Classes

HIST 2006: Readings in Native American and Indigenous Studies: Seminar

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Philip Deloria

Wednesday, 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

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This course offers a survey of the historiography of Native American and Indigenous Studies.  Centered on six themes—Power and the Middle Ground, Borderlands, Settler Colonialism and Sovereignty, Race and Slavery, Modernity and Futurity, and Global and Comparative Indigeneity—the...

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HIST 1028: Race, Capitalism, and the Coming of the Civil War

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Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Walter Johnson

Tues & Thurs, 12 pm - 1:15 pm 

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This course treats the history of the 19th-century US and the Civil War in light of the history of US imperialism, especially the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the illegal invasions of Cuba and Nicaragua in the 1850s. Likewise, it relates the history of slavery in...

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DPI 385M: Race and Racism in the Making of the United States as a Global Power

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Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Khalil Muhammed

Monday, 3 pm - 4:15 pm

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This course is a core requirement for all MPP students. No other students are allowed to enroll at this time. The course is in response to longstanding efforts by HKS students, and most recently, the HKS Equity Coalition, to insist that understanding race and racism and their intersecting forms of...

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HIST-LIT 90ES: Prison Abolition

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Thomas Dichter

Wednesday, 12 pm - 2:45 pm
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Is prison abolition a serious proposal, an aspirational ideal, a trendy slogan, or a blueprint for social transformation? This interdisciplinary and community-engaged course situates the prison abolition movement in deep historical context and explores its current relation to the politics of criminal justice reform. We will study the movement’s...

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ANTHRO 1182: People of the Sun: The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor, Dr. Jennifer Carballo

Monday, Wednesday 12-1:15pm

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This course provides a broad overview of the archaeology of ancient Mexico and Central America, focusing on the Indigenous cultures of highland Mexico such as the Aztecs and Zapotecs, as well as their predecessors and contemporary descendants. Anthropology 1182 is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation...

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HISTSCI 1334: Nature on Display

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Janet Browne

Tuesday 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM; Thursday 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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Lecture course for undergraduates. This course aims to unpack human ideas about the concept of “nature”. We shall include indigenous ways of thought whenever possible. We concentrate on the way that "nature" is displayed in museums, zoos, botanic gardens, film, national parks, etc. ranging from the 17th century to the...

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HIST-LIT 90EI: Islam in Early America

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Arianne Sedef Urus

Wednesday, 9:45 am - 11:45 am

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Muslims first arrived on the shores of the Americas at the turn of the sixteenth century, yet their long history in the western hemisphere has been largely forgotten. For centuries Islam was the second-most widely practiced monotheistic religion in the Americas, after Catholicism; some Muslims came from Spain to escape persecution at the...

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ENGLISH 90HP: Harvard and the Puritans in Native America

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Professor Alan Niles

Wednesday 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM

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Harvard’s still governing 1650 charter states the institution’s mission is “the education of English and Indian youth.” What were the ideas about race, culture, and colonialism that made such an idea possible? What was life like for the early Native American students who studied at Harvard, and what happened to the founding idea of a multiracial...

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STU 1121: First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

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First Semester Core Urban Planning Studio introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and technical skills used by urban planners to research, analyze, create and implement plans and projects for the built environment. The studio operates in conjunction with VIS-2129: Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment, which introduces students to the theoretical underpinnings and spatial analysis of representational...

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Expository Writing 20: Wastelands

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

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Wastelands

The impenetrable wilderness of The Revenant, the diseased streets of Children of Men, the trash heap cities of Wall-E—these are the wastelands that fascinate our pop culture. On the screen, they come to life as horrifying alternate universes and dead civilizations—the very fates we must avoid at all costs. And yet wastelands are not exclusively the stuff...

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SPANSH 147: Decolonial Views, Decolonial Practices: Indigeneity and Protest in Latin America and the Caribbean

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

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The resignation of Ricardo Rosselló—former governor of Puerto Rico— in 2019 was in due in part, but not exclusively, to the Colectivo Feminista en Construcción and its tactics of Black feminist decolonial methodologies. This course investigates the ruptures and interruptions of decoloniality, as theory and as praxis, deployed by non-indigenous and indigenous peoples. We aim to understand the nuances and problematizations that...

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EDU T002: Critical Race Theory in Education

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Fall

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2021

Semester: Fall

Offered: 2021

This course focuses on the epistemological, methodological, and pedagogical uses of critical race theory (CRT) in the examination and deconstruction of race-based educational disparities and inequalities in K-12 and postsecondary education. The overarching goals of the course will be to examine the utility of CRT as a theoretical framework in (1) interrogating the factors that cause racial educational disparities; (2) exploring why inequalities exist and persist; and (3) determining sustainable remedies to these disparities and...

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HISTSCI 123CS Starstruck! The History, Culture, and Politics of American Astronomy

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2021

Sara Schechner
Tuesdays, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

This hands-on course will introduce key episodes and issues in the history of American astronomy by close looking at rare early scientific instruments and tangible objects in Harvard collections.  Starting with the story of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and a sundial, the course will move from colonial relations with Native Americans to the controversial placement of observatories on sacred mountaintops today.  In between, we will discuss the roles of religion, politics, science, and culture in the...

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SES 5374 Community Development: History, Theory, and Imaginative Practice

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Lily Song
Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 11:59 AM ET

Community development is a heterogeneous and contested field of planning thought and practice. The profession has generally prioritized people and places that are disproportionately burdened by capitalist urbanization and development. In the US, the dominant focus has been on personal or group development and widening access to opportunities, with a growing reliance on market incentives to deliver housing options and spur economic development. Yet for many communities at the margins, development has rather connoted practices of...

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IGA 105 International Law and Global Justice

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Kathryn Sinkkink
Mondays/Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM ET

Can international law be a tool for promoting global justice? We will explore whether international criminal accountability for mass atrocity can deter human rights violations and satisfy victims.  Should reparations be given for slavery?  Can environmental law help reduce climate change and provide justice for climate refugees? Can trade law contribute to a fairer and more equitable trade system? Could better international health law mitigate a future crisis like COVID-19?  We will use a global...

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