AMST-ENGL 1201 / HIST 1503: Introduction to American Studies
TuTh 2:00-3:15pm, AMST class #5832In this particular section, we will use American Studies methods the study major social movements in 20th century U.S. history, and how these movements, often beginning on the fringes, have transformed beliefs, policies, and institutions in the American mainstream. We will look at movements on the left and the right in order to understand our contemporary political environment. On the left, we will study the Popular Front of the 1930s, civil rights, the various movements of the late 1960s, AIDS activism in the 1980s, and finally, antifa. On the right, we will study the Ku Klux Klan, Father Coughlin’s “Christian Front” in the 1930s, George Wallace’s third party presidential campaign in 1968, neoliberalism, and the alt-right. As we do so, we will be mindful of how these U.S.-based political movements were shaped by global political currents, including fascism in Europe, anticolonial struggles in the global south, or communism in Asia and the USSR. We will also study how economic structures frame the lived experiences out of which social movements emerge. .
Professor: Chris Vials
AMST / ENGL 2200: Literature and Culture of North America before 1800
MWF 10:10-11:00, AMST class #10902This course examines the early written and oral record of the area that eventually became the United States. It does so within the context of various non-textual analogues (e.g., architecture, art, landscape, material culture, and social, economic, and political institutions) that will be introduced during weekly discussions and mini-lectures. The goal is to achieve a holistic understanding of the ways in which peoples of many varied backgrounds, from the Asian-derived indigenous inhabitants of North America to the various immigrant populations from continental Europe and the British Isles and the enslaved Africans they introduced to the Western hemisphere, came to express their views of the land and their experiences on it and with each other.
Professor: Wayne Franklin
AMST / AASI 2201 Introduction to Asian American Studies
TuTh 11:00-12:15, AMST class #10256According to recent U.S. Census figures, Asian Americans, including long-time residents and newcomers, are the fastest growing racial minority population in the United States. Asian immigrants and refugees now make up about half of the people immigrating to the United States. Their histories, cultures, and experiences are crucial to understanding both historical and contemporary formations of American citizenship, identities, and values. This course is an introduction to the field of Asian American Studies, an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that uses histories, films, memoirs, and other texts to study how the history of immigration, exclusion, and naturalization laws has visibly shaped existing Asian American communities and identities, and how “Asian America” is central to a more general understanding of American culture and public life. The course is organized chronologically. We will first begin with an introduction to the field of Asian American Studies by asking the questions: What is Asian America? What is Asian American Studies? We will then begin exploring the rich history of Asian migration to the United States beginning in the 19th century and the unprecedented debates over race, immigration, and citizenship that resulted, to contemporary issues such as Asian American activism, stereotypes, and popular culture. Throughout the semester, we will interrogate all of these issues by incorporating exercises that emphasize critical reading, thinking, and writing.
Professor: Na-Rae Kim
AMST / ENGL 2276: American Utopias and Dystopias
TuTh 8:00-9:15am, AMST class #13039
Professor: Clare Eby
AMST / ENGL 2274 Disability in American Literature and Culture
TuTh 5:00-6:15pm, AMST class #8960
The term “freaks,” like so many other derogatory epithets, has come to have a two-fold meaning. Originally meant pejoratively, the word freak has been reclaimed by many within the disabled community as a badge of difference, as a mark of one’s identity, and as an indication of being extraordinary. In this course we will explore the ways in which the extraordinary body has been used culturally to help reinforce ideas of normality. We will ask how disability has been enfolded in depictions of various “others.” We will also consider how ideas of disability continue to evolve, and how our quest for perfection shapes everyone’s future. In the process, we will also be engaging a variety of theoretical questions that have material consequences on social policy, and the lives of people affected by those policies.
Professor: Anna Mae-Duane
AMST / HIST 3568: Hip-Hop, Politics, and Youth Culture in America
TuTh 2:00-3:15, AMST class #13023This course examines the development of hip-hop and its manifestations in the realm of music, visual art, politics, and language in the United States. The course starts with the development of American popular culture in the 19th century and the centrality of race to its meaning. Through the emergence of blues, jazz, rock and roll, the course examines the development of African American musical traditions. The literary structure of hip-hop will be examined, as well as the social and political implications of the art. The course also studies the emergence of rap music in New York City in the mid-1970s through its evolution into a multi-billion dollar industry with wide-reaching influence. The dynamics of race, gender, youth, class and provincialism will be studied as well. The course will utilize various sources for analysis and information including videos, commercials, movies, songs and other multimedia.
Professor: Jeffrey Ogbar
AMST / ARTH 3570: History and Theory of Digital Art
Mon 4:00-6:30pm, AMST class #8962
At what point does information begin to mean? Beginning in 2012, the Museum of Modern Art began “collecting” video games and emojis. Most recently, it acquired the “@” sign. What is digital art? Who decides? This online class investigates forms of digital and Internet art and the forgotten histories of the technologies behind them. Forms of digital and Internet art to be explored include games/gaming, surveillance art, cyberfeminism, data visualization, and crowd sourced art, among others.
Professor: Kelly Dennis
AMST / POLS 3807: Constitutional Rights and Liberties
TuTh 8:00-9:15am, AMST class #8903
The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.