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Spring 2017-2018
* HIS 456 / AAS 456 / URB 456 / HUM 456 (HA)   na, npdf

New Orleans at 300: Invention & Reinvention in an American City

Joshua B. Guild


As it commemorates its tercentennial, this course explores the history of what has been described as an "impossible but inevitable city" over three centuries. Settled on perpetually shifting swampland at the foot of one of the world's great waterways, this port city served as an outpost of three empires and a gateway linking the N. American heartland with the Gulf Coast, Caribbean, and Atlantic World. From European and African settlement through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we will consider how race, culture, and the environment have defined the history of the city and its people.

Sample reading list:
L. Powell, The Accidental City
M. Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom
O. Arend, Showdown in Desire
L. Armstrong, Satchmo
C. Johnson, The Neoliberal Deluge
Solnit and Snedeker, Unfathomable City

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages per week. Weekly critical responses, oral presentations, mid-term paper, and final project.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Includes mandatory study trip to New Orleans over spring break. Itinerary will include guided tours, visits to archives and museums, and meetings with activists, artists, and scholars. All major travel costs for the trip will be covered thanks to the generous support of the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council..

Other information:
This course is reading intensive and discussion driven. Weekly preparation and participation are essential. This course is by application only. Please e-mail for application. Deadline is November 29, 2017.

Reserved Seats:
HUM Certificate Students Only 2

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41334 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:11 Limit:12