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IDSEM-UG1698 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
EARLY
WI 2016

The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Justin Holt

Description

What holds a society together? This course will explore one influential answer to this foundational question within philosophy and social theory, namely social contract theory as it developed within early modern European political philosophy. Modern assumptions about the relationship between individual and society, private property and ownership, rationality, economics and the market, and rights and responsibilities of citizenship have all been shaped by social contract theory. But, even though this theory has enjoyed great influence, it has been severely criticized as unrealistic and biased towards individualism and property holders. We will read the foundational social contract works in this course and try to understand their assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses. The works to be read will include: Hobbes' De Cive, Locke's Two Treatises of Government, and Rousseau's The Social Contract.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1544 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
WI 2016

Frantz Fanon: Humanism, Revolution and the Decolonization of the Mind

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Millery Polyné

Description

This class examines the canonical text Wretched of the Earth ( Les Damnés de la Terre , 1961) by Martinican-born psychoanalyst and social philosopher Frantz Fanon. What is the relevance of Fanon's classic text and his insight on the revolutionary potential of the poor and intellectuals in our current world? Is there a "healing psychological force" in revolutionary action? This course provides a theoretical introduction to Jean-Paul Sartre's understanding of existentialism and bad faith and its influences on Fanon. More importantly, we will examine Fanon's ideas on existential humanism, the role of violence and tragedy in decolonization, and his notion of an "authentic existence" within and beyond post-colonial context.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1029 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
WI 2016

Creating Drama from Character, in Collaboration with The New Group

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Ian Morgan

Description

For 20 years, renowned Off-Broadway theatre company The New Group has been premiering and producing character-driven, ensemble-based work. This course will immerse students in the company's approach, which emphasizes character and intimate, visceral ensemble work. Students will jointly develop new performance work through group improvisation and playwriting, while also studying multiple processes and theories of developing a new ensemble-based theatrical work for performance, taking playwright/director Mike Leigh's "improvised play" as a particular model. The course, led by Associate Artistic Director Ian Morgan, will feature master classes from New Group artists, including Artistic Director Scott Elliott.

Notes

Class will meet on Friday, January 22 from 10am-1:30pm to make up for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1752 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
WI 2016

This Mediated Life: An Introduction to the Study of Mass Media

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Julian Cornell

Description

This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an intensive introduction to the study of mass media. Utilizing wide ranging critical and theoretical methodologies, the course will consider how media alternately reflects and forms our sense of politics, economics, race, gender, sexuality and citizenship. The course will be concerned with questions such as: What function does mass media serve for society? How does a media saturated cultural environment shape our identity? How do mass media forms delineate and naturalize prevailing ideologies and ways of being in the world? Can media provide a means to challenge cultural and political hegemony? Readings will be drawn from Berger’s Media Analysis Techniques  and Jenkins’ Convergence Culture  as well as the anthologies The Media Studies Reader  and Gender, Race and Class in the Media and the course will include excerpts from the films The Dark Knight Returns, The Secret  and  The Truman Show television shows such as Family Guy, The Simpsons, South Park and The X-Files , and a selection of other media forms, including blogs, radio shows, podcasts, magazines, music videos and social media sites.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1830 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
WI 2016

Arab Cinema(s)

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Sinan Antoon

Description

The Arab world is a vast region encompassing vibrant societies and dynamic cultures, but its geopolitical importance and a resilient Orientalism often reduce it to Hollywoodish stereotypes and misrepresentations. One way of transcending these misrepresentations is to ask: How do Arab filmmakers represent their own reality cinematically? This course introduces students to contemporary Arab cinema. We will begin by briefly examining the introduction of the medium in colonial times and trace its development both as an industry as well as an art form through the national era all the way to the neoliberal present. We will view and critically examine a number of selected films that represent the diversity of the region, but also the shared concerns and common sociopolitical struggles and challenges facing its societies. We will focus on key moments, both aesthetically and politically, and will explore how filmmakers negotiate and represent the following: anti-colonialism and liberation, nationalism and national identity, gender and sexuality, communal strife and civil wars, class struggle and social justice, globalization and neoliberalism, and the recent revolts. Texts will include Said’s “Orientalism,” Shafik’s “Arab Cinema,” Khatib’s “Filming the Modern Middle East.” Films will include Chahine’s “Alexandria Why?”Abu As`ad’s “Paradise Now” Tlatli’s “Silence of the Palace,” and Oday Rasheed’s “Quarantine.”

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1325 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Songwriting

4 units Tue Thu
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bill Rayner

Description

Song is the oldest musical form established in all eras and cultures. Ancient Greek and African musicians used song for recreation, to preserve communal memory and to link the visible world with the invisible. Music making was rooted in mythology, legends and folklore and was associated with gods, ancestors and heroes. The musician, through his/her technique, had to be able to combine sounds and images through the use of voice, gesture, dance, and instruments to form a musical reminiscence. In this workshop, songwriting will be explored as both a musical and cultural practice. Each student will develop songwriting techniques through the study of historical, cultural and musical aspects of songwriting.

Notes

Session II: July 5 - August 14

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

INDIV-UG1901 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Independent Study

4 units
Section 002

Description

In an independent study, students work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or creative project. Often the idea for an independent study arises in a course; for example, in a seminar on early 20th-century American history, a student may develop an interest in the Harlem Renaissance and ask the professor to supervise an independent study focused exclusively on this topic during the next semester. Students may also develop creative projects in areas such as music composition, filmmaking, or fiction writing. Independent studies are graded courses, the details of which are formulated by the student and his or her instructor; these specifics are described in th e Independent Study proposal and submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval. The student and instructor meet regularly throughout the semester to discuss the readings, the research, and the student’s work. Credit is determined by the amount of work entailed in the study and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Generally, independent studies, like other courses, are 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits; a 4-credit independent study requires at least seven contact hours per term between the teacher and the student.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

IDSEM-UG1543 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SU 2016

Imagining the Middle East

4 units Tue Thu
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Ali Mirsepassi

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1543

Description

This course explores the historical and contemporary representations of the Middle Eastern cultures and societies in the Western imaginary. We will examine shifting representations of the Middle East in pre- and post-enlightenment European political and intellectual discourses, Western literary texts and travel literature, and contemporary US popular culture (films, advertising, thrillers, spy novels, romance fiction, etc.). We will also consider the interrelationship between popular cultural representations and the manner in which the Middle East is conceptualized in the academy and in "high culture" in general (e.g., theorized as Orientalism). It is an assumption of the course that a "post colonial" framework is key to interpreting not only the Middle East, but also the “West.” Readings may include: Amin Maalouf,  The Crusades Through Arab Eyes ; Edward Said,  Orientalism  and  Covering Islam ; Zachary Lockman,  Contending Visions of the Middle East ; Jack Shaheen,  Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs ; Linda Khatib,  Filming the Modern Middle East. 

Notes

Session I: May 23 - July 3. Same as MEIS-UA 518.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-UG1901 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Independent Study

4 units

Description

In an independent study, students work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or creative project. Often the idea for an independent study arises in a course; for example, in a seminar on early 20th-century American history, a student may develop an interest in the Harlem Renaissance and ask the professor to supervise an independent study focused exclusively on this topic during the next semester. Students may also develop creative projects in areas such as music composition, filmmaking, or fiction writing. Independent studies are graded courses, the details of which are formulated by the student and his or her instructor; these specifics are described in th e Independent Study proposal and submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval. The student and instructor meet regularly throughout the semester to discuss the readings, the research, and the student’s work. Credit is determined by the amount of work entailed in the study and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Generally, independent studies, like other courses, are 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits; a 4-credit independent study requires at least seven contact hours per term between the teacher and the student.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

TRAVL-UG9500 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Berlin: Capital of Modernity

4 units
Karen Hornick

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/summersaapp.html For more information: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/undergraduate/global/travelcourses/berlin.html Description: Some of the most thrilling, momentous, and terrible events of the 1900s occurred in Berlin, which present tales of warning and inspiration to the present century. This four-week interdisciplinary seminar tracks these major events and traces change through the study of primary materials (literature, film, art, buildings, music, political discourse) and secondary readings drawn from a range of disciplines including history, sociology, philosophy, and critical theory. Berlin's streets, buildings, memorials, and cultural monuments offer cautionary tales about the folly of nationalist ambition; inspiring sagas of intellectual and physical courage; cold testimonials of crime and retribution; lyrical ballads of brutal honesty; personal records of hope and despair. From one perspective, all of these narratives are episodes in an epic whose grand and central scene is World War II; this is the point of view to be adopted in this course. Students will take in many of the sights and sounds of old and contemporary Berlin but will focus on the involvement of twentieth-century, Berlin-based politicians, activists, artists, architects, bohemians, writers, and intellectuals with the causes, experience, and consequences of World War II. Our period of study begins just before the outbreak of World War I and ends during the astonishing building boom of the post-Wall 1990s and early 2000s. Classes, taught in English, will meet four days a week. Survival German language courses will be offered daily. Group site visits will occur throughout the week and on weekends but students will be given ample opportunity to explore Berlin and develop individual projects. Field trips will encompass the rich resources of the city's museums, neighborhoods, historical sites, memorials, and cultural monuments. Students will live in apartments conveniently located near our classroom and must provide their own meals.

Notes

This four-week course meets in Berlin, June 4 - July 1. Permission required. For more information and to apply, please click on link to application.

Type

Travel Courses (TRAVL-UG)

ARTS-UG1660 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Magazine Dreams: Conceiving, Designing, and Producing a 21st-Century Publication

4 units Tue Thu
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lise Friedman

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1660

Description

Magazines are a tantalizing mix of tradition and the new—exquisitely tuned reflections of where we are at a given moment (and frequently harbingers of what’s yet to occur) expressed through a mode of communication that took root in the eighteenth century. It’s this balance of convention and innovation that guarantees their endurance, whether manifested in print, online, or through an artful combination of the two. In this arts workshop students will work together at an accelerated pace to conceive and produce an in-class magazine that reflects the students' interests and exposes them to the process such an endeavor entails. The first part of the workshop will be devoted to brainstorming and roughing out themes and design and editorial ideas, the second to their execution, and the final to the actual production of the publication itself.

Notes

Session I: May 23 - July 3

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

CORE-GG2999 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Thesis Advisement

1 units

Description

Students who do not defend the thesis successfully or have not completed the thesis during the semester in which they registered for Master's Thesis II, CORE-GG 2403 (or Master's Thesis and Defense, CORE-GG 2335), are required to register for Thesis Advisement each semester (including the summer, for students graduating in September) until the thesis is defended. Credits earned through Thesis Advisement are not included in the 40-credit requirement for the master's degree. The special tuition rate for Thesis Advisement is $400.00 plus a non-refundable registration and services fee.

Notes

To register, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

ARTS-UG1024 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Summer Classical Theater Intensive: Shakespeare in Performance

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
5:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Ben Steinfeld

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1024

Description

Working with Fiasco Theater, this intensive class has two principal goals: to give students training in a variety of acting and performance techniques for the classic stage, and to mobilize those skills towards the interpretation and workshopping of a Shakespeare play. Each class session will be divided into workshops, which will focus on such topics as: voice and speech, stage combat, clown, working with verse, physical metaphor, writing and adapting songs for Shakespearean performance, and ensemble games. The second half of the class sessions will involve collective rehearsal of the Shakespeare play. This intensive will be appropriate for all students interested in the performance of Shakespeare, and attention will be paid to providing opportunities for those most interested in directing or designing as well as acting. All students will participate in all activities, but the focus of each student can include a diversity of roles.

Notes

Intensive: May 23 - June 9

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1239 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
SU 2016

Classic Texts and Contemporary Life

4 units Tue Thu
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Antonio Rutigliano

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1239

Description

This course examines several “classic” texts to understand both their own intrinsic merit and their influence on society from their inception until our own time. Our emphasis, indeed, is on using these texts to understand our lives and world now. We explore classic texts in relation to contemporary life’s dilemmas of consumerism and spiritualism, individual rights and community rights, vocation and career, God and the afterlife, rebellion and escape from freedom. Readings may include Aeschylus’  The Oresteia , Sappho’s  Poems , Plato’s  Republic , Lucretius’  On the Nature of the Universe , Ovid’s  Metamorphoses  or Cicero’s  On the Laws , Chaucer’s  The Canterbury Tales  or Cervantes’s  Don Quixote .

Notes

Session I: May 23 - July 3

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

CORE-GG2999 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Thesis Advisement

1 units
Section 002

Description

Students who do not defend the thesis successfully or have not completed the thesis during the semesterin which they registered for Master's Thesis II, CORE-GG 2403 (or Master's Thesis and Defense, CORE-GG 2335), are required to register for Thesis Advisement each semester (including the summer, for students graduating in September) until the thesis is defended. Credits earned through Thesis Advisement are not included in the 40-credit requirement for the master's degree. The special tuition rate for Thesis Advisement is $400.00 plus a non-refundable registration and services fee.

Notes

To register, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

INDIV-UG1801 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Internship

4 units

Description

Internships offer Gallatin students an opportunity to learn experientially at one of New York City's many social institutions, art and cultural organizations, community-based organizations, or corporations. Students gain first-hand work experience and develop skills and knowledge that will help them in pursuing employment after graduation. They also explore the relationship between practical experience and academic theory. Gallatin provides an extensive list of available internships; students may pursue their own as well. Internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit. In addition to the weekly hours spent at the internship, students are expected to attend two workshops about internships; keep a journal of their daily internship experiences; submit a progress report describing the internship; and write a final paper for the faculty adviser.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is Monday, May 23. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

INDIV-GG2801 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Internship

4 units

Description

Internships offer Gallatin students an opportunity to learn experientially at one of New York City's many social institutions, art and cultural organizations, community-based organizations, or corporations. Students gain first-hand work experience and develop skills and knowledge that will help them in pursuing employment after graduation. They also explore the relationship between practical experience and academic theory. Gallatin provides an extensive list of available internships; students may pursue their own as well. Internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit. In addition to the weekly hours spent at the internship, students are expected to attend two workshops about internships; keep a journal of their daily internship experiences; submit a progress report describing the internship; and write a final paper for the faculty adviser.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Monday, May 23. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

INDIV-UG1801 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Internship

4 units
Section 002

Description

Internships offer Gallatin students an opportunity to learn experientially at one of New York City's many social institutions, art and cultural organizations, community-based organizations, or corporations. Students gain first-hand work experience and develop skills and knowledge that will help them in pursuing employment after graduation. They also explore the relationship between practical experience and academic theory. Gallatin provides an extensive list of available internships; students may pursue their own as well. Internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit. In addition to the weekly hours spent at the internship, students are expected to attend two workshops about internships; keep a journal of their daily internship experiences; submit a progress report describing the internship; and write a final paper for the faculty adviser.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

INDIV-GG2801 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Internship

4 units
Section 002

Description

Internships offer Gallatin students an opportunity to learn experientially at one of New York City's many social institutions, art and cultural organizations, community-based organizations, or corporations. Students gain first-hand work experience and develop skills and knowledge that will help them in pursuing employment after graduation. They also explore the relationship between practical experience and academic theory. Gallatin provides an extensive list of available internships; students may pursue their own as well. Internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit. In addition to the weekly hours spent at the internship, students are expected to attend two workshops about internships; keep a journal of their daily internship experiences; submit a progress report describing the internship; and write a final paper for the faculty adviser.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

CORE-GG2402 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Master's Thesis I

2 units

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/masters-thesis1.html DESCRIPTION: In the first months of Master’s Thesis I, the student works under the supervision of a grading instructor (generally, the student’s adviser) but also quite independently and with great focus on the thesis research, project, or artistic work described in the proposals they wrote in the Thesis Proposal Seminar. By the end of the semester, the student will have begun drafting the thesis paper (or, in the case of artistic thesis students, the research essay, artistic aims essay, and other required written supplements to the thesis artwork). Throughout the semester, the student and adviser (the grading instructor for this class) should meet at least four times to discuss ideas and drafts. All students are required to attend a series of four drafting and writing workshops To pass this class, students must demonstrate significant progress toward completing the thesis. For more details, please see the additional information about Master’s Thesis I on the Gallatin website.

Notes

Session I: May 23 - July 3. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: CORE-GG 2401. Before enrolling in this course, students should confirm their adviser is available during the summer months to supervise work on the thesis. In addition, students are expected to meet with support staff (these meetings will be arranged as the session starts). To register, submit the Master’s Thesis I Registration form, available on the Gallatin website.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

INDIV-GG2701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Private Lesson

4 units
Section 002

Description

Private lessons provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for their studies at performing or visual arts studios in the New York area. These studies are meant to supplement work begun in regularly scheduled classes at NYU or to provide students with the opportunity to study areas for which comparable courses at the University are unavailable to Gallatin students. Private lessons may be taken in voice, music, dance, acting, and the visual arts, with teachers or studios of their choice—as long as they have met with the approval of the Gallatin faculty. Credit for private lessons is determined by the number of instruction hours per semester. Students taking private lessons are required to submit a journal and final assessment paper to the faculty adviser. Unlike private lessons offered elsewhere in the University, Gallatin's private lessons are arranged and paid for by the student. The student is responsible for full payment to the studio or instructor for the cost of the private lessons, as well as to NYU, for the tuition expenses incurred by the number of private lessons course credits.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

IDSEM-UG1764 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SU 2016

Media and Global Social Movements

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Paula Chakravartty

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1764

Description

The recent wave of protest movements—from the uprisings of the Arab Spring to events closer to home like Occupy Wall Street –have sparked a renewed interest in the role of the media in mobilizing and sustaining social movements with global resonance. This seminar offers students the opportunity to analyze the power and limits of the media in contemporary social movements in recent historical contexts. First, readings will examine the political-economic conditions that have led to the mobilization of social claims for global justice in the last decade. We will then consider a range of critical theoretical perspectives on whether and how media and information technologies have been instrumental in the articulation of such claims. This seminar draws on inter-disciplinary readings from media and cultural studies, anthropology, political science and sociology. Authors we will read include: Asef Bayat, Manuel Castells, Donatella Della Porta, Jodi Dean, Alberto Melluci, Nivedita Menon, Francesca Polletta, Michael Watts, among others.

