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Spring 2019

Cross-dressing, Identity and Gender in History

  • Instructor: John Montaño

The seminar will use plays, novels, memoirs, movies and more to examine the construction and development of gender distinctions from antiquity to the present.  The readings and discussions will be particularly concerned with the transgressions of gender roles and conventions—with recurring reference to the “meaning” of femininity and masculinity.  The wide array of sources, genres and historical periods is intended to foster comparisons and analysis of the differences.  This course will focus on questions of identity and gender and NOT sexuality or sexual preference.

American Nightmares

  • Instructor: Joel Best

There is a tension in our culture between our aspirations idealized by the notion of the American Dream, and our fears that things are--or are on the verge of getting worse.  We might call these fears American Nightmares.  This seminar will explore some of these contemporary concerns about inequality, injustice, conspiracies, and the like.

Black Bodies on Display: Race in Museums

  • Instructor: Julie McGee

The complex and performative nature of museums vis-a-vis race, remembrance and reconciliation with a focus on Black American and African Diasporic history and culture. What role[s] do objects, history, and culture perform under such curatorial and museum mandates and visions? How do changing socio-political and cultural landscapes and challenges to representational politics shape museum practices? Considered here are black cultural institutions, their formation and foundation as well as exhibition histories of black visual art and culture.

Consistency and Change in U.S. Foreign Policy

  • Instructor: John Quintus

This course will examine U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the period from WWII to the present.  It will reveal two essentially divergent paths in American foreign policy, the first arguing that commercial and security interests dominate (and should dominate) American foreign policy, the second proposing that furthering democratic and human rights institutions abroad helps to insure security at home while making the world more democratic and less likely to wage war.  Some political scientists believe that these divergent impulses can be traced to concepts of government first embraced and articulated by Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

The course will study specific policies that have emerged over the decades and thus will attempt to define some level of consistency in American foreign policy.  The class will also investigate significant changes in policies as demonstrated by particular presidential administrations, including of course the current one.

Students will read two textbooks related to the course.  Students will also be expected to keep abreast of current international news, notably by looking at sources such as BBC World News and CNN, and also by reading articles in prominent newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.  All of these sources are available online.

The course will entail a mid-term examination and a final research paper, both of which will be described in detail in the course syllabus.

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