Some of these courses will feature There There or excerpts from it. Others deal with topics that are central to There There. Taking any of these courses will deepen your understanding of this year's work and the issues it raises.

Fall 2019

Anthropology and ESPM C12AC: Fire: Past, Present and Future Interactions with the People and Ecosystems of California

Kent Lightfoot and Scott Stephens | Schedule →

The purpose of this class is to explore the interactions of fire with the people and ecosystems of California over the last 10,000 years.  Most Californians today fear catastrophic wildland fires that each year scorch millions of acres of land, cost hundreds of millions of dollars to fight, destroy human lives and property, and blacken aesthetically pleasing landscapes. Yet people have not always lived in dread of conflagrations. Indigenous populations learned to live with fire over many centuries and to make constructive use of it to enhance the diversity, quantity, and sustainability of plant and animal communities.  Some Spanish, Mexican, and early American colonists employed prescribed burning to enhance grazing and timber lands in some areas of the state.  This class emphasizes how our interactions with wildfires in California have changed dramatically over the centuries, and that there is much that can be learned from earlier fire management strategies—some of which may be applicable to our contemporaneous world.     

College Writing R1A: The Pen and the Sword

Kimberly Freeman | Schedule →

Every time a mass shooting occurs, it shocks all over again. Those at schools seem particularly disturbing. We start asking why? How might it have been avoided? How can we stop this from happening again? And yet, it continues to happen. Violence is everywhere in our culture, from state-sponsored wars to domestic abuse to video games and films and, of course, mass shootings. For this course, we’ll focus on some explorations of the causes of violence and some of its representations, with an emphasis on youth and violence—why shoot at school? Why join a gang? How does violence at home affect people? How might other social factors, such as class and gender, affect violence? While I don’t expect us to answer these questions fully, and I know there are many answers to them, I hope that these texts will provide a rich array of issues for exploration in ways you might also adapt to some of your own interests. While violence is the theme of the course, the focus is on your writing. Authors likely to include Tommy Orange (There There), Stephen Pinker, and Michael Moore, among others.

College Writing R1A, section 11: Telling Stories

John Levine | Schedule →

From the time humans began communicating with one another, storytelling has played a critical role. Even in this Age of Information, much of how we process content is through narrative. In this course, we will read and write about texts of varying genres, forms, and lengths. And we will consider how and why we tell stories.


College Writing R1A, sections 2 and 9: Sunshine and Strife: The Living Legacy of California's Paradise Myth

Ben Spanbock | Schedule →

For generations, Indigenous Peoples have viewed California landscapes as sacred. When Europeans arrived, they mapped onto these landscapes their own ideas of a Christian Paradise on Earth. Since that time, popular renderings of California as a paradise have been influential, enduring, and diverse, all the while establishing the grounds for active refutation, resistance, and critique. But what does this longstanding historical association between place and idea look like today? This class will examine different texts related to the Bay Area's vibrant contemporary culture, and work to understand them both on their own terms and within this framework. The greater purpose of this class is to introduce practical methods for reading “texts” (print, visual, auditory, social, etc.) and writing to engage with the dynamic issues they raise. Working in and with a variety of genres, modes, and styles, students will be asked to read and think deeply and carefully, and to practice both formal and informal writing through sustained engagement with the revision process.

College Writing R4B, section 5: Native American Peoples and Nations Confront Injustices

Michelle Baptiste | Schedule →

You will develop your voice as a writer and skills as a critical reader and investigative researcher in this course focused on Native American peoples and their current struggles for justice framed in terms of empowerment, solidarity, and activism. In this course you will examine and then move beyond stereotypes to take a multi-disciplinary perspective and multi-media/inter-disciplinary approach towards researching and understanding issues facing modern day Native peoples – in terms of culture, sovereignty, education, gender, politics, history, health, medical practices, religion, economics, business, and language in the Americas & investigate how Native communities are organizing to confront such challenges.  In addition to the three assigned books, you will explore a diversity of primary and secondary sources, including photos, music, websites, documents, and films.


Native American Studies 100: Native American Law

Joseph Myers | Schedule →

Historical background of the unique relationship between the United States government and Native American tribes, and examination of contemporary legislation, court cases, and federal, state, and local policies affecting Native American social, political, legal, and economic situations.

Native American Studies 102: Critical Native American Legal and Policy Studies

Thomas Biolsi | Schedule →

Key contemporary issues in the critical study of tribal and federal policy pertaining to American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. Topics include political and cultural sovereignty; religious, gendered, sexual, racial, and other tribal minorities, and civil rights within tribes; Native legal identity and tribal enrollment; the role of violence against women in the history of colonialism, and the struggle for justice and healing; and the movement for traditional or other culturally appropriate forms for tribal self-governance.

Native American Studies 120AC: Photography and the American Indian: Manifest Destiny, the American Frontier, and Images of American Indians

Diane Pearson | Schedule →

This course explores the development of photography, historical photographs of Indigenous peoples, Black Indians, and the push to win the American West. Central to the course are research methods that deconstruct stereotypical representations of Native Americans, African Americans (who either married into Native nations, were owned by Native peoples, or who joined the military to fight Native peoples), and the theories and methods that influenced photography.

Native American Studies 175: History of Native Americans in California

Jo Ellen Anderson | Schedule →

History of the Native Americans of California with emphasis on the lifeways, mores, warfare, and relations with the United States government. Attention will be given to the background and evolution of acculturation up to the present.

Native American Studies 178: Topics in Native American History

Diane Pearson | Schedule →

This course explores the history of Native Americans from the point of view of Native American historians and scholars. Focused on specific periods and regional case studies the course provides a rereading of much United States history as it has been conceived, set into periods, written, and taught. The chronological scope of the course begins before the European invasions and continues to the end of the 20th century.

Native American Studies 20A: Introduction to Native American Studies

Enrique Lima | Schedule →

This course explores the interactions, from friendship treaties and land deals to contemporary American governmental policies, between America's original inhabitants with Europeans and Euro-Americans. Emphasis will be placed on how tribal peoples continue to react to the national myths and policies created by Europeans and Euro-Americans.

Native American Studies 71: Native Americans in North America to 1900

Enrique Lima | Schedule →

An ethnohistorical analysis of America's original inhabitants and their interactions with Europeans and Euro-Americans emphasizing an Indian perspective.

Native American Studies R1A: Native American Studies Reading and Composition

Schedule →

This course introduces students to the genres of Native American literature (written and oral traditions), provides historical and cultural frameworks for understanding, appreciating, and interpreting Native American writings, and develops basic skills in expository and creative writing. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.