Notes

Same as MCC-UE 1826.001. Intensive: May 23 - June 9

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-GG2701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Private Lesson

4 units

Description

Private lessons provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for their studies at performing or visual arts studios in the New York area. These studies are meant to supplement work begun in regularly scheduled classes at NYU or to provide students with the opportunity to study areas for which comparable courses at the University are unavailable to Gallatin students. Private lessons may be taken in voice, music, dance, acting, and the visual arts, with teachers or studios of their choice—as long as they have met with the approval of the Gallatin faculty. Credit for private lessons is determined by the number of instruction hours per semester. Students taking private lessons are required to submit a journal and final assessment paper to the faculty adviser. Unlike private lessons offered elsewhere in the University, Gallatin's private lessons are arranged and paid for by the student. The student is responsible for full payment to the studio or instructor for the cost of the private lessons, as well as to NYU, for the tuition expenses incurred by the number of private lessons course credits.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is Monday, May 23. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

INDIV-UG1701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Private Lesson

4 units

Description

Private lessons provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for their studies at performing or visual arts studios in the New York area. These studies are meant to supplement work begun in regularly scheduled classes at NYU or to provide students with the opportunity to study areas for which comparable courses at the University are unavailable to Gallatin students. Private lessons may be taken in voice, music, dance, acting, and the visual arts, with teachers or studios of their choice—as long as they have met with the approval of the Gallatin faculty. Credit for private lessons is determined by the number of instruction hours per semester. Students taking private lessons are required to submit a journal and final assessment paper to the faculty adviser. Unlike private lessons offered elsewhere in the University, Gallatin's private lessons are arranged and paid for by the student. The student is responsible for full payment to the studio or instructor for the cost of the private lessons, as well as to NYU, for the tuition expenses incurred by the number of private lessons course credits.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is Monday, May 23. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

INDIV-UG1701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Private Lesson

4 units
Section 002

Description

Private lessons provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for their studies at performing or visual arts studios in the New York area. These studies are meant to supplement work begun in regularly scheduled classes at NYU or to provide students with the opportunity to study areas for which comparable courses at the University are unavailable to Gallatin students. Private lessons may be taken in voice, music, dance, acting, and the visual arts, with teachers or studios of their choice—as long as they have met with the approval of the Gallatin faculty. Credit for private lessons is determined by the number of instruction hours per semester. Students taking private lessons are required to submit a journal and final assessment paper to the faculty adviser. Unlike private lessons offered elsewhere in the University, Gallatin's private lessons are arranged and paid for by the student. The student is responsible for full payment to the studio or instructor for the cost of the private lessons, as well as to NYU, for the tuition expenses incurred by the number of private lessons course credits.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu)

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

CORE-GG2403 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Master's Thesis II

2 units

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/masters-thesis2.html Description: To pass this class, the student must submit and defend his or her thesis. In the first months of the semester, the student continues to work in collaboration with the adviser to complete the thesis paper or, in the case of artistic thesis students, the artwork as well as the related research essay and other required accompanying materials. All students are required to attend a number of writing workshops to aid this process. As prescribed by the online Thesis and Defense calendar, students must receive approval for all work from their adviser far enough in advance of the defense so that the other panelists will have at least four weeks to read and inspect the submission. For more details, please see the additional information about Master's Thesis II on the Gallatin website as well as the thesis and defense calendar and submission forms.

Notes

Session I: May 23 - July 3. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: CORE-GG 2402. Before enrolling in this course, students should confirm their adviser is available during the summer months to supervise work on the thesis. In addition, students are expected to meet with support staff (these meetings will be arranged as the session starts). To register, submit the Master’s Thesis II Registration form, available on the Gallatin website.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

TRAVL-UG9801 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SU 2016

Postcolonial Urbanisms: Development, Environment, and Social Movements in Senegal

4 units
Rosalind Fredericks

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/summersaapp.html For more information: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/undergraduate/global/travelcourses/SenegalPostcolonialUrbanisms.html Description: This travel course examines urban development in the postcolonial global South through the lens of cities in Senegal, West Africa. Like elsewhere across the global South, Senegal is rapidly becoming urban. This process implies a host of important transformations and challenges for development, the environment, and the socio-political lives of city dwellers. Owing to the country’s particular development trajectory, long history of urbanization, and important legacy as one of Africa’s strongest democracies, Senegal provides an especially fascinating place to examine these dynamics and grapple with their implications for urban processes all over the globe. Rejecting the language of crisis, chaos, and exception that is so often used to characterize urbanization in the global South, the course provides theoretically and experientially informed perspectives on the way postcolonial cities work as well as the challenges that remain. Though we will draw on readings from across the global South, the course will focus on the dynamic intersections of development, environment, and social movements in Senegal in light of the country’s particular history, geography, culture, and politics. Specifically, the course will be based in Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, but will include overnight trips to the other important Senegalese cities of Saint Louis (the colonial capital of French West Africa) and Touba (the holy city of Senegal's Islamic Mouride Brotherhood) to compare the form and function of these alternative urban development trajectories. Through a combination of course readings, classroom lectures, tours, and field visits, we will explore the legacies of colonialism and unpack a number of key contemporary debates and challenges faced by urban planners and city residents. Within Dakar, day trips will include Gorée Island, the municipal garbage dump, a traditional fishing village, and a hip hop community center. The class will meet daily and field visits will occur throughout the week and on weekends. Through the lectures and field trips, we will be exposed to multiple challenges and approaches to development from a broad variety of actors, including municipal governments, NGOs, and grassroots community-based organizations.

Notes

This three-week travel course goes to Dakar, Senegal, May 24 - June 15. Permission required. For more information and to apply, please click on link to application.

Type

Travel Courses (TRAVL-UG)

IDSEM-UG1640 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or EARLY
SU 2016

The History of Kindness

4 units Mon Tue Wed Thu
10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Andrew Romig

Description

How have human beings conceived and represented benevolent behavior toward others differently across time and place? In this course, we will explore the history of the concepts, ideals, and behaviors that we associate with the modern English word, "kindness" -- a story that begins in the classical world and unfolds slowly through two millennia into the present day. We will connect ancient debates about human nature, the practice of justice, and moral responsibility, to recent studies concerning the evolutionary biology of altruism (is there a "kindness gene"?), sociological studies of gender difference (is hostility a male trait?), and anthropological studies of how culture regulates conduct. We will study the rise of state-sponsored morality and the ways in which ideals of social welfare have changed over time. Key texts will include Plato's Republic, The Gospel of Matthew, Augustine's City of God, Dhuoda's handbook for her son, Chaucer's Tale of Melibee, Voltaire's Treatise on Tolerance, and Ghandi's The Story of My Experiments with Truth. As part of the course, students will also conduct individual studies of how "kindness" is defined, enacted, and organized throughout the New York metropolitan area today, with the opportunity to combine research with internship work.

Notes

Intensive: May 23 - June 9

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-UG1925 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Tutorial

4 units
Section 002

Description

Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are usually student-generated projects and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well, and some titles of recent tutorials include “Creating a Magazine,” “Dante’s Literary and Historical Background,” and “Environmental Design.” Tutorials are graded courses, and students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Gallatin School for approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of credits. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits: a 4-credit tutorial requires at least fourteen contact hours per term between the teacher and students.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

INDIV-UG1925 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Tutorial

4 units

Description

Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are usually student-generated projects and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well, and some titles of recent tutorials include “Creating a Magazine,” “Dante’s Literary and Historical Background,” and “Environmental Design.” Tutorials are graded courses, and students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Gallatin School for approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of credits. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits: a 4-credit tutorial requires at least fourteen contact hours per term between the teacher and students.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

IDSEM-UG1494 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Monsters in Popular Culture: Invented, Awakened, Invading

4 units Tue Thu
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Patricia Lennox

Description

From the earliest myths to the latest big-budget action film, powerful monsters continue to menace the innocent and frighten the listener/reader/viewer. Monsters have been pivotal to folk tales, myths, literary texts, and films. These hybrids of living creatures and otherness have endured since the beginnings of time and inhabit both the ancient and modern imagination. In the nineteenth century, they became intertwined with immigration, industrialization, and scientific experiments. By the end of that century, the psychological monster emerged whose terror lies in its grip on the subconscious. Modern monster stories and films are often sites of veiled political commentary. Post World War II, the shock of the atomic and hydrogen bombs released a new generation on screen of radioactive primitive monsters, while space exploration created another group of alien monsters. In this course, our monsters will include, but not be limited to Frankenstein's Creature, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Nosferatu, Godzilla (including the original Japanese Godjira), King Kong, assorted Blobs, Things, and Aliens, as well as creatures from the worlds of Harry Potter and Bilbo Baggins. The reading/viewing material will include a mix of fiction, films, and critical articles.

Notes

Session II: July 5 - August 14

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1481 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Photograph New York Coastal

4 units
Jeff Day

Description

Down by the water’s edge we find the color contrast delineating wet and dry to the rhythm of nature’s tidal flux. The ebb relinquishes 12 hours of waterborne mystery; the flow’s 12 hours blanket refreshes the shore’s human impositions. New York City’s 578 coastal miles inspire this photographic documentary workshop to explore ongoing changes in commercial development, social recreation and environmental climate. The gradual cleansing of New York City waterways has encouraged neighborhood communities to revive their historical, artistic, and literary traditions along shorelines once occupied by industry. Now attracting vibrant cultural, educational and tourist activity, New York City coastal communities are again looking at the water, seeking inspiration in its beauty. Embarking on a photographic project of their design, students will develop their own personal viewpoint on society’s relationship to New York waterlines, determine their own perception (vantage point, angle, point of view, framing) and establish a unique relationship with the audience (through scale, rhythm sequence, position, color). Classes will offer technical instruction, critiques of student work, and visual analysis. Open to highly motivated students with or without experience in documentary photography; digital or film cameras welcome.

Notes

Four-week Intensive: July 5 - August 1

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

INDIV-GG2925 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Tutorial

4 units

Description

Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are usually student-generated projects and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well, and some titles of recent tutorials include “Creating a Magazine,” “Dante’s Literary and Historical Background,” and “Environmental Design.” Tutorials are graded courses, and students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Gallatin School for approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of credits. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits: a 4-credit tutorial requires at least fourteen contact hours per term between the teacher and students.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

INDIV-GG2925 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Tutorial

4 units
Section 002

Description

Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are usually student-generated projects and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well, and some titles of recent tutorials include “Creating a Magazine,” “Dante’s Literary and Historical Background,” and “Environmental Design.” Tutorials are graded courses, and students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Gallatin School for approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of credits. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits: a 4-credit tutorial requires at least fourteen contact hours per term between the teacher and students.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Friday, April 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

IDSEM-UG1849 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance and Popular Protest

4 units Tue Thu
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Frank Roberts

Description

The age of the Obama Presidency has been plagued by a number of highly publicized police cases involving the shooting of unarmed black citizens at the hands of law enforcement and/or local vigilantes. In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Vonderrick Myers, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and others, the recent #blacklivesmatter movement has emerged largely in response to histories of state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies. This seminar links the #blacklivesmatter” movement to four broader phenomena: 1) the rise of the U.S. prison industrial complex and the increasing militarization of inner city communities, 2) the role of media in influencing national conversations about race and racism, 3) the state of racial justice activism in the purportedly “post-racial” Obama Presidency, and 4) the increasingly populist nature of decentralized protest movements in the U.S. We will debate and engage with a variety of topics, including the moral ethics of “looting” and riotous forms of protest; violent vs. nonviolent civil disobedience; the media myth of “black on black” crime; coalitional politics and the black feminist and LGBTQ underpinnings of the #blacklivesmatter movement; comparisons between the blacklivesmatter movement and the U.S. civil rights movement; and the dynamics of political protest among the millennial and post-millennial generations. Readings will likely include writings by Cornel West, Michelle Alexander, James Cone, Osaygefo Sekou, Imani Perry, Frederick Harris. Our reading material will also be supplemented by guest speakers and media activists who have played prominent roles in the blacklivesmatter movement.

Notes

Session II: July 5 - August 14

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-GG2901 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Independent Study

4 units

Description

In an independent study, students work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or creative project. Often the idea for an independent study arises in a course; for example, in a seminar on early 20th-century American history, a student may develop an interest in the Harlem Renaissance and ask the professor to supervise an independent study focused exclusively on this topic during the next semester. Students may also develop creative projects in areas such as music composition, filmmaking, or fiction writing. Independent studies are graded courses, the details of which are formulated by the student and his or her instructor; these specifics are described in the Independent Study proposal and submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval. The student and instructor meet regularly throughout the semester to discuss the readings, the research, and the student’s work. Credit is determined by the amount of work entailed in the study and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Generally, independent studies, like other courses, are 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits; a 4-credit independent study requires at least seven contact hours per term between the teacher and the student.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Monday, May 23. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

INDIV-GG2901 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SU 2016

Independent Study

4 units
Section 002

Description

In an independent study, students work one-on-one with a faculty member on a particular topic or creative project. Often the idea for an independent study arises in a course; for example, in a seminar on early 20th-century American history, a student may develop an interest in the Harlem Renaissance and ask the professor to supervise an independent study focused exclusively on this topic during the next semester. Students may also develop creative projects in areas such as music composition, filmmaking, or fiction writing. Independent studies are graded courses, the details of which are formulated by the student and his or her instructor; these specifics are described in the Independent Study proposal and submitted to the Dean’s Office for approval. The student and instructor meet regularly throughout the semester to discuss the readings, the research, and the student’s work. Credit is determined by the amount of work entailed in the study and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Generally, independent studies, like other courses, are 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits; a 4-credit independent study requires at least seven contact hours per term between the teacher and the student.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

IDSEM-UG1826 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

(Dis)Placed Urban Histories

4 units Fri
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Rebecca Amato

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1826

Description

According to the vacation rental site, Airbnb, Brooklyn’s “ultra-trendy” Williamsburg neighborhood is “New York City’s top spot for looking awesome” and can be credited with being one of the borough’s “first neighborhoods to create collector’s items out of defunct warehouses.” Until recently, such descriptions were assumed to be about the northern section of Williamsburg, where boutiques and chic restaurants, galleries, lofts, and artisanal markets abound. Now, as the  New York Post  notes, the formerly “scruffy” and “barren” South Williamsburg is also “growing up” as LEED-certified luxury construction and trendy restaurants materialize there as well. This language of encroaching gentrification, though relatively new to both North and South Williamsburg, has a longer history, having been applied to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, East Village, and Soho neighborhoods decades before. Yet while twenty-somethings pour into South Williamsburg, many question their role in displacing long-term residents, small businesses, and local traditions with a homogenizing “hipster” culture. This course invites students to become historical activists whose objective is to learn who and what is being displaced by gentrification and what the historical processes are that have aided this change. Students will conduct archival and secondary research; produce collaborative oral histories with neighborhood residents and business owners; and meet with activists who are working to stem the tide of gentrification. The course will culminate in an on-line archive and a physical exhibit to be co-produced with neighborhood residents and displayed at El Museo de Los Sures in South Williamsburg.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

CORE-GG2018 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Proseminar: Interdisciplinary Critical Theory in Practice

4 units Mon
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Karen Hornick

Syllabus

CORE-GG2018

Description

Historical and technological developments have changed ideas about cultural consumption. Is the mass audience itself a product of the goods and entertainment it consumes (as midcentury ideology theorists believed) or is it an outmoded concept lost in the wake of globalization, the sharp focusing techniques of digital marketing, crowd sourcing, and participatory culture? What are the implications of these developments for aesthetic appreciation, the formation of pleasure and desire, the relationship between culture and politics? Where do you stand as a critic, scholar, or artist in relation to such questions? This proseminar attempts to reach students with interests, practical or theoretical, in one or more of the following fields: media studies, literary and art criticism, history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and philosophy (particularly aesthetics). Among the topics to be discussed are: the history of asserted differences between high and low art; the mass reproduction and commodification of art; critical judgement and the differences between fans and experts. Class readings will include a mix of major theoretical writings, histories, and a variety of primary materials including literary texts, films, and performances. Authors may include Charles Baudelaire, Willa Cather, Walter Benjamin, Dwight Macdonald, Linda Williams, Henry Jenkins, and Carl Wilson.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

IDSEM-UG1868 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

New Negro Arts and Politics: The Harlem Renaissance Reconsidered

4 units Mon
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Laurie Woodard

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1868

Description

Throughout the Twentieth Century, African Americans employed a variety of strategies toward the attainment of social, political, and economic equality. At different historical moments, specific agenda, tactics, and participants have come to forefront, yet the overall objectives remain the same. During the 1920s and 1930s, many African Americans put forth a fusion of cultural and political activism as the vanguard of the movement. While exploring the rich literature of the era, this course looks beyond traditional literary models and delves into the work of performing and visual artists to present students with a deeper and more complete understanding of the complex and dynamic social, cultural, and political phenomenon known as the New Negro or Harlem Renaissance. We will explore the intersection between culture and politics during a specific moment in African American history and examine its place within the larger quest for equality. Readings may include works by Langston Hughes, Fannie Hurst, Carl Van Vechten, Aaron Douglass, Richard Bruce Nugent, Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, Augusta Savage, Cheryl Greenberg, Mary Renda, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1380 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Three Revolutions: Haiti, Mexico, Cuba

4 units Tue Thu
4:55 PM - 6:10 PM
Antonio Lauria-Perricelli

Description

We compare and contrast the revolutionary events, processes and outcomes in Haiti, Mexico, and Cuba. Each had significant anti-colonial or anti-imperial components, as well as social and political conflicts and alliances within the immediate societies of the revolutionary countries which involved both "internal" and "external" groups and ideas. None of the three cases were simple reflexes of European or North American ideas and politics, although such external factors were among the revolution’s causes and effects. We consider the roles of investors, landowners, mineowners, merchants, bankers, politicians, state administrators, peasants, laborers, intellectuals, migrants, and other social groups in-country or in the relevant imperial centers. We analyze interrelations among kinds of capitalism, and anti-capitalist ideologies or social forms and types of rationality; changing revolutionary processes and demands; the changing role and organization of the state; the supporters or antagonists of the revolution among differing social groups at differing times; the revolution's relation to earlier and later movements. Where necessary, we invoke examples from other countries. Readings might include selections from Wolf,  Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century ; DuBois,  Avengers of the New World ; Trouillot,  Haiti: State Against Nation ; Sheller, various papers on gender and power in 19th century Haiti; Gonzales,  The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1940 ; Pérez Cuba,  Between Reform and Revolution ; Kapcia,  Cuba in Revolution: A History Since the Fifties ; A. Chomsky,  A History of the Cuban Revolution ; Meeks,  Caribbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory ; Foran,  Theories of Revolution  and later works.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1870 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
EARLY
SP 2016

