HIST W10 Turkey Ancient and Modern. Few places in the world today combine the ancient and modern world in quite the same measure of complexity and ambiguity as Turkey. European and Asian, secular and sacred, Christian and Muslim, this land embodies all these. It preserved and advanced the legacy of the Graeco-Roman world for almost a thousand years in the Byzantine commonwealth where the fundamental creeds of Christendom were debated, composed, and ultimately confessed as orthodoxy. Later, it became an important site for the development of the modern Islamic tradition. Today, Turkey is a model of a predominantly Muslim state governed by secular democratic traditions. This course explores the rich history of Turkey, deepens understanding of classical antiquity and the medieval transition from Greek to Turkish rule, and challenges misconceptions of historic Muslim-Christian relations. The course examines both famous and lesser known locations such as Nicaea/Iznik, Assos/Behramkale, and several of the "Seven Churches of Asia," including Ephesus and Pergamum, culminating in several days study of the old city of Constantinople/Istanbul. Particular attention is paid to areas where Muslim and Christian sacred space is in close proximity. Period readings include well-known classics such as Procopius's Secret History and the Travels of Ibn Battuta, as well as significant but virtually unknown works such as Saint Gregory Palamas's "Letter to the Thessalonians" and records of Ottoman court proceedings. On site lectures and discussions explore the theme of historical preservation and the experience of living among ancient ruins. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 7-27. Fee: $4310. D. Howard, Y. Kim. Off campus.
HIST W11 Sports & Masculinity. In 2013, Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin quit his team over verbal abuse from a teammate. In response, retired and active players and media commentators blasted Martin for not “taking care of business” and handling the episode in the locker-room “like a man.” Over one hundred-fifty years earlier, in his book Tom Brown’s Schooldays, English author Thomas Hughes described the brutal games of football at Rugby school as a way for boys to learn pluck and manliness. From the “muscular Christianity” of the 19th century to the sports-saturated culture of today, many norms of what it means to be a man are rooted in playing, watching, and talking about sports. As both participants and fans, boys learn ways of behaving, speaking, and interacting from their fathers, brothers, peers, and adult coaches. Meanwhile, for males who don’t like sports, as well as for females, even female athletes, these sports-centered behaviors set up lines of exclusion. This course looks at the ways that sports participation and fandom mold relationships among males (as well as relationships between women and male relatives and friends) and how these sports-centered relationships instill normative ideas about masculinity. It also will examine how masculinity intersects with race, class, and religion. Furthermore, it will analyze how ideas of masculinity are expressed in sporting culture and sports media, from sports-talk radio to films like Raging Bull, Remember the Titans and Miracle. The instructors are historians who have experience playing, coaching, officiating, and studying sports. They’re also fans. But this class will not be a discussion of favorite teams and games. Rather, it will take a critical look at the roles that sports and sports media play in our culture. The course will be based on scholarship in sports history as well as other disciplines, including sociology, gender studies, and philosophy. B. Berglund, W. Katerberg. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
HIST W80 American History on Film: 1960-80. This course uses Hollywood feature films to explore American culture and society from the assassination of John Kennedy to the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. This was both one of the most tumultuous periods in American history and one of the most creative periods in the history of American film (the “Hollywood Renaissance”). Significant changes in the film industry opened the screen to reflect the challenges that developments in the 1960s and ‘70s posed to core assumptions about American life: that the United States was a land of liberty, equality, opportunity, and prosperity, a can-do cooperative at home and a unique force for good in the world. The result was some of the best movies Hollywood has ever made. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and daily film screenings, we analyze the core developments of this era: the climax and crisis of Cold War liberalism, the evolution and radicalization of the Civil Rights movement, the rebirth of feminism, the Vietnam War and its impact on the home front, the economic upheaval that began the erosion of the working class, the culture war started by Roe v. Wade, and the ironies of “born-again” politics as manifest in the presidency of Jimmy Carter. In the background was the rise of a youth culture of protest which produced the sights and sounds that still serve as iconic images of the age. At the same time these years saw the resurgence of the American Right, which would triumph by the end of this period in the election of Ronald Reagan. This course may serve as an elective for History majors and minors. Prerequisite: HIST 152 or permission of the instructor. J. Bratt. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
HIST 294 Research Methods in History (2 hours). This course, required for majors in history, and optional for minors, offers an introduction to historical sources, bibliography, and research techniques, giving particular attention to the different genres of history writing, the mechanics of professional notation, and critical use of print and electronic research data bases. The course is intended as preparation for 300-level courses. This class also focuses on the role of the Christian historian as a professional and a person of faith. Prerequisite: one course in history or permission of the instructor. K. van Liere.