brazillian musicians

Black Music

HIST 104

What is black music, and how do we know what we think we know about it? Together, we will examine musical creations pioneered by Africans and individuals of African descent over several centuries and across hemispheres. Doing so will allow us to consider the unity of the African Diaspora and its music, and also examine internal differences and diversity. Special focus is given to Latin America and the U.S., but we will also read about, listen to, and talk about music and musicians in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Asynchronous lecture. 

Instructor: Prof. Marc Hertzman

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19th Century Sanitorium

Madness and Modern Society

HIST 236

What is insanity? How do we define the normal and the pathological? Who is best suited to determine what kinds of behaviors, thoughts, and emotional experiences count as health and illness? How do class, race, religion, gender, and sexuality influence our views of human mental functioning? This course provides a broad overview of the historical development of scientific efforts to identify and understand mental abnormality in modern Europe from the beginning of state-regulated asylums to the advent of current policies of psycho-pharmaceutical treatment and care in the community. Using a mixture of primary sources and secondary texts, we will examine how the diagnosis and treatment of “madness” has been shaped through the rich interaction of social, political, economic, and cultural factors over a period spanning roughly from 1750 to the 1990s.

Monday/Wednesday: 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Instructor: Prof. Teri Chettiar

Gen Eds: Humanities - Hist & Phil, Western Cultural Studies 

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Constructing Race in America

HIST 281

Contrary to some pundits and popular (mis)perceptions, race remains a salient factor in contemporary American life. We need to look no further than the 2016 U.S. presidential election in which President Trump capitalized on the racial anxieties a significant portion of white America. This course is geared toward developing a historical understanding of the construction of race in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Through course materials, class discussions, and lectures, we explore the making of race and white supremacy, as well as movements and organizations committed to racial justice and equality. Transnational and intersectional in scope, this class focuses special attention to the gendered contours of race, as well as to the Midwest as a geographic site of inquiry for examining race in U.S. life and history. .Individual and group assignments will be used to accomplish the course's major aims: to further develop our ability to think critically, write analytically, and to understand the construction of race in a historically nuanced manner. Graded assignments will consist of individual and group essays.

Monday/Wednesday: 12:00PM-12:50PM 
Instructor: Prof. Adrian Burgos
Gen Eds: Humanities - Hist & Phil, US Minority Cultural Studies

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Global History of Intelligence

HIST 311

This course examines the role of diplomatic and military intelligence in the political history of major global events and developments from antiquity to the present day, but with a primary focus on the twentieth century. We will study the histories of several major intelligence organizations, as well as the roles played by smaller and non-institutional actors in the global production of intelligence. This course focuses on the interplay between intelligence, state policy, and information environments, in order to understand not only the role intelligence played in major events, but also how intelligence practices shaped and reflected political cultures across the world. Through course lectures, reading assignments, class attendance, and engagement in class discussion, students will develop both a large factual knowledge of the role of intelligence in global history, as well as conceptual understandings of how states and non-state actors come to make threat assessments and take decisions.

Tuesday/Thursday: 9:30AM-10:50AM

Instructor: Prof. James Brennan

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Sport and Society

HIST 390

 This course examines how sports, far from simple entertainment, can be a key towards understanding larger social and intellectual shifts. For example, what can one learn about the Civil Rights Movement through the prism of Jackie Robinson's major league debut? While this class will heavily focus on the modern era, beginning with the resuscitation of the Olympic Games in 1896, and often on the United States, there will be a strong grounding in a "long history" of athletics and society guaranteed to give students a comprehensive investigation of this topic. Course assignments and readings will give students a front row seat to some of the most important events, actors, and debates within this paradigm. Treating its subject from a rare perspective, anyone who takes this course will neer think about sports the same way again.

Monday/Wednesday: 10:00AM-11:20AM

Instructor: Prof. Adrian Burgos

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Ottoman Sultan Selim III, 1789

The Ottoman Empire

HIST 439

For centuries, the Ottoman Empire was one of the great world powers, ruling over a huge and diverse empire on three continents. We will trace the evolution of this empire from its inception as a frontier principality, through its many struggles and transformations in 600 years as a world empire, until its demise in the aftermath of the Great War. We will delve into the structures of the Ottoman state, the everyday lives of its subjects, and the later breakdown of its governing institutions. We will study the Ottoman Empire's relations with its neighbors and the lives of the empire’s most famous (and infamous) rulers. Finally, we will explore the Empire's complex legacies that persist to the present, from the culinary (baklava and kebabs) to traditions of religious tolerance and coexistence to the still contested memory of the Armenian Genocide.

Tuesday/Thursday: 3:30PM-4:50PM 

Instructor: Stefan Djordjevic

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