America to 2025: Expressive Culture, History, and Identity

Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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America to 2025 combines the study of history and expressive culture to explore historical, social, and personal identity. Together we will explore music, film, food, and politics in American life from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, and even beyond.

This program will focus on the political, social, and cultural history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. There will be several deep dives into questions of particular interest to many Evergreen students. These will include migrations and settler colonialism, including enslavement and forced and voluntary immigration; market capitalism and resistance to it; racism and racial inequalities as well as how people of color have demonstrated resistance and resilience; and gender and sexuality, particularly how queer, non-binary, and trans Americans have challenged structural oppression. These essential elements in United States history will be explored through expressive culture, including the creation of archetypes (and stereotypes) through literature and film, the shifts in popular music from minstrelsy and vaudeville through post-punk, and the ways in which food and music engage issues of identity, nostalgia, and home.

Program materials will include popular and documentary films, musicals, songs, poetry, television, and plays, as well as academic books and articles. Credit-bearing assignments will explore multiple modes of learning, including creative assignments as well as research papers. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, seminars, and local field trips. Students will do intermediate-to-advanced work in the humanities as part of the Culture, Text, and Language in World Societies Path of Study. The program will center reading, writing, and research. Students will be expected to demonstrate growth in reading historical texts, researching in primary and secondary sources, writing analytically, and thinking critically. By the end of the program, students will develop skills in asking critical questions, finding answers to those questions through independent research, and communicating findings in writing.

Registration

Prerequisites

To join in winter: Significant previous work in history, American studies, folklore, or expressive culture studies. Contact the faculty at academic fair if you have any questions.

Fall 2023 Registration
Winter 2024 Registration

Significant previous work in history, American studies, folklore, or expressive culture studies. Contact the faculty at academic fair if you have any questions.

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

History, folklore, anthropology, expressive culture, education

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$50 per quarter for admissions to museums.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person (Fall)
In Person (Winter)
Time Offered
Day
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Location
Olympia