Department News

History Professor Dick Hailed for Community Involvement

Wes Dick, professor of history, Albion College
Recently, the Albion NAACP presented Albion College history professor Wes Dick with its Branch Leadership Award, while Substance Abuse Prevention Services Executive Director Harry Bonner organized a dinner simply to note Dick's importance to the Albion community.


WWII Veterans Bring Past to Present for History Students

WWII veteran Lee Zimmerman with Albion College student Jake Soenen
It may be 72 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor, but World War II study and scholarship are decidedly in the present at Albion College. This semester, two veterans of the war visited with history professor Wes Dick's "America in Crisis" class, adding personal perspective to academic study.

Hagerman Book Links Education, Empire

Chris Hagerman
A surprising link between the Roman and British empires is the fascinating consequence of classical education, according to history professor Chris Hagerman, who recently published Britain's Imperial Muse: The Classics, Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784-1914, now available through Palgrave MacMillan.

New Courses Offered

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.

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