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McCurry has a great approach to understanding the impacts of slavery within the broader history of the United States. She presents the historical facts in devastatingly clear detail, without getting ideological. This course opened my eyes to the bias of my own education in United States history and challenged many cultural assumptions about our (mostly Southern) "founding fathers." It exposed many of the implicit justifications for slavery that we still experience in U.S. Society and media.
Jean-Paul gives a great introduction to Aboriginal culture. This course does not just present facts, but helps students reflect on how Aboriginal thinking differs from Euro-classical thinking--and often is much more healthy and respectful of our environment. The course is especially oriented toward educators, but the immersion into the history and struggles of First Nations in Canada is revelatory and thought provoking for anyone.
Well done exploration of "Big History." Very thought provoking and informative. I like this approach of looking at major changes/dynamics in history, but at the same time, not claiming absolute "truth." In the end, all of history is a "story" that we tell about ourselves and it is helpful to learn from a consistent approach that is well presented.
Mike Brown is a great lecturer! Good sense of how to communicate the big ideas without getting mired in the details. Good with "chalk talk" graphics. And a dry sense of humor to keep up your interest. I am likely to take the course again next year to get a better grasp on how we know that we know about the solar system and to learn what is new in this rapidly expanding field.