Class Notes 2 December

Today’s class started off with a couple of announcements. First, on Tuesday at 11am in Kauke Tower, PAT (Pi Alpha Theta) presents the History APEX Fellows. This will allow students to learn about paid opportunities for experiential learning using history skills. Second, Professor Holt wanted to congratulate the class on doing a great job on their Wikipedia articles. Also, your self-evaluation for participation is on Moodle and must be completed. There will be no class on Friday, so students should use this time to continue studying for the final exam. Lastly, the course evaluation is due Friday. If 90% or more are completed, Professor Holt will provide an extra point for everyone’s exams.

After the announcements, Professor Holt asked the class if they have any questions about the final exam. Some quality questions were asked by the students, while Professor Holt also provided the students with information regarding a question she received by email. The question was asked on how to approach the essay question(s). Professor Holt made it clear that you can be “contemporary” in your introduction and conclusion, but your body paragraphs should be specific and contain most of the work in the essay. After discussing the final exam, Alvaro presented us with “Latin America in the News.” His article was about the series of mass protests happening in Colombia. According to Alvaro’s article, the protests started because of the want and need for tax reforms under Ivan Duque’s “moderately conservative” government. After “L.A. in the News,” the class broke up into small groups to discuss the HAP for the day. The class concluded on Professor Holt discussing the HAP and its connection to the class.

There were four historical questions discussed in class. The first question discusses what “new social movements” are? Second, how does this help us understand political activism in Latin America? Third, how revolutionary are these movements and why? Lastly, how can historians evaluate their effectiveness?

The literary work for the day’s HAP was Becker’s “Twentieth Century Social Movements,” specifically chapter ten and eleven. The chapters discussed specific examples of new social movements that have existed since the beginning of the twentieth century. The book discusses social movements that have existed in Latin America throughout history and these chapters connect with the prior movements in some ways, but are unique and original in other ways.

Towards the end of class, we looked over graphs that show the gini coefficient of countries in Latin America. The graph is titled “Comparing Sub-Regional Progress Over Time” and it looks at the gini coefficient from 1993-2013.

The Graph We Looked at During Class:

KH posting for SL (technological difficulties)

History APEX Fellowship Info Session Tuesday 12/3 @11am

Phi Alpha Theta invites you to the History APEX Fellowship Info Session on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am in the Kauke Tower!

Come hear from 2019 History APEX Fellows!  Learn about great opportunities in History and how you can apply for an APEX Fellowship.

Featuring 2019 APEX Fellows:

  • Emily Beuter ’20: National First Ladies’ Library
  • Ingrid Buckley ’20: Southeast Ohio History Center
  • Georgina Tierney ’22: Maine Historical Society

We hope to see you there!

History APEX Fellowship Presentations

Copy of Arpilleras Power Point

I’m posting to share a copy of the images I used in our discussion of Arpilleras.  Here it is: 23 Arpilleras

(Again, this is just one of the options for your primary source analysis: you can also pick a source from Fear in Chile, or the copy of the “Popular Unity Government: Basic Program” from Becker.)

And another copy of the LA Rev Final Exam Study Guide Fall 2019

I look forward to answering your remaining exam prep question on Wednesday!

Interested in the Impeachment? Come Learn More Tuesday 11/19 @7pm

I write to share this announcement from Phi Alpha Theta president Savanna Hitlan:


Dear All,

Hello! I am Savanna Hitlan and I am the President of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the history honors society on campus. I wanted to let you all know about an upcoming event co-hosted by PAT and the Political Science Club.
As many of you know, the U.S., for the fourth time in the history of the nation, is currently beginning trials for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In loom of that, our two clubs have come together to create an event that can help students and faculty alike understand the situation from a historical and political science lens.
Professor Roche (History) and Professor Bas van Doorn (Political Science) have agreed to demonstrate their interpretations of the impeachment trials. They each will give about a six to ten minute synopsis of their points and once both done we will open the floor to any questions that the general audience may have. One person from each of the above clubs will moderate.
If that wasn’t enough, there will also be snacks provided by Spoon.
The event will be held Tuesday, November 19, from 7:00-8:00pm in Kauke 038.
Hope to see you all there!
Thank you,
Have a nice day!

Native American Heritage Month

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with our kickoff event this Thursday, November 7 at 7PM in the Andrews Library Core. Join the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio in learning about native foods and their origins.

Then sit back and relax on November 20 from 11AM to 1PM in the Lowry Pit and enjoy the sounds of Cherokee singer/songwriter Michael Jacobs.

Painful Hope: An Israeli Settler and a Palestinian Activist in Dialogue Thursday 11/7

The Painful Hope: An Israeli Settler and a Palestinian Activist in Dialogue, which is free and open to the public. This event will be held on Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 p.m., in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall.

Shadi Abu Awwad – was born into a family of proud Palestinian leaders who were at the helm of the first Palestinian intifada (uprising). Imbued with a deep hatred for Israelis as a child, his family underwent a major transformation and were among the pioneers who reached across the divide to their Jewish neighbors to work together to create a shared vision for their future. Shadi now builds a new generation of Palestinians and Israelis who can confront problems between their communities while acknowledging each other’s shared humanity.

Hanan Schlesinger – is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and passionate Zionist settler who was profoundly transformed by his friendship and exchanges with local Palestinians.  His understanding and perceptions of the Middle East conflicts, and of Zionism, have been utterly complicated by his introduction to the parallel universe they share.

Please join Shadi and Hanan and hear their personal, interconnected stories and share the groundbreaking and challenging grassroots work of Roots. They bring their deep conviction that understanding, and trust are the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace on the tiny sliver of land they both call home.

Sponsored by: Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, Global and International Studies and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.  Made possible by the Kornfeld Fund.

Dr. Leiby on Surviving in the Heartland: Immigrant Communities in OH Tuesday 11/5 @7pm

Please join us for this month’s Wooster Science Café next Tuesday,  November 5th from 7-8pm. It will be in the Excelsior Room at Spoon Market & Deli (144 W Liberty St, Wooster). Please come early if you would like to get food and eat before the café and you can bring these upstairs to enjoy during the cafe. There will also be light appetizers provided for free by Spoon. We hope you will come early to mingle.

Michele Leiby,  in Political Science at The College of Wooster, will share the results of a community-based research project on the lives of Central American immigrants in rural Ohio. The discussion will include consideration of the factors driving immigration from Central America to the United States and how U.S. immigration policies impact the lives of immigrants.  It will conclude with consideration of evidence-based strategies for effectively advocating for immigrants’ human rights.