This colloquium will offer an introduction to the themes, regions, and debates surrounding Africa and the Global South. Topics include the idea of Africa, the place of the African diaspora, and challenges facing post-colonial African states, the causes of economic underdevelopment and political violence, and discourses of "Africa Rising" and Afro-pessimism. This course is interdisciplinary and will be taught in the Global South Humanities Laboratory. The seminar is discussion based, focusing on weekly readings. Students will produce a final paper or project. This course satisfies the undergraduate major Capstone seminar requirement.