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AMST 051.001

First Year Seminar: Navigating America

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Willis

12:30-1:45; Murphy 204
51 First-Year Seminar: Navigating America (3). Analyze American journeys and destinations, focusing on how
resources, technology, transportation, and cultural influences have transformed the navigation and
documentation of America. Multimedia documentation of personal journey required.

AMST 055.001

First Year Seminar: Birth and Death in the US

Instructor: Dr. Tim Marr

Graham Memorial 213
This course explores birth and death as essential human rites of passage that are invested with significance by
changing American historical and cultural contexts. Since both events define life events that none of us can
recall or relate with experiential authority, examining them offers powerful insights into how culture mediates
the construction of bodies, social identity, and the meaning of human life. In contrast to the American
historical past, birth and death in contemporary United States are often shrouded behind conventions of
privacy and medical confidentiality, even as the questions they raise are prominent in political discourse. This
seminar uses interdisciplinary learning to expose how different processes of cultural power have shaped these
experiences. Readings and assignments are designed to provoke new and complex understandings of birth
and death by examining the changing anthropological rituals, medical procedures, scientific technologies, and
ethical quandaries surrounding them. We will also explore a variety of representations of birth and death in
literary expression, film, and material culture as well as well as in hospitals, funeral homes, and cemeteries..
This course will encourage you to inquire into issues of importance to you and will empower you to seek out
sources and readings that can assist you to deepen and refine your understanding of American cultural
practices and their development over time.

AMST 060.001

First-Year Seminar: American Indians in History, Law, and Literature

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Cobb

MWF 11:15-12:05 Murphy 104
This research seminar provides a broad grounding in American Indian law, history, and literature through an
exploration of the remarkable life and times of Flathead author, intellectual, and activist DArcy McNickle
(1904-1977). We will read DArcy McNickles novels, short stories, histories, and essays, as well as secondary
works about him. Even better, we will be working with DArcy McNickles diary. Students will have an
opportunity to transcribe, contextualize, and share (probably through digital technologies) what they have
learned about history, law, literature (and much, much more) through his life story.

AMST 089.001

FYS American Indian Art in the 20th Century

Instructor: Dr. Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
MWF 11:15-12:05; Murphy 204
This course examines twentieth century American Indian art though secondary articles, books, a graphic novel,
and art itself. The class sharpens written and verbal communication though in-class discussion, informal, and
formal assignments. Students will hone their visual critical thinking skills as well by examining and analyzing
contemporary American Indian art and representations of Native people.
This course connects American Indian art to vital conversations in American Indian studies such as colonialism,
identity, gender, and tribal sovereignty. We will also address the following questions: How and why does
contemporary traditional and modern come to describe and even categorize art created by Native people
in the twentieth century? How Native people and others have constructed and contested the idea of the
American Indian art? Additionally, we will examine how artists have engaged with and at times resisted the
markets for their work and their influence on Native art.

AMST 089.002

First Year Seminar: Mobility, Cars, NASCAR and the South

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt
MWF 1:25-2:15;
Murphy 204
On July 10, 1949, three female drivers competed at the Daytona Beach Road Course, the second ever NASCAR
event. That same year Victor Green published another volume of his Negro Motorist Green Book, which had
helped African American travelers find friendly places to stay while on the road in the Jim Crow era since 1936.
The Good Roads Movement, begun by enthusiastic bicyclists in the late nineteenth century, made grand plans
for a Dixie Highway taking tourists from Maine to Florida and transforming automobile highways across the US
South. This class will look at the culture, history, memories, and meanings of mobility for a diverse range of
people in southern cultures.

