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AFAM 101: Dr. Livingston: Group Book Presentations

This course guide is intended as a starting point for research assignments in AFAM 101.


Note: Please see detailed instructions posted on Canvas.

You will be divided into groups each of which will be assigned a portion of one of three books that we will study. Your group is to study the book and develop a creative mixed media presentation as a way of teaching the class the contents of the book. Each book will be presented and discussed in a single class session.  Each group will have approximately 25 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion and question and answer interaction.Your presentation may take any form but it must include some kind of handout for the class. This handout may be an outline of the chapters.

Include some broad sense of or introduction to the author of the text; the main points and issues of each chapter in the section of chapters that you are assigned; central characters, figures and contexts raised by the content of the portion of the text that you are assigned;  aspects of the content that you think represent key, pivotal, central or pervading themes of the text.  In composing your presentation, as for instance, in writing an essay and a research paper, thinking of elements of the text that you would like to use as examples of what you are conveying – especially elements that you find compelling – is a useful preparation and presentation strategy. 

Books for the Assignment


Search Primo for books that provide criticism and interpretation. Copy and paste the terms below into the catalog's search box.

  • Du Bois, W. E. B. Criticism and interpretation
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. political and social views
  • "souls of black folk"
  • Washington Booker T political and social views
  • Washington Booker T criticism
  • Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915. Up from slavery.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale. Their eyes were watching God.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale Criticism and interpretation
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Media Sources

Streaming Films on Hurston and Du Bois

These films are a few examples of streaming media available through Films on Demand.

Databases: Background Information

Use background sources to enhance your understanding of the book.

Databases: Specialized Sources