GHIST 150 Professor H. GelfandCross-Cultural Exchanges in Recent Global HistoryFall Semester 2014 Mondays/ Wednesdays/Fridays, 11:15-12:05 2036 Duke Office:211MauryEmail:[email protected]Office Hours:Tuesdays, 1:50-3:50, and by appointment Telephone:540.568.4765 (during office hours only)Overview: This course is an overview of major topics in the global community since1900 as seen through the lens of journeys and cross-cultural exchanges. Our seminarformat will allow us to discuss and debate issues, authors’ interpretations, the meansby which historians gather and analyze facts, the means by which academics in fieldsother than history contribute to our understanding of the past, and what greatertruths we can derive about the human condition and the human experience. Ourreadings include books, letters and journal entries, scholarly articles, radio andtelevision interviews, courtroom testimonies, speeches and addresses, films,journalistic pieces, television documentaries, autobiographical pieces, book reviews,photographs, film reviews, and federal agency and international agency internet sites.This will allow us not only to consider the information contained therein, but also toassess the values, uses, and shortcomings of these different types of mediums andsources.Although it is impossible to cover every culture and every issue, we will explorepeoples and cultures in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia andOceania, and Europe. Our readings cover the topics of theories of: history, culture,and travel; anthropological studies of pre-literate societies; refugees; the relationshipof humans to the natural world; genocide; communicable disease; art and themeaning of its various forms; tourism and ecotourism; nuclear weapons; food;mountain climbing and trekking; dancing and music; and theology. These topics,however, will permit us to explore much broader and diverse issues: nationalism;philosophy and religion; diversity or uniformity of cultures and nationalities; opennessto other cultures and prejudice; forced migration; economically-induced migration;border issues; animals and efforts to save them and their habitats; climate change-induced migration; post-colonial assistance to native peoples; cultural identity ofnative peoples; organized mass murder; global and local-scale conflicts and wars;scientific and medical development; disease prevention and responsible sexualbehavior; global environmental change; water resources; pollution; humanoverpopulation; poverty; tourism and sustenance of native peoples; war memorialsand national identities; sports and athletics; radicalism and challenges to political andeconomic systems; effects of nuclear weapons; social and political issues in popularcinema; attempts at de-nuclearization and anti-war efforts; food as cultural exchange;availability of food and starvation; music and dance as cultural exchanges and culturalinfluences; and ideas on human cooperation and peace.