January Term Course Offerings

January term 2015

For more information, contact the faculty member teaching the course. Times listed are tentative, and subject to change by the Registrar, who will issue the official time schedule.

History 185: Travel in History: Mobility in Space and Time
Xiaolin Duan

Pending faculty approval

History 185: On Skis and Rafts: Norwegian Explorers and the Building of a National Identity
Anna Peterson

Pending faculty approval
This course will look at the historical relationship between Norwegian nation building and exploration through the lives of three of Norway's most famous explorers: Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, and Thor Heyerdahl. We will examine primary source documents, including Nansen, Amundsen and Heyerdahl's diaries, log books and photographs, to understand explorers' varied motivations for venturing across oceans. These sources will inform our study of Norwegian interest in and experiences of exploration alongside social and political developments in Norway.  Our study will take us from the fierce competition to reach the North and South Poles in the nineteenth century to one man's determination to sail a balsam raft from Peru to Polynesia in the wake of World War Two. 

History 239: Special Topics in History
Edward Tebbenhoff

Pending faculty approval

History 239: Queer Bronzeville: Intersectional Identities in 20th Century Black Chicago
Lauren Anderson

Pending faculty approval

Description: There are two assumptions alive and well in our current world: that African Americans tend to be more homophobic than other cultures and that the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the Gay Rights Movement were two separate entities. This class, by examining the history of Queer Bronzeville, will challenge both of those assumptions by looking at original documents produced by the members of that community. We will have an opportunity, as a class, to travel to Chicago, meet with elders of the community and hear their experiences throughout the momentous 20th century, listen to blues music, research queer stories in the archives, and attend the DuSable Museum of African American History. As a class, we will analyze the urbanization of African Americans in the twentieth century, with a focus on Chicago. In addition, we will consider the intersectional identities that black people forged for themselves, in negotiation with identities imposed upon them by the external society. We will read a novel, essays by sexologists, texts by historians, and articles in the Chicago Defender, Ebony, and Jet. Students will be responsible for two papers and an oral presentation. (HBSSM, Hist. Same as AFST and WGST 239. For WGST, it fits within Culture and Society)

Fees: Class will include a half-week trip to Chicago. Dr. Anderson will update this website with the estimated costs for this trip when it becomes available.