FALL 2018 History Course Descriptions


HIS 101 C                  HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, I

                                    MW 10:10am-11:00am  

                                    DR. MICHAEL BERNATH 


The purpose of this course is twofold.  First, it is designed to acquaint students with the narrative of American history from the time of European contact up through the end of the Civil War.  We will examine the major events, trends, and historiographical issues surrounding the colonial period, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States, the origins and development of slavery, the Early Republic, the Antebellum years, and the Civil War.  We will explore the American past from a variety of perspectives including aspects of its political, social, cultural, intellectual, religious, and economic history.  Second, this course seeks to engage students in the practice of history directly, to help them understand the nature of historical interpretation and to see how historians construct their arguments.  To this end, the reading for this course will focus mainly on the analysis of primary sources (materials written at the time).  Students will learn to read sources critically and to construct reasoned arguments derived from and supported by the original documents themselves.


                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 101 C

                                    F 10:10am-11:00am

                                    DR. MICHAEL BERNATH


                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 101 C

                                    F 12:20pm-1:10pm

                                    DR. MICHAEL BERNATH


                                    MW 9:05AM-9:55AM

                                    DR. JESSE IZZO

                                    THIS COURSE REQUIRES A DISCUSSION SECTION

Development of Western Civilization, I. This course will begin with the ancient Near Eastern Civilizations and end with the Protestant Reformation. We will explore not only different civilizations but also different approaches to history. There will be two lectures each week and a third hour, led by the professor and an experienced teaching assistant, devoted to discussions of readings of primary sources posted on blackboard or downloaded from the web. There will also be a textbook which will play an important role in the class. Grades will be based on exams, assignments based on the textbook, and participation in discussion.


                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 131 B

                                    F 9:05AM-9:55AM

                                    DR. JESSE IZZO


                                    DISCUSSION SECTION FOR HIS 131 B

                                    F 1:25pm-2:15pm

                                    DR. JESSE IZZO


                                    S 11:05AM-1:30PM

                                    DR. JEREMY GATES


This survey course covers a vast expanse of the human story from its pre-historic origins, through the societies of Near and Middle Eastern antiquity, Greco-Roman times and Europe’s Middle Ages whose later centuries gradually merge with the Renaissance.  Such an extensive coverage will, of necessity, be structured around lectures, but those lectures will include a wealth of questions, engendering (It is hoped) a good deal of discussion.  This brief course description cannot begin to encompass the great variety of topics to be undertaken, but there are, throughout the course, certain recurring themes which contribute to a sense of unity.  With each society or political entity encountered, we shall consider: What were their beliefs? How did they make a living?  How were they organized and governed?  How did they express themselves creatively?  What were their lasting contributions to Western Civilization? 

HIS 162 Q                  HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA, II

                                    TR 12:30PM-1:45PM

                                    DR. EDUARDO ELENA

This course offers an introduction to the history of Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present.  No prior knowledge of Latin America or its history is required.  Over the semester, students will consider the following broad questions: What do the diverse countries of the vast area that we now call “Latin America” have in common?  How have different ideas of progress and modernization been applied over time in these countries?  How did Latin America become a region celebrated for its enormous material resources and cultural riches, yet also one that contains some of the most unequal societies in the world?  In seeking answers to these complex questions, the course also provides a deeper understanding of the present-day relations between the United States and its southern neighbors, including by considering issues such as migration, the drug trade, and democratization that affect all societies in the Americas.  Through the course assignments, students will hone their talents for historical interpretation, including critical thinking and writing skills that are essential for success at UM (the “hemispheric university”) and after graduation. 

HIS 201 T                  HISTORY OF AFRICA, I

                                    TR 5:00PM-6:15PM

                                    DR. EDMUND ABAKA

This course is designed to give students a general understanding of the history of pre-colonial Africa (Africa before 1800).  It will give prominence to the sources available for the study of African history, the historical geography of Africa, social and economic institutions.  This is designed to facilitate students’ understanding of the different marriage, family, and kinship systems in African countries.  African political institutions will also be discussed through an analysis of state systems-Egypt, Kush, Meroe, Ghana, Mali, Songhai etc., and non-state systems.  The course also examines African economic activities to show the connections between trade, state formation, and decline of states.  Slavery, the slave trade, and its impact on the continent will be thoroughly explored to delineate the creation of the African Diaspora in Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.  The last segment of the course discusses African Religion, Islam, Christianity and European missionary activity in Africa. 

