Twelve Bars from Freedom

In this FIG, we will explore the expansion of forms of legal repression of people of color and other marginalized populations in the twentieth- and twenty first-century United States alongside one of the most inspiring of the many expressive cultural forms to have emerged in response to that repression: the Blues.

Challenge FIG: Please note this FIG contains a 300-level course. This course has been vetted by First Year Programs to ensure first-term students can achieve success. The instructor is aware that FIG students will be in the course.

College Connections Faculty: Michael Hames-Garcia

Hi folks! I'm your professor for Twelve Bars from Freedom. This year will be my 20th year as a professor. I've taught at the University of Oregon, at Binghamton University (part of the State University of New York system), and at the Elmira Maximum Security Correctional Institution for Men (both in Upstate New York). I was born in Billings, MT, but grew up and attended school in Oregon all the way through college. That said, I've lived all over the place, including study abroad in Mexico, Quebec, and London. I created your ES 352 class from scratch years ago, but it's based on classes I've taught my whole career and grew out of my dissertation research in the 1990s. You'll find out that I care a lot about the subject matter.

That said, I also love music, so I'm psyched about connecting ES 352 with History of the Blues. I went to college on a piano performance scholarship and used to play in cafes in Portland for tips when I was a teenager. I was also an English major, so I'm hoping we can have some good conversations about UO's common reading this year, Thi Bui's memoir The Best We Could Do. I'm a slow reader, so don't worry if you are, too. Chances are, we'll both be up late the night before trying to finish reading on time.


(Professor) Michael (Hames-Garcia)


FIG Assistant: LaPhoenix Warner-McDonald

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Summer Assignment

Coming July 2018. Faculty and FAs are currently in the process of developing the FIG assignments.

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

Coming August 2018