Monday, December 14, 2015

End of the Semester

I don’t often write about work, but the semester at UNLV is currently winding down, and so it seems like an appropriate moment for some reflection.  I had intended to offer running commentary on my two classes this semester—European History Since 1648 and Comparative Environmental History—but my schedule got the better of my best intentions.  Next semester, I will have another shot at providing updates, this time for Europe Since 1914 and Modern Africa. 

In European History Since 1648 we made it to the present, ending with a discussion of economic, social, political, and cultural dilemmas of modern Europe, our conversation turning to the problems of migration that are very current in the U.S. 

In Comparative Environmental History we ended the semester with a better (speaking for myself at least!) sense of the strands of thought that inform environmental movements, as well as with a better appreciation for this important and relatively recent sub-field in the historical discipline. 

For anyone interested in following along next semester, the following will be the texts that guide our conversations in the two classes:

European history:
Konrad Jarausch, Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth
Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, A Grain of Wheat
Timothy Garton Ash, The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ‘89 Witnessed, Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
Joan Scott, The Politics of the Veil
African history:
Trevor Getz, Cosmopolitan Africa, c. 1700-1875
Ibn Battuta, Ibn Battuta in Black Africa
Trevor Getz, Abina and the Important Men, a Graphic History  
Shula Marks, Not Either an Experimental Doll
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

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