American Others: Understandings and Impasses in the New World

In this course, we will look at how the peoples of the New World—especially the Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans—have come together uneasily to meet, meld, and make this New World. We’ll examine movies, stories, and music and—as we let communities speak for themselves through these media—we’ll learn how to listen despite significant differences. We will trace differing values and identities, loosely and with care. We will proceed with a hopeful eye on compassionate outcomes, considering how to realize ideal understandings, and how cultures like ours emerge when things go…otherwise.