Spotlighted Fall 2020 Classes

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Our courses challenge students to think critically about the world around them and their place within it. And for Fall 2020, we will feature a broad range of topics and time periods that focus on everything from the history of intimacy and synthetic chemicals, to the global cold war and living in a world with Coronovirus.

Below are just a sampling of our offerings for this fall.

 

Selected Spotlighted Courses

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Introduction to Global History - History 101.01

Explore problems in the history of globalization. Learn how contemporary problems and opportunities of globalization reflect long-term processes marked by patterns, interruptions, and continuities even within radical change. Asia, Europe and Africa have been interconnected since the Bronze Age. Trade, microbes, political power and religions formed then, as today, the principal matrix in which interdependence and conflict developed.

 

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Introduction to Contemporary Latin America - History 121
Gabriela Goldin
T, Th 3:05-4:20 pm

Interdisciplinary introduction to the peoples, cultures, and burning issues of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. Required course for students seeking the certificate in Latin American Studies.

 

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The History of the Present - History 124
James Chappel & Cecilia Marquez
T, Th 3:05-4:20 pm

How did we get here" A world of Coronavirus, Donald Trump, and Instagram? This course will focus on the last 40 years of history, giving you the tools you need to understand your world, and your place in it.

 

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History of Intimacy: Family, Friendship, Romance - History 171S.01
Tamar Rozett
M, W 1:25-2:40 pm

Examines how changing definitions of friendship, family structure, childhood, romantic love, gender roles, and sexual orientation shaped identity formation, social conflict, and cultural production through time. Course materials include letters, diaries, autobiographies, novels, government documents, films, and more.

 

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The Modern Middle East - History 214
Adam Mestyan
T, Th 10:05-11:20 pm

The historical development of the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emergence of nation-states in the region following World War I.

 

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Indian Civilization - History 219S
Rich Freeman
T, Th 3:05-4:20 pm

Surveys the rise of civilization and kingdoms on the Indian subcontinent from the first urban centers of the Indus Valley through the establishment of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century.

 

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Environment and global Capitalism in Latin America - History 222
Gabriela Goldin
T, Th 4:40-5:55 pm

Global capitalism relies on the ever increasing extraction and displacement of natural resources around the world. Focusing on Latin America, this course analyzes the environmental history of global capitalism. Our aim will be to explore what happens when massive amounts of natural resources are relocated from one place to another.

 

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Drugs, Chemical & Health: Histories of Substances in Environments, Economies & Bodies - History 235
Evan Hepler-Smith
T, Th 10:05-11:20 pm

Synthetic chemicals have histories. So do natural alternatives, and the benefits and hazards of both. We’ll follow histories of drugs & chemicals from cellular to planetary scales, comparing and connecting different global settings.

 

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Global Cold War - History 267S
James Nealy
W, F 8:30-9:45 am

 

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North America to 1750 - History 336
Juliana Barr
M 1:25-4:20 pm

Early oceanic explorations, European invasion of North America, the evolution of race slavery, and the responses of the native American peoples.

 

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Native American Women in History, Society & Art - History 354
Juliana Barr
F 11:45 am- 2:40 pm

Discover Native women in unexpected places throughout past and present-day America.

 

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