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Post by Admin on Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:34 am

I want to restart the discussion about next year's topic. Here are my original thoughts:

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Subject: Re: NJSP - message from John Sauerman re selecting a new topic for the 2016 program

Here's my pitch on WW I. I think this is a gold mine. I might have to retire just to attend all the lectures.

History
UK-Germany Arms Race
European Interlocking Treaties
Colonialism
American Ascendancy on the Global Stage
Immigration (as a side topic - we certainly have the expertise here)
Titanic and Lusitania

Arts
Ragtime and the Birth of Jazz
Late Romantic Music Becomes Early Modern
Beau Arts Architecture
Cubism

Science
General Relativity
The Work of Marie Curie
Continental Drift
Genes and Chromosomes

Literature
Dos Passos
Edith Wharton
F. Scott Fitzgerald
James Joyce
D. H. lawrence

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Post by Admin on Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:35 am

The talk of the Great War provoked a few ideas in me:

"Berlin"
"Paris"
"Berlin and Paris"



From: John Sauerman <jsauerman@lawrenceville.org>
To: William Westerman <westerman22@gmail.com>,
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Date: 03/31/2015 01:34 PM
Subject: Re: NJSP - message from John Sauerman re selecting a new topic for the 2016 program



Bill--Absolutely! I just mentioned Ken's idea as an example. The choices are totally open.
John

On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:41 PM, William Westerman <westerman22@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi All,

I just want to say I have been working on several ideas as well, so with all due respect to Ken, I don't want to rush to a decision before we evaluate some other proposals.

Bill

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Gives context to Lawrence of Arabia as well.

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Date: 03/31/2015 09:21 AM
Subject: Re: NJSP - message from John Sauerman re selecting a new topic for the 2016 program




I strongly support the proposal - it is timely in all sorts of ways, as Steve, Ken and John say. I would make a pitch for the history side to look east and south as much as possible - its consequences for Russia, the Balkans, Middle East and Africa. People often forget that the war ended because Moroccan Spahi cavalry, in service of the French, broke the Macedonian front and forced Bulgaria to surrender, which in turn drove Germany and Austria to sue for peace.

Kieran

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Subject: RE: NJSP - message from John Sauerman re selecting a new topic for the 2016 program

I think what is interesting are the parallels to current issues facing Europe today as it continues to contain local conflicts among its diverse constituents and seeks to avoid broader conflicts, as well as its changing relationship with the US.

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To: NJ Scholars
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Subject: Re: NJSP - message from John Sauerman re selecting a new topic for the 2016 program

Here's my pitch on WW I. I think this is a gold mine. I might have to retire just to attend all the lectures.

History
UK-Germany Arms Race
European Interlocking Treaties
Colonialism
American Ascendancy on the Global Stage
Immigration (as a side topic - we certainly have the expertise here)
Titanic and Lusitania

Arts
Ragtime and the Birth of Jazz
Late Romantic Music Becomes Early Modern
Beau Arts Architecture
Cubism

Science
General Relativity
The Work of Marie Curie
Continental Drift
Genes and Chromosomes

Literature
Dos Passos
Edith Wharton
F. Scott Fitzgerald
James Joyce
D. H. lawrence


On Mar 31, 2015, at 10:05 AM, NJ Scholars <njsp@lawrenceville.org> wrote:
To the NJSP Board:

First of all, as some of you know, we had a great Friday and Saturday

interviewing the semi-finalists and coming up with the final 2015 NJSP roster. Thanks so to all who could help. It's an amazing group in terms of their acumen and their diversity (geographic, ethnic/racial and socio/economic).

One note in preparation for the spring board meeting. We need to begin thinking about the 2016 program's topic and get the discussion going on that subject. Please turn that issue over in your minds in the coming weeks. We don't have to finalize in May, but we do in July. Think in terms of what is topical AND interdisciplinary. For example, Ken Abbott talked to me about a trans-Atlantic WWI era subject, given the present 100th anniversary years--clearly fits both criteria. Just one idea, so let's enrich the discussion.

Yours,

John


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Post by Kieran Williams on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:29 pm

I support the World War I topic for the next program, and after our last meeting a couple of possible topics occurred to me for 2018 or beyond. I know they'll seem far-fetched, but I'll throw them out there anyway:

1. Someone in the last meeting mentioned privacy; I would fold that into a broader coverage of surveillance, intelligence and spying. I actually teach a college-level course on this and it can be done in a critical and academically demanding but also very enjoyable way (some of the classes are devoted to intelligence-analysis simulation games). I find that college students are very interested in the history as well as the current (post-2001) issues, and it certainly has a tie-in to the arts (film and literature) and potential comparative dimensions (not just focusing on how the US does it). The biggest pitfall would be making sure that it does not appeal only to high school boys who like James Bond movies.

2. "The Shock of the Seventies" - reassessing the way in which today's world is the product of the 1970s (and for the record, this idea occurred to me before I learned that CNN was running a series about it; the episodes I have seen so far only get to a small part of the picture). The Sixties get all the hype, but I tell my students that the Seventies were far more important in shaping national and international politics, economics, and culture. There is a burgeoning literature on this, ranging from studies of the women's and gay-rights movements to domestic terrorism and the conservative backlash to the groundbreaking depiction of issues in films and TV comedies (the CNN series was good on the TV aspect, but only scratched the surface).

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Re: NSJP Topic for 2016-2017

Post by Bill Westerman on Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:14 pm

About World War I, I think it's a great idea. I know we tend to allow the faculty to set their own curriculum, but I would also add the World War I poets to the literature seminar as well as great literature about World War I, during and after - from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and All Quiet on the Western Front, to Regeneration. I would suggest the Art seminar include Film and Photography. And for science I would say that the development of flight, as well as weapons, were significantly connected to the War.

Of the ideas I suggested at the meeting, I would love to make a further pitch for two of those, keeping in mind that for personal reasons, they might be better for me personally for 2018-2019 (acknowledging the extent to which I'm not a disinterested party, and I'm biased in proposing topics). One of them is The War in Southeast Asia (just as WWI would correspond with a 100th anniversary of the war, so would a Southeast Asia war topic correspond with 50 years since 1968), which could include history, literature, art/film, and anthropology/sociology (I'll be developing a course on the anthropology and sociology of the war at NJCU in 2016). By the way, in response to Kieran's point, this topic could stretch well into the 1970s, given the bombing of Cambodia and Laos, the withdrawal from Vietnam, the fall of Saigon, and the Khmer Rouge and its aftermath. Just as you say "the Sixties get all the hype," so too does Vietnam get all the hype, while so much happened in Cambodia and Laos and in the 1970s that affected millions of people.

The other is Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples in a Globalizing World. I've been surprised, just in our discussions of the Inuit and Inupiat in the climate change seminar that most of the students have very rudimentary knowledge at best of Native American culture and history, and that this would make a fascinating complement to both the immigration and climate change seminars. We could take on issues of history and genocide, cultural diversity and language death, native science and epistemology, oral and written literature, religion, music and art, environmental and economic policy and development, focusing perhaps on Native peoples of the Americas, but also putting them in the context of larger movements for survival of native and tribal peoples worldwide. I could envision seminars in history, literature, anthropology, and religion, but I'm sure other configurations would be possible.

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