This course examines the presentation of the Holocaust on film from the immediate postwar period to present. It does so alongside the actual history of the Holocaust. Course involves viewing multiple films inside and outside of class. This includes original film footage, documentaries, and feature films. Course assignments include multiple writings and analyses on various topics of filmmaking and the Holocaust.
What roles do museums really play in our society? The answer might surprise you. This course explores the origins and development of the museum to the present. It explores museums not as static repositories of artifacts but as carefully designed and curated representations of the past, designed to tell a story. We will explore how these narratives are created and challenges of public history vs. academic history. How do you present history to the broader public? What are the controversies and pitfalls encountered?
We will explore these issues through case studies, readings, tours of museums, and behind the scenes conversations with museum professionals. Assignments will include readings, quizzes, short papers, and an exhibit project. This course will be smaller discussion based one with a max capacity of 25.
This course will examine the history of antisemitism, prejudice against Jews. This particular form of bigotry has a long and complex history and unfortunately is still alive and well in nations around the world to include the United States. Hatred of Jews originates from a diverse combination of ideologies, historical moments and, likewise, takes a variety of forms in different times and places. This course will introduce the concept from its earliest times and follow both the theoretical/philosophical thought and the very real displays and repercussions of antisemitism through history with a focus on Europe. We will also closely examine the phenomenon of Holocaust Denial and the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe.
Readings will be varied, including primary source material, articles, secondary books, and contemporary media. Assignments include quizzes, short papers, and a research project.
This course will examine the formation of modern Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War. We will discuss political, social, and economic developments of the period with an emphasis on reading seminal and primary source material. Some pivotal events to be discussed include the French Revolution and Wars of Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, European Imperialism, social developments, and the First World War experience broadly defined.
Readings will be centered on a base textbook along with primary sources and other selections. Planned course readings may be found below. Assignments will include quizzes, exams, and short essays on assigned readings. The class will be a hybrid of discussion and interactive lectures.
Assigned Texts will include:
Merriman, John. A History of Modern Europe, 2010. ISBN 978-0393934335
Bishop, Alan et al., ed. Letters from a Lost Generation, ISBN 978-1844085705
Gasper, Phil. The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most
Important Political Document, 2005. 978-1931859257
How do we judge mass atrocities and war crimes? Who is perpetrator? What law is in play? This course will explore the interplay of mass violence and the law through the history using multiple engaging historical case studies.
This course covers the origins, conduct, and immediate repercussions of the Second World War, the deadliest conflict in human history. We will explore all aspects of the conflict and its global nature from the individual experience to national strategy to the social and political repercussions.