AMST 101.001

The Emergence of Modern America

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Holland
MW 12:20-1:10
Hanes Art 121
Recitation Sections: #601 (R 2:00-2:50); #602 (R 3:30-4:20); #603 (F 11:15-12;05); #604 (F 12:20-1:10)
This course traces major themes in American culture as viewed through history, literature, art, film, music,
politics, and popular culture, from the American Revolution to the present. It is not a comprehensive survey
but rather an examination of the ways in which history and the arts interrelate as the present emerges from
the past. Topics include American diversity, the natural environment, the rise of the cities, social criticism, the
cultural impact of war. Readings consist of primary sources: poetry (Walt Whitman), fiction (Ernest
Hemingway and Tim OBrien), and autobiography (Frederick Douglass and Jane Addams). Each unit will include
the work of an artist or photographer, such as Thomas Cole, Matthew Brady, Jacob Riis, Dorothea Lange.
Topics include the heritage of the American Revolution; slavery, Civil War, and memory; technology and the
environment; writers, film-makers, and artists as social critics.
Students enrolling in AMST 101-001 must also enroll in one recitation section numbered 101-601 through 101604.

AMST 110.001

Intro to Cultures & History of Native North America (HIST 110)

Instructor: Dr. Malinda Maynor-Lowery
MWF 10:10-11:00; Coker 201
Recitation Sections: #601 (F) 11:15-12:05; #602 (F) 12;20-1:10; #603 (F) 9:05-9:55; #604 (R) 3:30-4:20; #605
(R) 5:00-5:50; #606 (F) 10:10-11:00; #607 (F) 11:15-12:05, and #608 (F) 12:20-1:10
An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature,
art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience
AMST 201.001

Literary Approaches to American Studies: Southern Writers

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt
MW 3:35-4:50
Murphy 204
What did nineteenth century tourists to resort hotels across the US South read while they sat on porches or
took the waters? What novels did the Book of the Month Club recommend to readers interested in the US
South as they sipped cocktails in the suburbs in the middle twentieth century? What do writers tell us about
southern cultures through social media and web-based writing today? We will read popular novels and media
about the south, asking questions about the role of writers and their readers in shaping and understanding
American and southern cultures.
AMST 202.001

Historical Approaches to American

Instructor: Dr. Seth Kotch

Murhpy 204
This course invites you to explore American history and culture through the voices of those who lived it.
Moving forward from the slave era to the recent past, you will approach American history through narratives
as expressed in oral histories, original writing, photographs, music, and film. These narratives will introduce
the human voice, and more broadly human expression, into American history and allow you to explore its
major problems, from issues of race, gender, class and other identities; to the influence of memory and
context on our understandings of our history; to the reliability of different versions of the past and how to
evaluate authenticity, reality, and truthshould it existin a historic context.
AMST 234.001

Native American Tribal Studies

Instructor: Dr. Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
MWF 2:20-3:10
Murphy 204
It is possible to gain a comprehensive understanding of American Indian Studies though the lens of one
American Indian nation. This course examines major discussions in the field, through a discussion of the
Kiowa, a Plains Indian nation located in Oklahoma.
The Kiowa play a unique role in American Indian history, literature, and the arts. This class will take an
interdisciplinary approach to explore Kiowa social, cultural, and political life. We will examine Kiowa efforts to
maintain their tribal sovereignty. We will also analyze the role of law policy, gender, and the rise of intertribal
movements like the powwow. To approach these and other issues, students will read a number of articles,
historical documents, and following texts: The Way to Rainy Mountain by Pulitzer Prize winner, N. Scott
Momaday, The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity and Indian Hymns by Luke Lassiter, Clyde Ellis, and Ralph
Kotay, and Kiowa Humanity and the Invasion of the State by Jacki Rand.

AMST 235.001

Native America in the 20th Century (HIST 235)

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Cobb

MW 12:20-1:10
Peabody 104
Recitation Sections: #601 (R 2:090-2:40); #602 (R 3:30-4:20); #603 (F 10:10-11:00); #604 (F 10:10-11:00);
#605 (F 11:15-12:05); #606 (F 12:20-1:10)
The idea that American Indian communities would continue to exist in the year 2000 would have confounded
late nineteenth-century federal policymakers. By that time, the Native population had collapsed, the tribal
land base had been all but destroyed, and the allotment and assimilation juggernaut pledged to Kill the
Indian to Save the Man. At the dawn of the new millennium, however, it was the system of colonial
administrationnot the indigenous peoples subjected to itthat appeared anachronistic. Against terrible
odds and in defiance of dominant expectations, Native communities endured. Twentieth-Century Native
America explores this complex and fascinating story. Readings, lectures, and recitation sections will carry
students across Native America from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. Along the way,
we will engage critically important issues, such as identity construction and contestation, the shifting
meanings of sovereignty and citizenship, and the problems of blood and belonging.
This course is cross-listed with History 235.
AMST 257.001

