Topics vary each year. Focuses on the cultural, social, and political history of the U.S. after 1890. Please contact the History Department about this semester's specific topic. 01/15/2020-04/29/2020 Lecture Wednesday 11:00AM - 01:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
This seminar examines how ideas about race and ethnicity took shape in the 19th-c. U.S. It integrates African-American histories of slavery, emancipation, citizenship, and urban migration; the Native American experience of territorial conquest and cultural resistance; and waves of immigration from Europe, Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 01/13/2020-05/04/2020 Lecture Monday 03:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Considers how the mass murder of the Holocaust has impacted postwar collective memory and imagination. Uses literature, memoirs, and film to examine how different forms of memory shape the way we make sense of the event. Examines such issues as the problems and politics of interpreting memory and trauma. 01/14/2020-04/28/2020 Lecture Tuesday 06:00PM - 08:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Explores the social, cultural, ideological, and psychological dimensions of the Japanese aggression that culminated in the Nanjing Massacre, the exploitation of comfort women, forced labor, and human experimentation in World War II. Examines explanations for the absence of discussion on these human rights violations in the ensuing Cold War until the late 1980s and how that absence helped shape postwar East Asia. 01/16/2020-04/30/2020 Lecture Thursday 06:00PM - 08:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Studies the methodological, theoretical, and practical questions involved in the writing of history. Explores the relationship between past and present, the use of primary sources, and the interpretation of history by drawing on the work of the most creative practitioners of the discipline. 01/14/2020-04/30/2020 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:30AM - 10:50AM EST, Room to be Announced
Pathogens & Peoples. 01/13/2020-05/04/2020 Lecture Monday, Wednesday 09:30AM - 10:50AM EST, Room to be Announced
Examines the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, the history of anti-Semitism in Europe, and the process that led the Nazi State to pursue mass murder of Jews and other so-called "undesirables." Uses literature, memoirs, and film to examine social exclusion, forced migration, and genocide. 01/14/2020-04/30/2020 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 03:00PM - 04:20PM EST, Room to be Announced
Explores developments and changes in American ideas about race. How have science, social science, law, politics, art, and literature shaped definitions of race, and in turn affected race relations and racism? Considers the historical experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and white ethnic groups since the colonial era. 01/14/2020-04/30/2020 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 01:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Examines the development of East Asian and American foreign relations, focusing primarily on Sino-American-Japanese triangular relations since 1800. Special attention is given to the emergence of Japan and the U.S. as world powers and their approaches to dealing with nationalist and communist China. 01/14/2020-04/28/2020 Lecture Tuesday 03:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Studies the evolution of human societies to the rise of truly global connection. Significant attention is paid to understanding connections and comparisons between China, India, the Islamic world, the Mediterranean, and the Americas. 01/14/2020-04/30/2020 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 11:00AM - 12:20PM EST, Room to be Announced