This colloquium has three purposes: first, it is designed for M.A. students preparing to write a thesis. To this end, we shall meet several times in small individual sessions to discuss students’ ... read more
This colloquium has three purposes: first, it is designed for M.A. students preparing to write a thesis. To this end, we shall meet several times in small individual sessions to discuss students’ research projects, theory and methodology. Second, it offers graduate students, ABDs and postgraduates the opportunity to discuss their research and ideas related to North American history. Third, it features a diverse number of guest speakers presenting their own research. In sum, we will discuss new research trends, topics, publications, and career trajectories while also welcoming outside speakers in class. All students interested in North American history and related fields are welcome.
Procedure: Students will meet with the instructor to discuss their thesis ideas. For select sessions, students will meet with visiting speakers individually for tea prior to a session to ask questions relating to their career and their research interest.
Course requirements: Active and regular participation in class (no “sit-ins”); be familiar with, and ready to discuss, required readings for class; introduction of individual guest speakers, online and in-class presentation of questions and research proposal. Writing assignments are obligatory. For introductory reading, I recommend Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).