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Narrating the Economics of Black Life With August Wilson

All Levels | This class will focus on five works by the late August Wilson. These plays constitute half of the poet’s American Century Cycle, a project set in the Hill District, Pittsburgh’s historically Black neighborhood. In this class, we’ll examine and learn from the literary brilliance of one of America’s greatest poets, and his command of the macro- and microeconomics of Black poverty. Given the recent sequence of Black Lives Matter protests and a pandemic that disproportionately kills Black Americans — events which have their foundation in the history of US slavery — there is no better time to dive in to Wilson’s work. The plays: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jitney, Fences, Two Trains Running, and Radio Golf.

All students in reading classes will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Charles Tonderai Mudede

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 09/22/2020

End Date: 10/27/2020

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$305.00 General Price:

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Charles Tonderai Mudede

Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born writer, filmmaker, and cultural critic. He writes about film, books, music, crime, art, economics, and urban theory for The Stranger. Mudede has made three films, two of which, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and one, Zoo, was screened at Cannes. Mudede has written for the New York Times, Arcade Journal, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, The Village Voice, Radical Urban Theory, and C Theory. Mudede is also on the editorial board for the Black Scholar, which is based at the University of Washington, and between 1999 and 2005, lectured on post-colonial theory at Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2003 published a short book, Last Seen, with Diana George. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.

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