What’s in a Name? Understanding the World Through the Names of its Places
First-Year Seminar Program 142
The course provides an introduction to the study of place names and what they reveal about our histories, cultures and societies. Students will conduct original research about place names in two contexts, one in the United States and the other abroad. In the course of the semester we will discuss issues such as colonialism, multi-lingual settings, monuments, historical memory, the politics of cartography, PC (political correctness), and indigenous rights among others.