Dr K. Steinhaus: Spring 2015

Office: UP 2004

Office Phone:  (407) 708-2079

Email: steinhausk@seminolestate.edu

Office hours:

Mon/Wed: 8-9, 10:45-12:30

Tues/Thurs: 9:15-11 [Most days also available 1:45-3]

Additional office hours are available by appointment.

For additional research  help contact:

Jeanne Larsen, Humanities Liaison Librarian: larsenj@seminolestate.edu; 407.708.2616


* Western Civ. Two-- Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:45 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Read for Wednesday 1/21: The Duc of St-Simon on Versailles http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/17stsimon.asp

Read for Monday 1/26: Sources book Peter I Decrees (pages 82-5)

Read for Wednesday 1/28: Sources book letter from Galileo to Grand Duchess!!!

Reflection Paper #2 due Wednesday 2/4: Which of the systems of governments discussed in class this week and last week makes the most sense to you in the context of early modern Europe (aka. At that time in history when there was no government yet like we have today)? What were strengths and weaknesses of the examples we talked about in class? What strengths and weaknesses are evident from the readings?

Read for Reflection Paper #3: Sources book "Political Testament" of Frederick II (pages 110-2)

Reflection Paper #3 due Wednesday 11 February: How radical were the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment with their Republic of Letters? Were these really "revolutions" or smaller changes?

For Monday 9 February: Read Madame de Remust on Napoleon: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/remusat-napoleon.asp

Reflection Paper #4 due Friday 20 February: Was Napoleon a product of the French Revolution or a unique phenomenon?

Read for Monday 23 February: Sources book's "Factory Rules in Berlin" pages 151-4

For Reflection Paper #5 for Wednesday 25 February: Was the Industrial Revolution revolutionary for Western Europe? Why, or why not? Use the Berlin factory rules in the Sources book in your answer!!

Reading for Revolutions of 1848 in German States: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848schurz.asp

Reflection Paper #6 for Thursday 19 March: As we’ve discussed in class, patriotism was a new idea in Europe after the French Revolution. Describe how it influenced German unification, Italian unification, and the new Austria-Hungary that came from the Holy Roman Empire. Could any of these events have happened without this new spirit of nationalism (especially nationalism based in cultural pride like pride in language)?

Also, read for Thursday 19 March: Sources book pages 226-231 on World War I

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

Extra Credit: On Monday 16 March, at 7pm at the Altamonte-Springs Campus (Room 120/ Auditorium), attend the talk by Dr. Vincent Intondi about African American opposition to the atomic bomb.

Reflection Paper #7 for Wednesday 25 March: World War One is not remembered in the U.S. the way it is in the rest of the world. Why is it so important to the European countries? Why was it groundbreaking?

Reflection Paper #8 for Wednesday 1 April: What are the key ideas behind fascism, and how might these have encouraged the ideology’s spread? Read pages 235-240 in the Sources book (Mussolini on fascism) to support your notes from class!!

* Western Civ. Two-- Tues./ Thurs. 11-12:15 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Read for Thursday 1/22 : The Duc of St-Simon on Versailles http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/17stsimon.asp

Read for Tuesday 1/27: Sources book Peter I Decrees (pages 82-5)

Read for Thursday 1/29: Sources book letter from Galileo to Grand Duchess!!!

Reflection Paper #2 due Thursday 2/5: Which of the systems of governments discussed in class this week and last week makes the most sense to you in the context of early modern Europe (aka. At that time in history when there was no government yet like we have today)? What were strengths and weaknesses of the examples we talked about in class? What strengths and weaknesses are evident from the readings?

Read for Reflection Paper #3: Sources book "Political Testament" of Frederick II (pages 110-2)

Reflection Paper #3 due Thursday 12 February: How radical were the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment with their Republic of Letters? Were these really "revolutions" or smaller changes?

For Monday 9 February: Read Madame de Remust on Napoleon: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/remusat-napoleon.asp

Reflection Paper #4 due Friday 20 February: Was Napoleon a product of the French Revolution or a unique phenomenon?