Melville: Culture and Criticism

Instructor: Dr. Tim Marr

11:00-12:15 Saunders 104
This seminar on Herman Melville examines a creative and deep-thinking nineteenth-century American author
whose works continue to speak with power to readers. We will explore together Melvilles world-embracing
attempts to engage what he called the great Art of Telling Truth through fictional imagination. The course
places Melvilles literary expressions in the biographical and political situations when they were composed as
well as across a spectrum of evolving critical paradigms. We will also examine cultural approaches that assess
Melvilles engagement with gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and the politics of the literary
marketplace. Readings include Typee, Moby-Dick, Pierre, The Piazza Tales, and Billy-Budd, Sailor. There will be
a special project on Melvilles Civil War poems. The course will examine the status of Melville and his work
today, especially Moby-Dick and its characters, as central icons of American memory, as shown in recent
popular culture, film, and art.

AMST 277H.001

Globalization and National Identity

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Willis

Graham Memorial 210
277 Globalization and National Identity (3). Considers the meanings and implications of globalization
especially in relation to identity, nationhood, and America's place in the world.

AMST 290.002

Introduction to American Legal Education

Instructor: Dr. Keith Richotte

Genome G010
This class will afford students the opportunity to learn and engage with how legal education is conducted in
the United States by mimicking the 1L experience, or first year in law school. The class is broken into units
that represent the classes that virtually every law school teaches to its first year class. By the end of the
course, students will have an introductory understanding of some of the major principles in some of the most
prominent areas of law, a greater capacity to think like a lawyer, and a true sense of life as a law student and
a member of the legal profession.
AMST 292.001

Historical Seminar in American Studies

Instructor: Dr. Seth Kotch

11:00-12:15 Murphy 204
Historical Seminar in American Studies: Crime and Punishment uses a variety of sources to explore Americans'
experiences with crime and punishment from the strict laws of the New England Puritans to the newly urgent
conversation about policing in minority communities. Students will use archival material, historical
scholarship, images, film, art, and other sources to encounter rebels, revolutionaries, duelists, brawlers,
gangsters, hobos, yeggmen, cops, robbers, protestors, wardens, mobs, moonshiners, chain gangs, judges,
juries, executioners, and others with an aim to understand American history and culture through the lens of
bad behavior and responses to it.

AMST 365.001

Women and Detective Fiction: From Miss Violet Strange to Veronica Mars
Instructor: Dr. Michelle Robinson
MWF 10:10-11:00 Greenlaw 305
Traces the origins of detective fiction and major developments in the history of the genre with a focus on
women authors and protagonists. Examines literary texts including fiction and film, with close attention to
historical and social contexts and to theoretical arguments relating to popular fiction, genre studies, and

AMST 392.001

Radical Communities in Twentieth Century

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Robinson
MWF 12:20-1:10
Murhpy 204
The goal of this course is to examine some of the radical developments in American religious history from the
turn of the twentieth century to the present. We will consider how the language, ideas, and cultural products
of religious outsiders responded to and influenced mainstream ideas about what American communities could
(and should) look like in terms of gender, race, economics, and faith-based practices. We will closely examine
primary documents (sermons, short stories, documentary films, newspaper articles) by believers and their
critics, secondary sources by historians, and documentary films, in order to think about the challenges these
religious outsiders posed to religious, social, and political institutions in the United States. Our studies may
include the Ghost Dance Religion, Mary Baker Eddys Christian Science, early Pentecostalism, the Catholic
Worker Movement, Nation of Islam, Jim Joness Peoples Temple and other movements.

