Spring 2017 American Studies Courses

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AMST 3265W: Seminar in American Studies

College Athletics in American Culture

TuTh 11:00-12:15, #23779

This seminar will examine the history of intercollegiate athletics in the United States, from its beginnings to the present. The class will discuss how sports completely altered campus life, turning academic institutions of higher learning into athletic and entertainment agencies. The course aims to help students become articulate in discussing various social issues, such as race and gender, through analyses of literature and popular culture, historical and present-day case studies, and athletic departments. We will investigate, in an interdisciplinary fashion, how Americans have created their unique cultural and academic landscape through intercollegiate athletics.

Professor: Rich Testa

AMST 3265W: Seminar in American StudiesTh 6:30-9:00pm; ACD 304, #23216

In-depth study of an event, historical period, or cultural production from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Professor: Mary Bercaw-Edwards

AMST 3265W: Seminar in American Studies

"Gilded Age Hartford"

Tu Th 5:00-6:15pm, #13208

This section of AMST3265W will be on Mark Twain’s Hartford in the Gilded Age. It will be an interdisciplinary exploration of a wide-ranging author, a historical period of major change, and a particular city (it’s people, institutions, businesses, buildings and spaces). We will focus, in particular, on literature and literary culture, popular and political culture, and urban history and policy. In the first half of the course, we will read historical articles on the Gilded Age and Hartford, along with Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and several of his short stories, speeches, and journalism. The second half of the course will be devoted to student research projects and visits to local archives and museums.

Professor: Yael Schacher

No AMST courses at the Stamford campus in spring 2017

Stamford contact: Mary Cygan

AMST 3265W: Seminar in American Studies

Mon 6:30-9:00pm, #24625

Sorting out the '60s

This seminar will examine the significant changes that took place in the 1960s, from the enthusiasm at the beginning, with a new President, a space program, and the Peace Corps, to the civil rights demonstrations, and rioting at the end. Throughout most of the decade, the pall of war hung over the country. The matters we will explore include the politics of the time, the war in Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, civil rights, the women’s movement, the Warren Court and television.

Professor: Thomas Hogan