Seminar

HIST233 - BRAZIL: LAND OF THE FUTURE?

Description: 
“Brazil is the country of tomorrow, and always will be.” This ironic observation—often expressed by the Brazilians themselves—neatly encapsulates the perceived gap between longstanding predictions of Brazil’s rise to great power status and its continuing struggles with social and racial inequalities, economic instability, and authoritarian political practices. This perception has deeply informed the way historians approach the history of Brazil, which has routinely been portrayed as a series of failures or missed opportunities. It has also indirectly influenced how visitors (actual and virtual) perceive Brazil; they revel in its rich popular culture, mixed racial identities, and lush tropical forests, but have no idea that Brazil has one of the largest industrial economies and middle-class populations in the world. Recent trends, however, have prompted observers both within and outside Brazil to suggest that tomorrow has finally arrived—that Brazil has now reached a new, sustainable level of economic development, accompanied by real progress in reducing poverty and expanding political participation by all segments of society. Whether these claims of success at last will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but they will likely motivate historians to rethink the standard narratives of Brazilian history. The historical period that is the focus of this course has witnessed Brazil’s transformation from a colonial, agrarian, slave society to a predominantly urban, industrialized nation, and an aspiring world power. This course will focus on postcolonial Brazil and key topics include racism, slavery, and emancipation as well as urban life, immigration, industrialization, changing gender roles, Carnaval, popular culture, and democratization.
Instructors: 
SQUARE, JONATHAN
Day and Time: 
T 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 311A

Activity: 
SEM
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    CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS

    HIST233 - Asian Migration and the Making of Modern Asia, 1800 to the present

    Description: 
    The sanctity of national borders and territory has become an increasingly contentious issue between East Asian nation/states in recent years. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and other national claims to maritime territory are often based on historical claims—that territory before the era of imperialism the territory was under the exclusive control of their nation. However this elides a longer history of migration before and during the modern era that helped to shape today’s territorial borders, shared culture, and economic interdependence in East Asia. This course explores the effects of migration on the process of modernization in East Asia in order to reveal a more complicated history of race and identity, cultural exchange, and globalized labor and capital networks connecting Asian nations to each other and the world.
    Instructors: 
    HEGWOOD, ROBERT
    Day and Time: 
    CANCELED
    Activity: 
    SEM
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      CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS
      This is an LPS course. Registration may be limited to LPS students.

      HIST234 - URBANIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS

      Description: 
      Urbanization emerged as the subject of political debate and artistic intervention alongside the formation of a predominantly industrial world-economy in the 19th century. Across Europe, America, and the colonized world, artists, designers, and theorists sought to alter the processes of urbanization and imagine alternatives to metropolitan society. During decolonization and the Cold War, urban discourse and practice increasingly focused on the management of scarce resources, and on the ethics of centralizing urban managerial authority in the hands of a few experts. The contemporary global economy, unlike the antecedent world-economy, is remarkably non-urban: financial and political power is no longer exclusively concentrated in a few metropolitan cities, and initiatives to reshape urbanization are now principally conceived of in terms of eco-systems, historic preservation, or human rights. This seminar examines debates that informed the theory and practice of modern city-making. Readings include Charles Baudelaire, W.E.B. Du Bois, M.K. Gandhi, Siegfried Kracauer, Octavio Paz, Huey P. Newton, Jane Jacobs, Saskia Sassen, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Artistic works and designs analyzed include Nadar’s Egouts de Paris, garden suburbs in Cape Town, Corbusier’s Chandigarh, Doxiadis in Baghdad, the Ford Foundation plan for Calcutta, self-help housing in Lima, Anand Patwardhan’s Humara Shahar, and HBO’s The Wire.
      Instructors: 
      BANERJI, SHIBEN
      Day and Time: 
      R 0130PM-0430PM
      Room: 

      EDUCATION BUILDING 007

      Activity: 
      SEM
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        HIST247 - MARTIANS IN NEW JERSEY: MEDIA, PERFORMANCE AND AMERICA IN 1938