AMST 486.001

Shalom Yall: The Jewish Experience (JWST 486)

Instructor: Dr. Marcie Ferris

MWF 10:10-11:00 Caldwell 105
This course explores ethnicity in the South and focuses on the experience of Jewish southerners. Since the
arrival of Sephardic Jews in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, southern Jews have blended
their regional identity as Jews and as Southerners. This course explores the braided identity of Jews in the
Souththeir relationships with white and black Gentile southerners, their loyalty to the South as a region, and
their embrace of southern culture through foodways, language, religious observance, and other expressive
forms of culture. The course traces the history of Jewish southerners from the colonial era to the present,
using film, museum exhibits, literature, and material culture as resources. Throughout the course we consider
the question of southern Jewish distinctiveness. Is southern Jewish culture different from Jewish culture in
other regions of the country, and if so, why? Is region a significant factor in American Jewish identity?
Students will explore these issues through class discussion and writing assignments.
This course is cross-listed with JWST 486
AMST 489.001

Writing Material Culture

Instructor: Dr. Bernie Herman
Center for the Study of the American South The Love House 410 E. Franklin Street
Writing material Culture is a reading seminar that examines multiple perspectives that shape the
understanding and interpretation of objects and images of all sorts. Our readings explore the ways in which
material culture can be written and the application of an array of approaches for analysis and writing. Our
readings, however, do not superintend an overview of a field as diverse as its subject matter, but offer
examples of strategies that can be combined and applied to the scrutiny of things. Consider each of our
readings as a critical tool that has a place in an analytical toolbox and recognize that you will constantly add to
your stock of tools. Together, we work on an online occasional, student-edited journal entitled Southern
Things. Each person chooses a "Southern" object and explores its narrative richness over the course of the
semester leading to publication. For an example, see volume 1 from Spring
AMST 510.001

Indian Law and Policy

Instructor: Dr. Keith Richotte

New East 301
This class will engage in an in-depth study of the federal governments legal and political interactions with
tribal nations and peoples from the founding through the present day. Often couched as, the Indian
problem, this class examines how the federal government has sought to solve the problem through
treaties, legislation, litigation, and other political and legal means. By the end of the course, students will have
a thorough understanding of the major policy eras and movements in the field of federal Indian law, the major
pieces of legislation that have defined the field, and the major court cases that have shaped the law, as well as
other political and legal efforts that have defined the relationship between the federal government, the
states, and tribal nations and peoples.


Senior Honors Thesis (ASIA 691H)

Instructor: Dr. Morgan Pietelka
New West 103
This course is cross listed with Asia 691H

AMST 700.001

The History and Practices of American Studies

Instructor: Staff
The History and Practices of American Studies will acquaint students with American Studies as an
interdisciplinary field. A close look at the emergence of the field of American Studies in the 1940s and 1950s
will be followed by considering its expansion into new areas and the self-reflexive evaluation of the field.
Reading will consist of journal articles and books; weekly reflection papers will take the place of a concluding
seminar paper. Visiting faculty members will share insights into new work in fields including American Indian
and Indigenous Studies, Southern Studies, Foodways, Visual Culture, Popular Culture, Music, Ethnography, and
other areas. Graduate students from American Studies are required to take this course in their first semester,
and students from other disciplines are especially invited to join in the conversation.

AMST 850.001

Digital Humanities Practicum

Instructor: Dr. Robert Allen

Greenlaw 431
This course approaches digital humanities through practical experience in a lab setting and seminar-style
reflection upon and discussion of that experience. Administered through the Department of American
Studies, the Digital Innovation Lab shares with it a commitment to public humanities that integrates
community engagement, digital technologies, and inter-disciplinary inquiry; to preparing graduate students to
work effectively in academic and non-academic settings; and to realizing synergies across all areas of academic
practice: research, engaged scholarship, graduate training, and student learning. We also benefit from and
share the departments emphasis on place: the local, the regional, the national, and the trans-national, rooted
in our role as public research university supported by the citizens of North Carolina. Participants will work
with Will Bosley, General Manager, and other staff of the DIL to contribute to ongoing DIL project work and to
augment and expand published projects. In addition to exploring and evaluating a range of digital humanities
tools, they will learn to use DH Press to design and implement digital humanities projects and explore
different ways of visualizing digital humanities data for academic and non-academic audiences. They will gain
valuable experience in developing effective work practices and hone project management and
communication/presentation skills of particular relevance to interdisciplinary, collaborative, public-facing
digital humanities practice. This course counts toward the UNC-CH graduate certificate in digital humanities.
Participants should plan to spend at least one additional hour each week in the lab during business hours
working on small-group projects. Enrollment is limited and is by permission of the instructor. Expressions of
interest should be sent to Professor Robert Allen:

