Fall 2008 Courses

CAS AM 301 A1 Perspectives on the American Experience: Radical Communities in Twentieth Century American Religious History This course examines some of the radical developments in American religious history from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, including the Ghost Dance Religion, Christian Science, early Pentecostalism, Reconstruction Judaism, the Nation of Islam, Peoples Temple, and late-20th century Fundamentalist and feminist theologies. We will consider how the language, ideas, and cultural products of religious outsiders responded to and influenced mainstream ideas about what American communities could and should look like in terms of gender, race, economics, and faith-based practices. We will closely examine primary documents and cultural texts from believers and their critics, as well as secondary works by historians, in order to think about the challenges these religious outsiders posed to religious, social, and political institutions in the United States. Robinson TR 9:30-11:00

CAS AM 367 A1 Material Culture Introduction to the theory and practice of the study of material culture, the physical stuff that is part of human life.  Material culture includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings.  Lectures will introduce a wide range of contemporary scholarship on material culture from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, art and architectural history, and cultural studies.  Also offered as CAS AH 367.  Sewell MWF 10:00-11:00

CAS AM 546 A1 Historic Preservation This course covers key aspects of the history, theory, philosophy, and modern practice of historic preservation in America, with a special focus on New England. Part of the core curriculum for the Preservation Studies Program, it offers an introduction to the American preservation movement, current issues, and critical skills that can be further developed in other classes. It also introduces students to key figures in several preservation agencies and organizations in this region through class lectures and group discussion. This course is usually the first course taken in the Program and is offered annually during the fall semester.  Also offered as MET AM 546.  Dempsey T 5:30-8:30