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Fall 2018 Presidential Dream Courses

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After Charlottesville: Race & Nation in American History & Memory

AFAM 4970 and HIST 4970

Karlos Hill, African and African American Studies

Rachel Shelden, Department of History

Janet Ward, Department of History

"After Charlottesville: Race and Nation in American Memory" is an interdisciplinary exploration of race, nation, and memory from the vantage point of American History, African American Studies, European History, and Holocaust Studies. The course will highlight and interrogate the varying (and oftentimes conflicting) memory traditions of Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Of particular importance will be contextualizing contemporary debates about slavery, the Civil War, and its connections with Confederate monuments, battle flags, as well as other symbols. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, and guest speakers, the course will illustrate the difference between history and memory and the ways in which historical memory has been central to conceptions of nation and citizenship.

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France and Haiti in Revolution

France and Haiti in Revolution: Race and the Rights of Man

HIST 3500

Jennifer J. Davis, Department of History

Did the French Declaration of the Rights of Man extend liberty and equality to all men throughout France and its empire, regardless of race? How did Haitians abolish slavery and establish a state dedicated to principles of liberty and equality? What role did race and racism play in debates about citizenship in France and Haiti? What connected these two revolutions that changed modern politics? This course proposes innovative answers to these questions, surveying the relationship between race and civil rights in the Age of Revolutions.

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Numerical Analysis

Numerical Analysis

MATH 4073

Ying Wang, Department of Mathematics

Mathematical models for modern applied sciences and engineering often consist of ordinary and partial differential equations. In most cases these problems do not have a simple explicit solutionand can only be solved numerically. The construction and the accuracy of the numerical computation become vitally important. This Presidential Dream Course will expose the students to the subject through rigorous mathematical approaches.

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