HIS 223 Q                  Medicine And Society:

From The Ancient World To The 21St Century

TR 12:30pm-1:45pm

Dr. Mary Lindemann

Medical history is no longer principally a tale of great doctors and inevitable progress. Rather, today’s history of medicine seeks to situate stories of health and illness within deeper historical contexts. Thus, this course will devote as much attention as possible to the patient’s side of the story (what is often refer to as “doing medical history from below”); to community and family care as well as to hospitals; to all forms of medical training (academic and apprentice, formal and informal); to epidemics and their meanings; to folk and popular healing; to the role of race and gender in medicine; and to the profound ethical questions that have always been part of medicine and which do not only reflect current concerns with experiments in stem-cell research, cloning, or genetic mapping. We will begin with prehistory and end in the early twenty-first century. Classes will consist of a mixture of lectures and discussions.

HIS 225 S               History of the Modern Business Enterprise

                                   TR 3:30pm-4:45pm

                                    Dr. Michael Miller

In this course, we will explore the history of business firms and the history of their relationship to modern societies.  Mostly we will look at case studies of either business companies or industries.  The course will divide into three principal components.  The first will examine the evolution of big business and corporate culture in the United States with a look at key sectors like railroads, oil, and automobiles.  A second component will then take a more global cast.  In this section, we will examine such topics as big business in Germany (including a class on the Nazis and big business), big business in Japan, the international networks of the Rothschilds, and global trading and shipping.  The third component will consider consumer industries such as fashion and beauty, mass marketing enterprises, and the computer industry. 

HIS 253 O                  History of Mexico:

                                    Guns and Tortillas, or, How Mexico Became Mexican         

                                    TR 9:30am-10:45am

                                    DR. MARTIN NESVIG

This class examines the development of a Mexican identity and exceptionalism.  The focus of the course is on the cultural ideology of modern Mexico and on the political upheavals associated with the 1910 Revolution.  Topics will include: the emergence of Mexican cuisine; ethnicity and politics; social movements; Zapatismo; and radicalism of the Mexican Revolution.  Additionally the course attempts to understand how and why Mexico not only became unique culturally but how that culture uniqueness was developed and promoted in cinema, television, muralists and artists, and an aggressive exportation of the image of Mexican uniqueness to an international market.

HIS 261 H                  WOMEN’S AMERICA I

                                    MW 3:35PM-4:50PM

                                    DR. SYBIL LIPSCHULTZ

This course looks at the history of American women from the American Revolution to Reconstruction. We will examine mothers and daughters of the revolution, women and the law of slavery, abolition and women’s rights, the first independent women’s movement and the legal status of women throughout the period.


There will be three five page papers and weekly reading assignments

HIS 309 R                  History of Southern Africa 

                                    TR 2:00PM-3:15PM

                                    Dr. Edmund Abaka

Nelson Mandela epitomizes the resistance of the people of South Africa against apartheid. This course takes up the theme of resistance to discrimination and apartheid in South Africa. It examines South African history at four critical junctures: the early contact with Europeans, the Mfecane, the introduction of apartheid, and the activities of the African National Congress and the people of Southern Africa in the overthrow of apartheid. First, we shall examine Southern African society before the arrival of the Dutch in 1652. Second we shall analyze the establishment of the Dutch settlement and the relations between Africans and settlers in the context of the settler expansion inland and the appropriation of the lands of various peoples of Southern Africa. The next segment will look at the discovery of gold and diamond at the Witwatersrand and Kimberly respectively and the implications for South Africans, especially in terms of labor and race relations. The final segment of the course will focus on the institutionalization of the apartheid system, the mechanics of the system and African and responses. We shall lay emphasis on the internal struggles and external pressures that helped in the collapse of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela to become the president of a multi-racial South African society.

