History | The Automobile: Economy, Politics, Culture
J300 | 13200 | Madison


Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors

This seminar will combine intensive reading and writing (weekly
essays and a research paper) with thoughtful 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 strong
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 will allow us
to explore past and present.