Summer 2017 Featured Courses

N100.002: American Business History
When President Calvin Coolidge declared in 1925 that “the chief business of the American people is business,” he was not making a historical argument, though it would have been a defensible one. Nearly a century earlier, French visitor, Alexis de Tocqueville, made a similar observation. Indeed, America was colonized by joint-stock corporations! Understanding the history of American business can therefore unlock a great deal about America itself.

145: Latin America and Film
This class is based on the idea that films can be used as the basis of historical inquiry and analysis. We will consider the content, form, and execution of a set of outstanding films from Latin America from about 1940 to about 1970, focusing on this period of cultural and political development in the countries with major film industries: Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina. Our discussions and readings will include histories of the film industry and national cultural policy, the idea of melodrama as a Latin American genre, film criticism, and more general examinations of the political and social issues raised in the movies.

N100.001: "Hip Hop and History" Short Course
The class will treat rap lyrics selected from multiple time periods as texts that students will read in conjunction with historical scholarship, which will offer the broader context for the themes that emerge in these songs. Although the first week will begin by providing an overview of rap and hip-hop, this is not a history of hip-hop class. We will not be studying the history of the musical genre. Rather, the aim is to illuminate the many ways that history, and African-American history in particular, inform the themes and subject matter upon which the selected lyrics focus. 

N174: The History of Coexistence and “Otherness” in Modern Europe
Once again, Europeans are questioning the limits of religious, national and cultural coexistence. Recently, we have watched a refugee crisis unfold and in the process have reopened discussions regarding who “belongs” in Europe. This course approaches these vexing questions from a unique historical perspective, that of coexistence and otherness in both the “old” and “new” Europe from World War I onward to the present day. Read more >>