Five College Consortium

Global Valley

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Subject Name: 
American Studies
Course Number: 
111
Institution: 
Amherst College

Drawing on a wide range of primary materials, and taking advantage of the ease of visiting the sites of many of the topics we study, this course offers an introduction to American Studies through an exploration of the Connecticut River Valley that stresses both the fascination of detailed local history and the economic, political, social, and cultural networks that tie this place to the world. Topics may include conflicts and accommodations between Native peoples and English settlers; changing uses of land and resources; seventeenth-century witchcraft trials; the American Revolution and Shays rebellion; religious revivalism of the Great Awakening; abolitionist and other nineteenth- century reform movements; tourism and the scenic including Thomas Cole's famous painting of the oxbow; immigration, industrialization and deindustrialization, especially in the cities of Holyoke and Springfield; educational institutions and innovations; the cold war, the reach of the "military industrial complex" into local educational institutions, and "the bunker"; the sanctuary movement; feminist and gay activism; present environmental, mass incarceration, and other social equity issues; and of course, Emily Dickinson's poetry.


Limited to 20 students per section. Admission by consent of the instructor.  Fall semester.  Professors Brooks and Sánchez-Eppler.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
AMST-111-01-1718F

Course Sections

Global Valley
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Lisa Brooks lbrooks@amherst.edu TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM WEBS 220