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HIS 21 — The World Since 9/11: Twenty Years Later

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 14—Nov 18
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Thomas S. Mullaney
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 14—Nov 18
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 16
1 Unit
Thomas S. Mullaney
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Global history knows few moments as transformative as September 11, 2001. The war in Afghanistan went on to become the longest military conflict in US history. The global war on terror more broadly transformed and destabilized a large swath of the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. The 9/11 attacks became a new model for nonstate actors and terrorists in the deployment of new tactics and strategies, and a new vocabulary for states and governments, which could now categorize any number of once-unacceptable policies under the rubric of “anti-terrorism.” Governments around the world unveiled surveillance programs with unprecedented levels of reach and sophistication. Meanwhile, violence against Muslims, both state-sanctioned and spontaneous, crescendoed. In fact, hardly any national policy was untouched, whether on matters of energy, foreign affairs, military intervention, immigration, or otherwise. 9/11 was a fulcrum around which nearly every aspect of our everyday lives pivoted.

In this course, a multidisciplinary group of experts will gather to reflect how the world has changed in the twenty years since that fateful Tuesday.

Guest speakers include (subject to change):

Thursday, October 21
Robert D. Crews
, Professor of History at Stanford
Topic: The War in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 28
Serkan Yolacan
, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford
Topic: Post-9/11 Transnational Muslim Movements in the Middle East and Central Asia

Thursday, November 4
Lisa Blaydes
, Professor of Political Science at Stanford and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Topic: Post-9/11 Iraq

Thursday, November 11
Asfandyar Ali Mir
, Lecturer in Political Science at Stanford
Topic: Al-Qaeda

Darren Byler, Postdoctoral Researcher in the ChinaMade Project at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Topic: Mass Detention and Surveillance of Uyghur and Other Muslim Minorities in Northwest China

Thursday, November 18
Condoleezza Rice
, 66th US Secretary of State (George W. Bush Administration), 20th US National Security Advisor (George W. Bush Administration), Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, Denning Professor of Global Business and the Economy, Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at Hoover, and Professor of Political Science at Stanford
Topic: To be announced

Course Director; Professor of History, Stanford

Thomas S. Mullaney is the author of The Chinese Typewriter: A History. He has received the 2013 Abbott Payson Usher Prize, a three-year National Science Foundation Science, Technology, and Society award, a Hellman Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received a PhD from Columbia.