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100AC Summer 2016 Special Topics in the History of the United States: "Defiant Women: Gender, Power and Violence in American History"

Taking as its focus diverse groups of women who have shaped the course of North American history, this class will explore the relationship between gender, power and violence from the colonial period to the modern era. We will discuss how women have challenged conventional notions of “womanhood” through their words and their deeds, how their respective communities understood their behavior, and we will contemplate the ways in which these women simultaneously constructed narratives of power that do not conform to contemporary conceptualizations of their lives.

100D.002 Spring 2016 Digital Humanities and Topics In Black History: The Mapping of Black Historical Events From the Beginning of Slavery to Reconstruction

This class examines classic themes and topics in African-American History, from the beginning of slavery to Reconstruction. Often literary bias has kept black history hermetically sealed in a vault of printed texts. Now, however, scholars in Digital Humanities have  developed tools that are beginning to liberate historical events from the printed text and set them free in a fresh digital environment. By using these new techniques we are now able to plot the events of black history in space and time.

103D.004 Spring 2016 Contested Resources: Conservation, Controversy, and Economic and Cultural Autonomy in America

This course will explore the intersections between cultural and natural resources, local, national, and international conservation policies, and social, political, and environmental boundaries.

103D.002 Spring 2016 The Catastrophe in American History

This seminar examines catastrophes in America since the turn of the eighteenth century. We will push back against the instinct to see catastrophes as natural or beyond comprehension and instead examine their historical production. We will consider what qualified as a catastrophe or distinguished catastrophes from disasters, and how each term changed over time. We will also explore how ordinary people, states, and experts attempted to foresee, explain, locate responsibility for, and remedy catastrophes.

101.016 Spring 2016 Capitalism and American Society since the Gilded Age

This course is designed for students interested in research that addresses American social history, labor history, economic history, and political history. There are a wide variety of themes and issues related to these subjects that would provide a potential topic for a thesis. Students should have a good historical question and sources that will help provide an answer.

101.014 Spring 2016 Reconstruction

This seminar is intended for students who want to write their 101 theses on U.S. political history, particularly in the 19th century.

101.015 Spring 2016 American Ideas in Global Perspective since 1900

This seminar will guide students in conceiving, researching, and writing their senior theses on the theme of American intellectual history in global perspective. The twentieth century brought together people from across the world into conversation with one another like never before. At international organizations, NGOs, youth congresses, pan-African meetings, and religious organizations, ideas and intellectuals crossed national boundaries in this increasingly global age. American intellectuals helped shape developments abroad.


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