Read for Tuesday 24 February: Sources book's "Factory Rules in Berlin" pages 151-4

For Reflection Paper #5 for Thursday 26 February: Was the Industrial Revolution revolutionary for Western Europe? Why, or why not? Use the Berlin factory rules in the Sources book in your answer!

Reading for Revolutions of 1848 in German States: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1848schurz.asp

Reflection Paper #6 for Thursday 19 March: As we’ve discussed in class, patriotism was a new idea in Europe after the French Revolution. Describe how it influenced German unification, Italian unification, and the new Austria-Hungary that came from the Holy Roman Empire. Could any of these events have happened without this new spirit of nationalism (especially nationalism based in cultural pride like pride in language)?

Also, read for Thursday 19 March: Sources book pages 226-231 on World War I

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

Extra Credit: On Monday 16 March, at 7pm at the Altamonte-Springs Campus (Room 120/ Auditorium), attend the talk by Dr. Vincent Intondi about African American opposition to the atomic bomb.

Reflection Paper #7 for Thursday 26 March: World War One is not remembered in the U.S. the way it is in the rest of the world. Why is it so important to the European countries? Why was it groundbreaking?

Reflection Paper #8 for Thursday 2 April: What are the key ideas behind fascism, and how might these have encouraged the ideology’s spread? Read pages 235-240 in the Sources book (Mussolini on fascism) to support your notes from class!!

 * Western Civ. One-- Monday/ Wednesday 9:30-10:45 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Reflection Paper #1 due Wednesday 1/28 (I'll also take them Thursday since I gave the wrong day in class.) Why does Western Civilizations One (essentially European History up to 1600) start with so much talk about ancient civilization in the Middle East and North Africa? Does this make sense to you? Why, or why not? Use facts from the first chapter of the text book or course lecture to back up your opinion!

*Read for Wednesday 1/21: Sources book "Two Visions of the City-States" and Thucydides on Pericles' Funeral.

*Read for Monday 26 January: Sources book (pages 84-8) Arrian on Alexander the Great

*Read for Wednesday 1/28: Sources book "Notices and Graffiti Describe Life in Pompeii"

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great with Michael Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49B4I3Q6fgY

Reflection Paper #2 due Wednesday 2/4: After class lecture/ discussions, the Sources reading, and Michael Woods’ documentary, do you feel Alexander the Great was especially important or not?

Read for Monday 9 February: Tacitus on Germania: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/tacitus1.html (or see Sources text book pages 131-4)

Reflection Paper Three for Wednesday 11 February: In class, we’ve started to talk about the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire under the emperors. Based on what we’ve learned so far, do you believe Ancient Greece had more or less impact than Rome? Why?

Read for Monday 2/16: Sources book pages 161-3 and 184-7 on the emergence of Islamic empires!

Reflection Paper Four due Friday 2/20: Do the Dark Ages deserve to be called "Dark Ages," or were they underestimated by past historians? You can use the following site (featuring goods from the Sutton Hoo burial) as a reference if you choose! http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlights_all_relationships.aspx?Title=The+Sutton+Hoo+ship-burial&ContentType=Article&PageId=23565

Reflection Paper Five due Wednesday 25 February: Explain the impact the Islamic Empires discussed in class had on the formation of European identity. Do you believe they were an important component of Europe’s self-perception then and now? Why or why not?

Reflection Paper Six due Wednesday 4 March: We talked a lot about the importance of towns. Why did they emerge, and why did they matter so much? Use one of the following primary source documents: Town charter http://www.roebuckclasses.com/texts/middleages/prime/chartertownstomer.htm or Magna Carta http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.asp

Reflection Paper Seven due Wednesday 18 March: On Wednesday, we discussed the Medieval Church’s struggle to maintain both temporal and spiritual power through various crises, and on Monday, we talked about the art, architecture, and cultural institutions that show the medieval worldview. Do you think the culture reflected the power struggles? Why, or why not? Use at least one document from the Sources book Chapters 11 and 12 as part of your answer!!!

