HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 002 Nomads and Gypsies
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Nomads are wanderers who are never away from home. The open sky is their backyard; the tent is a house which travels wherever they do. The nomadic way of life, rather than something exotic and on the margins of “civilization,” strikes a deep chord within the human condition. Some of the most enduring peoples and cultures are nomadic. This seminar will take up the lives and landscapes of nomads in Africa and western Asia. We will consider both the long histories of nomadism and the survival of nomads in the modern world, as well as the pressures of ecological change, urbanization, and “development” on the nomad’s freedom and autonomy. The gypsies represent a special case of a nomadic people who have crossed continents, languages, cultures, and faiths – from India to the U.S. – without losing a sense of their unique identity. Camels, tents, and gypsy violins will all be part of the seminar’s caravan.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
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28741
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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