An overview of the role of student activists who engaged in deliberate protest to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the American social order and an examination of the rationale behind student rebellion and the role of high schools and colleges in facilitating student activism.
This course addresses a deep interest among students and faculty at USC. Though USC was an active site of protest and politics since Reconstruction, and college student activism is a definitive feature of American History, this university does not currently offer a class on the history of student activism (nor has it ever offered such a course). Particularly after the more recent #BlackLivesMatter and #NeverAgain student movements have gripped our nation, this course promises to offer serious analysis, discussion, and research on a topic that is often ignored.
Though youth are often viewed as apathetic or politically naïve, student activists have changed the course of American history. For over a century, student activists have participated in social and political movements that directly challenged ideologies, and policies pertaining to race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, religion, and language. This course examines the overlooked role of student activists who engaged in deliberate protest to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with American policies and customs to reimagine and actualize a more inclusive American democracy. With particular emphasis on the southern black freedom struggle, but drawing upon anti-war, peace, feminist, and conservative movements as well, this course examines the role of high schools and colleges in facilitating or inhibiting student activism, the rationale behind and motivations of student rebellion, the costs of participating in activism as youth, and the legacies and challenges of student activism today.
Through historical and qualitative research on the history of student activism, this course also provides students the opportunity to develop independent research projects under the guidance of the instructor. Moreover, this course will provide students the opportunity to connect their work to contemporary discourse including both local history and national debates. By pushing students to think critically about the past and present, to write clearly and concisely, and to use sound research to advance their interpretations, this course will prepare students to grasp the concept that young people created change by engaging themselves in and shaping America’s political, social, and cultural movement. Furthermore, students will appreciate that history does not just occur, but that young people have made and continue to make history.
I will send this out and hopefully you will get a few students—It looks like a great course
Director of Graduate Studies, History Department
Director of Latin American and African Studies
University of South Carolina
From: "HALE, JON" Date: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:48 PMTo: "CHILDS, MATTHEW" Subject: RE: cross listing a course with History?
Sorry, the flyer it attached here!
All the best,
Jon N. Hale, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Studies
820 Main St, Wardlaw 254
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-1937 (office)
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Author, The Freedom Schools (Columbia University Press, 2016), 2017 AERA New Scholars Book Award (History)
Co-editor, To Write in the Light of Freedom (University Press of Mississippi, 2015)
Research Fellow, National Academy of Education (2008-2009, 2015-2016)
Executive Director, The Charleston Freedom School
Co-Founder and Board Member, The Quality Education Project
From: HALE, JONSent: Monday, November 12, 2018 11:47 PMTo: CHILDS, MATTHEWSubject: RE: cross listing a course with History?
I hope this note finds you well. A flyer for the History of Student Activism course is attached here. Do you think you would be able to share it with your colleagues and students?
Please let me know if you have any questions or would like any other information.
Thank you for your consideration and I hope all is well,
From: CHILDS, MATTHEWSent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:31 AMTo: HALE, JONSubject: Re: cross listing a course with History?
The course description works well. After Fall Break I send an email to students about Spring 19 Courses and I will make a plug for your course. I can CC you in the email and tell students to follow up with interest etc.
We have a new student who is looking at HBCU in Georgia working with Bobby Donaldson who I think would be interested.
From: "HALE, JON" Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 8:06 AMTo: "CHILDS, MATTHEW" Subject: RE: cross listing a course with History?
Thank you for your help. Perhaps it is best to not cross list at this point in time, but maybe we could cross list this in the future?
Also, as the course description stands, do you think this is enough to attract students in history and then provide enough justification to count it toward their degree? Also, should I prepare a flyer for you to distribute to students?
Thanks again for all of your help,
From: CHILDS, MATTHEWSent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:54 AMTo: HALE, JONSubject: Re: cross listing a course with History?
The last time we had a course that was crosslisted with a HIST designation was Spring 2018 for Art History professor Lydia Brandt, and we had 1 student enroll (I will let Adam confirm). Fewer history students tend to enroll in crosslisted courses because once it has the HIST designation it has less flexibility in fitting into their program of study by bulletin requirements.