HIS 313 G                  Bollywood and Beyond:

Religion, Gender and Politics in South Asian Film 

                                    MWF 2:30PM-3:20PM

                                    DR. SUMITA DUTT

This course studies themes in Indian society through the lens of Indian cinema – both Bollywood and the regional film industry. The course consists of five modules each lasting between two to three weeks.  Module one will situate and frame the entire semester’s readings with a discussion of a brief history of Bollywood and regional cinema, their respective reach, influence and limits in framing, valorizing or even critiquing societal and cultural norms.  Each subsequent module will open to lecture and discussion with the screening of a Bollywood film (often an excerpt), regional cinema or a documentary.  The important themes that will be covered in the modules will relate to a) the significance, centrality, fluidity and perversion of caste in Indian society; b) the multiple cinematic and popular representations and framing of the religious epic - the Ramayana.  Using multiple visual and textual narratives of the Ramayana we will discuss the place of myths in the construction of politics and society; c) issues of gender and sexuality  - studying the shaping of celluloid goddesses and real lives of women, consumption of sex, queering of it and its depiction in film and reception in society; d) Colonial and post-colonial engagement with modernity in India – through the lens of the nation state and its women, as well as the nation and its “others”:  identity politics based on religious exclusivity, communal and secular anxieties in modern India; and e) Diaspora identities and cultural appropriation of Bollywood cinematic frames and references outside India. Students will earn a writing credit.

HIS 315 P                   Imperial China 

                                    TR 11:00AM-12:15PM

                                    DR. STEPHEN HALSEY

This course examines the origins and development of Chinese civilization from the Bronze Age through the early modern period (1500 BC-1800 AD).  We will trace China's transformation from a state dominated by great aristocratic families in the Tang era (618-907) to a bureaucratic empire with civil service examinations and a flourishing commercial culture after 1000 AD.  Lectures and course readings will emphasize two additional themes: the importance of foreign contacts in shaping Chinese history; and China's economic, cultural, and technological creativity in the imperial era.  In the first section of the course, we will explore the politics and society of early China, focusing on the emergence of philosophical schools such as Daoism, Legalism, and Confucianism and on the evolution of a unified state under the Qin and Han dynasties.  We will then discuss the spread of Buddhism from 300 to 600 and China's military and cultural efflorescence under the Tang dynasty.  In the final part of the class, we will describe the growth of a sophisticated commercial culture, the development of a new bureaucratic elite after the eleventh century, and China's conquest by non-Han dynasties like the Liao, Jin, Mongol, and Qing.

HIS 318 R                  HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN

                                    TR 2:00PM-3:15PM

                                    DR. KATE RAMSEY

This course will introduce students to major topics, debates, and themes in Caribbean history from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Analyzing primary source documents, images, and objects will be a particular emphasis of our work throughout the semester, and on two occasions the class will meet in the UM Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection and Special Collections to examine and discuss archival resources connected to our studies.


We will begin with the 1804 Haitian Revolution and its far-reaching effects across the Atlantic world and beyond. Major areas of focus thereafter will include the expansion of the sugarcane economy and slavery in Cuba; the anti-slavery struggles of international abolition groups and enslaved peoples; and emancipation across the Caribbean. We will examine large-scale social movements of the formerly enslaved and their descendants over land, labor, and political representation, and consider the experiences of Indian, Chinese, and African indentured workers in post-emancipation Caribbean societies. 


With the Cuban independence wars against Spain culminating in the Spanish-American War of 1898, we will turn to the United States’ increasing influence and intervention in the Caribbean region as an imperial power. As cases in point, we will examine the U.S. invasions and occupations of Haiti (1915-34) and the Dominican Republic (1916-24) and consider their effects and legacies. As part of our focus on Caribbean social movements during the 1920s and 1930s, we will study the significance of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association across the region, and also examine the labor struggles that swept the British Caribbean in the mid-1930s, considering their import for nationalist politics in these societies thereafter.


Cuba under Batista and the 1959 Revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power will be a primary focus of the latter part of the course. Our study of decolonization and political independence in the former British Caribbean will also spotlight the socio-political significance of the Rastafarian and Black Power movements during the 1960s and early 1970s. Our study of Puerto Rican “transnationalism” will open to larger discussions about Caribbean diaspora. In our last meetings, we will discuss issues facing the contemporary Caribbean. Throughout the course students will be challenged to recognize the diversity of the region, while thinking comparatively and synthetically about its political, economic, social, and cultural histories. In-depth discussion and the development of critical thinking and writing skills will be emphasized.

