University of Michigan
Black Performance as Social Protest
University of Michigan

Black Performance as Social Protest

Taught in English


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Scott Piper
Louise Toppin

Instructors: Scott Piper

Beginner level
No prior experience required
23 hours to complete
3 weeks at 7 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Identify ways in which patterns of resistance from the past contribute to ongoing social justice movements.

  • Reflect on methods of achieving racial equity through performance.

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There are 5 modules in this course

This week we will be examining Black performance and representation in the age of slavery and beyond. We will begin to assess how protest developed and solidified in Black performance in the United States.

What's included

2 videos15 readings1 app item6 discussion prompts

This week we will be examining how Black performance developed in response to the socio-political events of the early 20th century including migrations and protests in the United States. We will explore patterns of resistance within Black performance of this time.

What's included

3 videos9 readings3 app items6 discussion prompts

This week we will be exploring Black performance of the Civil Rights Era and beyond including how it both defined and enlivened the global movement for Civil Rights and Black Nationalism.

What's included

2 videos8 readings1 app item7 discussion prompts

This week you will expand on the concepts of the past and explore how they affect us in the present. You will also look at modern protest movements and explore how the use of performance manifests in the modern age.

What's included

1 video11 readings2 app items7 discussion prompts

The final week of the course will culminate in a self-directed manifesto. To prepare for this we will explore other manifestos that have come out of the performance world.

What's included

2 videos11 readings2 app items6 discussion prompts


Scott Piper
University of Michigan
1 Course409 learners
Louise Toppin
University of Michigan
1 Course409 learners

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