History Seminar

11 Mar 2008


Fall 2008

HIUS 401

History Seminar

Race and Reconciliation in American History

This course will explore the historical evolution of an important idiom for understanding race and national identity in the United States: reconciliation and forgiveness.  The demand for either reconciliation or forgiveness implies past harm; it seems to put into question future justice. Examining the tension between forgiveness and justice in the American past is the purpose of the course.  The course will start with case studies that will introduce students to the ways that Americans have understood the relationship between the goals of racial and national reconciliation on the one hand, and justice on the other.  Alongside the case studies, students will read contemporary analysis of the ethical and political problems accompanying public talk of reconciliation.  The course’s primary goal will be to help students design and execute a substantial research project that will allow them to explore the intersection between forgiveness/reconciliation and justice in American racial politics between the Civil War and the Civil Rights era.  Their research will culminate with a 25 page paper that will assess the use and limits that specific historical actors found in employing (or opposing) the language of racial or national reconciliation.  Through the course of the semester, students will also be asked to discuss each other’s work and, ultimately, consider what broader conclusions are suggested by their and their classmates’ research.


Fall 2008

HIUS 755 / LAW 7 608

Colloquium in American Legal History

Charles W. McCurdy

This is a reading and discussion course in selected topics in the history and historiography of American law. Probable topics for consideration will include the law of slavery, Reconstruction, family law, immigration, citizenship, liberty of contract, freedom of speech, legal thought, and the civil rights revolution.
Written Requirement: In lieu of a research paper, students will prepare a series of short, interpretive essays on assigned readings.


Spring 2007

HIEU 312

LATER MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATION

Everett U. Crosby



Spring 2007

HIEU 520

THE CULTURE OF THE RENAISSANCE

Duane J. Osheim



Spring 2007

HIST 406

DISTINGUISHED MAJORS PROGRAM--SPECIAL SEMINAR

Lenard R. Berlanstein

History Colloquium

11 Mar 2008


Fall 2006

HIAF 402

History Colloquium

Color and Culture in South Africa and the United States

John Edwin Mason



Spring 2007

HIUS 367

HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Julian Bond



Spring 2007

HIUS 802

SEMINAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Charles W. McCurdy



Fall 2006

HIEU 203

An Introduction to the History of Ancient Greece

J. E. Lendon



Fall 2006

HIEU 404

Independent Study in European History

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