Uses of the Past - The Myth of The Frontier

CLLC-L 220 / CLASS 32134 — Spring 2022

Foster Martin 012B
Days and Times
Tu/Th 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Settler colonialism is not only a historical phenomenon, it is also an ongoing political, cultural, social, and racial reality in contemporary society. To strip away the exceptionalist narrative of how the United States became a nation, this course compares the United States to two other British settler colonies: Australia and Canada. In a thematic exploration, it will trace the shared settler colonial ideas all three sites used to dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands and justify their rule. This course will also expose students to different groups’ experiences living within these settler colonial spaces. Students will examine a variety of sources such as literature, art, and film, along with field trips including the Lilly Library. Throughout the semester, students will work on a miniature museum exhibit on a settler colonial topic of their choosing. Other assignments include a film review and field trip reflection, along with weekly reading responses.

Instructor: Laura Merrell

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)