Contemporary World Cinema

This seminar examines questions of contemporary world cinema from multiple perspectives by working back and forth between concepts of examining single, individual texts and broader, globally relevant contexts. As part of that project, each student studies in detail a single international film of their choice made between 2002 and 2017. In addition to traditional writing […]

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Incivility

In our society, divided by inequality and ideology, many demand civil discourse to solve the problem of incivility. This course challenges our assumptions about incivility and “civil discourse.” Course themes may include how ideals of civility connect to language and emotion; how the normalization of civility connects to colonialism, imperialism, and globalization; whether movements employing […]

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Whose Hip Hop Cultures

Who lays claim to hip hop when its arts and cultures are shared worldwide? This course traces hip hop’s movement over forty years from a transnational, Afro-diasporic South Bronx to six continents. To understand its circulation, this course explores the racialization of United States popular musics, a history and practice of difference-making that profoundly informs […]

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