HIS 325 P                 The Early Middle Ages: Europe, 450-1095

                                    TR 11:00AM-12:15PM

                                    DR. JESSE IZZO

This class will survey the history of the Early Middle Ages (c.450 – c.1095 AD) in
western Europe. Major themes to be explored include: the problem of continuity and
discontinuity between the late Roman world and the Early Middle Ages; the emergence
of a new, distinctive medieval civilization in western Europe during the period of
emphasis; and connections between the medieval West and the Byzantine and Islamic
worlds, all of which were successors to the classical tradition of Greco-Roman antiquity.
Over the course of the term, we will bear witness to: the permanent split of the Roman
empire into a Greek-speaking eastern half and a Latin-speaking western half in the fourth
century; the political, economic, and military collapse of the western empire in the fifth
century; the Byzantine emperor Justinian’s short-lived attempt at reuniting the eastern
and western Mediterranean under his rule; the emergence of so-called “Barbarian”
kingdoms (e.g. the Vandals in North Africa, Visigoths in Spain, Ostrogoths and
Lombards in Italy, Franks in Gaul, and Anglo-Saxons in Britain); the Christianization of
northwest Europe, the development of the secular church, and the emergence of
monasticism; the birth of Islam in Arabia and its spread across the Mediterranean world;
the empires of Clovis, Charlemagne, and the Ottonians; Viking and Norman expansion;
and the emergence of a so-called “Feudal” society around the turn of the millennium.
The course will be lecture based, with some class discussion also part of the program.
Readings will consist of both primary source material and works of modern scholarly

HIS 341 S                   History of the Third Reich

                                    TR 3:30PM-4:45PM

                                    DR. HERMANN BECK

This lecture course offers a comprehensive survey of the history of Nazi Germany from the early pre-fascist movements before the First World War to the final and ignominious collapse of the regime in 1945.  This course is writing intensive.  The main topics covered include: Germany at the end of World War I and the rise of the Nazi party in the 1920s; the last years of the Weimar Republic and Hitler’s rise to power; the crucial first phase of the regime that ended with the consolidation of Nazi rule in 1934; social, economic, and cultural developments between 1933 and 1939; anti-Semitic legislation and transgressions during the years leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War; Nazi foreign policy and the origins of World War II; Germany during the Second World War; and the Holocaust.  The reading for this class includes autobiographies and diaries from contemporaries, as well as an array of translated primary sources.  In addition, several documentaries will be shown during the course of the semester.

HIS 348 0                   Europe in the Age of Hitler and Stalin 

                                    TR 9:30am-10:45am

                                    DR. MICHAEL MILLER

This course studies European history between 1914 and 1945, or what has also been termed Europe in the age of war and revolution.  Its purpose is to provide students with a continental overview of Europe in its most turbulent and destructive half century.  It begins with the First World War, under whose shadow all Europeans lived until the coming of a Second World War in 1939 replaced it as the dominant experience in their lives.  The course will examine the success of revolutionary movements on the right (fascism) and the left (communism), with particular attention to the rise to power of the Nazis in Germany and the fate of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.  It will look at the difficulty for the center (democracy) to hold, examining a variety of experiences from the general strike in Britain, to French crises in the 1930s, to civil war in Spain, and anti-Semitic politics in eastern Europe.  It will also ask why Europeans failed to establish a stabilizing peace and went to war again only twenty years after the worst war in European history.  The final section of the course will focus on the Second World War from a multitude of perspectives: military history, the history of occupation and resistance, and the history of mass murder.

HIS 355 P                   MODERN BRAZIL

                                    TR 11:00am-12:15pm

                                    DR. ISADORA MOTA

This course examines the history of modern Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, from its independence from Portugal in the 1820s to the present day. Approaching Brazil in its hemispheric, Atlantic, and global context, we will explore the processes through which different groups of people, often with conflicting interests and radically distinct goals, have come to imagine a sense of belonging to a larger “whole” that they now call Brazil. Topics include the meanings of independence; political cultures; slavery and abolition; struggles over citizenship and national identity in a multi-racial society; Brazil’s experiences with authoritarianism, dictatorship, and democracy; and present challenges posed by neoliberalism and globalization.


As we survey the broad sweep of modern Brazilian history, we will strive to think broadly, taking into account the experiences of the diverse peoples who helped build the country and problematizing the production of master national narratives. This class seeks to transform the way students understand concepts that they may take for granted – such as freedom, citizenship, or democracy - helping them to recognize the role played by disenfranchised social actors in shaping Brazilian history. Here I refer to Brazilian majorities, that is, the very group of peoples whom modernizing elites have often seen as problematic members of their nations, including, among others, Afro-Brazilians, indigenous peoples, the urban poor, and workers. This course is also designed to familiarize students with historical methods and analytical writing. Each week, we will build knowledge together from the analysis of primary sources that shed light on Brazil’s past, present, and future challenges. No prior knowledge of Brazilian history is required.

