Tuesday and Thursday 2:20-3:50 p.m. and Friday 1:40-3:10 p.m.
In today's world of Twitter & Facebook, text messages and email, humans use technology to connect with one another in unprecedented ways. This course will explore how technological mediation shapes our relationships with one another, as well as with the animals and plants around us. Particular attention will be paid to how the technologies we increasingly depend on to communicate our thoughts to others actually shape how we think.
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-10:00 a.m. and Tuesday 10:10-11:40 a.m.
The classic conflict of objectivity versus subjectivity, of simply reporting facts versus shaping them rhetorically, has been the subject of a wide range of recent graphic novels that employ either the perspectives of contemporary investigative journalism applied to real events or the figure of the investigative journalist as the protagonist in fictional narratives.
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10-11:40 a.m. and Thursday 8:30-10:00 a.m.
The United States was formed around Enlightenment ideas of
freedom and the rights of the individual.
However, from the beginning, “freedom” has had many definitions and has
been put to many uses in American political and social discourse; tension
between the individual and the community has been central to Americans’
self-image in a way that has not been true of other nations. From its inception, American film has been
fascinated with rebellious loners and social outcasts: characters whose
individualism is not only “front-and-center” but often “in your face.”
Monday and Wednesday 12:00-1:30 p.m. and Thursday 2:20-3:50 p.m.
In this seminar, we will explore the ways American
culture has been represented in popular television situation comedies from the
1950s through the present. Although we will explore multiple facets of
American culture, gender will be a primary focus.
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10-11:40 a.m. and Wednesday 1:40-3:10 p.m.
This seminar will combine research and performance to explore the musical traditions that have shaped the development of American popular music. We will examine the styles and values of the Old and New World musics whose extraordinarily fruitful interaction produced the many branches of our contemporary music: blues, jazz, country, gospel, bluegrass, rock and roll, soul, hip hop and beyond. We will learn research methods and apply those skills to research/writing projects about American music.