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AMST 2011 The United States since September 11
Taught by David Karjanen

Description:
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th are events which suspended the normal workings of the country economically, politically, and culturally. This course explores the historical context of 9/11, situating the attacks in US military, diplomatic, and geopolitical histories. We will explore questions such as how 9/11 is similar or different from other attacks on the United States or US interests, what the historical relationship of terror to U.S. foreign policy, and how different countries have viewed the events. The cultural importance of political events since September 11th will be examined through an historical understanding of past conflicts, particularly how wars have shaped the nation's understanding of itself, its enemies, and its place in the world. The class will also look how 9/11 has been remembered and how the politics of memory shape notions of citizenship and nationhood. We will examine responses to 9/11 and its aftermath in art, literature, and film, which will also serve as a unique introduction to the interdisciplinary methods characteristic of American Studies scholarship.

Spring 2017 Courses

  • AMST 1012 - Migrants, Refugees, Citizens, and Exiles: The U.S. on an Immigrant Planet
  • AMST 1511 - Americans Abroad: Rethinking Travel, Culture, & Empire
  • AMST 2011 - The United States since September 11
  • AMST 2031 - Chasing the American Dream: Economic Opportunity & Inequality in the U.S.
  • AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America
  • AMST 3114 - America in International Perspective
  • AMST 3252W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900 to 1940
  • AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present
  • AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present
  • AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present
  • AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present
  • AMST 3253W - American Popular Culture and Politics: 1940 to the Present
  • AMST 3920 - Topics in American Studies
  • AMST 3993 - Directed Studies
  • AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America
  • AMST 4301 - Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy
  • AMST 4962W - Second Proseminar in American Studies

Summer 2017 Courses

  • AMST 3993 - Directed Studies
    • 001 IND 1-9 Credits