Going Baroque: Baroque Theater, from Ambiguity to Hyperbole

4 units Tue Thu
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Simon Fortin

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1870

Description

Mannered, adorned, elaborate, grand, exaggerated, eccentric, reactionary—these are all qualities often associated with the Baroque aesthetic, a complex artistic movement that swept the European continent from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. While the Baroque may accommodate such descriptions, it also refuses the fetters of definitions. In this course, we examine the controversies that animate the use of the term “Baroque”: How did an aesthetic of grandeur come to inform architecture, politics, religion, the visual arts, and specifically for our intent, the theater? How might the Baroque period be considered a living tension between  Ambiguity , a quality we associate more closely with the Renaissance, and  Hyperbole , understood here as excessive dogmatism? We look at texts that embrace, but also denounce, the Baroque aesthetic turn, and we try to understand how this appetite for grandeur, for excess, for unbridled expressivity still mediates the sensibilities of our post-modernity.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1298 Lib Arts
SCI
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Ecology and Environmental Thought

4 units Mon Wed
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Gene Cittadino

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1298

Description

Ecological science and environmentalism appear to be relatively recent developments, but they have long and deep roots in our culture. Their interrelated histories, their connections to broader intellectual, cultural, social and political trends, their sometimes tenuous relationship to one another over the past century, and their continuing interactions in the discourse over the fate of nature constitute the subject of this course. Considerable attention will be given to the science of ecology–its concepts, explanations, and methods—as well as to the broad cultural background in which it has developed. There will also be much emphasis on historical developments in the sciences and in environmental philosophy and policy. Topics include changing views of equilibrium and balance in nature, myths of the primitive (pristine nature,the ecologically noble savage, etc.), the transfer of metaphors between social theory and ecology, conservative and postmodern critiques of ecology, and recent debates over biodiversity, population, global warming, and environmental justice. Readings will include historical works by authors from Linnaeus, Malthus, and Darwin to Thoreau and George Perkins Marsh, environmental classics, such as works by Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and Paul Ehrlich, and a variety of works by contemporary ecologists and environmentalists.

Notes

Section 2 for Environmental Studies majors only.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1855 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

4 units Mon
7:45 PM - 10:15 PM
Peter Rajsingh

Description

The terms creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship (CI&E) have become catchphrases in the 21st century. The goal of this class is to examine these concepts both individually and in the way they interrelate. What is being invoked by these terms? To what extent are CI&E stable, contestable, or how is one a precursor of the other? A business writer suggested that “creativity is the price of admission, but it’s innovation that pays the bills.” How are CI&E values, as well as generators of value in business and in life? Do the terms complement or stand in opposition to other values, and through what practices and cultural and conceptual frames are they articulated and operationalized (such as creation  ex nihilo , zero to one, the lean start-up, methodological individualism, etc.)? Analytical thinking about CI&E, therefore, leads us down various pathways. We will explore images of the self, economic notions of the good life and of society implicit in different ways that CI&E get parsed. And we will examine the anatomy of start-ups as well as intrapreneurship — the fostering of an entrepreneurial internal culture, where the Gallatin model of individualized study might be considered a useful paradigm.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1859 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Modern Poetry and the Senses

4 units Tue Thu
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Lisa Goldfarb

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1859

Description

In a letter that he wrote to his Cuban correspondent, Jose Rodriguez Feo, Wallace Stevens referred to Marcel Proust as a poet. “It seems like a revelation,” Stevens wrote of Proust, “but it is quite possible to say that that is exactly what he was and perhaps all that he was.” Proust’s masterpiece,  In Search of Lost Time , is often considered for the way it challenged and enlarged the form of the 20th century novel, as well as for the author’s meticulous exploration of the workings of time, history, memory, psychology, and the senses. Yet, it is more unusual to study Proust as a poet, or for his impact on modern poetry. In this course, therefore, we begin our study of the presentation and importance of the senses in modern poetry with Proust (via portions of  In Search of Lost Time ). Proust will then serve as prelude to our examination of the various ways that modern poets respond to, follow, and reach beyond him in their use and portrayal of the senses (and, by extension, time and memory). Contextual materials may include, among other texts, Bergson’s  Creative Evolution  and Susan Stewart’s  Modern Poetry and the Fate of the Senses.  Primary readings include portions of Proust’s  In Search of Lost Time , and poetry and essays of Valéry, Eliot, Pound, Moore, Bishop, Auden, Stevens, and Césaire.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1535 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Narrating Memory, History and Place

4 units Tue Thu
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Marie Cruz Soto

Description

This course examines how people imagine a place of their own through narrations of the past. The past, after all, is a contested terrain open to divergent interpretations that shape common understandings of places. The meanings bestowed on places dictate who can use them, and how. Thus, the ways through which people narrate the past can transform places. This course, therefore, explores the broad interplay between narrations of memory, history and place. It focuses, however, on the politics of historical narrations in struggles of disempowered communities to claim a place of their own. Course readings include literary and other scholarly texts like Jamaica Kincaid’s  A Small Place , Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s  Silencing the Past  and Michel De Certeau’s  The Practice of Everyday Life  as well as writings by Edward Said, William Cronon, Diana Taylor, Steven Hoelscher and Doreen Massey.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1771 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Promise and Pitfalls of Markets

4 units Mon Wed
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Ngina Chiteji

Description

In his classic text, the Wealth of Nations, the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith argued that the human propensity to "truck, barter and exchange" would naturally lead to socially optimal outcomes if people were left to trade freely, without any government interference in markets. This idea that a competitive market can lead to efficient outcomes is a central tenet of economic theory today. Moreover, the more general belief that markets know what's best is widely held throughout U.S. society. This course is designed to teach students about what economics has to offer to the analysis of markets and the ways that firms make decisions. It also will include analyses of market outcomes from scholars in disciplines outside economics,  and   some   discussion of firms' ethical obligations .  In its exploration of these topics, the course draws largely on disciplines such as economics, sociology, moral philosophy, and the law.  Readings may include texts such as the following: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich,  Winner-Take-All Markets by Robert Frank, and The Globalization Paradox by Dani Rodrik .

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1878 Lib Arts
SCI
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Intro to Science and Society

4 units Mon Wed
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Myles Jackson

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1878

Description

The goal of this course is to provide a background to the plethora of techniques proffered by the humanities and social sciences in studying the history of science, technology, and medicine. This course will include lectures, student presentations, and lively discussions. Although this course covers a plethora of disciplines and their methodologies, students are encouraged to see how various tools from one field can be fruitfully applied to another. Topics include: Christian Aristotelianism, the rise of experimentation and the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment Science, Darwin’s theory of evolution and the church, eugenics in 20th-century America, machines and humans during the 19th and 20th centuries, historical explanations of disease, gene patenting, race and genes, and the history of HIV/AIDS. In short this course, which should be taken early on in the Science-and-Society minor, will not only offer an intellectual map for students to plan and craft their own individual program, it also invites students to think synthetically, organically, and creatively on how various disciplines can be brought together with a view to elucidate the scientific, technological, and medical enterprises.

Notes

Same as HIST-UA 94.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1866 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Poetry and the Politics of Decolonization

4 units Mon Wed
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Linn Cary Mehta

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1866

Description

The course looks at poets writing in the twentieth century and after whose work is caught up in the struggle for independence from colonial rule and, subsequently, with the formation of a post-colonial literary voice. This poetry confronts issues of national and racial identity, place and displacement, decolonization and freedom from linguistic and political oppression. We will read, among others, the two leading poets of négritude, Aimé Césaire and Léopold Senghor, in relation to movements in Caribbean, African, and American literature including the Harlem Renaissance (Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Nicolas Guillén); Latin American poets including Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz; English-language poets including W.B. Yeats, William Carlos Williams, and Derek Walcott; and the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Readings will be in English, though languages of composition vary from French and Spanish to Bengali; we will also include other literatures of this period that students are interested in.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1729 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or EARLY
SP 2016

Ancient and Renaissance Festivity: Its Literary, Dramatic and Social Forms

4 units Mon
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Susanne Wofford

Description

This class investigates the role of festive custom and holiday release, and the kinds of performance and literary form that they enable or frustrate, in ancient Greece and Rome, and in Renaissance Europe, with a 20th century postlude. Why does festivity sometimes lead to political revolt and at other times does not? Why does the "carnivalesque" often include festive abuse as well as celebration? We look at theories of festivity and release, at the dionysiac, at the human/animal union in festivity, and at the role of the classical period in shaping Renaissance and even modern ideas of festivity, irony and the festive worship of the gods. We also explore the effect of the Protestant suppression of festive holiday and theatricality in Shakespeare’s England, and at the tensions inherent in festivity between excess and moderation, between the saturnalia and the philosophical symposium. The class begins with classical festivity, with Plato's “Symposium,” Euripides'  The Bacchae , selections from Ovid's  Fasti  and the  Metamorphoses , and Apuleius'  Golden Ass . Readings from the Renaissance include: Rabelais,  Gargantua and Pantagruel ; Shakespeare,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream ,  1 Henry IV; Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra,   The Winter’s Tale.  Concluding with carnival practices in the circum-Atlantic world, we take as examples the film  Black Orpheus  ( Orfeu Negro , directed by Marcel Camus), New Orleans carnival and Jazz Funerals, and probably Paule Marshall’s novel  The Chosen Place, the Timeless People  (1969) in order to see how these older traditions shape modern experience. We will end in 1968 in Greenwich Village with Richard Schechner’s Dionysus in 69.

Notes

Open to sophomores and juniors. Seniors require permission of the instructor (susanne.wofford@nyu.edu). Same as ENGL-UA 252 003.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1806 Lib Arts
SCI
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Science, Race and Colonialism in Comparative Perspective

4 units Wed
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Brendan Matz

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1806

Description

This course examines the history of the concept of race as it relates to the development of both European colonialism and modern biological science. We will examine how and why popular notions and systematic theories of racial difference took shape and changed over time and how those ideas were put to use or expressed in various colonial contexts. The approach of the course is comparative, with a focus on Britain, France, Germany, and the Unites States, and the material is divided into three sections. In the first section, we will look at early European encounters with human difference in the New World, Asia, and Africa and trace how colonial exploration and exchange helped lay the foundations for race science.    The second section considers the development of scientific racism from the appearance of Darwin’s theory of evolution to World War II and the Holocaust. The final section examines postwar reappraisals of the race concept and the process of decolonization, as well as a series of unresolved questions about the meanings of race in our contemporary global culture. Primary readings in the course include Andrew Curran’s  Anatomy of Blackness  and Stephen Jay Gould’s  The Mismeasure of Man .

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-UG9600 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

WASHINGTON, DC: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-WASHINGTON. This 4-credit course includes a weekly seminar and minimum of 20 hours fieldwork per week at an approved internship fieldsite. Enrollment by permission only. Application required.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

IDSEM-UG1488 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
SP 2016

Antigone

2 units Wed
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Laura Slatkin

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1488

Description

Antigone: heroine or harridan? Political dissident or family loyalist? Harbinger of the free subject or captive of archaic gender norms? Speaking truth to power or preserving traditional privilege? Sophocles' Antigone has been good to think with since its first production in the fifth century BCE. From ancient commentators through Hegel to contemporary gender theorists like Judith Butler, readers have grappled with what Butler calls "Antigone's Claim." The play's exploration of gender, kinship, citizenship, law, resistance to authority, family vs. the state, and religion (among other issues) has proved especially compelling for modern thought. In this seminar we will closely read the play and some select commentary; supplemental readings may include writings of philosophers, classicists, playwrights, political theorists. We will also conclude with some 20th C. adaptations/re-imaginings of Antigone on the stage.

Notes

Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First Class: January 27; Last Class: March 9.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ITAL-UA285 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Between Women: Female Friendship In Contemporary Italian Literature

4 units
Section 002
Thu
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Description

Recent years have seen the increasing popularity of the “Bechdel Test” to assess movies, television shows, and other narrative forms. Based on a 1985 drawing by Alison Bechtel, the test is composed of three points: 1) Are there at least two female characters; 2) who speak to each other; 3) about something other than a man? Given that a surprising number of narratives fail this test, it seems important to look closely at representations of friendships between women, and to consider what is at stake in such representations, and in their absence. This course will be dedicated primarily to a close reading of Elena Ferrante’s monumental Neapolitan novels, which chronicle a lifelong friendship between the narrator and her brilliant, troubled, beautiful best friend. Along with Ferrante’s enormously popular and critically acclaimed,  My Brilliant Friend ,  The Story of a New Name,  and  Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,  and  The Lost Child , we will read Ferrante’s 2006,  The Lost Daughter , a complex portrayal of an obscure friendship, as well as novels by Maria Rosa Cutrufelli, Matilde Serao, Dacia Maraini, and Christa Wolf that thematize friendships between women. Through these readings and related critical essays by Carla Lonzi, Luisa Muraro, Adriana Cavarero, Judith Butler, and others, we will reflect on diverse theoretical approaches to literature and gender. We will ask how our interpretive approach changes when reading novels by an author—like Ferrante—whose identity remains secret? We will trace the kinship structures, social bonds, and erotic attachments that develop in these texts, and reflect on the challenges they pose to hetero-normativity, to patriarchy, and to even to rhetorical styles and narrative structures. Reading recent works of affect theory, we will consider the role of disgust, envy, optimism, and irritation, in these novels. Discussions of the cultural contexts of these novels will address Italian labor and feminist movements, the so-called Southern question, and Italian political history since 1943. Readings by Roland Barthes, Carla Benedetti, Lauren Berlant, Maria Rosa Cutrofelli, Elena Ferrante, Michel Foucault, René Girard, Luce Irigaray, Carla Lonzi, Julia Kristeva, Dacia Maraini, Sianne Ngai, Adrienne Rich, Gayle Rubin, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Matilde Serao, and others.

Type

NYU Courses (ITAL-UA)

IDSEM-UG1466 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Philosophy and Welfare Politics of Distributional Justice

4 units Fri
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Justin Holt

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1466

Description

Are the outcomes of capitalist exchanges fair or unfair? Is capitalism supportive or detrimental to democratic virtues? Does the welfare state rectify the problems of capitalism or exacerbate them? John Rawls’ work  A Theory of Justice  has greatly shaped these considerations of the welfare state. His theory refined many of the debates concerning the fairness of capitalist economic outcomes and the effects capital accumulation has on democratic virtues. According to Rawls, the welfare state in some form was necessary for capitalism to have morally acceptable outcomes. But, critics of Rawls have called into question welfare state interventions, many finding them economically inefficient and detrimental to democratic virtues. Other critics have founds Rawls’ theory to be too limited in its impact, thereby supporting more extensive interventions into capital accumulation. In this course we will try to answer questions about the morality of capitalist accumulation by studying theoretical conceptions of Rawls’ work and the responses of his critics. The main texts of Rawls’ critics we will consider are Nozick’s  Distributive Justice  and Cohen's  Rescuing Justice and Equality . These theoretical conceptions will be contrasted with the case studies contained in Esping-Andersen’s  The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism .

