SWC Agenda – HIS 100, Mondays & Wednesdays

Fall 2017

Fall 2017 History 100 M/W 6:45 to 10:05

Dr Rich Gibson

Emeritus Professor, SDSU

Professor, SWC


Our Phantasmagoric Agenda #1

Why are things as they are?

We make our own history but not in circumstances we chose.

“Shams and delusions are esteemed for the soundest truth, but reality is fabulous.” Henry David Thoreau

October 15 and 16


Is the end of the world on October 15?

October 16th

1859John Brown leads a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

1934 – Chinese Communists begin the Long March; it ended a year and four days later, by which time Mao Zedong had regained his title as party chairman.

Above, Mao Tse Tung on Long March

1946Nuremberg trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial.


1968 – United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos are kicked off the US team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.

MEETING 1 – 10/16

In most classes, we will address: “What’s up?” That is a brief discussion of our social context which is, or will be, history. Today, I ask, “How do you feel about the new President of the USA?” You may choose to pass, not to answer.


1.     Introductions.

a.     Questions:  Who are you? From? Why are you here?  Why take this class? What were you taught about history? How was it taught? Why? What do you remember most clearly? Why?  What are you curious about?

b.     Who is this professor anyway? 

2.    What is history?   What are the motive forces of history?

3.     How our class will work–the syllabus: read it for next class and bring questions. (Just google “Rich Gibson,” click the link and see the syllabus and agenda at the top of the page).

4.    Why have school? (an exercise in critical, to the root, thinking–studying contradictions in the real world.

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