HIS 363 H                  The Early Republic (1783-1850) 

                                    MWF 3:35pm-4:50pm

                                    DR. ASHLI WHITE

Beginning with the end of the American Revolution and concluding with the War of 1812, this course will examine the earliest years of U.S. nation-building.  We will explore both internal and international influences on the making of the United States.  Themes will include everything from the wrangling over the Constitution, the birth of the first political parties, and constant challenges from Native Americans, slaves, and the “lower sort” to the impact of the French and Haitian revolutions, relations with the Caribbean, and the ever-present specter of Britain.  As part of our consideration, we will pay close attention not only to political and economic developments, but to cultural and social changes as well.


                                    TR 3:30pm-4:45pm

                                    DR. SYBIL LIPSCHULTZ

The development of legal thought and practice in the context of American politics, economy and ideology during the twentieth century. Special consideration will be given to social movements and their treatment under the rule of law.

HIS 397 01                 INTERNSHIP

                                    DR. KARL GUNTHER

HIS 412 J                   Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr:

A Call to Civic Engagement 

MW 5:00pm-6:15pm

Dr. Sumita Dutt

This course will study selected works of M.K. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and their legacies and impact in the field of community service and civic engagement. The class will be organized into three modules – 1) academic learning inside the classroom, 2) work on similar themes in the community, 3) reflections of civic engagement before, during, and after conclusion of modules. Through a detailed study of Gandhi and King’s writings, speeches, archival and visual materials we will explore their theories and praxis of engaged citizenry, political, social and economic justice. Students will be paired with City Year Miami based in Miami-Dade County that works in areas of education access and closing the gap in marginalized communities. We will critically study Gandhi’s and King’s philosophy of Non-Violence, its application in differing historical contexts as well specific projects such as “Constructive Work”, “Operation Breadbasket”, “School Desegregation” to explore issues of economic and educational justice, political mobilization, strategies of “passive” resistance, individual and collective responsibilities. This course is an organic interplay of classroom theoretical and philosophical study of Gandhi and King, student engagement with similar issues through work with a local community organization, and reflection exercises to understand the process of civic engagement. The course is structured to reflect critically upon the uses of history and past social justice engagements such as the ones Gandhi and King led, and their value in addressing issues of our times. Students will earn both a writing credit as well as a civic engagement credit.


All 400and 500 level directed readings require permission of instructor before signing up for course.

HIS 511/611 42          Studies in Asian History 


                                    R 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. STEPHEN HALSEY

This seminar uses works of history and literature to explore the origins, development, and collapse of European colonial empires from 1500 to the present.  We will focus primarily on South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean but also draw comparisons with Latin America, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. The course will develop a grand narrative that links overseas expansion in the early modern period (c. 1500-1800) to global capitalism but rejects economics as central to the creation of formal territorial empires after 1800.  Instead, we will argue that the primary significance of “modern” or territorial imperialism lay in the realm of culture, discourse, and identity formation for both Europeans and their colonial subjects.  The first section of the course will evaluate the growth of plantations and trading posts from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries and examine important changes in consumption, production, and finance that they triggered in European societies.  We will then trace the emergence of formal colonies in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and appraise the linguistic, cultural, and social impact of European rule on indigenous peoples.  We will conclude the course by assessing decolonization in the 1950s and 60s and the challenges of globalization and the post-colonial condition since independence.

HIS 538/638      The Mediterranean 

                                W 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                DR. JESSE IZZO