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1857 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Photography through the Lens of Magnum and VII

4 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Lauren Walsh

Description

Does the still image have the same power today—an era saturated by images—as it did just a few decades ago? As a photographer, what are the ethical ramifications of acting as the public’s eyes? Some of the greatest works of journalistic and documentary photography over the last seventy years have been produced by members of the world-renowned photo collectives, Magnum and VII. Photographers at these leading collectives have not only created iconic documentary images, but also helped define, limit, and focus the field of photojournalism as we know it today. This course examines Magnum and VII both as a business model, in opposition to wire services and other photo agencies, and as a formative influence over the style and content of documentary photography in recent decades. We thus use these collectives as a lens (pun intended!) through which to address a recent history of photography, the trajectory of visual journalism, and ultimately, the place of advocacy in documentary photography, since these collectives often turn an eye toward momentous histories and social justice. Using specific photojournalistic works from each collective, and through conversations with some of the photographers themselves, students will interrogate how historic events (from guerrilla wars to the break up of Yugoslavia), and humanitarian issues (like the mining of “conflict minerals” in the Congo) are recorded in this medium and what impact these images have had on the reception of these events. Texts may include work by Ritchin, Cartier-Bresson, Sontag, and Dyer, and photographs by Robert Capa, Susan Meiselas, Ron Haviv, and Marcus Bleasdale. Students, in turn, will produce their own visual projects.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1156 Lib Arts
SCI
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Darwinian Revolution

4 units Mon Wed
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Gene Cittadino

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1156

Description

Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection may be the single most influential, and controversial, scientific theory ever proposed. This course will examine the origin, nature, and consequences of Darwin’s theory, with an emphasis on interrelationships among the social, cultural, and intellectual dimensions of the scientific enterprise. Topics include the connections between Darwinian theory and social, political, and moral discourse in Victorian Britain; initial and more recent scientific and public controversies; resistance to the theory by conservative Christians; applications and misapplications of the theory, such as Social Darwinism, eugenics, and sociobiology; and the influence of Darwinian thought on literature and the arts. In addition to the  Origin of Species  and excerpts from  Voyage of the Beagle ,  Descent of Man , and other Darwin writings, readings may include Kurt Vonnegut’s  Galapagos , selections from Malthus, Spencer, and Huxley, and recent works by Richard Dawkins, E.O. Wilson, Stephen Gould, Marlene Zuk, Jerry Coyne, and Sarah Hrdy, among others.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG717 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Literature and the Idea of Justice

4 units Mon Wed
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Sara Murphy

Syllabus

FIRST-UG717

Description

A blindfolded woman holding scales aloft: the classic allegory of Justice might suggest that justice is an abstraction. It also represents justice as tied to a state of equilibrium, which can be completely restored. Yet justice itself is very difficult to define, shifting its meanings over time, between cultures and among individuals; can we presume such a balance? Is justice really only an effect of power, the right of the strong to define the terms under which the weak live? How are law and justice connected? While these seem to be questions for political philosophers, they have also been addressed by literary writers. In this course, our focus will be on how literary texts take up these problems at different junctures primarily in the Western tradition. We will also read some jurists and critical theorists on what constitutes justice—and for whom. Readings may include Plato, Aeschylus, Herman Melville, Bertolt Brecht, Richard Wright, Immanuel Kant, John Rawls, Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, Martha Nussbaum, and Nadine Gordimer. Assignments will include a variety of forms of writing, including a research essay in which students will seek to integrate their thinking with that of our authors.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

WRTNG-UG1334 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Writer's Discourse

4 units Tue Thu
4:55 PM - 6:10 PM
Victoria Blythe

Description

“What must the writer remember?” Maurice Blanchot asks. “Himself when he is not writing.” In this class, we will discover the infinite conversation that writers often have with themselves and their own writing. As we write our own texts, we will engage with theorists/writers and discover how they have interrogated themselves and their works. The modality of our project will be writerly self-reflection: discoursing with ourselves while writing, reading ourselves in our own texts, and engaging with a work-in-progress by means of a conversation with it. Readings may include works by Barthes, Blanchot, Derrida, Heidegger, and Deleuze and Guattari.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

IDSEM-UG1651 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
SP 2016

From Memory to Myth: The Mighty Charlemagne

4 units Mon Wed
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Andrew Romig

Description

In this course students will explore historical memory, mythmaking, and the myriad ways in which human beings construct and reconstruct the past to address present hopes, dreams, and fears. Our case study will be the Frankish Emperor Charlemagne (d. 814), who in life helped to lay the foundations of modern European society, and in death would continue to represent an imagined pan-European unity that predated factionalism, regionalism, and nationalism. The seminar will begin in the ninth century with Charlemagne in memory before moving briskly forward in time to study Charlemagne in legend and myth. Along the way, we will discuss themes and problems of particular relevance, including the birth of “Europe,” the advent of “the state,” Christianity and Crusade, the rise of vernacular literature, and early colonialism. In addition to theoretical works on memory, myth, and history-writing, texts for discussion will include a vibrant mix of canonical and lesser-known gems: Einhard’s  Life of Charlemagne,   The Song of Roland , and Ariosto’s  Orlando Furioso ; but also the Astronomer’s  Life of Louis the Pious ,  The Voyage of Charlemagne to Jerusalem and Constantinople , and the anonymous  Charlemagne  play from the London of Shakespeare and Marlowe.

Notes

Same as HIST-UA 245.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1628 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Think Big: Global Issues and Ecological Solutions

4 units Tue
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Mitchell Joachim

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1628

Description

What are the most stimulating solutions to global climate change? If we were given an imaginary “client” with an unlimited budget and colossal power, what should we design? The resounding formula for green thinking is broadly interpreted in three meta-themes; apocalyptic, technological, and traditional. Each category promises solutions and/or interpretations of our current environmental calamity. We explore critical philosophical, artistic, and scientific positions in each meta-theme that help elucidate this dilemma. Students read, evaluate, and synthesize projects and texts from great minds such as William Cronon, Bill McKibben, Bruce Mau, Mike Davis, Marshall McLuhan, Bjorn Lomborg, David Orr, Paul Virilio, Marshall McLean, Laurence Buell, and others. The final project is the production of a mock Madison Avenue advertising campaign that promotes urban “sustainability.”

Notes

Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1518 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Globalization: Promises and Discontents

4 units Thu
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Ritty Lukose

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1518

Description

In popular and scholarly discourse, the term "globalization" is widely used to put a name to the shape of the contemporary world. In the realms of advertising, policymaking, politics, academia, and everyday talk, "globalization" references the sense that we are now living in a deeply and ever-increasingly interconnected, mobile, and speeded-up world that is unprecedented, fueled by technological innovations and geopolitical and economic transformations. Drawing on perspectives from history, anthropology, cultural and literary studies, geography, political economy, and sociology, this course will explore theories, discourses, and experiences of globalization. Running through the course are three central concerns: 1) exploring claims about the "new-ness" of globalization from historical perspectives, 2) examining how a variety of social and cultural worlds mediate globalization and 3) analyzing a contested politics of globalization in which the opportunities for social mobility and transformation are pitted against renewed intensifications of exploitation and vulnerability along long-standing vectors of difference and inequality. While "globalization" is often touted as a "flattening" of the world, this course moves beyond such clichés to understand the intersection between large-scale transformations in political economy and culture in and through multiple cultural worlds situated unevenly on the world's map.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG765 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Suburban Nation

4 units Mon Wed
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
David Parsons

Description

The suburbs are ripe spaces in the American cultural imagination, conjuring images of sprawling housing tracts with endless rows of seemingly identical single-family units, "big box" retail stores, giant sport-utility vehicles and, perhaps above all, a stifling cultural homogeneity. In the 21st century, however, the American suburbs emerge as much more complex and diverse spaces than these stereotypical images suggest. In this course, we will consider suburban living in all its dimensions, exploring the ways that race, gender, sexuality, class politics, labor issues, political expression, and ideas of public space take on particular resonance in suburban contexts. In exercises and assignments that model the writing process from start to finish, we will develop our abilities to respond critically to pieces by authors and filmmakers who focus on suburban life. Our work will be guided by some of the central questions raised by suburbs: How are suburbs related to other types of social spaces? How do suburbs function in relation to national mythology? What is the future of suburban life? Students will complete a final research project that focuses on a particular American suburb, producing a journalistic, research-based piece that may consider questions of political economy, environmental sustainability, and civil rights, among other critical elements of contemporary suburban studies. Texts may include works by Betty Friedan, Mike Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Eric Schlosser, Lisa McGirr, Gustavo Arellano, Eric Avila, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, and David Lynch.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

SCHOL-GG2600 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Global Fellowship in Human Rights

0 units Tue
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Description


Type

Scholarly Communities (SCHOL-GG)

IDSEM-UG1873 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Jane Austen in the 21st Century: The Novels and Their Afterlife

4 units Wed
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
June Foley

Description

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s novels are most appreciated while sipping tea and nibbling crumpets. Yet considerable controversy surrounds Austen’s six novels, their place in literary history, their cultural work and cultural capital. Scholarship includes books on "Austen and. . . " the French Revolution, queer studies, and game theory, along with  Global Jane Austen . Questions abound: Is Austen, who first published as "A Lady," politically conservative, progressive, or radical? Is she a proto-feminist? Does she glorify the marriage plot or subvert it, and what narrative aspects provide the basis for each claim? What part do irony and free indirect discourse play in her sparkling style? Media commodification brings debates on the afterlife: Which group to join, idolizing (and fan fiction-writing) Janeites or academic Austenites? Was "Clueless" the best adaptation? What about the Bollywood or manga versions? We consider these issues and more while reading  Pride and Prejudice ,  Mansfield Park ,  Emma , and  Persuasion  through the lenses of literature, gender studies, and cultural studies. Critics and theorists include F.R. Leavis, D.W. Harding, Lionel Trilling, Claudia Johnson, Edward Said, Mary Poovey, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Cornel West.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG9550 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

TEL AVIV: Queering the Middle East

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-TEL AVIV. Applying methodologies of queer theory, this course will use an historical perspective to discuss the complex history of sexuality in the Middle East and to sketch the genealogy of Western attitudes towards both Arab and Jewish sexuality. The prevailing ideological dichotomy identifies the West as a gay-friendly space and the Arab Middle East as an extremely homophobic one. In most cases, both LGBT activists and their opponents regard sexual toleration as a Western influence. However, the situation was completely different only a few decades ago. In the early 20th century, homosexuality was taboo in Europe; meanwhile, male artists and authors traveled to the Middle East and North Africa—especially to Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt—to realize their passion for men. Ironically, in those times, the West condemned the Muslim world’s alleged sexual licentiousness, while today the West criticizes the Muslim repression of sexual freedoms. Relying on theorists and historians like Michel Foucault, Robert Aldrich, Khaled El-Rouayheb, Samar Habib, and Joseph Massad, the course will explore the essential role that the queer issue plays in the contemporary politics of the region.

Type

Global Programs (IDSEM-UG)

ELEC-GG2850 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

History of Science, Medicine and Technology

4 units Wed
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Myles Jackson

Syllabus

ELEC-GG2850

Description

The primary objective of the course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the historiography of the history of science, medicine, and technology. The course is organized around some of the major themes and readings in the field. Since complete coverage would be impossible, the course strives to provide a mix of classic texts and more recent scholarship in an effort to familiarize students with the methods, objectives, and research techniques employed by historians of science, medicine, and technology. While all students are welcome to take this course, this graduate seminar will prepare those interested in preparing for an exam in the field. Note that while it is always good to read the entire book, I have listed the chapters upon which we shall focus our discussion.

Notes

Same as HIST-GA 1625 HIST-GA 1625.

Type

Graduate Electives (ELEC-GG)

WRTNG-UG1042 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Pop Culture Criticism

4 units Tue
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Amanda Petrusich

Syllabus

WRTNG-UG1042

Description

In an era where criticism has been democratized and art is often judged exclusively by the amount of chatter it incites, the role of the professional critic is changing (and fast – these days, even reviews are subject to reviews). In this advanced writing workshop, we’ll explore the best, most effective ways for writers to engage critically with pop culture. Should critical writing be personal or objective? Is it more important to contextualize or describe? Given the overwhelming deluge of options facing media consumers, is the critic’s job merely to direct the conversation? Students submit four original pieces of criticism for workshop; readings may include works by Emily Nussbaum, A.O. Scott, Ellen Willis, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and others.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

FIRST-UG760 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Examining the Mundane: Art and Literature of the Everyday

4 units Mon Wed
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Trevor Laurence Jockims

Description

What makes boredom interesting? How have writers, thinkers, and artists sought to represent, elevate, and interpret the mundane? Considering that most of life is consumed by unspectacular moments, shouldn’t we have a clearer understanding of how and what these moments mean? What do recent movements like hyperrealism, maximalism, Dadaism, the avant-garde, and hysterical realism tell us about our evolving fascination with life’s routine? This course investigates the complex history and poetics of the mundane as it has been represented in art and literature across a wide-range of epochs, mediums, and traditions. Beginning with philosophical assessments of the everyday, including phenomenology, existentialism, and post-modernism, we will focus our exploration on novelists, poets, photographers, and filmmakers whose work reveals the overlooked and under-thought aspects of daily living that in fact make up life itself. Artists and writers will include: Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Andy Warhol, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Richard Linklater, Slavoj Zizek, Matt Siber, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Jacques Prevert, among others. In addition to these Western perspectives, we will examine the work of modern Arabic poet Amjad Nasser, Japanese filmmaker Koreeda Hirakazu, Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, and traditional folk music from Bosnia and Kosovo. Students will write three shorter essays and one final research essay of approximately 8-12 pages.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

WRTNG-UG1485 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Writing Dissent in the Age of Mass Media: A View from South Asia

2 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Raza Rumi

Description

South Asian region has been home to numerous literary and political movements that challenge the state and orthodox forces such as organized religion and rigid social hierarchies. Furthermore, freedom of expression in the region has been variously understood as a “Western” value and a fundamental human right. How do writers, activists, journalists and artists struggle with freedom of expression within their own societies while navigating such global discourses? This course examines the art and practice of writing dissenting views – fiction, non-fiction and digital media - and journalistic reporting on areas that are considered as taboo subjects. The issue of dissent has also been compounded by the overwhelming nature of mass media that amplifies as well distorts the nature of dissenting voices. Through the close study of written texts, audio-visual material, and new media products, students would be introduced to the processes, perils and impact of ‘dissent’. Debates on freedom of expression and its manifestation within different national traditions in the South Asian region will also be discussed in the class. undermine) a freedom of expression culture, expose abuses of freedom of speech, become victims in struggles for freedom of expression, or facilitate those very violations.

Notes

Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First Class: January 29; Last Class: March 11.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

SASEM-UG9401 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

PRAGUE: Kafka and His Contexts

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-PRAGUE. "A book must be an ax for the frozen sea in us," wrote Franz Kafka (1883-1924), one of the best known but least understood authors of our times. In this course, we will break some of the clichés which are stuck to Kafka's life and work and dive into the fascinating, intricate and profoundly humorous world of his thoughts and emotions. In Prague, the city that determined and held Kafka in its "claws", we will trace the possible sources of the writer's private obsessions which became the general characteristics of modern men: The sense of isolation, the anxiety, the self-irony, the sense of responsibility and guilt, the quest for freedom, the struggle of an individual against the system. We will read selected works of Kafka, but also Meyrink - the author of Prague ghetto - and Milan Kundera. This course aims to bring the students to a point from which they can find their own genuine and intimate understanding of Kafka's writing.

Type

Global Programs (SASEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1070 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Writing About Film

4 units Fri
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Christopher Bram

Syllabus

WRTNG-UG1070

Description

Writing about movies is more than just issuing thumbs-up, thumbs-down judgments. In this class you will learn how to discuss a film’s content, style, and meaning in ways that can interest even people who disagree with you. You will explore some of the many different ways there are to write about cinema, expanding your command of words by reading such critics as James Agee, Pauline Kael, James Baldwin, Molly Haskell, and others. Students will write (and rewrite) five papers ranging from brief movie reviews to a final eight-to-ten page essay.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

CORE-GG2402 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Master's Thesis I

2 units Tue
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/masters-thesis1.html DESCRIPTION: In the first months of Master’s Thesis I, the student works under the supervision of a grading instructor (generally, the student’s adviser) but also quite independently and with great focus on the thesis research, project, or artistic work described in the proposals they wrote in the Thesis Proposal Seminar. By the end of the semester, the student will have begun drafting the thesis paper (or, in the case of artistic thesis students, the research essay, artistic aims essay, and other required written supplements to the thesis artwork). Throughout the semester, the student and adviser (the grading instructor for this class) should meet at least four times to discuss ideas and drafts. All students are required to attend a mandatory information session during the first week of classes. To pass this class, students must demonstrate significant progress toward completing the thesis. For more details, please see the additional information about Master’s Thesis I on the Gallatin website.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: CORE-GG 2401. Please note there are two components to this course: an independent study section with hours to be arranged between the student and faculty adviser and a mandatory information session during the first week of the semester. To register, submit the Master’s Thesis I Registration form, available on the Gallatin website. Once the adviser has approved the student’s form, Gallatin Student Services will send the student a permission number to register for the independent study section. When students register for the independent study section, they will be automatically enrolled in section one (CORE-GG 2402 001). The mandatory information session day/time is Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 5:30-6:15pm.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

INDIV-UG9150 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

BUENOS AIRES: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-BUENOS AIRES. This course is designed as a small seminar and combines weekly section meetings, together with internships in organizations in Argentina. The academic part is meant to assist students in getting the most from their internship experience and provide theoretical and methodological elements to critically examine these experiences. It weaves together research design and methods with an empirical and theoretical examination of recent social phenomena in Argentina. The goal is to acquire an in-depth understanding of the organization in which students will conduct internships, as well as reflect on the experience. We will use selected themes and topics to explore theoretical perspectives and aspects of contemporary Argentine society. In parallel we will explore how to construct a research project, collect data and analyze its contents. In the first weeks we will work together to develop research topics, shape projects, discuss techniques for conducting fieldwork research. The second part will focus on the student’s individual work experience and research projects.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

SASEM-UG9100 Lib Arts
SCI
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

BERLIN: European Environmental Policy

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-BERLIN. The course gives an introduction to various aspects of EU environmental policy making and policy implementation. After a brief recap of the basics of policy making in the EU, students will learn about the guiding principles and developments within EU environmental policy, the main actors and their interests in and influence on policy making. An optional part of the course might be a visit to the European House of the European Commission (EC) in Berlin where students either have the opportunity to role-play the decision-making process of the EC on the introduction of CO2-standards for cars or to engage in a debate with an EC representative. The second half of the course analyses EU environmental policies in different issue areas (e.g. climate change, biodiversity, waste) for their effectiveness in solving environmental problems. Different policy instruments are discussed for their merits and shortcomings (one example will be the EU Emissions Trading System) and linkages to other issue areas of EU policy making (e.g. industry and agriculture) are discussed. Finally, the course provides an international perspective on EU environmental policy making: sessions will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of EU environmental policy making at home and in international negotiations, compare it with US environmental politics, and discuss future challenges (e.g. EU enlargement) and trends for EU environmental governance.

Type

Global Programs (SASEM-UG)

INDIV-UG9350 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

PARIS: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-PARIS. Enrollment by permission only. Application required. Contact global.academics@nyu.edu for application information. Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship fieldsite.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

INDIV-UG9050 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

ACCRA: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-ACCRA. Enrollment by permission only. Application required. Contact global.academics@nyu.edu for application information. Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship fieldsite.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

INDIV-UG9550 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

TEL AVIV: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-TEL AVIV. The seminar is designed to complement your internship fieldwork, exploring many different aspects of your organization and of Israel's Civil Society. Israel is a country where the government and the establishment at large have historically been very central in determining the country's political direction as well as its social fabric and political culture. It is therefore of special interest to study the emergence of new players in Israel, especially the role of the Third Sector, or Civil Society and within it the even newer phenomenon of Social Change Organizations and their effect on Israeli political and social life over the past three decades. Your goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of your agency, its approach, its policies, its programs, and the context in which it operates. You will also spend time reflecting on the internship experience itself as a way to better understand your academic, personal, and career goals.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

IDSEM-UG1311 Lib Arts
SCI
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Mad Science/Mad Pride

4 units Tue
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Bradley Lewis

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1311

Description

Despite extensive numbers of people diagnosed with mental illness, there remains considerable debate and controversy surrounding these diagnoses. This class uses narrative theory to map out the terrain of these conflicts and to explore competing approaches to madness from professionals (mad scientists) and activist (mad priders). We start with an overview of narrative theory as relevant to issues of mental difference and suffering. Key narrative topics we discuss include plot, metaphor, character, and point of view. With narrative theory as our guide, the many approaches we consider include biopsychiatry, psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy, family therapy, feminist therapy, spiritual approaches, creative approaches, and disability studies approaches. We conclude with a consideration of the mad pride idea that sometimes madness is best seen as a “dangerous gift.”

