901 – History of Space Exploration
Thursday 5:30-8:05 pm Dr Jonathan Coopersmith
This course will explore the history of the American space program from the 1940s to the present. Our major concerns will be the cultural, social, military, economic, and political factors shaping – and shaped by – humanity’s first step to the stars. We definitely will not ignore the scientific and technological accomplishments, but place them in context, including paths not taken.
902 – Maps in History
TR 9:35-10:50 Dr. April Hatfield
What constitutes a map? This course will explore multiple ways that people have represented space visually, and how what we have come to think of as “maps” evolved. We will consider the ways that maps have both reflected and produced political and cultural values, as students identify and analyze primary sources (both textual and visual) to produce original research papers analyzing historical maps of a particular region of North America or the Caribbean between 1650 and 1850. Working in groups, students will also produce a very basic digital map reflecting their research findings.
903 – Feminisms of Color
TR 11:10-12:25 Dr. Sarah McNamara
In a multi-racial and multi-ethnic nation, what does feminism mean to women who are neither white nor middle class? This course examines the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender to explore the multiple meanings of feminism in the 20th century United States. Students will investigate how women of color have been included and excluded from feminist action, and, as a result, reinterpreted and defined feminism on their own terms. This course asks students to critically analyze academic texts, interpret primary documents, and produce a research paper using historical methods.
904 – The Global Cold War
MWF 9:10-10:00 Dr. Jason Parker
This seminar explores the rise of the superpower conflict from the ashes of World War II in Europe to its spread into the far corners of the decolonizing world. Students will spend the first half of the course becoming familiar with the scholarship on the Cold War and the Third World via classroom lecture and discussion, and the second half conducting research in primary and secondary sources to produce an essay of original scholarship on the topic.
905 – Putting Stalin on Trial
TR 2:20-3:35 Dr. Roger Reese
In this seminar we will “put Joseph Stalin on trial” for his crimes against the Soviet people. The point of putting Stalin on trial is to study the fundamentals of Stalinism, its governing practices, and to determine responsibility for among other things the terror and the famine. The class will be divided into two groups, defense and prosecution. The defense and prosecution teams will have to collect exhaustive evidence to make their case. Only primary evidence will be admitted into the trial proceedings. We will actually hold a trial in class over several weeks with representatives from each team arguing their cases.
906 – Civil Rights, Cold War, Politics, and Decolonization, 1940-1975
TR 12:45-2:00 Dr. Erin Wood
This course explores the relationships between the mid-twentieth century civil rights struggles in the United States, the Cold War, and Asian and African decolonization and liberation movements. While the civil rights movement has typically been historicized as a southern and/or national phenomenon, it can be more fully understood within a transnational context.