        Description: 
        In the most famous of Halloween pranks, in 1938, Orson Welles broadcast the annihilation of the world, and in doing so, blurred the bounds between fiction and reality. Told through a series of newscasts, the program, “The War of the Worlds,” led many to believe that Martians had indeed attacked the United States. Aired as radio was becoming a leading source of entertainment and news, this radio play would become one of the new medium’s most recalled, and most controversial, programs. In this course, we will use the story of Welles’s play to open a window into the United States in the Great Depression and on the eve of World War II. That story will help us consider America’s early engagement with radio and the mass media, the possibilities for storytelling on the air, and the connections between media and manipulation. To explore such topics in depth, performance will be a key compenent of the course: Students will develop and deliver a “broadcast” of the play, through which we will consider radio theater and the world of “War of the Worlds.”
        Instructors: 
        MALAGUE, ROSEMARY
        LENTHALL, BRUCE
        Day and Time: 
        TR 0300PM-0430PM
        Room: 

        FISHER-BENNETT HALL 419

        Activity: 
        SEM
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          BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS

          HIST231 - TOPICS IN US HISTORY: EARLY AMERICAN STUDIES

          Description: 
          Nowadays many Early Americanists have turned to cultural history. There have been different reasons for such a shift, which is built on solid empirical foundations laid by demographers and social historians beginning in the early 1960s. One contributing element was surely the history of early American religion, always interested in what sermons and doctrinal reform meant for clergy and laity alike. Another element came from cultural anthropology, with its interest in specific communities and the textual webs of symbolic meaning that tied families to families, and individuals to one another. American art and material culture offered its concern with social aesthetics and questions of exchange value. Still another set of connections came as the walls between early American literature and early American history--disciplinary fences, as it were-- started to crumble. But no matter the perspective taken, these approaches intersect in reconstructing the systems of meaning that held colonial societies together and, on occasion, signaled their transformation. This semester we will be examining key moments in the emergence of the field, works that explore interdisciplinary methods and theoretical approaches as well as offering new models for historical narrative itself. And while most of our readings and discussion will explore changes in early American culture between 1600 and 1785-- or roughly from the period of imperial exploration and initial settlement to the Revolutionary settlement, and native reactions to settlement colonialism-- some aspects of early national and antebellum culture will fall within consideration.
          Instructors: 
          ST.GEORGE, ROBERT
          Day and Time: 
          W 0200PM-0500PM
          Room: 
          COLLEGE HALL 311A
          Activity: 
          SEM
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            HIST231 - JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT

            Description: 
            This research seminar will consist of a review of representative studies on the Japanese American internment, and a discussion of how social scientists and historians have attempted to explain its complex backgrounds and causes. Through the careful reading of academic works, primary source materials, and visualized narratives (film productions), students will learn the basic historiography of internment studies, research methodologies, and the politics of interpretation pertaining to this particular historical subject. Students will also examine how Japanese Americans and others have attempted to reclaim a history of the wartime internment from the realm of “detached” academia in the interest of their lives in the “real” world, and for a goal of “social justice” in general. The class will critically probe the political use of history and memories of selected pasts in both Asian American community and contemporary American society through the controversial issue of the Japanese American internment.
            Instructors: 
            AZUMA, EIICHIRO
            Day and Time: 
            T 0130PM-0430PM
            Room: 

            COLLEGE HALL 311F

            Activity: 
            SEM
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              CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US

              HIST232 - WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST: A MODERN HISTORY

              Description: 
              How have women, as subjects, objects, and agents, shaped the history of the modern Middle East? Until relatively recently, the history of women in the Middle East was characterized in a two dimensional way – as objects in need of reform, or victimized subjects in need of saving. This course will examine a wide breadth of work from the past two decades that has worked to show the myriad and diverse ways in which women have impacted the history of this region in the modern era, and ask serious questions about what that means for our contemporary views on the region. Students will be introduced to cutting edge scholarship that mines previously ignored or unheard of sources on women’s history, and will be encouraged themselves to write and reflect on women’s history from many different vantages and lenses. The course will be organized around thematic concepts including labor history, urban history, reproductive politics, fashion and geopolitics.
              Instructors: 
              RYAN, JAMES
              Day and Time: 
              R 0130PM-0430PM
              Room: 