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1700 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
EARLY
SP 2016

Becoming Global? "Europe" and the World

4 units Tue Thu
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Valerie Forman

Description

Over and over, we are told that the world we live in is becoming increasingly global. All its parts are connected to one another, and goods, people, culture, and information can move from one place to another, seemingly without barriers. Yet how new is this phenomenon? Scholars have pointed to the middle of the sixteenth century as the moment when the economy became global, and the age of exploration and colonization began to connect many parts of the world to each other in a complex network that included cooperation, piracy, and slavery. This course will explore the emergence of a global consciousness in the early modern period. Our primary questions include: to what extent did people in this century begin to imagine and experience the world globally (that is, as an entity whose regions were interdependent rather than separate)? Does the change in understanding of the world vary by region, by class, ethnicity, gender, or religion? How did globalization influence cultural developments? What influence did global encounters have on European identities—for example on ideas about, and experiences of, gender, sexuality, class religion, and citizenship? Was the global economy seen as cooperative or competitive? To answer these questions, we will consider how the attempts to create, and the struggle to understand, this global world produced new narratives and forms of interdisciplinary thinking. In order to see how the issues surrounding globalization as we understand them today have a long and complex history, we will also study works that put the past in present in conversation with each other. We will investigate a wide variety of primary works, such as travel narratives, plays, poems, early forms of ethnography, films, engravings, and globes, as well as secondary works by literary scholars, anthropologists, and historians of labor, the economy, and science. While the focus is on the “European” and emerging “American” perspective, we will also read several works that challenge the Eurocentric view of globalization that was emerging and still dominates much of contemporary discourse of globalization.

Notes

Same as MEDI-UA 992 002.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG773 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: The World in Pieces: Emergency Literature

4 units Mon Wed
4:55 PM - 6:10 PM
Anastasiya Osipova

Description

How do we write in a situation of crisis, when familiar things and routines lose their habitual meanings? What is the value of artistic practice and intellectual labor in the face of danger? Can words (and, for that matter, music and images) save lives and give form to terrifying uncertainty? This course will explore the literary and aesthetic methodologies used to represent traumatic events and historical crises. By focusing on autobiographical and documentary accounts of three types of dramatic experiences in twentieth-century history (privations and displacement during the October Revolution, hunger during the Leningrad Blockade, and mass incarceration during the Holocaust and Stalinist repressions), we will analyze the international intellectual context that their authors engage with and the ways in which their narratives are structured to impart form to chaos. For their research paper, students will be invited to apply concepts derived from historical readings to analyze an approved work of their choice, emblematic of emergency literature (past or contemporary), and its context. Readings may include: René Descartes, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Leo Tolstoy, Richard Wagner, Sergei Eisenstein, Victor Shklovsky, Lydia Ginzburg, Varlam Shalamov, Giorgio Agamben, Primo Levi, Svetlana Alexievich, W.G. Sebald, James Baldwin, and Dubravka Ugrešić. Films by: Alain Resnais, Sergei Loznitsa, Harun Farocki.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

INDIV-GG2801 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Internship

4 units

Description

Internships offer Gallatin students an opportunity to learn experientially at one of New York City's many social institutions in the arts, media, government, business, non-profit or community action sectors. Students gain first-hand work experience and develop skills and knowledge that will help them to explore the relationship between practical experience and academic theory, as well to pursue career options. Gallatin provides an extensive list of available internships; students may pursue their own as well. Internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is January 29. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu). Students registering for an Internship are required to attend two workshops: Workshop I: Tuesday, February 9th, 12:30pm-1:30pm; Workshop II: Tuesday, March 1th, 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

FIRST-UG752 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: The Rise of Graphic Archives

4 units Mon Wed
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Margaret Galvan

Description

The idea of an archive—a place where historical materials are preserved—has come under scrutiny on the basis of its contents and context. Academics have asked: What defines an archive? Who or what controls an archive? How do we access these materials? What relationship do these records have to our ideas of history? How do physical archives relate to digital repositories? This course will conside the archive both as a space and as a concept and ask students to explore what role the archive plays in research. In our class, we will focus on the visual archive. Over the past decade, New York City institutions have begun to embrace radical ephemera; we see this in new collections like Barnard Zine Collection (2003), NYU's Riot Grrrl Collection (2009), and Brooklyn College Library's Zine Collection (2011). Through site visits and presentations by those who work with/in archives, students will learn how to conduct archival research while considering the question of which materials and experiences get archived. Documenting their own research process, students will create their own visual archive and contribute field notes to a class website. They will write a series of short essays in preparation for a research paper that examines a subject and its archival context. Readings may include works by Alison Bechdel, Ann Cvetkovich, Lisa Darms, Angela Davis, Jacques Derrida, Kate Eichhorn, Michel Foucault, and Alison Piepmeier.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

IDSEM-UG1590 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Walter Benjamin: Theory for Gleaners

4 units Wed
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
A.B. Huber

Description

Long before the advent of green politics, and before recycling and repurposing became fashionable, there were people surviving with little fanfare on discards, and theorists meditating on the revolutionary possibilities of refuse and junk. This seminar introduces students to the work of Walter Benjamin, who is both a central figure in critical theory and an early, powerful commentator on the politics and aesthetics of trash. We begin with Agnès Varda’s film The Gleaners and I, and explore the relation between theory and the recycling of ideas, images, and objects, especially those that have been overlooked or abandoned. As a refugee himself, Benjamin knew intimately how whole populations can be dispossessed or cast off. Following his thought, we ask what displaced subjects and discarded objects might teach us about the larger economies of capitalism, modernity and the city, but also about human desire, need and frailty. Our primary text is Benjamin's expansive and unfinished work of citations and brief commentaries, The Arcades Project (1927-1940), but we will read Freud, Marx, and the Frankfurt School to contextualize the work historically and theoretically. What did Benjamin make of dross, and what can we glean from his thought for our own times?

Notes

Same as COLIT-UA 852.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1324 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Baseball as a Road to God

4 units
Section 002
Wed
8:30 AM - 10:50 AM
John Sexton

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/dam/gallatin/documents/forms/Courseapp-IDSEM-UG1324.pdf Description: Baseball As a Road to God aims to link literature about our national pastime with the study of philosophy and theology. This seminar aims to blend ideas contained in classic baseball novels such as Coover's  Universal Baseball Association , Kinsella's  Iowa Baseball Confederation , and Malamud's  The Natural  with those found in such philosophical/theological works as Eliade's  Sacred and Profane , Heschel's  God in Search of Man , and James'  Varieties of Religious Experience . It discusses such themes as the metaphysics of sports, baseball as a civil religion, the nature of sacred time and space, and the ineffability of the divine. Not for the faint-hearted, this course requires students to read over two dozen works of varying lengths in addition to supplemental readings as they might arise. The course also requires weekly papers. As with any serious commitment of one's time, the rewards of taking a seminar such as this can be great.

Notes

Open to members of NYU's Baseball and Softball teams. Permission required. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1st. Application (and required essay) should be submitted electronically to facultyservices.gallatin@nyu.edu. For more information and to apply, please click on course title and then link to application.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1478 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

The Modern Arabic Novel

4 units Tue
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Sinan Antoon

Description

Colonialism left indelible marks on the cultures and societies of its colonized subjects. While nation-states have emerged, the colonial legacy and its various effects continue to haunt post-colonial societies and the modes in which they represent their history and subjectivity. The novel is a particularly privileged site to explore this problem. This course will focus on the post-colonial Arabic novel. After a brief historical introduction to the context and specific conditions of its emergence as a genre, we will read a number of representative novels. Discussions will focus on the following questions: How do writers problematize the perceived tension between tradition and modernity? Can form itself become an expression of sociopolitical resistance? How is the imaginary boundary between “West” and “East” blurred and/or solidified? How is the nation troped and can novels become sites for rewriting official history? What role do gender and sexuality play in all of the above? In addition to films, readings (all in English) may include Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, Naguib Mahfuz, al-Tayyib Salih, Abdelrahman Munif, Ghassan Kanafani, Elias Khoury, Sun`allah Ibrahim, Huda Barakat, Assia Djebbar, and Muhammad Shukri.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1324 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Baseball as a Road to God

4 units Wed
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
John Sexton

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/dam/gallatin/documents/forms/Courseapp-IDSEM-UG1324.pdf Description: Baseball As a Road to God aims to link literature about our national pastime with the study of philosophy and theology. This seminar aims to blend ideas contained in classic baseball novels such as Coover's  Universal Baseball Association , Kinsella's  Iowa Baseball Confederation , and Malamud's  The Natural  with those found in such philosophical/theological works as Eliade's  Sacred and Profane , Heschel's  God in Search of Man , and James'  Varieties of Religious Experience . It discusses such themes as the metaphysics of sports, baseball as a civil religion, the nature of sacred time and space, and the ineffability of the divine. Not for the faint-hearted, this course requires students to read over two dozen works of varying lengths in addition to supplemental readings as they might arise. The course also requires weekly papers. As with any serious commitment of one's time, the rewards of taking a seminar such as this can be great.

Notes

Open to Sophomores and Juniors (seniors who wish to apply should contact Prof. Sexton at president@nyu.edu). Permission required. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1st. Application (and required essay) should be submitted electronically to facultyservices.gallatin@nyu.edu. For more information and to apply, please click on course title and then link to application.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1012 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Acting: Rehearsing the Play

4 units Mon
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Ben Steinfeld

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1012

Description

This class approaches acting from the belief that an actor's job is learning how to rehearse. During the semester we investigate what makes for joyful, effective, and exciting rehearsal, striving to develop a process that is as powerful as any performance. How do we make the events of the play happen "in the room?" How do we take responsibility for what our character says and does from the first read-through? How do we connect with poetic or complicated language? How do we speak and listen from the same "place?" What is the purpose of "table work?" How do we make authentic physical choices? As we pursue these questions, we engage with several of the actor's technical and artistic challenges and focus on developing the acting instrument through voice and speech, physicality, and style work. We begin with Shakespearean monologues to build a common vocabulary, and move to modern and contemporary scene work that culminates in a public presentation—giving each student the chance to share his/her work with an audience. Students must wear appropriate rehearsal clothes and will be asked to rehearse outside of class time.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1699 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Feeling, in Theory

4 units Thu
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Eve Meltzer

Description

Over the past two decades, scholars from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives—literature, women’s studies, political science, and aesthetics, to name a few—have returned to the question of “affect,” also referred to as “feeling” or “emotion,” as well as “passion,” “pathos,” “mood,” or even “love.” This course aims to familiarize students with the field of “affect theory” by surveying some of the most important texts that ground it (such as Chaucer and Aristotle, Freud and Thompkins) as well as several that have emerged more recently (Massumi, Terrada, Ngai, among others). When we consider the stakes and claims of some of the more recent work on affect, it becomes clear that a central predicament is at hand: how are we to understand affective life  now , after so many “deaths”—that of the subject, the author, art, and so on—have been announced by theories of postmodernism? How do we reconcile the resurgence of theories of affect when the end of the feeling subject is also touted by these same theories? This question leads us to our second challenge: to tackle the relationship between feeling and theory. While art and music have long been associated with emotionalism and affective life, what about the feelings that theory gives us? Alternatively, what is the affective life of theory? How does it harness, repress, produce, or otherwise make use of affect? While this course has no prerequisites, it is particularly appropriate for students who have strong feelings—love or hate—for so-called “theory.”

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG9501 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

SYDNEY: Creative Writing

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-SYDNEY. In this creative writing class students will produce work informed by their experiences of exploring, learning about, and being in Sydney. Students are encouraged to contemplate how a sense of place can be conveyed through writing, and to consider the palimpsestic environments (natural, urban, cultural, historical etc.) they interact with and within. Students will engage with a diverse range of readings, identifying their technical elements and discussing their affective poetics to learn how to ‘read as a writer’. Students shall workshop their works-in-progress during the course, learning how to effectively communicate critical feedback and how to be receptive to constructive critique during the drafting process. At the end of the course students will have the opportunity to collectively self-publish their work as a physical zine and/or an online blog.

Type

Global Programs (WRTNG-UG)

WRTNG-UG1024 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Magazine Writing

4 units Thu
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Alex Halberstadt

Description

The most ambitious of the postwar American journalism to appear in magazines like  The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire  and  The New York Review of Books  gave rise to a new and distinctly indigenous documentary literature, with its own possibilities and poetics. In this class we explore how this body of work redrew the formal boundaries of longform reporting, the profile, the essay, personal history and cultural criticism. We consider the emergence of the narrator as a character, the uses of rhetoric, approaches to the sentence, tone, rhythm, and structure, as well as questions of veracity and credibility. Students try their hand at these forms while responding to readings that include James Baldwin, Ian Frazier, Joseph Mitchell, Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Donald Antrim, Janet Malcolm, Alma Guillermoprieto, George W.S. Trow, Lester Bangs, Wells Tower, Fran Leibowitz, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Lillian Ross, Adam Gopnik, John Jeremiah Sullivan and Richard Rodriguez.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

HEL-UA320 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Greek Tragedy & Modern Greece

4 units
Section 002
Thu
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Description

This course examines the ways in which Greek Tragedy is re-imagined within the broader context of Modern Greek culture from the early twentieth century to today. It is based on the premise that the encounter with the ancient texts enables Modern Greek writers, playwrights and directors to think through, embody, and sometimes problematise concerns about nationhood, tradition and modernity, classicism and experimentation. Greek Tragedy is approached both thematically and formally, as text and vehicle for performance. This interface between the ancients and the moderns acquires particular relevance and urgency at moments of political crisis, such as the civil war, the military dictatorship and the contemporary crisis. This course will also approach this dialogue within these specific historico-political contexts and concentrate on the modes of writing and re-writing that it has helped to shape. The course will examine the classical play-texts and the ways they have been re-imagined not only on the stage, but also in Modern Greek poetry, fiction and film.

Notes

Section 002 Open to Gallatin Students Only.  Instructor: Liana Theodoratou & Olga Taxidou

Type

NYU Courses (HEL-UA)

ARTS-UG1115 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Creative Arts in the Helping Professions

4 units Thu
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Maria Hodermarska

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1115

Description

This workshop explores the uses of drama, dance, visual arts, music and poetry within the health care professions, serving children to geriatric populations. Against a theoretical background of the psychological needs of mentally and physically ill individuals, the creative processes of the arts are experienced as they can humanize, sensitize, ameliorate, and liberate expressive capacities. Activities drawn from each art form are tried out, sometimes blended, and adapted for diverse age groups and needs. The workshop provides substantial background for artists, artist-educators, leisure studies majors, as well as others interested in exploring an ancillary or major career in the arts therapies. Employment possibilities are discussed, as well as professional organizations and registry requirements for further in-depth training. The workshop also includes selected books and visits by working arts therapists.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1816 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
EARLY
SP 2016

Proximity and Protest in the 18th-Century Letter and its Afterlives

4 units Tue
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Andrea Gadberry

Description

In this course we unearth the lost art of letter-writing and study epistolary form in interdisciplinary context, putting the epistolary novel, one of the most popular prose forms of the eighteenth century, in conversation with a range of primary documents (newspapers, pamphlets, travel letters) as well as works of philosophy and critical theoretical works. As we do so, we will ask how these letters let us unfold the problems of distance, intimacy, and exchange. Of particular interest to us will be how the epistolary form accounts for the scenes of itscomposition and represents the circumstances and space around the act of writing: In what ways does the epistolary novel (along with collectionsof letters of the period) i magine travel and contact with other cultures? What exactly is the “readerly” intimacy letters create, and how do these strategies portray and construct gender? How do these letters depict strangers, foreigners, and other “others,” and how do they address or confront the public? We will think about how the letter reinforces or resists norms. Our readings will take us across the European and Anglo-American traditions and, more locally, to the Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we will consider the domestic spaces and objects that inform some exemplars of this literary form. Finally, we will conclude our inquiry with a look at the epistolary form’s 21st-century afterlife, and students can expect some creative projects along the way. Major texts include: Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1741), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), Denis Diderot, The Nun (1780), Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons (1782), Montesquieu, Persian Letters (1721), Lady Mary Montagu, Turkish Embassy Letters (1763), and Helen Maria Williams, Letters Written in France (1790).

Notes

Same as COLIT-UA 866.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1577 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Contemporary American Playwriting

4 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Kristoffer Diaz

Description

This arts workshop combines the academic study of some of the most important recent dramatic works in the United States with an interdisciplinary approach to the artistic adventure of writing new short plays. Students will read work from ten prominent contemporary playwrights, among them Lynn Nottage, Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Ayad Akhtar, and Dominique Morisseau, then respond with short dramatic pieces—monologues, scenes, one-minute plays, and ten-minute plays—inspired by those texts. Significant focus will be placed on drawing connections with great books and concepts being discussed in students’ other coursework and how those texts may inform the plays we are reading. The class will include a trip to an Off-Broadway show and/or visits from some of the assigned playwrights. Additional readings will include Sarah Ruhl’s  100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write , August Wilson’s  The Ground on Which I Stand , and Jose Rivera’s  36 Assumptions About Playwriting .

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

INDIV-UG1701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Private Lesson

4 units

Description

Private lessons provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for their studies at performing or visual arts studios in the New York area. These studies are meant to supplement work begun in regularly scheduled classes at NYU or to provide students with the opportunity to study areas for which comparable courses at the University are unavailable to Gallatin students. Private lessons may be taken in voice, music, dance, acting, and the visual arts, with teachers or studios of their choice—as long as they have met with the approval of the Gallatin faculty. Credit for private lessons is determined by the number of instruction hours per semester. Students taking private lessons are required to submit a journal and final assessment paper to the faculty adviser. Unlike private lessons offered elsewhere in the University, Gallatin's private lessons are arranged and paid for by the student. The student is responsible for full payment to the studio or instructor for the cost of the private lessons, as well as to NYU, for the tuition expenses incurred by the number of private lessons course credits.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is January 29. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu).

