314 Children's Television: History, Politics, Economics
Heather Hendershot, Anschutz Distinguished Fellow
The class examines the history, aesthetics, economics, and ideology of children’s television, from the late 1940s to the present. We will examine in particular how reformers, censors, parents, and producers use television to reinforce or challenge the cultural ideal of childhood innocence. Although we will discuss studies of children’s attitudes towards television, we will not focus on how children may be positively or negatively affected by TV. Rather, the bulk of the class focuses on how adults make decisions about children’s television. Programs studied will include Sesame Street, Howdy Doody, Pok émon , and SpongeBob SquarePants.
329/SOC 329 Immigrant America
Alejandro Portes, Department of Sociology
This course will review historical and contemporary evidence of U.S-bound international migration. It will examine its types and the forms of economic, political, and linguistic adaptation of immigrant groups to American Society. Other topics will be the role of religion and the character and forms of assimilation of the second generation.
341 The 1950s
Jenna Weissman Joselit, Visiting Professor of History
When it comes to the 1950s, common wisdom has it that the food was bad (and frozen); that cars bore fins and little else; that fashions were frivolous and the music sappy and sentimental; that gender relations were at an all time low and the nation’s moral conscience dormant. Was this really the case? By exploring the primary sources of the period – its advertisements, landmark court cases, films and television programs, liturgy, press, fiction, nonfiction and poetry, memoir, material culture and song – we’ll uncover a much more complex reality.
ST07 La Nueva Latina
Arlene Dávila, Visting Professor of Anthropology
This course is about modern conceptions of Latina women in the United States. We will explore this topic using a variety of resources including feminist theory, academic writing, literature, and film. What is La Nueva Latina? Where do Latinas fit into the cannon of feminist theory? How have sterotypes emerged to characterize Latinas as sassy, sensual, etc., and how true are theses sterotypes? How are Latinas subjugated/empowered by popular media representations? This course will encourage participants to tackle these and other important questions at the heart of Latina identitiy formation in our society.
308 Americans at Work and at Play
Nicholas Dawidoff, Anschutz Distinguished Fellow
310 America in the Age of Reagan: From Watergate to the War on Terror
Sean Wilentz, Department of History
312 Culture and the Crisis: American Arts in the 1930s
Elizabeth Bergman, Department of Music
JDS 316/AMS 320/CHV 316 The Ten Commandments in Modern America
Jenna Weissman Joselit
322/JDS322 American Legal Theory and Jewish Law
Suzanne Last Stone, Visiting Professor of Religion
This course investigates the relationship between Torah and Constitution. Early political and legal philosophers often drew on the Bible to develop their theories. More recently, American legal and political theorists have turned to the rabbinic tradition as an alternative model for law. Do these two systems of law share common principles, values, or methods of interpretation? The course will look at a variety of schools of legal thought, including various theories of constitutional, common law, and literary interpretation, feminist jurisprudence, naturalism, positivism, and legal realism.