Faculty Profile

Steve Weinberger

Robert Coleman Professor of History (1969), Department Chair

Contact Information

weinberg@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 217
717.245.1500

Bio

His teaching interests center on medieval and Renaissance history, European intellectual history, and the history of film. His current research involves conflict in medieval society, and censorship in the American film industry.

Education

  • B.A., Northeastern University, 1965
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966
  • Ph.D., 1969

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

HIST 105 Medieval Europe
This survey course will study the development of European civilization during the period ca.300 to 1300. It will consider the impact of such events as the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic invasions, the development of Christianity and the Church, the emergence of feudalism, the expansion of Islam and the Crusades, and the creation of romantic literature.

ENGL 216 Creative Writ: Screenwriting
Cross-listed with FLST 310-01. This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of good screenwriting: structure, theme, conflict, character, and dialogue. Students take part in weekly writing exercises as preparation for their final class project--creating a detailing outline of an original screenplay, and completing the first act. Topics include plot and subplot, character development, and commercial considerations such as format and genre. Students are required to read essential books on scriptwriting and to analyze several films and the screenplays on which they are based.

HIST 223 Renaissance Europe
A study of prevailing conditions (social, economic, political, and cultural) in western Europe with particular attention given to the achievements and failures of the Renaissance. Offered every other year.

FLST 310 Screenwriting
Cross-listed with ENGL 216-01. This course will familiarize students with the fundamentals of good screenwriting: structure, theme, conflict, character, and dialogue. Students take part in weekly writing exercises as preparation for their final class project--creating a detailing outline of an original screenplay, and completing the first act. Topics include plot and subplot, character development, and commercial considerations such as format and genre. Students are required to read essential books on scriptwriting and to analyze several films and the screenplays on which they are based.

HIST 404 Medieval and Renais. Heroes
An examination of the historiography of a major topic, culminating in substantial research paper based in significant part on the interpretation of primary courses.

Spring 2015

FLST 201 History of Film
Cross-listed with HIST 279-01.Additional Time Slot: Optional Film Viewing Tuesday 3:00-6:00 pm in Denny 317.

HIST 257 European Intellectual History
Main currents of Western thought from the 17th century to the present with emphasis upon the interaction of ideas and social development. Offered every other year.

HIST 279 The History of Film
Cross-listed with FLST 201-01.Additional Time Slot: Optional Film Viewing Tuesday 3:00-6:00 pm in Denny 317.

MEST 550 Independent Research