Fall 2020 Courses
Professor Mar Hicks
Andrina Wood, an early British computer expert, at the console of a British Tablulating Machines computer. Andrina Wood, an early British computer expert, at the console of a British Tablulating Machines computer.
Welcome Illinois Tech Fall 2020 Students! Below you will find links to each of the two courses I'm teaching this fall. Please click on the course that you are enrolled in and enter your credentials (username and password for the course, explained in the welcome email). If you have any problems, get in touch with me by email.
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Hist 377: Filming the Past
Fall 2020, Wednesdays 5pm-7:40pm

How do you know what you think you know about the past? We all have some sense of history, but few of us understand exactly where it comes from, and how the specific stories we take for granted were shaped and disseminated.How does history become known, and how do certain accounts become popularized as the truth or "common knowledge?" This course teaches you about the role that visual media--particularly films and documentaries--play in the process of creating our shared past. In it, we will also study how can film be a force for uncovering and popularizing "hidden" histories that upset our assumptions about the past.
picture of Annie Easley, Black computer scientist at NASA

HUM 352/HIST 580: Gender & Technological Change
Fall 2020, asynchronous

How does gender matter to technology, and how has it mattered in the past? This course asks students to look at these two questions and in the process learn about why gender.along with other categories like race, class, ability, and sexuality.are important for understanding technological progress. Technological change is meant to bring improvements to society, but many technological changes privilege some users and creators while marginalizing others. By looking at this history and confronting some of these current problems we can begin to undo the mistakes of the past that still shape our interactions with technological infrastructure. Unearthing these hidden or ignored narratives gives us better insight into the promises and pitfalls of our technological present by expanding and deepening our understanding of our technological past.