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

IDSEM-UG1813 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Exhibitions: A History, A Theory, An Exploration

2 units Wed
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Florencia Malbran

Description

Exhibitions are spaces of knowledge, experience, and entertainment. This course studies the methods, functions, and conditions of exhibition practice, through visual and textual analysis as well as exhibition visits. Although the history of exhibitions and museums, from the 18th to 21st century, will provide an underlying basis for this course, special attention will be paid to the present. New York will be considered as a center of cultural experimentation where artists (including Latin American artists) share ideas in a global context. We will visit a variety of exhibitions on view in the city when class will be on-site in order to develop critical skills and address the following questions: What are the major theoretical and practical issues at stake in different kinds of exhibitions, and how can we perceive their significance? What is the relationship between the curator and artist/s? What role does museum architecture play in creating a context for experiencing exhibitions? What are some illuminating interactions between exhibitions and contemporary thought? Finally, what is an exhibition? Readings will include essays by curators, writers, and critics such as Walter Benjamin, Jorge Luis Borges, Michael Brenson, Brian O’Doherty and Mari Carmen Ramírez.

Notes

Course meets during the last seven weeks only, First Class: March 23; Last Class: May 4. Students should not schedule any classes immediately before or after this class to allow ample time to travel to off-site locations including museums and galleries.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

CLI-UG1485 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Insistence and Possibility: New and Alternate Economy Projects in 21st Century New York

4 units Tue Thu
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Mark Read

Syllabus

CLI-UG1485

Description

There are approximately 30 worker-owned cooperatives currently operating in New York City, as well as numerous collective housing projects, intentional communities, community gardens, urban farms, and participatory budgeting initiatives. These represent a fast growing trend in New York, and nationally. What ethical principles or ideological positions do such projects hold in common, if any? What desires, needs and aspirations do they attempt to address? Do they form a challenge to capitalism, do they see themselves as operating outside of it, or both? Upon what kinds of possibility do such projects and initiatives ultimately insist? In this class, students will examine the social, political and historical trajectories of which these projects and initiatives are a part, through weekly reading and writing assignments, group presentations, and vigorous conversation. As community- engaged learners and participant-researchers, students will be asked to engage directly and deeply with a specific ongoing new/alternative economy project in the city, selected from a long and growing list. Students will prepare reports to present to the class as their participation-research unfolds. The culminating project of the course will be a research-based paper, presentation or art project of the students’ design. Collaboration will be encouraged.

Type

Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)

IDSEM-UG1759 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Exhibition Systems and Curating

4 units Wed
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Meleko Mokgosi

Description

This course aims at a thorough investigation of strategies of curating and exhibiting artworks, and how curators as well as artists utilize various installation and exhibition strategies. Course material will consider important texts and practices including but not limited to: relational aesthetics, interdisciplinary art practices, performance art, and institutional critique. There will be an equal amount of time spent both in the seminar room and visiting exhibitions in museums and galleries in New York City. Readings for the course will include essays by Okwui Enwezor, Thelma Golden, Jennifer Gonzalez, Jens Hoffmann, and Paul O'Neill.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1521 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
SP 2016

Political Theology

4 units Tue
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
George Shulman

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1521

Description

This course explores the idea of "political theology." In conventional interpretations, the concept has suggested that forms of political rule are anchored in or justified by divine revelation, god's law, or a scripture that enshrines them. Commentators thereby infer a politics from a scripture that they read didactically. But many political theorists have interpreted political theology more broadly, to suggest that collective and personal life is always anchored in a form of faith, including faith in reason, or secularism or democracy. In addition, because no faith (or scripture) is self-evident in what it means and entails, people interpret and practice "theology" in deeply divergent ways, even within the same ostensible faith. Politics thus involves the practice of reading or interpretation, as well as judging and mediating conflict both within and among a variety of faiths. To explore how issues of interpretation and conflict relate faith, self-formation, and politics, we read closely but "against the grain" in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian gospels, while also exploring seminal modern commentaries. The modern readings may include: Kierkergaard,  Fear and Trembling;  Schmitt,  Political Theology  and  The Concept of the Political ; Dostoevsky, "The Grand Inquisitor;" Nietzsche,  Thus Spake Zarathustra , as well as work by William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, and contemporary political theorists.

Notes

Open to sophomores only.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1430 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Literary Translation

4 units
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Scott Hightower

Description

This course introduces students to the craft of literary translation and the many ways it can help them become more innovative writers. Students work individually and together to choose authors not yet known in English whose work strikes the students as distinctive and exciting. We discuss how the process of choosing a writer they admire and bringing that author’s work into English is a way to explore what makes a piece of writing stand out from other works of the same period. We talk about translating tone, humor, voice and innuendo and explore how students might experiment with these aspects in their own work. Over the course of the semester, we’ll workshop translations together with original writing the students generated while working on their translations. We'll also look at the work of leading writer-translators like Christian Hawkey, Sawako Nakayasu, Lydia Davis, and Charles Simic and discuss the aesthetic connections between the authors they've translated and their own prose and poetry.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

IDSEM-UG1808 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
EARLY
SP 2016

The World According to Opera

4 units Fri
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM Thu
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Chinnie Ding

Description

"No good opera plot can be sensible," explained W.H. Auden, "for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible." This class is about the demonstrative, durational art of opera, and thus about the staging and voicing of unruly passions. An art form where music, language, drama, and design converge, opera unfurls a world where eros, madness, violent demise and the will to power are not only permitted but privileged. This course offers an introduction to four centuries of operatic history through close study of nine key works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, and Adams. Some themes we explore along the way include nationalism; fandom; race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality in plot and in casting; historically informed performance; opera's relationship to other artistic mediums; and philosophical considerations of the singing voice. Assignments include short reading/viewing response essays, a midterm essay, and a final project based on an opera of your choosing. Weekly screenings are mandatory and count toward class attendance.

Notes

Please note this course includes an additional meeting time (Thu, 6:20-9:00pm) for weekly film screenings.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1623 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Green Design and Planning

4 units Mon
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Donna Goodman

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1623

Description

In recent decades, architects and planners have faced a new set of challenges. The world population has tripled in less than a century. Demand for food, water, housing, energy, products, and services has grown at an even faster pace. In response to these issues, the design professions have created new concepts for green architecture, sustainable cities, alternative infrastructure and products. They've also introduced new laws and environmental standards. This course presents green design and planning concepts through readings, discussions, lectures, films, and projects. Students write a short paper and create three design projects. The papers examine issues such as energy, transportation, recycling, planning, and design. The projects include design of a recycled product, planning of a roof terrace or small green building, and analysis of an urban park or neighborhood. The projects are developed through maps, photographs, computer diagrams, and architectural drawings.

Notes

Section 2 for Environmental Studies majors only.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

INDIV-GG2925 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Tutorial

4 units

Description

Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are usually student-generated projects and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well, and some titles of recent tutorials include "Writing Long Fiction," "Dante's Literary and Historical Background," and "Environmental Design." Tutorials are graded courses, and students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Gallatin School for approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of credits. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits: a 4-credit tutorial requires at least fourteen contact hours per term between the teacher and students.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is December 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

IDSEM-UG1871 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Civilization, the Extreme West, and the Argentine Artist Léon Ferrari

4 units Tue
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Todd Porterfield

Description

For more than half a century, artist León Ferrari (1920-2013) was at the center of Argentine (and sometimes Brazilian) art, culture, politics, and history. In 1965, his controversial sculpture entitled Western and Christian Civilization, which depicted Christ crucified on a two-meter-long model of a U.S. Vietnam-era bomber, elicited both accolades and shock. During decades of national and international tension, Ferrari's art spurred controversy for the way it critiqued linguistic and cultural convention; sexual repression; anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia; military dictatorship; religion and colonialism; and Latin American megacities. At the same time, he explored paths toward liberation, the potential of mass media and the revolutionary potential of making-- and not making-- art. Is it any wonder that his 2004-2005 Buenos Aires retrospective was vandalized? A judge closed the show, but others mobilized in its favor, thereby demonstrating the unsettled business of culture and politics in a country one historian has called "the Extreme West." In this seminar Ferrari's career will be a springboard to examine a number of crosscutting issues, in particular cultural inheritance and global modernism; artistic, individual, and national sovereignty; censorship and vandalism; and differing notions of civilization. Such questions will lead us to look across media and disciplines toward architecture and urbanism, film and cartoons; as well as philosophy, political theory, history, and literature.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

CLI-UG1443 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Lyrics on Lockdown: Young Women in the Prison System

4 units Mon
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Piper Anderson

Syllabus

CLI-UG1443

Description

Rates of detention amongst girls in the US continue to increase even as overall rates of incarceration amongst youth have steadily declined in the last decade. Yet, because girls represent a proportionally smaller population within the juvenile justice system fewer resources are allocated to address the underlying causes of incarceration and recidivism amongst young women ages 12-19. This course investigates the causes and consequences of incarceration amongst girls and women. In this course students, design and facilitate an arts and education program for incarcerated girls. What are the unique concerns presented by incarcerated female populations? What must we understand about the policing of gender and sexuality in order to meet the needs of incarcerated girls and women? What role does trauma play in the experiences of girls remitted to the juvenile justice system? What is the role of the arts in empowering incarcerated youth? Exploring these and other questions enables students to better understand the role of the Prison Industrial Complex in defining and policing gender roles and sexual minorities. Readings include Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex by Julia Sudbury; Queer Injustice by Andrea Ritchie, and Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd. This course requires 5 Saturday morning workshops at Rikers Island from April-May.

Notes

Students are required to attend two Saturday sessions at NYU where they design workshops and two or three Saturday visits (typically 9:30-11:30am) to Rikers Island Correctional Facility where they facilitate a Lyrics on Lockdown program.

Type

Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)

INDIV-UG1925 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Tutorial

4 units

Description

Tutorials are small groups of two to five students working closely with a faculty member on a common topic, project, or skill. Tutorials are usually student-generated projects and like independent studies, ideas for tutorials typically follow from questions raised in a particular course. Students may collaborate on creative projects as well, and some titles of recent tutorials include "Creating a Magazine," "Dante's Literary and Historical Background," and "Environmental Design." Tutorials are graded courses, and students work together with the instructor to formulate the structure of the tutorial, the details of which are described in the tutorial proposal and submitted to the Gallatin School for approval. The tutorial group meets regularly throughout the semester, and students follow a common syllabus: all participants complete the same readings, write papers on similar topics, etc. Students in the same tutorial must register for the same number of credits. Credit is determined by the amount of work (readings and other types of assignments) and should be comparable to that of a Gallatin classroom course. Tutorials range from 2 to 4 credits. Meeting hours correspond to course credits: a 4-credit tutorial requires at least fourteen contact hours per term between the teacher and students.

Notes

Deadline for submitting proposal is December 1. For more information, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

CORE-GG2403 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Master's Thesis II

2 units Wed
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Description

Application: [http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/masters-thesis2.html Description: To pass this class, the student must submit and defend his or her thesis. In the first months of the semester, the student continues to work in collaboration with the adviser to complete the thesis paper or, in the case of artistic thesis students, the artwork as well as the related research essay and other required accompanying materials. All students are required to attend a a mandatory information session during the first week of classes. As prescribed by the online Thesis and Defense calendar, students must receive approval for all work from their adviser far enough in advance of the defense so that the other panelists will have at least four weeks to read and inspect the submission. For more details, please see the additional information about Master's Thesis II on the Gallatin website as well as the thesis and defense calendar and submission forms.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: CORE-GG 2402. Please note there are two components to this course: an independent study section with hours to be arranged between the student and faculty adviser and a mandatory information session meeting during the first week of the semester. To register, submit the Master’s Thesis II Registration form, available on the Gallatin website. Once the adviser has approved the student’s form, Gallatin Student Services will send the student a permission number to register for the independent study section. When students register for the independent study section, they will be automatically enrolled in section one (CORE-GG 2403 001). The mandatory information session day/time is Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 5:30-6:15pm.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

FIRST-UG715 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: The Surreal Thing

4 units Mon Wed
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Eugene Vydrin

Syllabus

FIRST-UG715

Description

The Surrealist movement sought to transform the self and the world, each by way of the other. The world was to be remodeled in the image of the liberated psyche, alienation and repression overcome by a passionate exchange between the self and its environment. Inside and outside would continually change places as the psyche discovered its own desires written in the cipher of material things and assimilated these fragments of reality into its language of dreams. Inanimate objects would come to life, speaking the language of the self, while the self would take its place among them as a fellow thing of the world. This class will explore Surrealism as a method of interpreting the material world and a model for living in it. Students will write essays based on close readings of literary and theoretical texts and their own encounters with urban spaces, as well as a research essay. Readings may include essays by Freud, Marx, Kracauer, Balakian, Caws, Krauss, and Jameson; poetry and prose by Eluard, Breton, Cahun, Césaire, Aragon; films by Buñuel and Dalí, Deren, and Hitchcock.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

ARTS-UG1572 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Writing for Television II

4 units Mon
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Imani Douglas

Description

This workshop focuses on the writer as an individual in the often daunting, sometimes humbling "collaborative" world of TV writing. In this workshop, we work on capturing the voices, rhythm, and style of varied classic TV hits, while executing class writing assignments. Students test their discipline, motivation, and ingenuity as they complete their very own "spec script" of a show of their choice, presently on the air. Readings may include  How to Write For Television  by Madeline Dimaggio,  The Sitcom Career Book  by Mary Lou Belli and Phil Ramuno, and selections from  Story  by Robert McKee and  How to Write a Movie in 21 Days  by Viki King. Students are required to work in Final Draft software for class projects.

Notes

This course is open to students with a serious interest in the craft of television. This writing-intensive workshop is modeled on the industry, requiring strict adherence to deadlines and mandatory attendance.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1823 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

In with the Old, Out with the New: Debates on "Tradition" in Western Music

4 units Tue Thu
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Kwami Coleman

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1823

Description

Contests between stalwart custodians of “tradition” and rebels searching for new, untested modes of expression pervade Western music history. This course surveys some of the most contentious debates on music’s past, present, and future waged between music theorists, critics, artists, and audiences, spanning the last five hundred years. Our focus is on the seemingly inevitable tension between what music is, what it should be, and what it can be. Starting with the Greek philosophers of antiquity, we explore debates on the music of Claudio Monteverdi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Cage, Bob Dylan, and The Slits. We also examine the backlash against and subsequent defense of styles like jazz, rock and roll, punk rock, and rap. Our goal is to better understand how culture is “made” ​precisely ​during ​these ​moments of charged debate, where a particular music’s perceived merits​ or transgressions serve as the pretext for larger ​often controversial ideological issues. Art, in this sense, becomes a platform by which to observe how competing aesthetic value​ systems​ reveal deep social and cultural rifts. This class meets twice a week. Our first session is devoted to scrutinizing and discussing primary sources​:​ letters, newspaper and magazine articles, journal entries, sound recordings, and film. For our second session we read and discuss secondary sources by scholars, critics, and investigative journalists for context, using this new information as a way to think critically about the primary sources and our own aesthetic judgments. Debating music tradition and innovation, as we shall see, is a long-standing tradition in its own right.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

CORE-GG2999 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Thesis Advisement

1 units

Description

Students who do not defend the thesis successfully or have not completed the thesis during the semester in which they are registered for Master's Thesis and Defense, CORE-GG 2335, or Master's Thesis II, CORE-GG 2403, are required to register for Thesis Advisement each semester (including the summer, for students graduating in September) until the thesis is defended. Credits earned through Thesis Advisement are not included in the 40-credit requirement for the master's degree. The special tuition rate for Thesis Advisement is $400.00 plus a non-refundable registration and services fee.

Notes

To register, please contact studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu.

Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

FIRST-UG769 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Road Trips

4 units Tue Thu
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Amanda Petrusich

Syllabus

FIRST-UG769

Description

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road,” Jack Kerouac famously wrote in 1957’s  On the Road , summarizing an optimistic (and particularly American) ethos: Just Go. America is a frontier country, and hitting the open road – in search of catharsis, transformation, answers, a new beginning of one kind of another – is a venerated and beloved American tradition. This first-year research seminar will examine how the great American road trip has been depicted in literature and, especially, music: what it entails, what it connotes, what it requires, what it actuates. What should happen during a road trip? How might a person expect to be different at the end? Paying especially close attention to the role music plays – a tour being, of course, the ultimate road trip – we’ll look at how the idea, the practice, and the myth of the road trip has been presented in books, essays, photographs, films, and records, from Robert Frank’s “The Americans” to Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and write and workshop three short, researched pieces – including at least one first-person essay incorporating original reportage – and a final research paper analyzing a notable road trip from art or history.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

IDSEM-UG1810 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Art and Politics in the City: New York and Buenos Aires

4 units Thu
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Florencia Malbran, Alejandro Velasco

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1810

Description

Using advanced video-conferencing in both cities, this course brings together students in New York and Buenos Aires to examine how urban arts and politics intersect in the Americas: How are art and politics understood and expressed differently and similarly in these two American metropolises and why? How do shared aesthetic features of public art in the city reflect the global circulation of urban creative modes? What do we learn about local politics from looking at the art and writing on a city’s public spaces? Teams of students in both cities will conduct field work in key neighborhoods - among them Colegiales and San Telmo in Buenos Aires, and Chinatown and Bushwick in New York - to build upon an archive of murals, graffiti, performances, and installations begun in the spring of 2015 by students in this course. Then, drawing from readings in history, art criticism,and urban studies, as well as from census and electoral data and using GIS technology, we will analyze how social and political processes like gentrification, inequality, and planning generate and reflect creative political expression as captured in our database, culminating in transnational, collaborative projects that explore what the art and writing of city streets reveals about urban life in 21st century America.

