ULEC

2400

America is Hard to Find

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

America is Hard to Find

Fall 2020

Taught By: Jeremy Varon

Section: L

CRN: 8833

Credits: 0

Americans are supremely convinced of their nation’s special promise, but also anxious, throughout history, that that promise is being squandered or unfulfilled. And they have bitterly disagreed over the nature of that promise -- over what America is and should be. This course offers a theme-based engagement of post-World War Two American history that seeks to make more navigable the great national conflicts of our day: those over war and peace; the balance of civil liberty and security; the status of America in the world; the meaning of pluralism; and the purpose and scope of government. We will explore the complexity of the defining events, figures, and debates of the recent past, focusing on the origins and evolution of the Cold War; anticommunism and the counter-subversive tradition; the African American freedom struggle; the Vietnam War and opposition to it; New Left student and youth movements; New Right conservatism; the politics of globalization, and recent assertions of military power. The course consists of a weekly lecture and intimate discussion sessions. The readings are challenging and substantial, but enjoyable. We will listen to music, analyze films and images, read a graphic novel, and immerse ourselves in dialogue with the past.

Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: Asynchronous (A)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 61

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:55am 12/5/2020 EST

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