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Courses - Spring 2022
University Honors
Soundtrack to Revolution: Black Protest Music from Slave Ship to Soundcloud
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Invites students to hear a tradition of black protest music that reverberates from the slave ship to Soundcloud and beyond. Together we will ponder how black people have created, performed, broadcast, and mobilized music for protest, self-making, community-building, cultural critique, agitation, venting, healing, and joy. To hear what protest music sounds like, we will listen to Paul Robeson, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy, NWA, Lil' Kim, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, and others. Must protest music set overt political statements to melody? How have black people mobilized music and art to shape their political conditions? What can music accomplish that artforms like literature and visual art cannot? How have various social justice and liberation movements deployed music? How has new media technology transformed protest? How does revolution sound to you?
Restricted to UH students matriculating in Fall 2020 or later.

This course is part of the Revolution cluster. Revolution courses will not be offered after spring 2022, so you should only take HNUH218Z if you have previously completed HNUH218A, which is the required I-Series course in this cluster. HNUH 218A was last offered in the winter session(January 2022) and will not be offered again.