This course traces the history of the United States during the 1990s. It pays particular attention to the politics of the era, as well as the cultural texts (songs, films, and other phenomena) that both reflected and shaped the period.
The History of Your Life: The United States since 2000—Syllabus
This course explores the history of the United States since 2000. It pays particular attention to the historical developments that have shaped students’ lives—the global “war on terror,” widening income and wealth inequality, the explosion of the Internet and social media, and intensifying battles over immigration and national and cultural identity.
Christmas Films as Reflections of American History, Part III: Perfecting the Paradigm from the 1990s to the Present
An exploration of Hollywood's eclectic Christmas film history, surveying developments from the 1990s through today.
Christmas Films as Reflections of American History, Part II: Stop-Motion, Action, and Horror in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
An exploration of Hollywood Christmas film history, including children's, horror, and action movies from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Christmas Films as Reflections of American History, Part I: Dickens, Romance, and the US Military in the 1940s and 50s
An exploration of Hollywood's eclectic history of Christmas films, starting with postwar Dickensian adaptations and Cold War romances.
This Anthem Was Made For You and Me?
When Jennifer Lopez sang Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in January of this year, it marked the latest use of Woody Guthrie's much-contested song. The history of "This Land Is Your Land," from the many versions of the song to the even more varied responses to it, raise important questions about what a national anthem is—and what it might do in the discordant politics and culture of the United States.