Faculty Profile

Stephen 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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

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.

FLST 210 The Cold War and Film
Cross-listed with HIST 211-02.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.

HIST 211 The Cold War and Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01.Additional time slot: Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm in Denny 317 for optional film viewing.The Cold War, which dominated much of the second half of the twentieth century, was a struggle to determine which political and economic system would prevail throughout the world - that of Communist Russia or Capitalist America. These conditions also gave rise to a remarkable period of filmmaking (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Doctor Strangelove, On the Waterfront, and The Lives of Others.) This course will focus on the major events of the Cold War and the important films it inspired.

ENGL 219 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 219-02.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.