HIST 360 Fall 2014 Leadership and Historical Memory

Cross Listed as LEAD320
In this course we will examine how Americans have used the concept of leadership as a lens for viewing our past, and, conversely, how our assessments of particular leaders have changed as new ideas and events have reshaped how we understand our history. To address these questions, we will study portrayals of four of the most famous leaders in American history---Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. As we explore how portrayals of these leaders have changed over time, we will ask: How have our conceptions of leadership, and the qualities effective leaders possess, evolved? In what ways do leaders serve as symbols in historical memory for the times in which they lived and acted? Might assessments of these leaders reveal as much about the times in which they were produced as about the leaders' own historical moments? In what ways is the concept of "leadership" itself a historical construction? Our sources will include literature, film, and journalism as well as biography and history. For their term paper assignment, students will write a 10-12 page paper examining questions of historical memory for a leader of their own choosing.
Class Format: research seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays, weekly writing assignments, and a longer research paper with presentation
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Enrollment Preference: Leadership Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,LEAD American Domestic Leadership,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1984
HIST 360 - 01 (F) SEM Leadership & Historical Memory Division 2: Social Studies Mason B. Williams
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky Room 210 1984
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