AMST 902.001

Ph.D Research Seminar

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Sawin
Dey Hall 405
Over the course of the semester each student, in consultation with the professor teaching AMST 902 and
his/her advisory committee, will prepare his or her professional portfolio and dissertation proposal. Students
will workshop drafts to assist each other in preparing the most effective portfolios and proposals. The course
will also involve readings and guest speakers to explore approaches to dissertation research and writing;
pedagogy and syllabus design; exhibit design; publishing; and other issues especially relevant to the career
goals of the students in each cohort.

CHER 101

The Cherokee-Speaking World

Instructor: Dr. Ben Frey
Day: MWF
Time: 2:30-3:20
Classroom: Murray G205
01 The Cherokee-Speaking World: "Hadolegwa Tsawonihisdi'i" (3). This course presumes no knowledge of
Cherokee. Students are introduced to basic vocabulary oriented around classroom objects, daily routines,
descriptions of people and objects, and simple narration in the present time. By the end of the course,
students will be able to introduce themselves and others, identify and describe objects and people, discuss ongoing and daily activities, follow simple directions, comprehend and repeat simple narratives, and participate
in rudimentary discussion of themselves and others. This course will introduce the use of the Cherokee
syllabary and will be held in the Cherokee language. Texts and class materials will be provided digitally.

FOLK 77.001

FYS: Poetic Roots of Hip-Hop

11:00-12:15 Wilson 217
There aint nothing new about rapping. Thats what elders from a host of African American communities
declared when hip hop first exploded onto the scene. This new form, they claimed, was just a skilled reworking of poetic forms that had been around for generations. Each elder seemed to point to a different
formsome to the wordplay of rhyming radio deejays, others to the bawdy flow of streetcorner poets, still
others to the rhymed storytelling of sanctified singers. And each was right; elegant rhyming has indeed
marked African American talk for generations. Yet because most such rhyming was spoken, its history remains
hidden. In this seminar, well explore this lost history, searching the historical record to uncover hidden
heritages of African American eloquence, rhymed storytelling, and sharp social critique. Our goal is nothing
short of writing the prehistory of hip hop, by revealing the everyday poetries that, for generations, have
defined what it means to be African American. Towards this end, students will meet with oral poets and hip
hop emcees, and also conduct original archival research, leading to team-based class presentations and
individual papers. Throughout the semester, students will also attend a range of poetic events, thus honing
their skills at hearing and appreciating the eloquence that surrounds us all.

FOLK 202.001

Intro to Folklore (Anth/Engl 202)

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Sawin
MW 9:05-9:55
Gardner 08
Recitation Sections: #601 (R 3:30-4:20); #602 (R 5:00-5:50); #603 (F 10:10-11:00); #604 (F 12:20-1:10)
Folklorists seek to understand how people interpret and make sense of the world. The study of folklore asks
how, in a world flooded with commercial and highly refined cultural products, people use those particular
materials that they themselves create and re-shape in order to express who they are, where they belong, and
what they value. In this course we will look at diverse forms (or genres) of folklore, including song,
architecture, legend, and food. We will consider how vernacular expressive culture is learned, what it does for
people, and why these processes and products persist through time and space. Students will be introduced to
the discipline of Folklores central research methodology, ethnography, and have an opportunity to practice
that approach in individual and group research projects.
This course is cross-listed with ENGL/ANTH 202.
Note: Students enrolling in FOLK 202-001 are also required to enroll in one recitation section numbered FOLK
202-601 through FOLK 202-604.


