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Lisa Toccafondi Shutt

Associate Professor, General Faculty
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Institute of African-American and African Studies
Office location and address
227B Minor Hall
102 Amphitheater Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
AAS 150: Special Topics in African American Studies
Special Topics in African American Studies.
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see
WGS 2224: Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media
Credits: 3
Addresses the role the media has played in creating images and understandings of "Blackness" in the United States, particularly where it converges with popular ideologies about gender.
AAS 2224: Black Femininities and Masculinities in the US Media
Credits: 3
This course, taught as a lower-level seminar, will address the role the media has played in creating images and understandings of 'Blackness' in the United States, particularly where it converges with popular ideologies about gender.
AAS 2740: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Credits: 3
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the richness and variety of African life. While no course of this kind can hope to give more than a broad overview of the continent, students will learn which intellectual tools and fundamental principles are necessary for approaching the study of the hundreds of cultural worlds that exist today on the African continent. This course will draw from ethnographic texts, literary works and film.
AAS 3500: Intermediate Seminar in African-American & African Studies
Credits: 3
Reading, class discussion, and written assignments on a special topic in African-American and African Studies Topics change from term to term, and vary with the instructor. Primarily for fourth-year students but open to others.
AAS 3559: New Course in African and African American Studies
Credits: 3
New course in the subject of African and African American Studies.
AAS 3710: African Worlds through Life Stories
Credits: 3
This course examines an array of African cultural worlds from the perspective of a variety of different life story genres. We will be addressing biography, autobiography, autofiction, memoirs, diaries, biographical documentary film and various artistic representations. Some critics claim that such genres, concentrating on the 'individual' in Western terms, are not appropriate for representing African experiences of personhood.
AAS 3749: Food and Meaning in Africa and the Diaspora
Credits: 3
This course investigates the traditions and symbolics of food and eating in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora -- wherever people of African descent have migrated or have been forced to move. This course will help students to investigate the way the foods people eat' or don't eat' hold meaning for people within a variety of cultural contexts.Topics will include symbol, taboo, sexuality, bodies, ritual, kinship & beauty, among others.
AAS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Allows students to work on an individual research project. Students must propose a topic to an appropriate faculty member, submit a written proposal for approval, prepare an extensive annotated bibliography on relevant readings comparable to the reading list of a regular upper-level course, and complete a research paper of at least 20 pages.