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HIST 481 Seminars

Spring 2021

901 – Protest and Collective Violence in the Atlantic World
TR 3:15-4:30                                                                            Dr. Cyndy Bouton

We will explore the history of popular protest and collective violence in the history of the Atlantic World from the 15th century to the present.  We will examine how scholars have approached these movements and apply it to our research.

902 – Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll: Writing the History of the Sixties
T 1:30-4:20                                                                              Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs  

America has undergone a revolution nearly every hundred years: from the Sons of Liberty in the 1760s, to the abolition of slavery in the 1860s, to the Counter-Culture of the 1960s. In each era, the nation came closer to its revolutionary claim that “all men are created equal,” though always at the cost of epic turmoil. In this class, students will explore the domestic controversies of the 1960s and write their own original histories. Texas A&M is an ideal place to do this. In the 1960s, the university opened its doors to African-Americans and women, and made military studies voluntary rather than mandatory. Students will write capstone papers on some aspect of Aggie, Texas, or U.S. history as it pertains to the tumultuous decade that expanded American civil rights and triggered a countercultural surge symbolized by sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll.

903 – Salem Witch Trials
MWF 10:40-11:30                                                                   Dr. Evan Haefeli

Taking as a case study the famous Salem Witch Trials from colonial American history, when hundreds of people were accused of being witches and a executed for what was then a capital crime, this course aims to develop students’ critical thinking, writing, reading, and researching skills through the drafting of an individual research paper on a topic of the student’s choice related to this subject matter. The Salem Witch Trials are an excellent place for honing one’s historical skills, for the incident that has produced a vast amount of scholarship but also useful resources (like easily available primary sources) that make it easy to craft a research paper.

904 – The Global 1970s
MWF 12:00-12:50                                                                   Dr. Andy Kirkendall

The roots of many of today’s international topics are in the 1970s. In the first few weeks of the course, we will be reading a combination of primary and secondary sources to help you get grounded in this time period. We will read books and articles on such issues as global economic crises, détente, the end of the Vietnam war, human rights, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Iranian Revolution. Then you will choose an event or trend that you believe represents a turning point in history to research and write about.

905 – World War 2 in History, Memory, and Myth
T 5:00-7:50                                                                              Dr. Brian Linn

This course will examine WW2 through a variety of perspectives, including participants, historians, and popular culture.

906 – Pandemics in American History
TR 9:45-11:00                                                                          Dr. Katherine Unterman

The coronavirus of 2020 was not the first pandemic in American history. Over the last 250 years, Americans have faced periodic outbreaks of deadly diseases such as smallpox, cholera, yellow fever, polio and HIV/AIDS. This course compares responses to different pandemics in the United States, considering the changing social, political, cultural, medical, and economic contexts.  We also examine how pandemics have left lasting changes in American society and how they have been imagined and represented in American popular culture.