Oral History/Performance

Instructor: Dr. Della Pollack

11:15-12:05 Murphy 111

FOLK 571

Southern Music (Hist 571)

Instructor: Dr. William Ferris

Alumni 308
This course explores the music of the American South and considers how this music serves as a window on the
regions history and culture. We will first consider the South and how the regions distinctive sense of place
defines music in each generation. From the Mississippi Delta to Harlan County, Kentucky, from small farms to
urban neighborhoods, from the region itself to more distant worlds of the southern diaspora, southern music
chronicles places and the people who live within them.
Our course covers a vast span of southern music and its roots, from ballads to hip hop, with numerous stops
and side-trips along the way. We will examine the differences between bluegrass and country, zydeco and
Cajun, and black and white gospel. We will also study the influences of southern music on American classical
music, art, dance, literature, and food. The class also includes guest speakers and performers. We will listen
to field recordings were made by collectors like Alan Lomax and will consider the impact of these recordings
on contemporary music. We will also view documentary films on southern music and will discuss how these
films enrich our understanding of each musical tradition.

FOLK 790

Public Folklore

Instructor: Dr. Glen Hinson

Graham Memorial 213
This graduate seminar addresses the world of public folklore, exploring theory and praxis in public sector
cultural work. Focusing on the ways that cultural workers (folklorists and others) bring their understandings
to broader publics, and the ways that we can convey these understandings in full collaboration with the
communities being represented, this course explores broad issues of representation, cultural politics, touristic
display, and culturally-based economic development. While so doing, it remains eminently pragmatic,
drawing participants into conversation with public folklorists, inviting them to attend (and assess) public
folklore events, and charting the ways that public cultural outreach translates in the 21 st century. At the
seminars close, each participant will have written a fundable proposal for a public folklore project.
FOLK 850

Approaches to Folklore Theory

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Sawin

Greenlaw 526A
Folklore is not a thing, let alone a single, determinate object. It is, rather, a category of cultural analysis and a way of
looking at our cultural world. It was developed as part of the project of European Modernity and had significantly
different definitions and impacts in succeeding eras. Indeed, the problem with folklore (in the sense of both a
practical challenge and a fascinating intellectual question) is that folklore is taken to stand for so many different partially
overlapping or even contradictory objects. What, then, might it mean or entail to study folklore in the 21st century? This
graduate seminar is designed to do three things. First, the readings provide one relatively systematic overview of many
of the major issues and perspectives that have characterized the study of folklore over the past two centuries and more.
Second, written work will require students to apply selected theories to bodies of data in order to understand the
continuous process whereby theory illuminates data and data inform new theory. Third and perhaps most importantly,
our discussion is intended to model a way of thinking historically about the discipline, recognizing how definitions of the
folk and folklore and consequent ideas about the social role of folklore and what questions one might productively ask
of such material have emerged from the political and social developments of various periods. Students challenge will be
to use this perspective to develop a form of folklore study that responds progressively to the realities of the global
culture in which we now operate.
JWST 697.001

Looking Jewish (JWST 697)

Instructor: Dr. Marcie Ferris

Center for the Study of the American South Board Room
'Looking Jewish: Material Culture of Jewish America (RELI 697/JWST 697: Capstone Course in Jewish
Studies), Marcie Cohen Ferris, Fall 2015: This upper-level seminar examines the Jewish experience in America
from the late nineteenth century to the present through the lens of material culture, popular culture, and
visual culture. We consider both the communal Jewish body---its architecture and aesthetics in public and
private spaces---and the human body---the role of clothing, wigs, tattoos, adornment, and religious ritual as a
performance of American Jewish identity. Jewish consumer culture and mass consumption are central to this
study of American Jewish life, including Jewish summer camps, retirement centers, cemeteries, and how Israel
is consumed by American Jews. Well examine the narratives and symbolic meaning of ordinary and sacred
artifacts of American Jewish life, from food to tchotchkes to synagogues and sacramental objects. Students
will also analyze the material displays of American Jewishness in theater, television, film, and digital
sites. Finally, memory and memorial are critical topics of discussion, including the American reverberations
created by contemporary negotiations and trials surrounding the looted art and treasures confiscated by the
Nazis from European Jewish families during World War II. 12 student seminar; meets weekly 2.5 hours.