Learning what questions to ask is a significant part
of studying history. In our sections I will ask a lot of questions
and I encourage students to come prepared to do the same. I
invite you to take intellectual risks, struggle with ideologies
that are hard to comprehend, and ask that you are thoughtful
in your interactions with fellow classmates. Through our collective
dialogues, students will have numerous occasions to enrich their
understandings of United State’s history.
Thursday’s discussion sections are an
opportunity for students to contextualize both the lecture and
reading materials. Sections will be structured to promote in-depth
and lively participation. Students can expect to work in small
groups, visually map arguments on the boards, participate in
larger class discussions, and/or begin to think through historical
arguments using brief free-writes. I will send out discussion
questions or prompts to the class email list Tuesday night to
help students prepare. For this reason, I ask that students
look for these class emails on Wednesday mornings and consider
the prompts, as they ready for discussion section. I expect
students to arrive in section prepared to think critically,
willing to engage in conversation, and with the weeks reading
Please contact me through email if you have questions
or need to make an appointment to meet with me.
Frequent absences will be detrimental to your grade.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be missing
You will write three short essays in this course. All
papers must be handed in to me by the date assigned to receive
full credit. As you prepare to work on these assignments, feel
free to come talk with me during my office hours or by appointment.