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

Reflection Paper Eight due Wednesday 25 March: At the beginning of the course, we talked some about how there are debates surrounding what Europe is (common geography, culture, politics?). Based on everything we've studied so far, do you think it makes sense to define Europe as the remnants of the Roman Empire? Why, or why not? How is medieval life like Roman life, and how is it different?

Read for reflection paper nine: Excerpts from Song of Roland http://legacy.fordham.edu/Halsall/source/roland-ext.asp

Reflection Paper #9 due Wednesday 1 April: Describe the ideals of chivalry and knighthood (see the excerpts above for examples). How are these the same and how are these different from the representations of knighthood in the film from class Wednesday (3/25)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOUXxh4XliI

 * Western Civ. One-- Tues./Thurs. 8-9:15 Section:

Awesome Map: http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/

Reflection Paper #1 due Thursday 1/29:  Why does Western Civilizations One (essentially European History up to 1600) start with so much talk about ancient civilization in the Middle East and North Africa? Does this make sense to you? Why, or why not? Use facts from the first chapter of the text book or course lecture to back up your opinion!

*Read for Thursday 1/22: Sources book "Two Visions of the City-States" and Thucydides on Pericles' Funeral.

*Read for Tuesday 27 January: Sources book (pages 84-8) Arrian on Alexander the Great

*Read for Thursday 1/29: Sources book "Notices and Graffiti Describe Life in Pompeii"

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great with Michael Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49B4I3Q6fgY

Reflection Paper #2 due Thursday 2/5: After class lecture/ discussions, the Sources reading, and Michael Woods’ documentary, do you feel Alexander the Great was especially important or not?

Read for Tuesday 10 February: Tacitus on Germania: http://legacy.fordham.edu/halsall/source/tacitus1.html (or see Sources text book pages 131-4)

Reflection Paper Three for Thursday 12 February: In class, we’ve started to talk about the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire under the emperors. Based on what we’ve learned so far, do you believe Ancient Greece had more or less impact than Rome? Why?

Read for Tuesday 2/17: Sources book pages 161-3 and 184-7 on the emergence of Islamic empires!

Reflection Paper Four due Friday 2/20: Do the Dark Ages deserve to be called "Dark Ages," or were they underestimated by past historians? You can use the following site (featuring goods from the Sutton Hoo burial) as a reference if you choose! http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlights_all_relationships.aspx?Title=The+Sutton+Hoo+ship-burial&ContentType=Article&PageId=23565

Reflection Paper Five due Thursday 26 February: Explain the impact the Islamic Empires discussed in class had on the formation of European identity. Do you believe they were an important component of Europe’s self-perception then and now? Why or why not?

Reflection Paper Six due Thursday 5 March: We talked a lot about the importance of towns. Why did they emerge, and why did they matter so much? Use one of the following primary source documents: Town charter http://www.roebuckclasses.com/texts/middleages/prime/chartertownstomer.htm or Magna Carta http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/magnacarta.asp

Reflection Paper Seven due Thursday 19 March: On Thursday, we discussed the Medieval Church’s struggle to maintain both temporal and spiritual power through various crises, and on Tuesday, we talked about the art, architecture, and cultural institutions that show the medieval worldview. Do you think the culture reflected the power struggles? Why, or why not? Use at least one document from the Sources book Chapters 11 and 12 as part of your answer!!!

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

Reflection Paper Eight due Thursday 26 March: At the beginning of the course, we talked some about how there are debates surrounding what Europe is (common geography, culture, politics?). Based on everything we've studied so far, do you think it makes sense to define Europe as the remnants of the Roman Empire? Why, or why not? How is medieval life like Roman life, and how is it different?

