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The Spring 2023 graduate experience is one that will leave students with a broader understanding of the historical practices of the United States and more. Dr. Hunter will be offering HIS 502 Public History Colloquium. Since the early-1980s, HIS 502 has served as the foundation for graduate public history study at UIS, with readings focused on theories, methods, and case studies of public history. Throughout the semester, several practicing public historians and UIS alumni will join the course for a view from the field. Dr. Hunter will also be offering HIS 505 Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management every Tuesday. This public history topics course centers on the theory and practice of using the built environment as a source of historical interpretation. For final projects, students will revise and expand listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Dr. Shapinsky will be taking over this semester’s HIS 510, Graduate Readings Seminar and will be delving into the history of Japanese Pirates. This seminar takes up the topic of Japan’s pasts as a case study for thinking about how transnational populations, structures, and forces cause us to rethink how we do history.  Dr. Shapinsky’s course poses the question: Since its inception as a profession, the discipline of history has been focused on nation-states as its core unit of analysis. However, what do the histories of countries look like from the periphery, from borderlands regions terrestrial and maritime? 

old nautical map of a portion of Asia

The Spring 2023 offers a worldly selection of courses for students to better contemplate the practice of history and historiography. Courses offered to Graduate students are as follows:

  • HIS 502 Public History Colloquium, Dr. Hunter M 6:00-9:30
  • HIS 505 Historic Preservation, Dr. Hunter T 6:00-9:30
  • HIS 510 Grad Reading Seminar: Japanese Pirates, Dr. Shapinsky W 6:00-9:30

See you in the seminar room!