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HUMA205M - Special Topics in the Humanities: The 1619 Project (3-0-3)

The 1619 Project sponsored by The New York Times and the Pulitzer Foundation is described by its developers as follows.

“The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to re-frame the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative” (NYT 19).

This course will examine the 1619 Project as a view of American History in a range of perspectives rather than unilaterally where we often declare which perspective is or is not true. It provides an opportunity to critically think, discuss, research, argue, and write about current issues. We will seek answers in history, literature, music, poetry, art, social media, and journalism from the 17th century to the present. The course will focus on critical reading and application of the past to better understand our present and prepare for an ever-changing future.