Read for reflection paper nine: Excerpts from Song of Roland http://legacy.fordham.edu/Halsall/source/roland-ext.asp

Reflection Paper #9 due Thursday 2 April: Describe the ideals of chivalry and knighthood (see the excerpts above for examples). How are these the same and how are these different from the representations of knighthood in the film from class Thursday (3/26)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOUXxh4XliI

 

* Women, Gender, & Culture (Humanities 2322):

If you want to get a head start for next week (1/27 and 1/29), you're welcome to start reading "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Hemingway : http://www.tarleton.edu/Faculty/sword/Short%20Story/The%20Short%20Happy%20Life%20of%20Francis%20Macomber.pdf

Reflection Paper #1 due Thursday 29 January: How has feminism been a useful concept in the past? Is is still useful today? Why, or why not?  OR   In class, we discussed ideas about gender being determined by nature or nurture. Which do you think has a bigger impact, or are both nature and nurture part of our gender? (This paper will probably be mostly opinion-based!)

Reflection Paper #2 due Thursday 2/5: In the Hemingway short story, the man’s wife encourages him to embrace a really dangerous form of masculinity. Discuss one of the forms of masculinity we talked about in class, and give your opinion of who enforces/ encourages it and why. Do some of these masculinities help society and others hurt it, or are all labels of what should or shouldn’t be “masculine” just holding us back as individuals? You can use Tough Guise to illustrate your point in your argument!

Read for Thursday 12 February: Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott" http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174626

Reflection Paper #3 for Thursday 12 February: We encountered many portraits of women (in both art and literature) created by men. Would it be an oversimplification to say that the women were depicted as almost all either “good girls” (mothers, saints, etc.) or “bad girls” (wild women!)? Many argue that these are the only two “types” shown in the media. Do you agree? Why, or why not? Use examples from class lecture notes.

Reflection Paper #4 for Friday 20 February: Using examples from class of women who produced acceptably “feminine art,” write about whether you believe they were revolutionary women or not. (aka. Did their topics make them people who conformed to what society wanted them to be, or where they just sneakier/ subtler in their efforts to achieve their dreams?)

Read the first three chapters of the Guerrilla Girls text book by Thursday 25 February!!!

Reflection Paper #5 for Thursday 26 February: We spent some time looking at famous muses in history. Discuss what sort of roles these muses often had in art and literature, and name at least one specific example of a muse we discussed in class. Why do you think most muses for artists and authors have been female?

Reflection Paper #6 for Thursday 19 March: How does Kehinde Wiley rebel against gender, race, and class norms in his work? If you need to watch the video again, here's the link: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365311240/

**** Finish reading the Guerrilla Girls text book over the spring break!! (aka. by 19 March)

Reflection Paper #7 for Thursday 26 March: In class, we discussed terms like exploitation, exoticization (one example of which is Orientalism), infantilization, and tokenism.  Using at least one of these terms and one example of art from class, describe how empire and its ideas of race impacted the humanities' views of gender.

Extra Credit: Go see Henry V at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre between February 18- March 22. Tickets, etc. at the following link http://www.orlandoshakes.org/plays-events/henryv.html#.VN0AHi6CiSp You may use your ticket stub or a selfie at the play as proof of attendance.

Reflection Paper #8: Intersectionality and "Woman Hollering Creek" http://www.iaisp.uj.edu.pl/documents/1479490/29437798/Cisneros-Woman-HC-_02_V._Popescu.pdf  How did the main character's identities intersect in order to empower her during the story? (due Thursday 4/2)

MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE:

Answer two of the following with at least 3 paragraphs (they can be small!) for clear intro/ body/ conclusion format!! Exam is open book/ notes.

  1. Discuss someone who you believe typifies a form of masculinity or femininity. Write about the “masculine” or “feminine” traits your person embodies, and compare these traits with at least 2 examples of the same gender as discussed in class or readings.

  2. Compare and contrast what was and what was not considered “appropriately feminine” for early female artists/ authors. Give at least 2 examples of women who played by the rules and women who ignored them!

  3. As we discussed muses, we also discussed some (often dysfunctional) relationships that impacted artists or authors’ creativity. What are some examples of these? What do they say about the impact of society’s gender norms and expectations to influence the creative process?

 

*Handy Hints:

Here's a half-decent site for comma rules since some students have asked for tips: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp