The History of 2021
How can we understand the events, ideas, and conflicts that have featured in the news cycle during the past year? “The History of 2021” offers historically informed reflections on this year’s momentous events, providing an opportunity to understand our world in its historic context. Each week will feature a different History faculty member speaking on a major news topic of the year, showing what we can learn by approaching it from a historical perspective. The course is open to all students (newcomers and history veterans alike) who want to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of 2021, and who are curious to consider how studying history can offer a deeper and richer understanding of tumultuous times.
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Professor Fiona Griffiths
- 1 unit, Credit/No Credit
- One lecture every week
- Attendance required
- Short readings may be posted in conjunction with some lectures
- Tuesdays, 9:45-10:45 AM
- Bishop Auditorium
Speakers and Topics:
"Public Health as Public Wealth: Yellow Fever, Covid-19, and the Politics of Immunity"
"China's Border Crises: Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Legacies of Empire"
"The Year the Afghan War Ended?"
"Electing the U.S. President: The Electoral College"
"Russia's Love Affair with Authoritarianism: From Ivan the Terrible to Putin"
"Laboring Lives and the Pandemic in South Asia, c. 2020-21"
"Anti-Asian Violence in America"
"The Plague Generation: Love, Death, Healing and Friendship in a Time of Pandemic"
"Monumental Questions: Race, Memory and Monument in Modern America"
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