During this divisive time, we are facing impassioned and often noisy discussions about what it means to be an American and whose country is it, anyway? In this course, we’ll look at the idea of American citizenship from the colonial times and early Republic through to the modern era. We will walk about American history and culture, but we’ll also have a chance to reflect and reconsider our own personal notions of being Americans. Topics will include the American nation seen by the founders and visitors, the making, breaking and remaking of America, race immigration and hyphenated identity, society and the individual.
GROUP LEADER: Karl Hakkarainen is the WISE 2nd Vice President and technology advisor to WISE. He has taught WISE courses on learning and technology, intellectual property, the news business, social networks, music and radio.
BOOKS (required): Articles may be found online and will be available from the instructor before class begins.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609