreira da Silva, authors like Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson, music by Sun Ra, Outkast and Janelle Monáe. Astronomy concepts will include the electromagnetic spectrum, stellar evolution, and general relativity.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (LA-AS, ALC-AS, PHS-AS)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2034

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20768ASTRO 2034  LEC 001

    • MOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Battaglia, N

      Vaziri, P

  • Instruction Mode: Hybrid-Online and In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.