The city of Paris plays a critical role in the history of photography, from the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, to the documentation of a city in transition by Atget and Marville, to the Surrealists and avant-garde photographers, to the “decisive moments” of Cartier-Bresson and other mid-century observational photographers, to the contemporary art scene of today. With this historical and cultural context in mind, students will explore the city with their cameras, and create images based on their own visual research. Collaborative, interdisciplinary, and digital projects comprise the majority of work in this course, and gallery and museum visits play an integral part.
African Economic Development Econ 288-01 Accra, Ghana Profs: Niels-Hugo Blunch This course introduces issues in African economic development, with an emphasis on both contemporary and historical perspectives. Course participants discuss economic and political institutions and social change in contemporary Africa, and historical patterns of economic and political...Read More
Through viewing, discussion, and analysis of Latin American films, students will develop an understanding of Latin America and of issues that have shaped their societies, such as the foundation of national identities; the political struggles and dictatorships of the twentieth century; women and society; immigration and globalization. The class will include movies from various Latin American countries, with a special focus on Argentina. It is intended as a bridge between intermediate Spanish and more advanced courses on culture and civilization, offering students the opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills, expand their knowledge of Latin America, and develop critical tools to analyze movies in their thematic content and cinematic aspects. The course will include a four-day visit to Buenos Aires, daily Spanish language classes, a visit to La Perla (a clandestine detention center during the Argentine military dictatorship of the 1970s), tango lessons, and home stays.
This study abroad program in Poland will examine the contemporary cultural, social, and political issues of this nation. Poland will be examined here as a test case of a rapid social, political, and economic change, which characterizes the recent historical developments in the entire East Central Europe. The chief educational objective of the course is demonstrate to American students that the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness can be achieved (1) despite major historical, cultural, and geopolitical adversities, and (2) within a framework of political, social, and economic institutions that are markedly different from those they have known in the United States.
This course spends four weeks in Paris analyzing how the spaces of the city have been contested and claimed since the French Revolution. We will study how different actors and groups have used the city and its monuments in struggles over history, memory and politics. Specific topics to be covered include how the French Revolution is memorialized in the city, class tensions and the remaking of Paris in the nineteenth century, the creation of Paris as an art capital, the battle for the memory of World War II, and the way in which contemporary actors – politicians, protestors, and tourists – move through and shape the city for their own purposes.
Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid (Spain)
This course takes place in Seville, Spain, where we will be perfectly situated to explore the co-existence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians on the Iberian Peninsula, based on an examination of the texts (literary, historical, religious, and philosophical), art, and architecture from the period prior to the arrival of the Arabs in 711, up to and beyond the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. From this exploration of their co-existence we expect to gain significant insight into how they saw themselves and how they understood and influenced each other. The course will also be conducted as a program of study at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies (www.spanishstudies.org), and as such students will have full access to their facilities and programming, including a home-stay with a Spanish family, and visits to significant cultural sites in and around Seville, Granada, Cordoba, and Madrid.