Notes

This is a co-taught course. Students in New York and Buenos Aires meet simultaneously via video conference and work from the same syllabus. Before spring break Prof. Velasco will lead the Washington Square section in New York, and Prof. Malbran the Buenos Aires section in Argentina. After spring break, the instructors will switch locations, so students in both sites will have personal contact with Profs. Velasco and Malbran. No prior GIS experience is necessary. Students will receive training on mapping software and portable mapping devices, which will be provided. Due to enrollment limits, only students who intend to stay in the class are asked to register. Please direct any questions to Alejandro Velasco (av48@nyu.edu) before registration.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1769 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Lab Lit: Fact, Fiction, and the Narratives of Science

4 units Tue Thu
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Anne DeWitt

Description

The past two decades have seen the publication of a surprising number of novels that center on science and scientific work. In this course, we take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding this new genre: at times, we’ll use a literary studies perspective, asking how such novels create fictional drama and narrative suspense out of scientific work. We’ll also draw on research in the history and sociology of science that examines the construction of scientific identity and the dynamics of the scientific community, as we look at how these novels represent scientists and the scientific world. And we’ll turn to feminist critiques of science and work in science studies that interrogates the very nature of scientific research and thinking. Readings may include Allegra Goodman’s Intuition, Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, Max Weber’s “Science as a Vocation,” Bruno Latour and Steve Woolgar’s Laboratory Life, and essays by Evelyn Fox Keller and Sandra Hrdy. Students will explore these texts through seminar-style discussions, brief blogging assignments, a short essay, and a final research paper.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1480 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Photograph New York, Create Your Vision

4 units Tue
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Jeff Day

Description

By giving us a sense of place, the city we inhabit recreates us. This documentary photography course explores New York City as the ever-changing environment in which we are involved. Embarking on a photographic project of their design, students depict a highly visible urban space (viewed as a world financial, cultural, artistic capital) through their own relationship to it: their ways of interacting, acting, and being moved. Classes prepare students to work on their position as photographers: as they make pictures in the streets of New York, they determine their own perception (vantage point, angle, point of view, framing) and establish a particular relationship with the audience (through scale, rhythm sequence, position, color). Exploring the boundaries between public and private space, feeling space and scale with the body (and not only with one's eyes) and creating a personal color palette are strongly encouraged. Students also explore a photographer's power to change audience perception, for example, through large scale installations inciting viewers to inhabit particular vantage points. Though documentary imagery is traditionally considered to establish a transparent relation to 'reality,' this course challenges students to recognize its created character and to recreate the city by influencing with their photographic intervention the ways it is perceived. Classes are highly collaborative, offering technical instruction, critiques of student work, debates on street photography, visual analysis and discussions with invited artists. Open to highly motivated students with or without experience in documentary photography; digital or film cameras welcome.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG9050 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

ACCRA: Cocoa and Gold: Ghana’s Development in Global Perspective

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-ACCRA. This course explores Ghana’s development from the colonial era to the recent postcolonial period, providing an interdisciplinary history that is attentive to political economy, social relations, geography, and politics as they congeal throughout Ghana’s development. Key historical moments will include the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the colonial era in light of their attendant reconfigurations of land, labor, and natural resources—as well as landscapes of power and politics. In the postcolonial period, the course will examine the central epochs in the country’s development trajectory in relation to its rich political history and shifting global discourses of development and geopolitics. This will include a focus on dynamics such as Asian investment, urbanization, international development aid, and the discovery of oil. The goal of the course is to explore theories and debates on development through deep engagement, using Ghana as a sort of intensive case study. Ghana’s specific development trajectory will in turn be located alongside that of wider Africa and the global South, and alongside development debates and discourses whenever possible. Field trips will include visits to sites such as local gold mines and cocoa fields.

Type

Global Programs (IDSEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1480 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Can a Settler Turn Indigenous? The Perspective of Palestine/Israel

2 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Amira Hass

Description

In this reading and writing course, students will be asked to help the instructor to formulate and answer some key questions that are embedded in the journalistic coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and in the permanent quest for a "solution". The course will involve a three tiered and intertwined process: setting foundations for the understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian situation; problematizing the definitions used to describe Israelis and Palestinians, and developing students’ interviewing/writing skills. We will read Palestinian and Israeli prose to elucidate our questions. Students will use this literature as the starting point for practicing the craft of interviewing. They will then conduct independent interviews in the NYC area, using them to develop a final essay. Works of the following authors will be read: Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Amos Oz, Edward Said, Ghassan Kanafani, Sahar Khalifa, Adaniya Shibli, Emil Habbibi, Ronit Matalon, Orli Castel Bloom, Anton Shammas, Rashid Khalidi, Benny Morris, Hanna Levy Hass, and Amira Hass.

Notes

Course meets during the last seven weeks only, First Class: March 25; Last Class: May 6.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

WRTNG-UG1314 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Outsider in the City: Writing Your New York Story

4 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Meera Nair

Syllabus

WRTNG-UG1314

Description

New York has always inspired fiction about people finding their feet in this vast metropolis. This course invites you to discover writers who have used New York as a setting or as a controlling metaphor to create stories and to use field trips as an inspiration to write your own. We will look at how different writers have developed their representations of New York. We will study the city's glamorous gala goers, it teeming ethnicities, its under-classes, its vibrant diversity and accompanying tensions. We will consider how the city, its people and its spaces are mediated and created through fiction and film and learn to recognize common themes and connections in the many fictional retellings of New York. Simultaneously, we will try and imagine our own New York and people it with our own characters and events through the fiction we write and through a blog that connects the experience of the texts with the site visits. Readings may include Jennifer Egan, Bernard Malamud, Edwidge Danticat, Gish Jen, Leela Corman, Colson Whitehead, Akhil Sharma and Nicolosa Mohr.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

FIRST-UG759 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Apartment Stories: Architecture, Literature and Culture

4 units Mon Wed
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Krystyna Michael

Description

This course examines the rise of living in apartments in the 19th and 20th centuries and the cultural forms and formations it made possible. Proceeding from the idea that there is a deep resonance between mental forms and architectural spaces and styles, we will begin by looking at the literature, music, and political practices that accompanied the population shift from rural homes to urban apartments in the mid-nineteenth century. Apartment living fostered the development of novel forms of identity like the New (single) Woman, innovative modes of expression like the newspaper, and a host of anxieties about the moral, physical and psychological effects of living in close quarters with strangers. We will trace the legacy of these 19th-century cultural formations through the 20th and 21st century to ask questions about the relationship between modern subjectivity and the spaces we live in. Fiction we will consider includes work by Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Cheever. We will also look at the writing of Yi Fu Tuan, Walter Benjamin, Jacob Riis, and Sharon Marcus; and consider other media, including real estate ads; pinterest; the films of Roman Polanski; and TV depictions of apartment living. Students will contribute to a course blog, write two short papers and collaborate using social bookmarking on a final research paper.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

IDSEM-UG9254 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

LONDON: Fashion, Culture, and the Body

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-LONDON: This is a course that explores the relationship between ideas, the body and the way that fashion can be understood to mediate between the two. Through a range of disciplines and media this course considers the body as an aspect of not only medical and scientific exploration, but crucially as a vital element of culture and society. Bodies affect the ways in which the social world and power relations are organized, and they even arguably condition the way that we understand reality itself. Our physical form is constantly shaped according to both philosophies and fashions. Body ideals and broader ideals often interrelate strongly through bodily practices and with what we wear. There are meanings and fashions in all bodily forms (skinny, buxom, muscular, ideas of ‘whiteness’) and body practices (dieting, hair management, cleansing rituals, plastic surgery and genital cutting). Over the sessions, we will take a conceptual approach to fashion, as a strident condition of modern life, that incorporates politics, science and aesthetics and we will closely read a number of cultural texts against a number of theoretical models. Attitudes towards the body can vary widely according to historical period, and this course will explore how, in different moments, and via different media, we have been preoccupied with the aesthetics of different body zones, with displaying identity (gender, class and ethnicity), and also with power. Different cultural forms (literary, visual, material etc) will provide the focus of our discussions as they all engage with the different ways that we make meaning out of our bodies. Students will be invited to investigate in their written work set texts from class in addition to primary material of their own choice.

Type

Global Programs (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1425 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Discovering Manhattan: Drawing and Painting in the Spirit of the Modern Art Pioneers

4 units Thu
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Barnaby Ruhe

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1425

Description

This workshop explores images of New York City as envisioned by various schools of modern art, including Ashcan, Bauhaus, Futurist, Dadaist, Pop, and High Tech, and by the artists of the modern period, including Sloan, Mondrian, Hopper, Marin, Brancusi, O'Keefe, Duchamp, Grooms, and Koons. In response to studying these visions of New York, students create their own art works—sketching in Times Square with the garrulous attitude of Reginald Marsh, drawing a skyscraper in an ecstatic John Marin breath, creating a collage by rifling through bins with Arman and Duchamp. The workshop concludes with a collaborative mural project and a final paper analyzing various strategies of expression whereby modern artists discovered the meaning of Manhattan. Through a process of appropriation, imitation, and parody, students are thus encouraged to re-enact the process of "discovering Manhattan," to engage in a dialogue with the city, and thereby to discover their own artistic voices. Readings include E.B. White's ineffable "Here is New York," Alan Ginsberg's outrageous "Howl," Robert Henri's Art Spirit, as well as excerpts from Natalie Edgar's "The Club" which met at the Cedar Tavern on 13th and University, a few blocks from here, then Harold Rosenberg, Irving Sandler, and Federico Garcia Lorca's "Duende" from his Poeta en Nueva York lecture.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1713 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

From Blackface to Black Power: Twentieth-century African American History and Culture

4 units Mon
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Laurie Woodard

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1713

Description

This interdisciplinary seminar looks at the formation and representation of African American identity within the context of the quest for the full rights of United States citizenship during the twentieth century. Throughout this complex period of United States history, African Americans made considerable gains in their pursuit of equal rights. Simultaneously, black identity underwent dramatic changes as the majority of African Americans transformed themselves from enslaved persons to New Negroes to Proud and Beautiful Black Americans. Largely barred from traditional politics and mainstream forms of communication, black men and women developed and relied upon alternative ways of speaking to one another about politics, economics, racism, white America, and society and culture. As cultural mediators, black artists illustrated and provoked transformations of black identity and black political consciousness. Not simply a “wing” of political activism, cultural production is inextricably intertwined with political agitation and social change. Focusing upon the intersection between the cultural and political realms, we will explore the roots and routes of the African cultural Diaspora as the foundation of urban, northern, politically conscious cultural production.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1212 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

World Dance

4 units Thu
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Kathryn Posin

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1212

Description

Dance reflects cultural heritage and is a key to understanding diverse societies. In this arts workshop, students explore dance as it appears on several continents. Dance can be seen as encoded forms of a society's religious, artistic, political, economic, and familial values. Readings cover issues of globalization, fusion and authenticity. Migration, missionaries, trade routes and the diaspora have led to the creation of new dance forms like "Bollywood" and "Tribal" that are a synthesis of earlier forms. Students are introduced to different dance forms through selected readings, rich collection of video footage and studio practice often lead by various guest artists. After a brief warm-up, the class learns simple steps, floor plans and rhythms from the music and dance cultures being studied. Students choose a dance form as their project and themselves become researchers, performers and creators of new forms.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1821 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Democracy and Difference

4 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Rosanne Kennedy

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1821

Description

This seminar focuses on what political theorists call "democratic theory," which addresses the defining institutions, cultural meaning, inherent difficulties, and contemporary crisis of specifically "democratic" forms of political life. We begin by reviewing classical and contemporary formulations of what democracy is, for what can be called liberal, deliberative, communitarian, and agonistic approaches entail very definitions of democracy, contrasting senses of its dangers and possibilities, as well as divergent visions of citizenship and public life, political culture and modernity. Then we consider these approaches in relation to the issue of  difference:  how do they explain and address the persistence of racialized and gendered forms of inequality in regimes committed to formal and legal equality? Why are formally democratic societies typically characterized by intense struggle over issues of identity and difference, not only race, gender, and sexuality, but also immigration? Our seminar concludes by exploring the relation between democratic regimes and empire, state violence, and national security: how does "democracy" become the name for a regime engaged in permanent war, torture, surveillance of citizens, and suspension of civil liberties?

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

PRACT-UG9200 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

FLORENCE:Global Fashion Industry: Italy

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-FLORENCE. This seminar will provide students with significant knowledge of the contemporary fashion industry in Italy as well as Italy’s position in the global fashion arena. The course addresses the structure of retail covering all levels of the market: designer, luxury, ready-to-wear and mass-market. Students will learn about color, fabrics and the language of buying. They will be introduced to the major roles and responsibilities of a product team and will be taught how trend forecasters predict the future. Students will learn about Range-Planning, Product Development, Buying, Design, Strategy, Production, Marketing, Promotion, Costing and Sourcing.

Type

Global Programs (PRACT-UG)

ARTS-UG1431 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Of Fire and Blood: Art-making, Culture and Mythology in Mexico

4 units Mon
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Jaime Arredondo

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1431

Description

A rich landscape of art and culture flourished in Mexico for thousands of years beginning with the Olmec civilization at around the second millennium before Christ. With the arrival of the Spaniards in 1519, a new hybrid culture resulted from the fusion of Iberian and Native American cultures. This Arts Workshop will examine the art, culture and mythology of Mesoamerica, combining it with hands on art making. It will move chronologically in the following manner: the Olmec culture; Teotihuacan, or the City of the Gods; the Toltecs of Tula, and Quetzalcoatl the “Feathered Serpent”; the hyper-religiosity of the Aztecs; and, lastly we will read almost the entire text of the Popol Vuh, the Mayan creation myth of the universe, a highly visual and almost hallucinatory document once pushed underground for centuries. Topics throughout the course will include: astrology/astronomy and calendrical dating; religion, shamanism, and ecstatic experience; mythology, and cosmological belief; human sacrifice, and finally beliefs dedicated to vampirism. It is beneficial that students have a cursory understanding of art making. Techniques such as collage, 3-D model making, drawing and painting, will be utilized as well as working from a live model. A final exhibition will be created to show students work to the NYU community.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1299 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Objectivity and the Politics of the Journalism Revolution

4 units Wed
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Paul Thaler

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1299

Description

At the birth of this nation, it was assumed by journalists and their readers that journalists were partisans, telling stories from particular points of view. But the growth of the modern newspaper combined with the ideals of science transformed the image, self-image, and practice of journalism, which now claims to worship at the altar of objectivity, to present information or “news” without bias. This ethic has carried over to the contemporary media, despite challenges from critics. Rather than multiple media outlets presenting different optics or lenses through which to see events and their contexts, media outlets claim to speak impartially. In this course we examine this ideal or promise: is it possible? desirable? To pursue this inquiry we consider challenges to objectivity by figures such as Truman Capote, who linked a “new journalism” to a personal point of view, Robert McChesney, whose corporate media perspective provides a powerful macro analysis of modern journalism, and Jay Rosen, who articulates the postmodern shifts brought on by the Internet that have redefined and realigned the relationship between the journalist and audience. Readings include Walter Lippmann, John Dewey, Tom Wolfe, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Ben Bagdikian.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1420 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Reading Poetry

2 units Tue Thu
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Lisa Goldfarb

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1420

Description

Poetry is an art which can express our deepest feelings and thoughts about our human experience. Too many of us, however, encounter poetry timidly. We wonder how we can make meaning of poetic words and rhythms so distinct from those we use in our daily lives. In this course, we will work at developing poetic sensibilities, not by digging to find clues to the mysterious meanings of poems, but by gaining an understanding of how to read poetry as a language within a language. We will study how the concentrated language and sounds of poetry help us to grapple with the shades and subtleties of our own experience. The course will begin with a study of various verse forms, and then focus on the art of close reading. We will read many poems ranging from early English lyrics, popular ballads, and Shakespeare’s sonnets, to modern and contemporary poems, as well as poems originally written in other languages.

Notes

Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First Class: January 26; Last Class: March 10.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ELEC-GG2581 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Adaptation: Screenplays and Source Material

4 units Thu
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Selma Thompson

Syllabus

ELEC-GG2581

Description

How does a story change when re-imagined for a new medium? Why are some film adaptations more successful than others? What is the screenwriter's responsibility to the work being adapted and to its author? Should one always strive to be "true" to the source? How do screenwriters contend with elements of prose such as first-person narrative, point-of-view, authorial voice, and non-linear time? We will examine novels, short stories, memoirs, graphic novels—and the screenplays they inspired—from a screenwriter's perspective, as we consider various adaptation strategies. We also analyze the writing choices behind what might be called "faux adaptations"—original screenplays written as if they were adaptations. A guest speaker from Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts will explain how to correctly secure rights to underlying material. Students keep a journal, part of which may include, with instructor's approval, a short film screenplay adaptation, if the student holds the necessary rights.

Notes

Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor (st35@nyu.edu).

Type

Graduate Electives (ELEC-GG)

IDSEM-UG1468 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Psychoanalysis and the Visual

4 units Mon
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Eve Meltzer

Description

At least since Freud’s “Dream Book,” psychoanalysis has taught us that psychic life is thoroughly steeped in images. This course will pursue the implications of Jacques Lacan’s theory of the subject, which elaborates and complicates Freud's thinking with respect to the ways in which psychic experience and visuality are intertwined. By examining a range of psychoanalytic texts alongside several films and photographs, we will begin with Lacan’s proposition that the “I” comes into being though the subject’s identification with his or her mirror image. This is ultimately a problem for sociality itself, for we learn to relate to others by way of how we relate to ourselves, our primordial other. Course materials include the writings of Borch-Jacobsen, Butler, Descartes, Fanon, Freud, Heidegger, Lacan, Laplanche as well as several films, including Capturing the Friedmans, American Psycho, and The Thin Red Line.

Notes

Same as ARTH-UA 850 004.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

SASEM-UG9150 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

BUENOS AIRES: Tango and Mass Culture (in Spanish)

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-BUENOS AIRES. This course explores Tango as an aesthetic, social and cultural formation that is articulated in interesting and complex ways with the traditions of culture and politics in Argentina and Latin America more generally. During the rapid modernization of the 1920s and 1930s, Tango (like Brazilian Samba), which had been seen as a primitive and exotic dance, began to emerge as a kind of modern primative art form that quickly came to occupy a central space in nationalist discourse. The course explores the way that perceptions of a primative and a modern converge in this unique and exciting art. In addition, the course will consider tango as a global metaphor with deeply embedded connections to urban poverty, social marginalization, and masculine authority.

