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Ethnic Studies Courses Fall 2015

ETHS 400-Ethnic Studies Colloquium
T 6:00pm-9:00pm                             Elliott Young
Reading and critical analysis of major interpretive works. Organized around themes or analytical problems; comparative study of works in ethnic studies exemplifying different points of view, methodologies, subject matter. Focus varies depending on instructor’s teaching and research area.

EAS 298-The Politics of Religion in China  
MW 3:00 pm-4:30 pm                     Staff
The Politics of Religion in China : Overview of religion in Chinese society, specifically examining the individual and institutional practice of religion from the perspective of political science. Religious fundamentalism, violence, and peacemaking considering Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism; how religion influences China’s political culture, political ideology, political norms, and interest groups.

Hist 141-Colonial Latin American History                                           
TTH 9:40am-11:10am                   Elliott Young

History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing with the Hispanic colonial empire.

Hist 231-U.S. Women’s History
TTH 9:40 am-11:10 am                     Reiko Hillyer
The diverse experiences of American women from the colonial era to the recent past. Changing ideologies from the colonial goodwife to the cult of true womanhood. Impact of Victorianism, sexuality and reproduction, the changing significance of women’s work. Origins of the women’s rights movement, battles and legacy of suffrage, history of 20th-century feminism, competing ideologies and experiences of difference.

Hist 298 Education & U.S Empire
MW 3:00-4:30pm                           Khalil Johnson
Transnational history of education in the United States. Topics include connections between the Irish charity school and Indian “praying towns” in seventeenth-century New England; the Freedmen’s Bureau and the rise of universal schooling during Reconstruction; the feminization of the teaching profession;progressive education, immigration, and global imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century; the role of education in social movements from Mexican American labor activists to Septima Poinsette Clark and the black freedom struggle; The proliferation of study-abroad programs as “soft diplomacy”during the Cold War; and contemporary debates surrounding Teach for America.

LAS 200-Latin American Cultural Studies
MWF 12:40pm -1:40pm                      J. Toledano Redondo
Theoretical approaches to the study of Latin American culture. Focused study of particular writers, artists, and musicians.Topics include indigenismo, nationalism, postcolonialism, the African diaspora, borderlands, and hybridity. Interdisciplinary approach integrates literary, historical, and anthropological modes of inquiry in this team-taught, bilingual class. To earn Hispanic studies credit, students must do their papers in Spanish.

MUS 136-World Music : Asia
MWF: 9:10am-10:10am                     Beth Szczepanski
Survey of musical traditions from the Asian continent. Study of music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.

MUS 137-World Music: Latin America
TTH 9:40am-11:10am                          Beth Szczepanski
Survey of musical traditions and styles of the Caribbean and Middle and South America, including Afro-Cuban music, salsa, Latin jazz, and folk music of the Andes. Study of the music, instruments, and performance through readings, recordings, and live performance when possible. Historical developments, how the music is used. Social function, political context, art, poetry, literature, and religion as they assist in understanding the music and its culture.

Russ 290-The Russian Memoir
TTH 1:50 pm-3:20 pm                      Tatiana Osipovich
Major aspects or periods of Russian literature and culture. Topics vary from year to year. Taught in English: no background in Russian language or literature required. Previous topics include 20th-century literature and film, fairy tales, women in literature and culture, contemporary society and culture, Russian laughter in literature and film. With consent of instructor, may be taken twice for credit.

SPAN 360-Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque
MWF 12:40pm-1:40pm                        Matthieu Raillard
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from their beginnings to the Baroque period. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

SPAN 446-Special Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
MWF 10:20am-11:20am                       Matthieu Raillard
Study of a genre, an author, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures and cultures (Peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.

Social Sciences Courses:

RELS 398-Islam, Gender, and Modernity
MW 3:00pm-4:30pm                   Staff
Islam, Gender, and Modernity explores life for Muslim women in modern times, based on autobiographical and narrative accounts written over the past century. Queries categories of gender, from femininities and masculinities to alternative sexualities. Examines how social and gender norms are changing in the modern era, and explores the negotiation of normative and ideal gender roles in contemporary Muslim-majority countries. A focal point for analysis is the power of interpretation (of Islamic texts, tradition, and culture) in determining gender norms and practices for Muslims in a globalizing world.

