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    Presidency of Andrew Jackson

    Arizona State University professor Jonathan Barth talked about the rise of Andrew Jackson and his presidency. He focused on Jackson’s clashes with Whig party members such as Henry Clay and Daniel…

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    Psychiatry in the Mid-20th Century

    Professor Naoko Wake talked about the field of psychiatry in the mid-20th century. She spoke about emerging theories and treatments for mental illness during and after World War II. She also…

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    Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

    Professor Maurice Jackson talked about the philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, an influential African-American sociologist, author, and civil rights activist in late-19th and early 20th…

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    Women Journalists at the Turn of the 20th Century

    Iowa State University professor Tracy Lucht talked about women journalists in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. She described the careers of some pioneers, such as Nellie Bly and…

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    1870s Moonshine Wars in Appalachia

    Professor Bruce Stewart talked about how the national perception of the Appalachian region and its people was formed in the late 1800s. He described how journalists known as “local color” writers…

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    Colonial America, Race, and the Origins of Country Music

    Professor Cotten Seiler talked about the emerging definitions of whiteness and blackness in Colonial America and how it impacted the origins of country music. He described how 17th century…

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    Twentieth-Century White Supremacist Groups

    Professor George Michael talked about white supremacist groups in the mid to late-twentieth century. He described the difference between white supremacist and white separatist groups and…

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    U.S. Refugee Policy Since World War II

    Professor Maria Cristina Garcia talked about the United States' refugee policy since World War II. She spoke about qualifications to be a refugee and how those have changed as well as…

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    Coroners in the 19th Century South

    Professor Stephen Berry talked about coroners in the 19th century South. He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner…

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    Sport and Race in the 1980s

    Matthew Andrews talked about how the racial tensions of the 1980s were reflected in the sports of the era, particularly when white and black athletes faced off in boxing matches and…

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    Emergence of Modern Advertising

    Katarina Keane talked about how modern advertising, with executives, brand slogans, and product packaging, emerged in the early 20th century. She described the evolution of advertising and…

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    California Gold Rush

    Professor Patrick Allitt talked about the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. He described how people got there, the physical geography of the area, and the evolving technology used to…

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    World War II and Civil Rights

    Professor Jill Ogline Titus taught a class on World War II and its impact on civil rights. She talked about racial conflicts over housing, voting rights, and integrating work places and the…

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    Native American History

    Professor Colin Calloway talked about Native American history from the Colonial era through westward expansion. He spoke about how tribes operated as separate nations, both in their…

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    Sea Power During World War I

    Professor Chuck Steele talked about the role of sea power during World War I. He spoke about the state of the British Grand Fleet and the activity of German submarines prior to the U.S.…

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    Indian Claims Commission

    Professor Gregory Smoak talked about the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial panel created in 1946 for relations between the U.S. government and Native American tribes. It was established under the…

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    Westward Expansion and Native Americans

    Professor Joseph Genetin-Pilawa spoke about post-Civil War westward expansion, and how it affected Native Americans and federal Indian policy. He argued that during the Reconstruction era,…

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    Origins of the Gay Rights Movement

    Professor Chad Heap talked about the origins of the gay rights movement. He described how participants found common ground with communists, the Black Power movement, anti-war protesters,…

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    America's Cold War Refugee Policy

    Professor Gunther Peck talked about America’s immigration policy toward refugees during the Cold War. He described how people fleeing communist countries, such as Cuba, were given easier…

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    People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas

    Professor emeritus John Demos led a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. He explored how Indian, European, and African populations converged and exchanged…

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