Fall 2007 Course
"From the Cold War the the War on Terror"
Taught by Dr. Deborah Kisatsky of Assumption College
Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
This course will analyze events and trends of American history from 1945
to the present. We will learn about the Cold War — its causes,
and consequences — at home and in the world during the half century
World War II. We will also explore domestic protest during the 1960s
(civil rights, the antiwar movement, feminism, the student movement, and
the counterculture), Lyndon Johnson's Great Society Program, the Vietnam
War, Watergate, the Reagan '80s, the "boom and bust" years of the 1990s,
9/11, the War on Terror, and the ongoing war in Iraq. Along the way we
will explore intersections of class, race, gender, political power, and
popular culture. We will seek to discern transformations in American life
over time, while also identifying historical continuities in the national
experience. Enrolled teachers will study and intensively discuss
historical books, essays, documents, and other sources. Each participant
will deliver one or more presentations dealing with assigned readings, in
addition to writing two interpretive essays and producing a final project
whose purpose is to synthesize course material into an overarching
appreciation of the period.
About the instructor
Dr. Deborah Kisatsky, an associate professor of history at Assumption
College where she has taught since 2001, is one of the leading young
historians of American foreign policy and twentieth-century history.
She did her graduate work at the University of Connecticut and published
her dissertation as The United States and the European Right,
with Ohio State University Press (2005). She is also co-author of the
standard textbook in U.S. diplomatic history, American Foreign
Relations: A History, 2 vols., 6th ed., with Thomas G. Paterson, J.
Garry Clifford, Shane J. Maddock, and Kenneth Hagan (Houghton Mifflin,
2005), with a 7th edition forthcoming in 2008, and of the Brief
Edition, 1st. ed. (2006). She has also written several articles and given papers
at numerous professional conferences.
Due to the nature of the Teaching American History grant, there is only
enough funding to pay for twenty teachers to take each offered
course/institute. Millbury and Sutton are allotted two spots each for each
offering. In the event that either district opts not to utilize one or
both spots for a particular offering, the spot(s) will go back to
Worcester. Since the number of participants in the program is limited,
preference will be given in the following order: people enrolled in the
M.Ed. in History program at Worcester State College, high school teachers
who teach United States History, grade 3 and 5 teachers who teach
Massachusetts/US History, and then other teachers who have applied.
The course is worth 3 graduate credits through Worcester State College.
One additional credit can be earned by completing two of the three
Saturday seminars, bringing the total earned credits for the semester to
4. However, Saturday seminars are also open to teachers who are not
enrolled in the course. The TAH grant will pay for the credits earned by
the participant for each institute, and books and other readings will be
supplied. Accepted participants will receive more information.
Applications are due by June 8, 2007
For more informtaion, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or
Preference will be given to teachers from the
Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other
districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on
a waiting list.
TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars,
and Summer Institutes,