RHMS 321-Argument and Social Justice
TTH 8:00am-9:30am                             George M. Reyes
Investigation of argumentation and social justice. Exploration and application of scholarship through the community-based Thank You for Arguing, a mentoring program run with local inner-city public schools. Theoretical and methodological frameworks for understanding the role of argumentation in fostering social justice explored through readings, classes discussion, and writing assignments.

SOAN 225-Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
TTH 1:50-pm-3:20pm                           Sarah Warren
Sociological and anthropological analysis of how the notions of racial and ethnic groups, nations and nationalities, indigenous and nonindigenous groups, and states and citizenships have evolved cross-culturally. How they might be reconfiguring in the present context of economic globalization, mass migrations, and diasporic formations. Causes and consequences of the recent resurgence of ethnicity and the content, scope, and proposals of ethnic movements.

SOAN 266-Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective
MWF 1:50pm-2:50pm                                                    Staff
Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations. Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries. An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis.

SOAN 274-Chinese Culture Through Film
TTH 9:40am-11:10am                                  Jennifer Hubbert
Overview of social and cultural issues in contemporary China examined through feature and documentary film. Particular attention paid to the effects of the political economy on changing cultural formations of consumption, sexuality, labor, class, ethnicity, urban life, and the representation of history. Films have English subtitles and are accompanied by readings from contemporary anthropological and sociological studies of China.

SOAN 310-Religion-Society and Modernity
TTH 11:30am-1:00pm                                      Kabir M. Heimsath
Anthropological approaches to religion in the context of modern global transformations, including secularism, capitalism, and colonialism. Advanced introduction to classic theories (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) in the sociology and anthropology of religion, along with their contemporary ethnographic applications. Critical ethnographies of the ideological, practical and embodied expressions of religion in contemporary context.





PSY 390   Cross-Cultural Psychology                           T 6:00-9:00 pm   Yueping Zhang
Relations between culture and human behavior. Examination of topics in psychology from a multicultural, multiethnic perspective, with special emphasis on cultural influence on research methods, self-concept, communication, emotion, social behavior, development, mental health. Cultural variation, how culture shapes human behavior, and psychological theories and practices in different cultures.

RHMS 313    Politics of Public Memory                      W 6:00-9:00 pm
G. Mitch Reyes
Investigation of public memory as the public negotiation of the past for political purposes in the present. How different cultures have remembered and rhetorically constructed traumatic historical events such as the Holocaust and institutionalized slavery. Role of communication and persuasion in public acts of remembrance.

RHMS 340   Media Across Cultures        M 3:00-4:30; Th 3:30-5:00 pm   Peter Christenson
Theoretical perspectives on the political and social role of mass communication in developed and developing nations. Mass communication organizations, content, regulatory models, audiences in diverse cultures. Implications of public versus private ownership of mass media. Evaluation of claims of U.S. cultural imperialism. Minority and ethnic media.

SOAN 255    Medicine, Healing, and Culture        MW 3:00 – 4:30 pm    Sepideh Bajracharya
Culturally patterned ways of dealing with misfortune, sickness, and death. Ideas of health and personhood, systems of diagnosis and explanation, techniques of healing ranging from treatment of physical symptoms to metaphysical approaches such as shamanism and faith healing. Non-Western and Western traditions.

SOAN 275  Africa:  Social/Cultural Persp             MWF 10:20-11:20 am   Maryann Bylander
The diverse peoples of Africa from precolonial times to the present day. Comparisons of religion and aesthetic expression based on political, economic, and social organization. Historical and ethnographic readings challenging the stereotypical view of a continent of isolated, unchanging tribes. Processes such as migration, trade, conquest, and state formation that have brought African societies into contact with one another and with other continents since
prehistoric times.


ART 207   Pre-Columbia Art                                 MWF  10:20-11:20am
Matt Johnston
Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, other major early Central and South American cultures. Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.

