African American Expats in Copenhagen and ParisSummer Course

DIS Summer, African American Expats in Copenhagen and Paris
Major Discipline(s)
Anthropology, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, History
Location
Location: Copenhagen
Available
Session 2
Credit(s)
3

This course examines the experiences of African American expatriates in Copenhagen and in Paris. While many are familiar with the stories of James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright in Paris, few know about the experiences of African Americans in Copenhagen. Drawing on a rich archive that includes documentaries, novels, government records, memoirs, biographies, music, letters, interviews, paintings, and newspaper accounts, we follow in the footsteps of African Americans including Booker T. Washington and Billie Holiday among many others. The course examines unknown or forgotten, yet fascinating, educators, painters, social workers, writers, one baseball player (but a very important one), singers, diplomats, dancers, servicemen, and Black Panthers who lived, studied, performed in, and visited Copenhagen and Paris.

This course includes a course-integrated Study Tour within Denmark! Read more about Study Tours.

Faculty

Ethelene Whitmire

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001. Professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2001-present. With DIS since 2018. 

Ethelene Whitmire