Tactical Urbanism

For a problem of intriguing complexity, look no further than the contemporary city.  Home to two-thirds of the world’s population, modern cities — gloriously diverse cultural, innovation, and artistic hubs, and often refuges for those who seek opportunity or escape from restrictive worlds — are nonetheless contested, even violent, grounds, spatially embodying social, political, and economic […]

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Exoplanets in Fact and Fiction

This course will look at the amazing discovery of planets around stars other than the sun.  This wondrous adventure is happening right now and showing us much more about our place in the universe.  We will look at how these discoveries are made, what the planets being discovered are like, what these discoveries tell us about […]

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Podcasts and Persuasion

Have you ever thought about how podcasts influence your knowledge and opinions? Any topic or theme you can imagine has a podcast covering it; they are modern, flexible modes of storytelling. But, the sense of shared experience and bond between listener and host means we are less likely to challenge the purpose, presented information, and […]

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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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Inventing Queer Lives

This course examines how dominant understandings of LGBT identity came into being in the Western world at the turn of the twentieth century and alternative paradigms for sexual and gender difference that have been offered by racial minorities, transgender communities, and non-Western cultures. Students use literary texts as well as well as films, historical documents, […]

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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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