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About Our Programs

The Art of the Historian
In this course, students will learn about historiography and historical methodology. We will also discuss different fields of history including public history, archival history, and academic history, and discuss the important implications of these different branches. This course will help the “armchair historian” navigate the complicated world of historical works and bring us to a better understanding of what the study of history is really all about.

Online | 17223 | $89
Thursday | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
9/24/20 – 10/29/20
Note: Fixed video conference course. Internet and webcam required.
Instructor: Mark Mello

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Women in the Middle East
Many people in the West hold a rather stereotypical view of women’s lives in the Middle East. But like any place in the world, there is a spectrum of varied lived experiences due to factors such as class, social customs, geographical location, family traditions, and so on. This course provides an overview of the history and present conditions of women in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).We will particularly focus on the status of women in various countries in the Middle East; modernization and gender issues; active state involvement in issues such as maternity and abortion; development of female education; growing participation of women in public life; family life, marriage, and divorce; views on emancipation of women; and female sexuality in literature and film.

Online | 17224 | $109
Wednesday | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
10/28/20 – 12/16/20
Note: Hybrid course: combination of fixed video conference and fixed online classes at scheduled days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.
Instructor: Pelin Kadercan

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Refugees and Displaced People
Every day all over the world, people make the most difficult decision of their lives: to leave their homes. Human migrations, both voluntary and forced, have been part of history for millennia. Yet, migration has taken a different form with the emergence of the nation-state. Transnational migration today prompts us to reconceive the way we think of society, nation, family, and home. This course aims to provide a historical introduction to understand the contemporary issues in migration by examining case studies from [Western] Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Online | 17225 | $109
Wednesday | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
9/16/20 – 10/21/20
Note: Hybrid course: combination of fixed video conference and fixed online classes at scheduled days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.
Instructor: Pelin Kadercan

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About Our Instructors

Dr. Pelin Kadercan holds a B.A. from Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, an M.A. in International Relations from the European Union Institute of Marmara University, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester. Her research and teaching interests lie in the broad fields of refugees, displacement, war, diplomacy, human rights/women’s rights, education, and film. Pelin is an Assistant Professor of History and Government at Massasoit Community College.

Mark Mello holds a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State University and an M.A. in US History from Providence College. Mark is a life-long historian, with a special love of the American Civil War. He currently works for the National Park Service at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park as a Park Ranger and a Public Historian. He has taught classes at the Second Half Life-Long Learning Center in Fall River, and several other Life-Long Learning programs. He is a Civil War Reenactor and has lectured on topics related to the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Antebellum Period to numerous groups including Civil War Round Tables, historical associations, public libraries, and schools