She Said, He Said: Irreconcilable Views of History?

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Monday 9:30 to 10:45

First Class: 1/25/2021

Weeks: 6


Instructors: Iris & Ron Berger

Ron Berger has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in British history and European economic history and an MFA degree in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition to his academic writing on Early Modern England, he has recently published a novel, The Gorge, based on his experiences as a licensed whitewater raft guide on the Hudson River during the 1990s. He taught history at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Iris Berger taught history and women’s studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she was the Director of Women’s Studies and directed the Institute for Research on Women. She holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published extensively on African women’s history and the history of South Africa. Her last book was Women in Twentieth-Century Africa.


Feminism and gender analysis have transformed the study of history during the past fifty years by making the differing experiences of women and men key topics of teaching and research. This course will survey the fields of women’s and men’s history showing how these different perspectives have changed our understanding of feminism and masculinities; family, marriage and sexuality; fatherhood and motherhood, labor, and politics. It will also explore how the two instructors came to see the field of history in quite different ways.

Class Schedule
She Said, He Said: Conflicting Views of History?

Class 1
• What is Gender History?
• What did it mean to BE A Man

Class 2
• Colonizing Women, Transforming Gender Relations
• The Evolution of Masculinity

Class 3
• An Imperfect Union: The Family, Sex, and Marriage
• Women, Gender and Sexuality in Africa

Class 4
• A Man’s Jobs and Male Power
• Give Us Bread, But Give Us Roses

Class 5
• Do We Need Fathers?
• Motherhood: With Babies and Banners

Class 6
• Heroes or Demons: Hollywood’s Men
• George Washington Would Have Worn a Mask:
Gender Analysis and U.S. Presidents

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