HIST 840 House in History (Fall 2022) Discussion Materials – Week 1

HIST 840
Weekly discussion materials
Course materials

Week 1


Who we are

Syllabus, readings, Canvas, course expectations, Holton Hall, etc.

What is a house? How is a house different from a home?

What makes a good discussion question?


Read the following articles in class, identify 2-3 discussion questions for each article, and discuss:

Saoirse Kerrigan, “25 Ways to Build a House from Around the World: From Ancient Greece to Today,” Interesting Engineering (website),17 April 2018 (https://interestingengineering.com/25-ways-to-build-a-house-from-around-the-world-from-ancient-greece-to-today)

Gal Beckerman, “Empty trash. Buy milk. Forge history. To trace the great arcs of civilization, historians tap the humble list,” Boston Globe, 5 June 2011 (http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/06/05/empty_trash_buy_milk_forge_history/)