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Spring 2019 Course Descriptions

AMST 201: Introduction to American Studies (Yellin)
WF 10:30-11:45
This class introduces students to the field of American Studies through an examination of U.S. culture and society. The course focuses on the profound transformations in social institutions, cultural practices, visions of gender, and nationalism, including the rise of mass culture, scientific racism, immigration and migration, and the construction of an America empire. AMST 201 qualifies for Field of Study-Historical Studies (FSHT) credit.

AMST 381:  Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Documentary Theater Project (Browder/Herrera)
T 3:00-5:40
This course will focus on the experiences of children and teenagers who came of age during the fifties, sixties and seventies in Richmond; we will use their oral history narratives of sitting in, marching, and integrating schools to anchor this course. We will be working closely with the programming and people connected to the exhibition Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, which will be on view at the Harnett Museum all semester. Since many Armstrong High School alums are featured in the exhibition, we will also work with students in the Armstrong Leadership Program to create theater vignettes that interpret the past, present and future of youth activism in Richmond.

AMST 391: Vietnam Wars (Sackley)
TR 12:00-1:15
The Vietnam Wars were an anticolonial struggle, a civil and regional war, and a global Cold War confrontation.  This Tocqueville Seminar examines the twentieth-century wars that consumed Southeast Asia and remade nations and international politics. While emphasizing the “American War” (1964-1973) and its impact on US politics and foreign policy, the course will also explore the multiple histories, perspectives, and experiences that shaped the conflict. Particular attention will be given to the legacies of war in popular culture and national memory.

AMST 398: The Discovery of American Culture, 1820-1860 (Ayers)
M 7:00 - 9:30
How did America come to be the way it is?  This course will explore four crucial decades when critical elements of American culture first took shape.  Nationalism, idealism, racism, reformism, regionalism, evangelicalism, environmentalism, pragmatism, and other enduring traits in our culture were forged in ways that still shape us today.  We will work to understand the defining events and personalities of the era by reading works of literature, exploring popular culture, reading the newspapers of the era, and mapping the currents through which culture circulated.