To get you excited for the next year’s NTC program, we will post the seminar descriptions on our blog as they are finalized. So far, we have 3 seminars topics ready to share with you. Leave a comment, and let us know what you think.
Shakespeare’s Language in Context: Its History, Originality, and Legacy
Edward Wheatley, Loyola
This seminar will analyze aspects of Shakespeare’s language that add depth to modern readers’ understanding of the Bard. Participants will examine some of the linguistic and external history that made Elizabethan English an important transitional phase of the language, and they will learn about the pedagogical value of some aspects of the language that are usually unavailable to students, such as original spellings and the revived Early Modern English pronunciation used in some productions at London’s Globe Theatre. The session will conclude with an examination of Shakespeare’s contributions to modern English. Discussions will generally focus on language in the Shakespeare texts that are taught most frequently in high schools: Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a few sonnets.
History of Your Students’ Lifetimes
Dr. Robert Johnston, UIC
Students love, and arguably deserve, having their own lifetimes placed in historical context. And while some call such attempts to place the current moment in historical context mere journalism, scholars have already done quite sophisticated work on events such as the financial crisis, Barack Obama, the Tea Party, current, vaccination struggles, and public sector labor conflicts. In this seminar, participants will explore some of this work, and some of these contemporary issues, as well as try to figure out how these issues fit into an already over-burdened curriculum.
Origins of the Cold War
Dr. Eugene Beiriger, DePaul
After the US entry into the first world war and the Bolshevik revolution-both in 1917-the two emerging superpowers set aside their mutual antagonisms to battler Hitler’s Third Reich in 1941. Their wartime collaboration turned into postwar rivalry which defined international relations for the next half century. We will examine the ideological and geopolitical origins of the cold war, with emphasis on the historical interpretations of these origins. From wartime tensions over supply and the “second front” to postwar frictions over the peace and emerging (and conflicting) spheres of interest, domestic political, economic, social-cultural, as well as diplomatic and strategic factors will be examined. US, Soviet, and European texts and interpretations will be assessed.