Spring 2011

Back to the Future: A History of Prophecy

Listed in: History, as HIST-84



[c] Does understanding the past help us to predict the future?  We will examine several prominent attempts at prophecy in the past, including works by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Alexis de Tocqueville, Edward Bellamy, and George Kennan.  We will seek to identify the distinguishing characteristics of accurate and inaccurate predictions in the past, then apply what we have learned to our current controversial topics in order to develop our own historically grounded prophecies. This semester our contemporary topics will be: global warming, race, American hegemony, and war. Students will each write a 20-page research paper on an individually chosen topic.  One class meeting per week.     Limited to 15 students.  Not open to first year students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Ellis (Mount Holyoke College).

If Overenrolled: Seniors then juniors given priority.


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011