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CLS 92 — Hamilton: An American Musical

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 1—Nov 5
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 21
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $320
Instructor(s): Allyson Hobbs
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on October 8
Fall
On-campus
Tuesdays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Oct 1—Nov 5
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 21
1 Unit
Fees
$320
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Allyson Hobbs
Closed
Please Note: No class on October 8
Hamilton is one of the most popular and most celebrated musicals in American history. It received eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and sixteen Tony nominations, the most ever in Broadway history. It also received the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award. The musical draws on the language and rhythms of hip hop and R&B, genres that are underrepresented in the musical theater tradition. Hamilton has redefined the American musical, particularly in terms of sound, casting, and storytelling. What explains the deep cultural impact and acclaim for this play?

This interdisciplinary course examines Alexander Hamilton and his world as well as Hamilton: An American Musical through a series of lectures from faculty from several Stanford departments and programs. Participants are Allyson Hobbs (Associate Professor of History), Jack Rakove (Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Pulitzer Prize recipient; Professor of Political Science), Estelle Freedman (Edgar E. Robinson Professor of History), Jennifer DeVere Brody (Professor of Theater and Performance Studies), Harry Elam (Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities; Founding Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts), Thomas Grey (Professor of Music), Charles Kronengold (Assistant Professor of Music), and Kathryn Leary (Marketing Consultant; MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business).

Weekly Schedule:

Week 1, October 1
"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: Hamilton and the Re-staging of America's Past"
Allyson Hobbs, Associate Professor of History, Stanford

"Hamilton and Nontraditional Casting"
Harry Elam, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Stanford; Founding Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts

No class on October 8

Week 2, October 15
"The Women of Hamilton"
Estelle Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson Professor of History, Stanford
Allyson Hobbs, Associate Professor of History, Stanford

Week 3, October 22
"The State Builder"
Jack Rakove, Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Pulitzer Prize recipient; Professor of Political Science, Stanford

Week 4, October 29
"The Music of Hamilton"
Charles Kronengold, Assistant Professor of Music, Stanford
Thomas Grey, Professor of Music, Stanford

Week 5, November 5
"Hamilton and the Business of Broadway"
Jennifer DeVere Brody, Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford
Kathryn Leary, Marketing Consultant; MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Allyson Hobbs, Course Director; Associate Professor of History; Director of African and African American Studies, Stanford

Allyson Hobbs is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and a contributing writer for NewYorker.com. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com, and The Guardian. Her first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, received the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Award for best first book in American history and the Lawrence W. Levine Award for best book in American cultural history. Hobbs received a PhD from the University of Chicago.
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