              COLLEGE HALL 311A

              Activity: 
              SEM
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                HIST202 - EUROPEAN REVOLUTIONS

                Description: 
                This course tells the history of Europe in the long nineteenth century through its revolutions – beginning with France in 1789 and ending with Russia in 1917. For each revolution we will focus on particular themes or aspects: such as, liberalism, socialism, nationalism, economics, gender, arts and literature, violence and warfare, or sociability. In doing so we will also attempt to answer the question, what is a revolution? What makes it different from an uprising, a revolt, or a struggle for independence? What are the shared characteristics of revolutions, and what makes one different from another? And how have historians characterized revolutions? By looking at laws, speeches, diaries, works of art, and other primary sources alongside works of historical scholarship, students will work to develop their own understanding of nineteenth-century European revolutions and the role they played in the development of new ideas, in social change, and in the emergence of modern Europe. Evaluation will be based on class participation, a book review, a presentation, and a final paper based on course readings.
                Instructors: 
                DELLA ZAZZERA, ELIZABETH
                Day and Time: 
                R 0130PM-0430PM
                Room: 

                COLLEGE HALL 311F

                Activity: 
                SEM
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                  HIST204 - WORK& WORKERS IN AMERICA

                  Description: 
                  The subjects to be examined in this seminar on work and workers in the United States, include: industrialization and working-class protests movements in the nineteenth century; transformations of work under corporate capitalism; women, African Americans, immigrants and work; the rise of mass production unionism in the 1930s; deindustrialization and the eclipse of trade unionism; workers in contemporary America and blue color blues; and the future of work and new avenues for labor organizing. A number of films will be shown during the course of the semester and two field trips are planned. Requirements for the seminar include: the leading of discussions; three paper assignments; and engaged participation.
                  Instructors: 
                  LICHT, WALTER
                  Day and Time: 
                  T 0130PM-0430PM
                  Room: 

                  COLLEGE HALL 315A

                  Activity: 
                  SEM
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                    MAJORS ONLY

                    HIST204 - AMERICAN CONSERVATISM FROM TAFT TO TRUMP

                    Description: 
                    The early 1950s may have been the nadir for modern American conservatism. Conservative hero Robert Taft had lost the Republican nomination for President to a more moderate candidate for the third time, many in the Republican Party had moved to accept some of the most popular New Deal programs, and a moderate, internationalist consensus had taken hold in the country. Yet, from these ashes, conservatism rose to become a potent political force in the United States over the last half century. This seminar explores the contours of that rise, beginning with infrastructure laid and coalitions forged in the 1950s. We will see how conservatives built upon this infrastructure to overcome Barry Goldwater’s crushing 1964 defeat to elect one of their own, Ronald Reagan, president in 1980. Reagan’s presidency transformed the public philosophy and helped shape subsequent American political development. Our study of conservatism will also include the struggles that conservatives confronted in trying to enact their ideas into public policy, and the repercussions of those struggles. We will explore conservatism’s triumphs and failures politically, as well as the cultural changes that have helped, hindered, and shaped its rise. In many ways, this class is a study in the transformation of American politics and in American culture over the last sixty-five years. Its focus is on the hows and the whys of the rise of conservatism from the low point of the early 50s to the rise of the Tea Party and Trumpism in the 2000s and 2010s. In many places, we will discover a surprisingly complex story. This complexity means that we must grapple with clashing interpretations as to why and how conservatism developed, and why conservatism appealed to many Americans at various points in time.
                    Instructors: 
                    ROSENWALD, BRIAN
                    Day and Time: 
                    W 0200PM-0500PM
                    Room: 

                    COLLEGE HALL 217

                    Activity: 
                    SEM
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                      MAJORS ONLY
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