Over the last two years we have admitted a total of 19 students into our grad program due to A & S budget cuts, and consequently the number of history students enrolling in courses is limited. Our own enrollment numbers are down in HIST grad courses. I think 4 or 5 would be the maximum number of history grad students who would enroll in the course given our current offerings, degree requirements, and smaller graduate class size.
Let me know if you have other Qs
From: "HALE, JON" Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:38 AMTo: "CHILDS, MATTHEW" , "SCHOR, ADAM" Subject: RE: cross listing a course with History?
Hello Dr. Childs,
Thank you for the thorough reply. I am happy to hear that History would be interested in cross listing the course if we pursue this option.
In your experience, do a fair number students (4 or 5 at least) from History enroll in courses like this? Or do cross listed courses having the HIST designation attract more students? I would just want to make sure that students from outside Education (preferably History) would take the course not to necessarily boost numbers but to enrich discussion (and not complain that I am assigning a book per week).
Thank you for your consideration,
From: CHILDS, MATTHEWSent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:24 AMTo: HALE, JON; SCHOR, ADAMSubject: Re: cross listing a course with History?
Thanks for sending the information on your course, which certainly would be of interest to many of our grad students.
We allow grad students to take 2 to 3 out of department courses for the program of study at the PhD level, and 1 to 2 at the MA level.
We could cross list as HIST course, but once it receives that HIST designation it is not as flexible in term of fitting into a student’s primary or supporting field.
If students enroll with the out of department designation ( for your course EDFI), it puts the burden on the student to explain how it fits, and thus grants them flexibility in selecting courses to suit their needs. For example this course could would obviously fit into a primary field in American History for PhD students, but also a supporting 2nd or 3rd field such as “race,” “ social movements,” “public policy,” or even “comparative race studies” to name just a few.
When it gets time for Spring 2019 enrollment I can send an email out to the grad students with your syllabus about the course and your contact information.
If you prefer to have it cross listed we can do that as well. We will just have to work with the registrar to “create” the course with a history designation, decide how many seats you want to allocate to history, and if you would like to limit it to instructor privilege, which gives you the ability to decide who enrolls (in the past we had a problem with a cross listed course in which a lot of students with no expertise or background in the topic enrolled who were not history students even though they entered through the HIST designator).
Juist let me know what you prefer
From: "HALE, JON" Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 9:21 PMTo: "SCHOR, ADAM" Cc: "CHILDS, MATTHEW" Subject: RE: cross listing a course with History?
Hello Dr. Schor,
Thank you for the quick reply. I look forward to hearing back from you. Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide.
From: SCHOR, ADAMSent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 3:36 PMTo: HALE, JONCc: CHILDS, MATTHEWSubject: RE: cross listing a course with History?
Thanks for sending us your proposal. I am passing this matter along to our director of Graduate Studies, who (along with the graduate committee) is in charge of exploring these cross listing ideas at the grad level. We'll consider the matter and get back to you shortly.
-Adam M. SchorAssociate Professor of History (Ancient Mediterranean)Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of History
Assistant Chair, Department of HistoryUniversity of South CarolinaGambrell Hall Room 245
Columbia, SC, 29208
From: HALE, JONSent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 3:14 PMTo: SCHOR, ADAMSubject: cross listing a course with History?
My name is Jon Hale. I recently moved here to teach at USC in the College of Education. My teaching and research focuses on the history of education and the history of the Civil Rights Movement. I am also affiliated with African American Studies and know Val Littlefield (who suggested I contact you) and have worked with Bobby Donaldson as well.
I am submitting a graduate course proposal for a new course on the History of Student Activism. The syllabus is attached here along with my cv. Would you be interested in cross listing this course? Cross listing with history would truly help enhance the course.
Thank you for your consideration and please let me know if there is anything else I can provide.
Please revise according to department feedback.
Make edits as suggested by the College of Education Curriculum Committee (CECC) and resubmit.