FREN 450    Self Expressions                                  TTh 1:50-3:20 pm Isabelle DeMarte
Special topics or issues of French/Francophone literature and culture. Emphasis on stylistics, fine points of idiomatic usage and academic writing. Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written and presented in French.

HIST 142 Modern Latin America                           MW 3:00-4:30 pm
Tamara Feinstein
Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics, and culture. Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America. Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.

HIST 217  Emergence of Modern South Asia        MWF 9:10-10:10 am  David Campion
The social, economic, and political history of the Indian subcontinent from the 18th century to the present. The cultural foundations of Indian Society; the East India Company and the expansion of British power; the experience of Indians under the British Raj; Gandhi and the rise of Indian
nationalism; independence and partition; postcolonial South Asian developments in politics, economy, and culture. Thematic emphasis on the causes and consequences of Western imperialism, religious and cultural identities, and competing historical interpretations.

HIST 242    Borderland: US-Mexico-16C-Prsnt     TTh  1:50-3:20 pm
The concept and region known as the Borderlands from when it was part of northern New Spain to its present incarnation as the U.S.-Mexico border. Thematic focus on the roles of imperialism and capitalism in the formation of borderlands race, class, gender, and national identities. The transformation of this region from a frontier between European empires to a borderline between nations.

HIST 398-2   Race, Ethnicity & Popular Music         MW 3:00-4:30 pm     Khalil Johnson
This course explores a multicultural history of the United States in sound and song.  As Ronald Radano, one of the scholars we will read this semester, has argued, the ways we discuss music can have a tangible influence on the social and political world, because debates about music stand in for larger social issues with real life consequences.  We will read texts that demonstrate how music has facilitated the creation of American identities that recognize and celebrate difference, while offering alternate visions for what it means to be (and sound) American. We will see music as primary sources in order to investigate how musical genres may act as reservoirs of shared history and collective identity. And through diverse topics – from blues music and the rise of Jim Crow to 19th century tribal dancers draped in American flags on the Pine Ridge reservation to connections between elevator music and the Spanish American war – we will learn about how music and race have intersected with broader themes in U.S. history such as segregation, assimilation, internment, imperialism, and global capitalism.

HIST 400   Colloquium:  Eastern Europe            TTh 11:30 am-1:00 pm   Maureen Healy
Earthquakes, floods, epidemics, famines: the list of disasters suffered and/or caused by humanity over the centuries is as diverse as it is long. Together we will examine how historians have employed methods ranging from the analysis of poetry to the interpretation of archaeological remains to make sense of these and other sorts of disasters. Whether we read about the volcanic destruction of Pompeii, the famine that killed millions during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, or the devastation of New Orleans by
Hurricane Katrina, we will continually assess the ways in which historians have tackled questions like the following: To what extent can we classify disasters as “natural” on the one hand and “human-made” on the other? What do disasters reveal about the values and power dynamics of the societies in which they occur? Is it possible to use what we have learned about past disasters to prevent or mitigate future ones?

HIST 450   History Seminar                                    TTh 9:40-11:10 am   Benjamin Westervelt
Work with primary documents to research and write a major paper that interprets history. Topical content varies depending on instructor’s teaching field. Recent topics: the Americas; the United States and Asia; European intellectual history since 1945; women in American history; Indian policy on the Pacific slope; World War II, the participants’ perspectives; the British Raj; cultural nationalism in East Asia. May be taken twice for credit. Enrollment preference given to history majors and minors.

SPAN 370  LatinAm/Spain: Enlightment-Present     TTh 1:50-3:20 pm
J. Toledano Redondo
Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

TH 382   American Th/Drama: 19C-Present M3:00-4:30; Th3:30-5:00pm  Robert Camp
Readings in modern and contemporary American theatre. Topics include the origins of realism, American expressionism, noncommercial art theatre, African-American playwriting, women in theatre, canonical family plays, the Federal Theatre Project, the musical, Broadway comedy, filmed adaptation of stage drama, the advent of experimental and postmodern theatre, and the evolution of theatrical forms and themes in relation to historical and social change.


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