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Monday, February 19, 2024


Upcoming Deadlines

As we near the end of winter term, please note the following academic program deadlines:

  • Friday, 03/01: 2024-25 catalog and schedule due to the Registrar’s Office (Departments)
  • Friday, 03/08: 2024-25 catalog and schedule due to the Registrar’s Office (Programs)
  • Friday, 03/08: Department planning forms due to the Provost’s Office
  • Monday, 04/01: Request to hire tenure-track faculty proposals due to the Provost’s Office


New Courses for Spring Term 2024:

AMST 396.01 AIDS in America – Christopher Elias

This junior seminar for AMST majors studies AIDS in America as a means of preparing students to write their own research papers. The AIDS crisis made deep impact on various areas of American society, resulting in a robust, interdisciplinary discourse about the pandemic’s origins, scope, impact, and legacy. We will utilize a variety of media, including poetry, music, memoir, fiction, oral history, film, visual art, performance art, and scholarship. Using the tools of inquiry encountered in this class and throughout their work in the major, students will then prepare an original research paper on a topic of their choice. 6 credits.

ARTS 262.00 Watercolor – David Lefkowitz

This course provides an introduction to the medium of watercolor painting and gouache (opaque water-based paint) on paper surfaces. Students will develop an understanding of basic color interactions and a wide spectrum of paint application strategies from meticulous refined brushwork to fluid, expressive markmaking. 6 credits.

DGAH 264.00 Visualizing the Ancient City – Christopher Saladin

What makes a city, well, a city? This course examines urban society across different regions of the ancient world from the 2nd millennium BCE to 1st millennium CE. Taking a comparative approach to examples from the Mediterranean, Near East, Mesoamerica and China, we will reconstruct social, political, and topographic histories of urban space from a kaleidoscope of sources that include archaeological excavations, art & architecture, inscriptions, and literature. We will approach this source material using digital methods such as 3D modeling, GIS mapping, and digital storytelling to reconstruct both the physical environments and lived experiences of past cities. 6 credits.

ENGL 205.00 “Passing Strange”: Shakespeare’s Othello and its Modern Afterlives – Pierre Hecker

One of the most intimate and devastating plays in all dramatic literature has also continuously been at the center of societal debates around race, representation, and civil rights. Moving from Shakespeare’s Renaissance to important historical and civil rights figures like Ira Aldridge and Paul Robeson to reimaginings by contemporary artists, we will explore how Othello has served as a vehicle for social change. The class will be taught in conjunction with the campus visit of writer, actor, and anti-apartheid activist Bonisile John Kani, OIS, OBE, the first Black actor to play Othello in South Africa. 1st 5 weeks, 3 credits.

ENGL 206.00 William Shakespeare: The Henriad – Pierre Hecker

Shakespeare’s account of the Wars of the Roses combines history, tragedy, comedy, romance, and bildungsroman as it explores themes of power, identity, duty, family, love, and friendship on an epic scale. We will read and discuss Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and attend the Guthrie Theater’s three-play repertory event. 2nd 5 weeks, 3 credits.

GEOL 298.00 Junior Colloquium – Sarah Titus

This course offers geology majors an opportunity to explore common methods used in geoscience research. Students will hone their writing, figure design, and data analysis skills through a series of small projects and assignments. Juniors are the target audience for the course, which is designed to prepare them for their comps projects. 2 credits, S/CR/NC only.

HIST 252.00 Social Movements in Modern China – Seungjoo Yoon

Working with evidence is what allows historians to encounter past societies and people. What kind of evidence we have and our approaches to interpreting it shape the questions we can ask and the interpretations we can offer. This course will provide interested students with hands-on experience in working with various kinds of evidence and learning about the process of writing histories with a focus on the origins and developments of the Chinese Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976. Themes will include practices and reflections on personality formation, knowledge and power, class and nation, legitimization of violence, and operations of memory. 6 credits.

