GE Seminar 120g Conquest and Revolution in 20th Century Mexican Literary and Visual Texts

Spots available in a GE Seminar in the Fall semester of 2015. Topic: Conquest and revolution in 20th century Mexican film, paintings, murals, literature, etc.

New Judaic Studies Courses for Fall 2015!

JS 321 Gender and Judaism

Interested in how gender affects religious, social and political life? Wondering about religion and sexuality? This class looks at the ways gender differences are shaped and reshaped by the cultures and societies in which Jews have lived. The class examines some of the ways that gender reshapes existing ideas about “Judaism” and “Jewishness” from ancient to contemporary times.

JS 389 Culture and Society in Israel

What makes a state? What makes a culture? This class looks at the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped and continue to shape contemporary Israel. In addition to examining e the process of creating a state–and a national culture—this class investigates the current tensions and fissures within Israeli society, including the peace process. We will look at the multiple narratives that have created and continue to create Israel including Jewish and Arab, secular and religious Israelis, Western and Eastern, individualist and collectivist, ideological and pragmatist.

GESM 120g Daughters of Africa: Black Women in U.S. History

FRESHMEN, are you still looking for a great course this fall? Check out GESM 120g under Humanistic Inquiry!

AMST 340: Latina/o LA

Do you still need to enroll in classes for the fall? Check out this American Studies Course!

AMST 340

Freshmen — Are you interested in Africa? Literature? Film? Medicine? History? This GE Seminar is for YOU!

GESM 120g: Seminar in Humanistic Inquiry

Health and the Body Politic in African Literature and Film

Taught by Professor Julie Nack Ngue

For many, the mere mention of Africa seems to conjure up images of rampant disease, violent conflict, extreme poverty, and a generalized suffering.

In this course, we will explore the potency and instability of such images of African health and the body through a careful exploration of texts, novels, and films from colonial times through the early 21st century. If the colonial period revealed a deep fascination with and revulsion for the African “other” (in body and mind), postcolonial novels and films allow for productive new representations of African health and the body. Over the course of the semester, we will explore the ways in which African writers and filmmakers have engaged with ideas of health, gender and the body to counter and to complicate those dominant images associated with Africa and Africans.

In particular, we will consider portraits of: bodily and psychological maladies associated with colonization; health and (dis)ability body in postcolonial nation-building; HIV/AIDS; and sexuality in contemporary Africa.

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Fall 2015 Portuguese Courses

HIST 473: Colonial Latin American History – Aztec, Mayan, and Inca Landscapes

HIST 473: Colonial Latin American History – Aztec, Mayan, and Inca Landscapes

Professor Becker – Thursday 3:30-6:20pm

In Colonial Latin American history we enter the worlds created by Mexico’s Aztec and Mayan indigenous people, Peru’s Incas, and the Africans slave traders brought to Brazil. We watch the fashions in which these remarkable indigenous and African men and women responded to the Europeans who sought to transform them, and the ways that in responses to the Europeans, the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Incas, and the Africans remade Latin American histories and possibilities. In this course, students are trained to thoughtfully, even imaginatively, enter these historical worlds.