In the early twentieth century, Henri Pirenne put forth what has come to be known in
scholarship as the “Pirenne Thesis”: the ancient world came to an end not in the fifth
century, with the deposition of the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, but after
the Arab conquests of North Africa and Spain in the seventh and early eighth centuries.
He argued that these conquests shattered the unity of the “Roman lake” (mare nostrum)
and marked out a durable civilizational divide between the northern and southern shores
of the inland sea. Forever after, in Pirenne’s view, the Mediterranean would be
characterized by a Christian North and an Islamic South in constant struggle with each
other. Some decades later, the early modernist Fernand Braudel offered a radical new
vision of Mediterranean history. Heavily influenced by structuralism and the Annales
School’s interest in mentalités and the longue durée, Braudel evoked a shared experience
across North and South, East and West, in which the geography, weather, and rhythms of
the sea were far more important unifiers among its many communities than language,
politics, or religion were dividers. More recently, natural successors to this Braudelian
understanding of the Mediterranean are Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell and their
espousal of the so-called “New Thalassology” (i.e. sea studies/the Oceanic Turn). Like
Braudel, they take the “long view” of the Mediterranean, tracing its history over the
course of thousands of years. They point out the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-
religious character of the Mediterranean by using the sea itself as the basis for writing
history. By taking what was a liminal, interstitial space and placing it at the center of their
research, they provide an opportunity for considering diverse human communities and
their relationship to each other on neutral ground (so to speak) rather than privileging any
single cultural, political, or religious perspective.

In this course we will explore the history of the medieval and early modern
Mediterranean, grapple with modern scholarly debates in the field, and evaluate
“Mediterranean Studies” as an idea, a conceptual framework, a category of inquiry. The
course will place special emphasis on trans-regional connections, comparative
perspectives, and the fluidity of cultural, political, and religious identity. In this vein, we
will consider long-distance and local trade; how the Mediterranean’s unique environment
and its many diverse micro-environments helped shaped its human communities and
were, in turn, shaped by them; and several paradigms for understanding interfaith
relations, cultural contact, and political frontiers over time and across the region.
Assignments may include weekly blackboard posts related to class discussion and
readings, a 5-page paper, and a 15-page paper.


                                    German HIS 1914-45, Novels

                                    W 4:30PM-7:00PM

                                    DR. HEERMAN BECK

In this course on Germany between the beginning of the First and the end of the Second World War (with a focus on the period between 1933 and 1945), we observe German life, politics, and society through the lens of novels and autobiographies.  Together we read and analyze seminal works of literature and autobiographies of important contemporaries to understand political developments in Germany and the mindset and political environment of the German middle and upper classes, their values, conception of honor, social hierarchies, and responses to the most pressing concerns of their day. 

            The novels, novellas, and autobiographies we read in this course are available in colorful English translations.  They include Erich Maria Remarque’s stark depiction of warfare on the western front in World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, which brings home to the reader the horror of the Great War more than any other literary document; Thomas Mann’s famous novella on the rise of fascism, Mario and the Magician; Sebastian Haffner’s gripping autobiographical account, Defying Hitler, which elucidates Hitler’s rise to prominence and the Nazi take-over of German society; Lion Feuchtwanger’s moving portrait of an upper-class, assimilated Jewish family, The Oppermanns, whose fate anticipated that of many others at the end of the Weimar Republic and the beginning of the Nazi dictatorship; the autobiography of Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect and Minister of Armaments, Inside the Third Reich, which provides the best first-hand account of the Nazi state and Germany in World War II that we possess; and two shorter diaries dealing with the Second World War.


                                    Afro-Carib Rel:Healing       

                                    F 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. KATE RAMSEY

This seminar studies Afro-Caribbean religious histories and cultures with a particular interest in questions of healing and power. Focused in these ways, the course will illuminate how Afro-Caribbean spirituality has been subject to multiple regimes of law and has also empowered practitioners over the course of Caribbean history. Topics will include the repression of Afro-Caribbean ritual under slavery and colonialism, and how spiritual practices have been a key locus and resource for popular political struggle. In reflecting on the central place of healing in Afro-Caribbean religion we will study medical knowledge among enslaved people and free people of color as part of the intellectual history of the Atlantic world. We will also examine how nineteenth and twentieth century medical institutions sought both to discredit and also to draw from Afro-Caribbean “folk” medicine. Throughout the semester we will consider the complex interconnections among Caribbean religious communities, and in so doing interrogate the concept of “religion” itself. We will work on case studies from across the Caribbean, as well as from Brazil and the United States, and our texts will include historical studies, ethnographies, legal documents, films, and a novel.