HIST 286.00 Ecology and Society in African History – Ptwo Molosiwa

Scholarship about the multiple arenas in which colonialism wrought wide-ranging ecological transformations in Africa captures imagination. Through the lens of ‘history from below’ approach, this course interrogates African environmental history across pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial temporal spaces. It pays particular attention to how Africans’ indigenous knowledge and practices of natural resource access have been in perpetual conflict with neo-protectionist conservationist policies that threaten Africans’ bio-cultural heritage today. Themes to be addressed include African ideas about landscape, culture-nature relationality, sustainable natural resource utilization, disease ecologies, gender and the environment, resource-based conflicts, climate change, ecological imperialism, and negotiations for environmental justice. 6 credits.

HIST 264.00 A History of India Through Food – Brendan LaRocque

Indian cuisine is today famed worldwide and known for its complex diversity. This course will explore food as a gateway through which to understand a broader history of society, economy and politics in the Indian subcontinent. An analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of food and spices, beginning in the ancient era and ending in contemporary times, will allow us to examine community formation, patterns of wealth distribution, and state-building strategies. We will look at topics including farming and the environment, medical and religious systems, culture, caste, and colonialism. 6 credits.

MUSC 116.00 Minimalism in Music – Victoria Aschheim

What does minimalism mean in music? If “less is more,” what do “less” and “more” sound like? What feelings does minimalist music uniquely illuminate? We’ll explore these questions in a global perspective and across genres, from pop to classical, electronic dance music to film music. Today, minimalism is an art-historical style and an aspirational way of life—a psychological and material ideal. In touch with the simultaneously subtle and towering presence of minimalism around us, we’ll listen for the messages—quiet and loud—that minimalist music can carry. 6 credits.

MUSC 218.00 Improvisation: A Living History – Victoria Aschheim

Jon Batiste told Forbes in 2019: “I think that you have to open your mind to really be comfortable improvising. It really starts in the mind.” We’ll embrace this mind-music connection by thinking flexibly and critically about improvisation in American music, and by improvising musically ourselves. Readings and discussion will engage Black studies, performance studies, gender studies, philosophy, and political theory. And we’ll build our creative practice with your instruments and voices. Throughout, we’ll keep alive to the ethics of improvisation and the term’s multiplicity of meanings, which call out for your interpretation. Expected preparation: participation in a music ensemble, registration in music lessons, or facility on a musical instrument (Western or non-Western) including voice. 6 credits.

PE 277.00 Club Table Tennis – Aaron Chaput

PE credits, S/CR/NC only.

SOAN 312.00 How Rude: (Im)politeness and (Dis)respect in Language – Cheryl Yin

Expressions of politeness and impoliteness differ between societies. From smiling at strangers to addressing a woman as “ma’am,” what is polite in one setting can be strange or antagonistic in another. This course focuses on cross-linguistic expressions of (im)politeness and (dis)respect, but also touches upon non-verbal behavior and communication. Older cross-cultural literature has focused on the positive valuations of politeness, deference, and respect in language. By balancing past scholarship with recent works on linguistic impoliteness and disrespect, we’ll explore language’s role in social relations, from creating harmony to sowing conflict. Expected preparation: prior Sociology/Anthropology course or instructor permission is recommended. 6 credits.

Important Advising Dates and Deadlines:

  • Monday, February 19: Registration for Spring Term (through March 24)
  • Friday, February 23: Second Five Week Course Late Drop Deadline and S/CR/NC Deadline 5:00 p.m.

Advising Quick Links

Grants and Fellowships

Creative Capital Awards for Artists

Creative Capital welcomes innovative and original new project proposals in visual arts, performing arts, film/moving image, technology, literature, multidisciplinary, and socially engaged forms. The deadline for submitting is April 4, 2024. This award provides unrestricted project grants up to $50,000.

If you’re interested in learning more about or applying to this opportunity, please contact the Grants Office.