Office hours: Wednesday: 6.15-7.15 (or by appt.)
Wednesdays at 4.15pm
This class is designed to enable you to complete the seminar paper you began in the fall. By the end of the semester, you should know how to: 1) conduct and analyze primary and secondary sources; 2) construct a coherent historical argument rooted in original research; 3) cite sources correctly in footnotes and their bibliography; 4) criticize and revise your own work and that of others; 5) weigh different kinds of evidence; and 6) produce a potentially publishable paper. The class will conclude with a 20-minute presentation of your paper, which will be followed by commentary and questions from your peers. (This is meant to replicate what it is like to present one’s work at an academic conference.)
While we will not meet as a group each week, I will expect to be in touch with you on a regular basis; research logs (to be sent each Sunday night) are due each week, outlining the progress you made in the previous seven days. If it seems necessary to meet as a group more often than the schedule below indicates, I will set up a meeting (or meetings) at our regular Wednesday time. Currently, dates with an asterisk are those we will meet as a group.
*January 29 Discussion of each project: What is the central question of the paper, why is it significant, and how do you intend to answer it? (10 minutes each)
*February 5 Primary material. Each student will share a key primary source with the class and explain its significance in the context of the paper (10 minutes each). 2-page precis due
February 12 GC closed
February 19 Research Day
February 26 Research Day
Bibliography due via e-mail, 26 Feb. (should include primary and secondary material).
*March 5 Historiography: consideration of how your work fits into the literature (or how it does not).
Each student will share a journal article or comparable secondary source with the class and explain its significance in the context of the paper (10 minutes each).
March 12 Research Day
*March 19 Introductions (approx. 5 pages) and detailed outline due by 15 March.
Peer critique in class.
Mar. 26 Research Day
Apr. 2 Research Day
Apr. 9 Research Day
April 23 Research Day
Note: If you would like to submit a draft of your paper (it’s optional) to me, you should do so by April 23.
*April 30 Presentations (last names T-W): 20 minutes each
*May 7 Presentations (last names K-O): 20 minutes each
*May 14 Presentations (last names A-B): 20 minutes each
May 21 ** Papers due by 5.00pm **