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Classy Classes: History course examines controversial political moments

(Courtesy of the Stanford History Department)

In HISTORY 201: “From Confederate Monuments to Wikipedia: The Politics of Remembering the Past,” students will explore the purpose, practices and issues surrounding history today. Offered by history senior lecturer Katherine Jolluck this spring, the new course intends to — according to its course description — “examine various ways that history is used outside the classroom.”

The course will cover issues ranging from the debate over how to address enduring monuments in honor of Confederate leaders, to the controversy prevalent on Stanford’s campus today over whether to rename buildings originally termed after figures who held morally objectionable views.