Spring (January 12–May 7, 2015)
NO CLASSES: 1/19; 3/2–3/8; 4/2–4/5; 4/19–4/25
LS 623.401: Another America, Central America
This course will focus on and compare contemporary Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Topics to be discussed include the continuing Spanish conquest and indigenous resistance to it, military dictatorships and genocide, US interventions, social revolutions, and the rise of gang violence. Readings range from fiction and poetry to personal testimony and social science statistical research.
Dr. Thomas Ward
Monday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/12/2015–5/4/2015] (Historical), no class 1/19, 3/2, 4/20, 5/4
LS 713.401: The Many Faces of Immigration
The United States has long been known as a nation of immigrants. Most current residents originally came from someplace else, or at least their forebears did. This course will examine the process and the history of immigration to North America across a broad cross-section of individuals of numerous national origins and ethnic groups. There will also be a consideration of the political, social, and economic conditions in both the native country and the receiving country which might have encouraged a person to emigrate or influenced his or her reception in the adopted country. Students will also have an opportunity to consider the subject from the vantage point of their own family background.
Dr. Randall Donaldson
Tuesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/13/2015–4/28/2014] (Historical), no class, 3/3, 4/21, 4/28
Required of all students in their first semester
LS 655.501: World Short Fiction: Diversity and Common Ground
Students will examine a variety of modern and contemporary stories by authors from all over the world. (We will also study a few poems, one or two plays, and perhaps one or more novellas to round out the course.) Students will learn about other cultures yet also discover that most of the themes, ideas, and emotions revealed in the stories are universal. Readers should be able to connect with the stories even if the specific experiences are not ones they themselves have had.
Dr. Timothy Houghton
Thursday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/15/2015–5/7/2015] (Creative), no class, 3/5, 4/23, 5/7
LS 626.601: Music and Technology: 1700-Present
Music in the Western world undergoes continual evolution. Technology contributes to such evolution in a major way. For example, the invention of the microphone eliminated the need for vocalists to project to the audience in a large hall. The valve in brass instruments made it possible for music to change keys more frequently and rapidly. The audio recording has afforded unparalleled access to alien musical cultures but, paradoxically, may have retarded tonal progress.
In this course, we explore the influence of technology on music from 1700 to the present. Musicians and works to be considered range from Beethoven and Wagner to Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to explore others via their own projects.
Dr. Lewis Berman
Wednesday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/14/2015–5/6/2015] (Historical), no class 3/2, 4/22, 4/29
LS 752.601: Sex and Modernity
Human beings have always been interested in sex, but modern civilization is downright obsessed with it. Indeed, revolutions in both sexual behavior and attitudes toward love and sex are central to the phenomenon that we call “modernity.” Questions of sexuality now preoccupy our political struggles, religious debates, social movements, and psychological theories, to say nothing of the role played by sex in the emergence of a commodity culture. Sexuality is the central metaphor, the privileged myth of modern world. In this course, we will examine the nature and function of sexuality in modern life through readings from psychological and political theorists and from literature. This itinerary will necessarily embroil us to some extent in questions about the history of conceptions of love and sex, a history that will take us back to the ancient world. It will also require us to absorb some key lessons from some of greatest thinkers of the modern period, including Foucault, Freud, de Beauvoir, and Arendt. Literary works by Fauset, Wedekind, Nabokov, and others. This course is taught from a feminist perspective.
Dr. Patrick Brugh
Monday, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/12/2015–5/4/2015] (Thematic), no class 1/19, 3/2, 4/20, 5/4