HIS 569/669 69          Studies In African-American History 

                                    Rethinking African-AM Culture

                                    T 5:00PM-7:30PM

                                    DR. DONALD SPIVEY

The culture of a people is, in so many respects, the most intimate component of their history.  We will dare in the seminar this semester to explore the culture of African Americans from African roots to the present.  Please bring all of your senses to this endeavor as we will not only read and discuss, but listen and imbibe the folkways of black America and the innermost aesthetic.  Our examination will include aspects of the music, the sport, the art, the literature, the comedy, the dance, the dress, the religion, and the food of the people.  As a history seminar we will always be mindful of meaning and context and what our exploration can tell us about the African-American struggle, the creative ability of a people, and their take on life at critical junctures in their history. 

     If you are committed to taking this intellectual journey, come prepared to do extensive reading, thinking, and sharing of ideas and insights.  The student’s grade for the seminar shall be based on:  contribution to discussion (20%); two oral presentations (15% each; 30%); and a fifteen-page research paper (50%) that explores a topic of the student’s choice within the theme of the course.  A service-learning project, such as volunteer work with the Black Archives, Haitian Support Network, the Miami Workers Center, Alonzo Mourning Charities, South Miami Afterschool Center, Overtown Youth Center, Miami Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Links, or some other community service organization, may be done in lieu of the research paper or for extra credit.

HIS 591/664 41          Studies In COMPARATIVE History 

                                    History of Homoeroticism

                                    T 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. MARTIN NESVIG                               

This course explores the concept of homoeroticism (or male on male love, lust, sex, or admiration) in multiple cultural contexts.  We will examine how different peoples, cultures and individuals understood homoeroticism—from the ancients to 21st century LGBTQ men.  The focus is on how men understood and interpreted male friendship, sexual encounters, idealized homoerotic love and modern-day conceptualizations of homosexuality, bisexuality and gay rights.  Specific topics may include Greek pederasty, Roman bisexuality, the debate on whether men who loved other men prior to the 20th century could be considered gay or bisexual, queer literature, visual medium art, queer cinema, psychoanalysis and sexology, early gay-rights movements, porn, AIDS, Queer Nation, gay sensibilities, polyamory and more.  Authors we may read include Petronius, Catullus, Michel Foucault, John Boswell, Jean Genet, Andre Gide, Andrew Holleran, Tenneesee Williams, Fernando Vallejo, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, Luis Zapata, Jamie O’Neill, Georges Bataille.  Films may include those by Derek Jarmen, Rainer Fassbinder, Andy Warhol, or John Waters.


                                    M 2:00PM-4:30PM

                                    DR. MICHAEL BERNATH

This seminar is the second in a two-course sequence that will culminate in the production of an honors thesis. In HIS 598, you will write the thesis that you researched in HIS 597. The first part of the semester will focus on the production of the first draft of the thesis and the second part will focus on revision and polishing.

HIS 702 61                 RESEARCH SEMINAR PART 2

                                    T 9:00AM-11:30AM  

                                    DR. ASHLI WHITE

HIS 718 68                 Field Preparation: Modern Latin America

                                    R 9:00AM-11:30AM

                                    DR. EDUARDO ELENA

This seminar surveys major trends in the historiography of “modern” Latin America (that is, from the early-nineteenth century to the present).  Rather than focusing on a single guiding theme, the course explores a variety of genres, methodological approaches, scholarly controversies, and interpretive problems.  In particular, we will assess critically the dominant tendency to emphasize the process of nation-building in the making of modern Latin America.  Seminar members will gain a familiarity with current historiographical trends and identify new areas of inquiry.  The course designed to prepare PhD students for their qualifying examinations and to develop the skills necessary for conducting advanced research and teaching.

HIS 722 42                 Dissertation Prospectus Seminar

                                    f 9:00AM-11:30AM

                                    DR. HUGH THOMAS

HIS 810 01                 MASTER’S THESIS

The student working on his/her master’s thesis enrolls for credit, in most departments not to exceed six, as determined by his/her advisor.  Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.                              

HIS 825 01                 MASTER’S STUDY

To establish residence for non-thesis master’s students who are preparing for major examinations.  Credit not granted.  Regarded as full time residence.                  

HIS 830 01                 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

Required of all candidates for the Ph.D.  The student will enroll for credit as determined by his/her advisor, but for not less than a total of 12 hours.  Up to 12 hours may be taken in a regular semester, but not more than six in a summer session.

HIS 840 01                 POST CAND DOC DISS

HIS 850 01                 RESEARCH IN RESIDENCE

Use to establish research in residence for the Ph.D. after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research.  Credit not granted.  May be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.