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Fall 2013
HIS 389 - History Through Hollywood
Films, like novels, art, or music, are cultural texts. Historical films offer representations of the past and also serve as artifacts of the society and period in which they were created; as such, they are primary source documents about their own time and place. When films purport to represent historic events, they more emphatically shape the way we imagine the world. This course examines Hollywood’s portrayal of America’s racial past and juxtaposes it against a range of other historic texts. By doing so, students will learn how to read and analyze film as texts that -- like all other texts -- are fraught with political motivations, bias, and ulterior motives. We will consider why Hollywood so often distorts and oversimplifies the past, and how the shaping of false memories and stories affects contemporary race relations.

Spring 2014
HIS 289 - Mexican-American History
The study of Mexican-American history forces us to re-think common understandings of U.S. history. This class will examine the evolving construction of Mexican-American identities. Starting with a discussion of the labels (Mexican-American, Spanish, Chicano/a) used to identify Mexican-descent people, we will consider how skin color, race mixture, language use, gender, poverty, and region play into the varied meanings of "being Mexican-American" from 1848 to the present.

Britain’s Imperial Muse: The Classics, Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784—1914

The History Department is delighted to announce the publication of Professor Chris Hagerman's book, Britain's Imperial Muse:  Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784—1914. Professor Hagerman will offer a talk about his work on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wendell Will Room.

The public is invited and a reception will follow.

History Majors Present at MCAA

Three history majors, Patrick Buck '15, Kevin Rhee '14, and Scott DesRosiers '15, presented papers at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at Michigan State University on Friday, October 25, 2013. Buck presented on “Militarizing China: Mao’s Revolution of Physical Education." Rhee's paper addressed “When Politics Meets Science: Devil’s Bargain between Japan and the U.S. over Human Experimentation," and DesRosiers spoke about “From Palomares to Fukushima: Lessons in Nuclear Remediation."

Congratulations to our history students for their fine work!

Forensics Foray: Wilburn, ’14, Interns with Michigan State Police

Alli Wilburn, '14
“I have been interested in forensic science for many years,” says Wilburn, a biochemistry major, “so this has turned into a perfect opportunity to observe the goings-on in a forensics lab and better get a grasp if this is what I want to pursue as a career.”

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