Sophomore Seminar: "American High: Years of Confidence and Anxiety, 1950-1964"

History 84P

Fall 2014
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
214 HAVILAND
Day & Time: 
W 2-5P
CCN: 
39222
Units: 
4

This seminar will meet the entire semester.

We will view and discuss movies made during these years in order to help us understand the era. In addition, we will make use of a reader of more conventional documents.  This might help us address the question, “What are the advantages and shortcomings of using movies for an understanding of the era in which they were made? Can movies give us a sense of what it was like to be alive in such times?”

Students will be asked to write a one paragraph response to each of the movies, and they will also be called upon to submit a 10 page interpretive essay at the end of the course.  This course will be linked to the “On the Same Page” program.  Professor Robert Cohen, the featured speaker, will come to one of our meetings and help us discuss the topic, Mario Savio in the ‘50s.

This seminar is part of the On the Same Page initiative. 

Samuel Haber is an Emeritus Professor of History at UC Berkeley.