040.367 “Memory and Oblivion: Rewriting the Past in Ancient Rome”
This course examines concepts of memory and forgetting through Roman memory sanctions, which aimed to revise or even erase the past. Textual, archaeological, and iconographical sources will be considered.
180.308 “Financial Regulations in the U.S: History and Theoretical Framework”
History shows that financial crises and regulation reforms are two synchronous developments, insofar as one foreshadows the other. This course traces such development using both historical and theory-based approaches.
060.310 “Work and Worth in American Literature, 1845-Present”
This course will engage contemporary discussions of economics, labor, and vocation with representations of people at work in the writings of Douglass, Melville, Hurston, and Steinbeck, Frost, Yates, Springsteen, and others.
060.309 “Home and Wanderlust in Modernist Literature”
This course will examine forms of wanderlust and tensions between rootedness in one’s own culture and a cosmopolitan orientation in Henry James, Joyce, Tagore, Hemingway, Isak Dinesen, and Hualing Nieh.
060.317 “Time Well Wasted: Reading Fiction in the Eighteenth Century”
Is reading fiction just escapism? Or can novels speak to us about real life? We will discuss this question by reading classic works by Defoe, Swift, Fielding, and Sterne.
German Romance Languages
214.361.01 “Rome as told by its Narrators: A Journey through History, Literature, Arts and Film”
This course offers an intellectual and aesthetic experience of Rome through time. We will delve into its complex history as well as its tormented and vivacious present.
100.409 “Fascism: History and Interception”
This course investigates the history of fascism from 1914 to 1945, with special focus on fascist political culture and practices in a comparative framework.
100.322 “Cross-cultural encounters in Spanish America, 15th-18th centuries”
This will be an upper-level undergraduate history course designed to introduce students to accounts of cross-cultural encounter and inter-cultural interactions in Spanish America, from 1492 to the late 18th century.
100.331 “The American Consumer Society, 1750-1950”
This course examines the causes and consequences of America’s transformation into a mass consumer society, including the growth of advertising, the feminization of shopping, and the globalization of American products and tastes.
100.396 “Landscapes of the American South: Slavery, Law”
Focusing on the legal and social history of the American South, this course attempts to answer how national identity was complicated by questions of race and slavery from the founding forward.
History of Science
140.365 “From Colonial to Global Health: Health, Healing and European Expansion, 1500-1950”
This course traces the impact of European expansion on health, medicine and disease control from the Age of Exploration to the emergence of international and global health in the early twentieth century.
History of Art
010.162 “Junk: New Old Material in Modern Art”
This course explores the recurring strategy of using junk materials for artistic creation throughout the twentieth century, from Cubism, Dada and Surrealism to New Realism, New- Dada and beyond.
010.151 “Art and Architecture of Early Christian and Medieval North Africa”
Survey of Early Christian and medieval art and architecture in North Africa, with an emphasis on indigenous developments and cultural exchange in the Mediterranean world, 4th century to 13th century.
Near Eastern Studies
130.371 “Ritual and Magic in Ancient Egypt”
Through studying the objects and texts left behind, this course will discuss the role that ritual and magic played in religious life in Ancient Egypt.
150.312 “Philosophy and Complexity”
This inter-disciplinary course deals with philosophical issues stemming from various fields studying complex phenomena traditionally known as “special sciences.” Topics included are evidence, reductionism, emergence and unity of science.
150.203 “Contemporary Metaphysics”
This course will provide students with a survey of major topics in contemporary metaphysics, including such topics as the identity of objects through change and the metaphysical status of persons.
191.398 “The International Politics of Genocide”
This course examines the concept of genocide by exploring its controversial evolution in international law and global politics.
191.363 “Impasse Matters: The Politics of Unmaking Lives”
This course explores the politics of once-vitalizing hopes, relationships, and attachments that now unmake our lives. We’ll approach these impasses through readings that engage the politics of ordinary life.
191.364 “Free Expression in the 21st Century”
This course will explore the theoretical underpinnings of free expression protection and some of the key contemporary debates that surround free expression in an age of mobilization, globalization, and digitization.
191.352 “American Constitutionalism and War-Making”
This course analyzes the United States’ security structures and practices from the 1787 constitutional founding to the present day, with special emphasis placed upon America in the nuclear era.