Honors | The Automobile: Economy, Politics, Culture (LAMP)
L216 | 11722 | James Madison


This L216 seminar will combine intensive reading and writing with
weekly discussion.  The central focus of our work will be the
automobile, but we will often use that subject as a platform to
think widely across decades of time and around the world.  The
seminar will have a historical orientation but will provide abundant
opportunity to think about the present and speculate on the future.
We’ll study issues of technology and culture, of working men and
women, of race and gender, of cities and streets, of backseat sex
and rock and roll, of interstate highways, environmental challenges,
oil supplies, government regulation, and other topics that might
lead to the conclusion that contained in the past and present of the
automobile is just about all there is to know about business and