History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 615: Problems in American History

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2012

HIST 615-006:
War and Remembrance  —  Meredith H. Lair

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R —  Innovation Hall 134

Saying that something is “etched in stone” is a way of expressing its permanence. In commemorating war, modern societies have literally etched memories in stone in public memorials, yet interpretations of past conflicts vary among social groups and have changed dramatically over time. In this course, we will examine the literature of war and memory, in particular how people around the world have constructed memories of war and how those memories have been expressed in literature, popular culture, memorials, and commemorative activities. We will also address various methodological approaches to the study of public or collective memory. As a seminar, class time will be spent entirely engaged in discussion of projects or the week's readings. Skills developed in the course include formal and informal writing, textual analysis, public speaking, and critical thinking. Assessment will be based on in-class discussion, book reviews, and a short research paper into a US history topic of the student’s choice. This course fulfills the “1914 to the Present” distribution requirement in US history.

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Credits: 1-6

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor.


Graduate standing.


May be repeated for credit when topic is different.

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