Alexander Hamilton Course, Winter 2017

Legal Studies is very excited to be offering a special course in Winter 2017: LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 "Alexander Hamilton: Bullets, Banks, and Broadway". This course will be taught by Professors Laura Beth Nielsen and Joanna Grisinger on Thursdays from 5-7:50pm. Thanks to the Jack Miller Foundation and Weinberg College, enrollment in this course includes a ticket to the musical, now playing in Chicago!

This interdisciplinary course examines Alexander Hamilton (the founding father) and Hamilton: An American Musical (the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer-winning musical) from an interdisciplinary perspective. Taught in Legal Studies, with the help of faculty from Theater, African-American Studies, Communications, Political Science, SESP, and History, the course examines topics including Building a Constitution: Who’s Included and Not Included in Story of the Founding; Dueling Culture, Reputation, and Honor in Early America and Today; Founders’ Chic: What would Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and Washington Think if They Were Alive Today? And Should We Care?; Theater and Social Change: Cultural Output and Adaptation; Hamilton and the Building of the American Economy; and the Law and Economics of the Hip Hop Aesthetic: Sampling, Fan Fiction, and Fair Use. All students enrolled in the course will receive a complimentary ticket to see the show in Chicago on January 12, 2017.

There are 67 seats in this course, which is being taught in Legal Studies with the help of faculty from History, Political Science, Sociology, African American Studies, Theater, and SESP. Thus, seats are being set aside for students in those departments during pre-registration week (Nov. 7 - Nov. 10, 2016):

25 seats - Legal Studies - Pre-registration open for Majors/Adjunct Majors (only) starting Monday Nov. 7 at  // Pre-registration open for Majors/Adjunct Majors and Minors starting Tuesday Nov. 8th at ~5pm
  7 seats - History - Pre-registration open for Majors and Minors starting Tuesday Nov. 8th at ~5pm
  7 seats - Political Science - Pre-registration open for Majors and Minors starting Tuesday Nov. 8th at ~5pm
  7 seats - Sociology- Pre-registration open for Majors and Minors starting Tuesday Nov. 8th at ~5pm

The following departments are requiring students to apply for seats. Successful students will receive a permission number.

  7 seats - African-American Studies - Contact Professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes (c-watkins@northwestern.edu) for application details
  7 seats - Theater - Contact Bernice Shepherd Powell (bernice.powell@northwestern.edu) for application details
  7 seats - SESP - Students can apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccFcizV9J_ofJCnPxC35TOzX0rBCDZrzG-vKatn-jdOjwbyQ/viewform

While we have already seen a lot of interest in the class, and expect the above seats to fill during pre-registration, any seats remaining after the pre-registration period will be open to all students during the regular registration period (November 14, 2016).

Good luck!

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