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Spring 2017-2018
* AMS 395 / THR 395 / AAS 395 / HIS 296 (LA)   na, npdf

Performing the City: Race and Protest in 1960s Trenton and Princeton

Alison E. Isenberg
Aaron Landsman

Through original research and creative process, this seminar immerses students in overlapping histories of race, protest, political mobilization and violence in 1960s Trenton and Princeton. Students will contribute to an archive, conduct interviews and make maps, and then use their research to create performance walks on campus and in Trenton. By combining disciplines, the course addresses questions such as: How can we change a place by walking through it with new knowledge? How do the imprints of various, even conflicting histories, impact the built environment? After the semester, students' final project tours will be offered regularly.

Sample reading list:
Martin Duberman, In White America
Julia Foulkes, Streets and Stages
Preston Wilcox, A Negro in Princeton, 1964
Michael Katz, Why Don't American Cities Burn?
Rebecca Solnit, Nonstop Metropolis
Sugrue and Goodman, Plainfield Burning

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read approximately 150 pages per week. The writing assignments are a 15-20 page research paper using primary sources (35%), and the related script for a 45 minute walking tour performance (35%). Field study trip to Trenton included during class time.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Community-Based Learning Component Required

Other information:
Syllabus available upon request

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43341 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   305   Enrolled:5 Limit:12