HIST 797 (02) - Colloquium

Coll/Exiles,Explorers,Envoys

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 10384
Selected topics in American, European, and non-Western history. Required of history majors. Students must elect section in the department office at the time of registration. Prereq: HIST 500. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Full Title:Refugees, Explorers, Diplomatic Envoys, and Students Abroad
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Janet Polasky

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 T 9:10am - 12:00pm HORT 422
Additional Course Details: 

HIST 797 sec. 02  REFUGEES, EXPLORERS, DIPLOMATIC ENVOYS, AND STUDENTS ABROAD

Throughout history, people have traveled. They have crossed oceans and borders. Some had passports, but many did not. After the Second World War countless exiles were “displaced by history,” in the words of one exile, denied “the right to have rights,” in the words of another.  In our seminar we will ask what are the consequence of the UN Declaration of Human Rights that gives us the right to leave but not to enter another country? How have ideas about what we owe “a stranger” changed from the Ancient World to the present?

Topics for exploration range from Diogenes in Ancient Greece who claimed to be a “citizen of the world,” to the Black Loyalists who fled the newly freed United States for Nova Scotia and settled in Sierra Leone, to the first Chinese women who arrived to study abroad in the United States in 1881, to peace envoys currently working in crisis spots across the globe for the United Nations. Soldiers, adventurers, traders, envoys, that is anyone who traveled across a border is a potential research topic, as are those who thought about borders and rights. Course meets the History requirement for Group II.