HIST 360
Leadership and Historical Memory Fall 2014
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 360 / LEAD 320
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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.
The Class: Format: research seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1984
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays, weekly writing assignments, and a longer research paper with presentation
Enrollment Preferences: Leadership Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 360 Division II LEAD 320 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LEAD American Domestic Leadership
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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