Religious Studies | Martin King and Malcolm X in American Religion
R438 | 25617 | S. Johnson


Class carries COLL A&H distribution and meets the Intensive Writing
requirement.

This upper-level course (seminar format) examines the religious
thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El
Shabazz).  The course comparatively analyzes the lives and
theologies of Martin and Malcolm in order assess how they leveraged
religious ideas in the American and international public sphere to
effect religious, political, and cultural transformations.  The
class includes careful attention to the biographies of these two
figures.  But larger cultural themes such as the relationship
between religion and violence, modernity and identity, nationalism
and gender, FBI surveillance and anticolonialism, and theories of
Diaspora will be addressed.  In addition, methods of historiography
and culture theory will be emphasized in research projects.  Video
and audio materials will be used in the course to expose students to
media recordings of Martin and Malcolm.  The course also devotes
specific instruction to developing clear and effective writing for
advanced research.
Students will write an extended research paper.  Exams are blue-book
format.