Summer Session 2

The Department of History scheduled these undergraduate courses for SUMMER 2 2017. This list is subject to change, so please check back often.

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Session Dates: Aug 7 - Sep 15


HIS 7C - 17A

History 7C:  Latin America, 1900 to Present

Instructor: Renzo Aroni

Despite its richness in traditions, music and the arts, Latin America is politically unstable due to ongoing social conflicts. What explains this situation? How has Latin America’s long history of inequalities (racial, social, economic, political, and gender) operated in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? Why is the Cold War still palpable in Latin America? How are the survivors of state terror and relatives of victims protesting, demanding for justice and human rights? This course examines the historical roots of these questions by focusing on the history of modern Latin America, from the Spanish-American War up to the present. In addition to providing a general sense of the major events and trends that marked this period, important themes to be covered include: neocolonialism, populism and nationalism, revolution and counterrevolution, culture as a political force, military dictatorships, memory struggles, Neoliberalism and its discontents, and the multi-faceted nature of U.S.-Latin American relations. This course explores the memoirs, diaries, and testimonies of the most prominent guerrilla leaders and indigenous political activists from Peru, Argentina, Guatemala and Nicaragua, including Che Guevara and Rigoberta Menchu. Students will learn about the diversity of struggles to defend or overturn social inequalities, the process of developing political consciousness, and the failure or achievement of social and political aspirations in Latin America. Finally, students will learn how to write history essays by analyzing primary documents and examining the biographical testimony of the readings’ authors. This is the third course in a three-part survey devoted to the history of Latin America; each course can be taken independently and no prior knowledge of Latin America is required.

Readings include:

Heilman, Jaimie Patricia and Manuel Llamojha Mitma. Now Peru Is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0822362388

Menchu, Rigoberta and Elisabeth Burgos-Debray. I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. Verso; Second Edition, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1844674183

Che Guevara, Ernesto. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey. Ocean Press, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-1876175702

Cabezas, Omar. Fire from the Mountain: The Making of a Sandinista. New York: Crown Publishers Group; Reprint edition, 1985. ISBN-13: 978-0517558003

Grading: Assignments include a map quiz, 2 short papers, in-class mid-term, in-class final exam, and class participation. 


History 17A: History of the United States

Instructor: Kean Kelly

This course covers American history from pre-European contact through Reconstruction (1100-1877) with a majority focus on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. We will examine the social, cultural, intellectual, material, and political history of the emerging American nation from the varying perspectives. To gain a better understanding of national political leaders,  women, enslaved blacks, and Native Indians, we will use primary and secondary source readings as well as activities involving image and article analysis.

HIS 161

History 161: Human Rights in Latin America 

Instructor: Griselda Jarquin

Why are human rights violated? When and why are human rights protected? As a history course on the origins, denial, and protection of human rights in Latin America, we will use several case studies to answer these questions. For each country, we will examine historical context surrounding the rise of military dictatorships, the emergence of organized resistance by civil society, the efforts to enact political reform and defend human rights, and the ongoing problems posed by justice and memory.

Human rights must be understood as an embedded social practice, and thus we will move beyond an interest in theory to an exploration of how rights are practiced, by whom, and to what ends.  Ideas about human rights are always located within broader debates about the moral, the good, the just, and the unjust.  As we move through our case studies, we will explore the theoretical and practical challenges of human rights work.  One goal of the course is to ask how our reading and research can advance projects for social justice by merging cultural critique and political action.

Required Reading: 

Lurgio Gavilán S., When Rains Become Floods: A Child Soldier’s Story

Michael Lazzara, Luz Arce and Pinochet's Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence

Mark Danner, The Massacre at El Mozote