Office – Smith 103A
Office Hours Mondays 11.00 – 12.00, Thursdays 11.30
– 12.30 and by appointment
Our Thursday discussion sections will integrate the
readings with lectures and address the themes and issues that
arise as we examine United States history from the nation’s
earliest days to the present. Discussion section meetings are
your chance to talk about new concepts and to ask questions
about the material. Everyone is expected to participate in discussion,
to listen thoughtfully when others speak, and to help create
an environment that encourages critical thought and the exchange
of ideas. Because our discussion will draw heavily on the weekly
readings, it is very important that you do the reading and think
critically about it before coming to section.
In our section conversations, try not to censor
your reflections out of fear of “being wrong.” It
has been my experience that many times a thought that seems
“wrong” turns out, in the end, to be of interest
to others and enriches everyone’s understanding. Everyone
is here to learn – by asking questions and sharing your
thoughts, we will all benefit as we explore these new ideas
Please feel free to come to me at any time
during the quarter with any questions or concerns you have about
the course, your essays, or anything else for that matter. I
am here to help you do well in this class!
Email: Email is a great way
to reach me with questions or to set up appointments to meet
with me. I check email regularly and will generally respond
within 24 hours of receiving your email (and often sooner!).
I will also use email to communicate important info to you,
so please remember to check your UW email account regularly.
Absences: If you know that
you will be missing section, please let me know right away.
Section is a crucial part of the class - frequent absences will
harm your overall grade.
Papers: In this course, you
will write three short essays. All papers must be presented
in hard copy - I will not accept emailed papers. Papers must
be written in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins.
If you have any questions about these assignments, please feel
free to come in and talk with me during my office hours (or
A Final Note
I treat this class as a partnership through which, I hope, I
will learn from you as much as you will learn from me. As such,
I invite you to participate actively during our time together.
But at the same time, remember to treat everyone with respect
and integrity. Remember to listen carefully and respond respectfully
even if discussions become contentious. This is your class —
our class — and your contributions will make all the difference.