Type

Global Programs (SASEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1536 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Short Story: A Workshop on Revising

4 units Mon
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Carol Zoref

Description

This workshop is dedicated to the oft-repeated observation that all writing is re-writing. Each writer focuses their efforts on only one or two short stories, rather than starting many new stories and abandoning them in favor of yet another new beginning. Students take each of their stories through a number of drafts and revise them in response to (though not necessarily in accord with) questions and comments raised by other members of the workshop. The objective is to learn ways of staying with such challenges as maintaining the story's voice, determining the order of experience, and arriving at an ending that satisfies the design of the story as well as the intentions of the writer. Workshop members share their stories in class throughout the semester and comment in detail on one another's work. Participants should have some experience writing short stories.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

IDSEM-UG1560 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

African American History and Memory

4 units Tue Thu
4:55 PM - 6:10 PM
E. Frances White

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1560

Description

This course looks at the relationships between history, memory, counter-memory, amnesia, and social struggle. Our aim is to track back and forth between learning about the past and about its impact on today. We ask, what gets remembered about African American history, and who does the remembering? In what ways do communities develop collective memories? In what ways do counter-memories emerge? More specifically, we ask how the experience of slavery in the United States is constituted as a past, remembered and forgotten. Our goal is to achieve a solid grounding in 18th and 19th century African-American history, and to develop conceptual tools for making a complex analysis of the past and of the politics of memory. This will be a truly interdisciplinary class, mixing film, fiction, primary resources and historical studies. We may read Toni Morrison, Saidiya Harman, and David Blight. Films we may watch include  Gone With the Wind  and  Django Unchained. 

Notes

Same as SCA-UA 721 002.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Aesthetics in Context

4 units Tue Thu
6:20 PM - 7:35 PM
Christopher Trogan

Syllabus

FIRST-UG701

Description

Philosophical aesthetics is naturally concerned with problems pertaining to the arts in general, but there are issues that must also be examined within the context of the particular arts. This course will begin with an examination of broad issues in aesthetics: What is art? What is beauty? What is expression and emotion in the arts? Is there such a thing as “good taste?” We will then consider particular issues within the context of painting, photography, film, music, and the popular arts (specifically popular music and television). Some questions posed will be the following: What does it mean for a painting to be “about” or to “express” something? How should we think of photography—as a means by which we can actually see things and people in situations that no longer exist or as simply a means of registering the world? What is it about film that gives the medium its peculiar illusion-making power? What exactly is music? Does it represent and express in the same way as other art forms? What value is there in popular music and television? Readings will be drawn from Benjamin, Danto, Eco, Gombrich, Greenberg, Heidegger, Kant, Kivy, Plato, Scruton, and others. In addition to contributing regularly and actively to class discussions and activities, students will be required to compose frequent responses and reflections, write two formal essays (4-5 pages each), present a research proposal, and complete a final research paper (8-10 pages).

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

IDSEM-UG9200 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

FLORENCE: History of Italian Fashion

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-FLORENCE. Students trace the birth, evolution, decline, revival, and most recent developments of Italian fashion from the Late Gothic Age to the present "made in Italy" design. Italian fashion styles are decoded in relation to art history in an international, social and economic context. Fashion and its connections with culture, subculture, gender and communication are emphasized. On-site visits also illustrate the dominating role of Florence in fashion from its origin until now. Conducted in English.

Type

Global Programs (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-GG2701 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Private Lesson

4 units

Description

Private lessons provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for their studies at performing or visual arts studios in the New York area. These studies are meant to supplement work begun in regularly scheduled classes at NYU or to provide students with the opportunity to study areas for which comparable courses at the University are unavailable to Gallatin students. Private lessons may be taken in voice, music, dance, acting, and the visual arts, with teachers or studios of their choice—as long as they have met with the approval of the Gallatin faculty. Credit for private lessons is determined by the number of instruction hours per semester. Students taking private lessons are required to submit a journal and final assessment paper to the faculty adviser. Unlike private lessons offered elsewhere in the University, Gallatin's private lessons are arranged and paid for by the student. The student is responsible for full payment to the studio or instructor for the cost of the private lessons, as well as to NYU, for the tuition expenses incurred by the number of private lessons course credits.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is January 29. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu).

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-GG)

IDSEM-UG1359 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

American Capitalism in the Twentieth Century

4 units Mon Wed
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Kimberly Phillips-Fein

Description

This course examines the development of capitalism in the United States over the course of the twentieth century, paying special attention to the relationship between the economy and political, cultural and intellectual transformations. It will cover the rise of the modern corporation, the labor movement, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the economic impact of war in the twentieth century, racism and economics, the changing economic position of women, deindustrialization and the stock market boom of the 1990s. The class will focus in particular on the problem of how Americans have confronted and sought to understand hard economic times. In a country whose culture privileges the “American dream” of economic success, how have people dealt with struggle, difficulty and failure? How have financial panics, depressions and recessions, and economic decline affected American political economy and culture? Readings will incorporate both primary and secondary sources. Possible authors include Betty Friedan, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Ronald Reagan.

Notes

Same as HIST-UA 699 001.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1409 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Topics in Painting

4 units Mon
5:45 PM - 9:05 PM
Meleko Mokgosi

Description

In this workshop, students expand the skills and techniques initiated in Introduction to Painting. This course will focus on portraiture and realism, with emphasis on representation and the effects of the human figure in various settings and narratives. Additionally, contemporary ideas and practices will be incorporated into the class along with group and individual critiques.

Notes

Same as ART-UE 1140. Prerequisite: ARTS-UG 1407 or ARTS-UE 103 or permission of the instructor (mmokgosi@nyu.edu).

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG9150 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

BUENOS AIRES: Art and Politics in the City: New York and Buenos Aires

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-BUENOS AIRES. This course brings together students in New York and Buenos Aires to examine how urban arts and politics intersect in the Americas: How are art and politics understood and expressed differently and similarly in these two American metropolises and why? How do shared aesthetic features of public art in the city reflect the global circulation of urban creative modes? What do we learn about local politics from looking at the art and writing on a city’s public spaces? Teams of students in both cities will conduct field work in selected neighborhoods to help create an archive of murals, graffiti, performances, and installations. Then, drawing from readings in history, art criticism, and urban studies, as well as from census and electoral data and using GIS technology, we will analyze how social and political processes like gentrification, inequality, and planning generate and reflect creative political expression as captured in our database, culminating in transnational, collaborative projects that explore what the art and writing of city streets reveals about urban life in 21st century America.

Type

Global Programs (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-UG9250 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

LONDON: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-LONDON. This 4-credit course includes a weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork per week at an approved internship fieldsite. Enrollment by permission only. Application required.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

IDSEM-UG1872 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Impressionism: Myths and Modernism

4 units Wed
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Todd Porterfield

Description

Scholars have often resorted to a variety of familiar cliches to interpret the artistic movement known as modernism. With an emphasis on the Impressionist school of painting, this class will take on those inherited truths, exploring them to tease out their paradoxes and contradictions. Some of the key myths we will explore include the idea of the metropolis (especially Paris) as the center of individual freedom; the notion that artistic change, fueled by technological innovation, is inevitably progressive; and the concept of scientific observation as the basis of knowledge and artistic practice. We will look especially at the idea that art is an autonomous realm, and ask why this vision of art emerged in an era framed by civil war, military defeat, and the emergence of trade and travel across colonial networks--the Caribbean, North Africa and the South Pacific--during an extensively colonial era. Some artists we will look at include: Manet, Monet, Degas, Cassatt, Gauguin, and Pissarro. This seminar will include study trips to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, and to MoMA, where we will visit the first exhibition of Degas monotypes in 50 years.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG775 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Sounding the City

4 units Tue Thu
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Paul Fess

Syllabus

FIRST-UG775

Description

French economist Jacques Attali tells us that the world is not for seeing; it is for hearing. Taking a cue from Attali’s claim, this course examines the poetics and politics of city sounds across a diverse range of media from the 19th century to the present day. Our goal will be to develop methods for critical listening and writing in order to describe and analyze how soundscapes shape civic life. In tuning these practices we will attend to both musical and nonmusical aspects of the urban aural experience. How, for example, do representations of rhythms and soundmarks define the temporal and spatial relations of cities? How have writers and artists deployed noise and other aberrant sonic devices in order to reconfigure and reimagine the cityscape? How have technologies shaped and been shaped by cultures of listening within neighborhoods? From this sonic orientation we will delve into such cities as New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles through the aural imaginations of a diverse range of writers and artists such as Walt Whitman, Ralph Ellison, Patti Smith, and Kim Gordon. We will also think alongside such sound studies critics as Jonathan Sterne, Emily Thompson, Carlo Rotella, and Mara Mills. Each week students will complete assigned reading, blog posts, short in-class writing assignments, and reading. These weekly assignments will prepare students to write two short papers (4-5 pages), and a final paper (8-10 pages) on a topic of their choosing. Final papers will use original research to analyze critical issues around some aspect of an urban soundscape and the social structure of the city, for example the effects of gentrification on a music scene or the politics of noise laws.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

IDSEM-UG1877 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

An Analysis of Leadership: Drinking the Kool-Aid

4 units Mon Wed
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Benjamin Brooks

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1877

Description

What is leadership? The calls for more "leadership" and the need for "better" leaders are refrains used with great frequency in the public sphere, but with very little substantive understanding of what the callers are actually seeking. What do we mean by a word that is applied to both Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther King Jr.? Is leadership a unique set of traits ordained from birth that resides within the individual? Is leadership a set of skills that any individual can develop? Is it an ethical stance or only calculated by action and result? Is the role of leader assigned or is it fluid and meritocratic? Does leadership even reside within an individual or is it a relationship between individuals in a group context? This course will not give students a blueprint to becoming an effective leader, but will instead use case studies to critically interrogate what we mean when we talk about leadership. We will explore the contextual and dynamic nature of leadership, and concepts commonly related to leadership, such as culture, race, gender, charisma, competence, decision-making, trust, ethics, and power. The cases we analyze include Hitler's rise to power in Nazi Germany, Jim Jones's People's Temple, Edward Snowden's leaking of NSA files, the rise and fall of Enron, Hillary Clinton's past and present runs for the presidency, the treatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib, and Rudy Giuliani's actions as mayor before and after 9/11.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1421 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Wallace Stevens and the 20th Century

2 units Tue Thu
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Lisa Goldfarb

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1421

Description

Wallace Stevens holds an important place among modern American poets, and his work continues to exert a powerful influence on contemporary poets. Still, his readers continue to puzzle over Stevens’ work, especially as it relates to the most pervasive concerns of the twentieth century. In his poetry, Stevens tends to write little and indirectly about specific cataclysmic events of his time, yet his poetics, as enunciated in his prose, often rests on his understanding of the pressing questions of his day. In this course, we will take a close look at Stevens’ relationship to the twentieth century. While his poetry will be at the center of the class, we will focus our attention on how Stevens gives voice to the contradictions and complexities of the modern world. Stevens’ own work will be the main text of this course, yet readings will include contextual material drawn from literary criticism, intellectual history, philosophy, and politics. We will also consider the work of poets influenced by Stevens. Readings also may include poems and, in some cases, essays by John Ashbery, Edward Hirsch, Susan Howe, Adrienne Rich, Mark Strand, Tracy K. Smith, Maureen McLane, among others.

Notes

Course meets during the last seven weeks only, First Class: March 22; Last Class: May 5.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

COLLQ-UG1 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Colloquium

2 units

Description

Recommended for students who expect to complete their colloquium in the 2015-2016 academic year. Students are expected to meet with their primary academic adviser over the course of the semester in which they plan to register and sit for their colloquium. For more details, please see information about the colloquium on the Gallatin website. This course is not repeatable for credit.

Notes

This course requires a permission number for registration. Students approved by their adviser on the Plan of Study form to take COLLQ-UG will receive a permission number by the third week of December from Gallatin's Office of Student Services.

Type

Colloquium (COLLQ-UG)

IDSEM-UG1867 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or GLOBAL
SP 2016

Global Noodles: Silk Routes & Subway Connections

4 units
Section 003
Thu
4:55 PM - 6:10 PM

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1867

Description

Is this just an excuse to eat lots of noodles. Yes, it is! This basic research course is immersive education in the most delicious, fully embodied sensate, and legal way possible. Along the way, you’ll learn about the secret ingredient to noodle making, the oldest noodle, Italian or Chinese?, and what Genghis Khan did for modernity. And yes this course is also historical and sopping in critical cultural theory, you can tell your parents, as a way to learn about cross-cultural communication challenges, intermingled spaces, and embodied knowledges and practices. We will examine the historical and ongoing impacts of the silk route latitudinal and longitudinal movements throughout Central Asia on the vernacular cultures of global cities, such as the migrant friendly neighborhoods New York City. Part of what is unarticulated yet implied by global cities is the compression of longue durees of times/spaces in one distinctive time/space. Besides slurping for mouth feel, understanding family broth recipes, and storytelling practices, we’ll be documenting, making, analyzing, and appreciating the worlds of noodle practices and conveying our collaborative findings using the latest in mapping apps. Readings and films will include: work by Chef Ken Hom, histories by Morris Rossabi, Jared Diamond and Jack Weatherford, food and affect studies, and the use of CartoDB mapping software. Prerequisites – still loving  Tampopo  (1985) after three viewings, having comfy but stylish walking shoes, and purchasing two monthly Metro Cards.

Notes

Same as SCA-UA 380 003.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1250 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Creating a Magazine: A Multimedia Approach

4 units Thu
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Molly Kleiman

Description

This pair of collaborative courses will enact Gallatin’s multidisciplinary, self-directed approach to learning, as students explore the potential of magazines as catalysts, cultural barometers, alternative communities, and forums for debate and new ideas. Through the discussion of critical texts about the history of publication, the analysis of various historical and contemporary magazines, and the development of new publications, students will learn to communicate ideas through design, editorial, and medium-specific approaches; analyze and question the features of the codex, the page, and the screen; and play with how these features affect how we read and perceive art. In the advanced writing course, students will concentrate on writing and editing for multiple platforms. In the arts workshop, students will focus on print media and design. In addition, students in both classes will have the opportunity to commission and edit both written text and art works from one another. Class meets once per week, with sessions split between discussions with designated professor and collaborative lab sessions with both classes and both professors. Lab sessions will be devoted to the conception, development, and production of publications that will each include a 32-page print prototype and new media elements. Lab days will also enable students to meet with guest speakers from the worlds of publishing and design; and go on field trips to the offices of contemporary magazines and relevant institutions and archives.

Notes

Please note this course meets frequently with ARTS-UG 1653 so that students may conceive, develop, and produce print and new media publications together.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

ARTS-UG1207 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Post-Modern Dance: Contemporary Experimental Choreography

4 units Wed
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Leslie Satin

Description

In this workshop, we depart from traditional dance composition courses by focusing on the concepts, strategies, and actions that occupy contemporary experimental—“downtown,” if you will—choreographers. We spend most of our time in the studio, moving through physical warm-ups structured to prepare ourselves for developing dance material informed by live performances, videos, guest appearances, and readings by and about dance-makers, from the first post-modernists of the 1960s through those continuing their lineage and those exploring completely different paths. We consider dance as a factor in interarts performance, work grounded in the intersection of dance and technology, site-specific choreography, and improvisation as an autonomous movement practice and as a way to generate movement for choreography. We borrow, of course, from what students bring to the workshop: their individual dance histories as well as their interests and desires. Readings may include essays by Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Simone Forti, Ramsey Burt, Allan Kaprow, Susan Leigh Foster, and Nancy Stark Smith.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1867 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or GLOBAL
SP 2016

Global Noodles: Silk Routes & Subway Connections

4 units
Section 002
Tue
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1867

Description

Is this just an excuse to eat lots of noodles. Yes, it is! This basic research course is immersive education in the most delicious, fully embodied sensate, and legal way possible. Along the way, you’ll learn about the secret ingredient to noodle making, the oldest noodle, Italian or Chinese?, and what Genghis Khan did for modernity. And yes this course is also historical and sopping in critical cultural theory, you can tell your parents, as a way to learn about cross-cultural communication challenges, intermingled spaces, and embodied knowledges and practices. We will examine the historical and ongoing impacts of the silk route latitudinal and longitudinal movements throughout Central Asia on the vernacular cultures of global cities, such as the migrant friendly neighborhoods New York City. Part of what is unarticulated yet implied by global cities is the compression of longue durees of times/spaces in one distinctive time/space. Besides slurping for mouth feel, understanding family broth recipes, and storytelling practices, we’ll be documenting, making, analyzing, and appreciating the worlds of noodle practices and conveying our collaborative findings using the latest in mapping apps. Readings and films will include: work by Chef Ken Hom, histories by Morris Rossabi, Jared Diamond and Jack Weatherford, food and affect studies, and the use of CartoDB mapping software. Prerequisites – still loving  Tampopo  (1985) after three viewings, having comfy but stylish walking shoes, and purchasing two monthly Metro Cards.

Notes

Same as SCA-UA 380 002.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1867 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or GLOBAL
SP 2016

Global Noodles: Silk Routes & Subway Connections

4 units Tue Thu
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Jack Tchen

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1867

Description

Is this just an excuse to eat lots of noodles. Yes, it is! This basic research course is immersive education in the most delicious, fully embodied sensate, and legal way possible. Along the way, you’ll learn about the secret ingredient to noodle making, the oldest noodle, Italian or Chinese?, and what Genghis Khan did for modernity. And yes this course is also historical and sopping in critical cultural theory, you can tell your parents, as a way to learn about cross-cultural communication challenges, intermingled spaces, and embodied knowledges and practices. We will examine the historical and ongoing impacts of the silk route latitudinal and longitudinal movements throughout Central Asia on the vernacular cultures of global cities, such as the migrant friendly neighborhoods New York City. Part of what is unarticulated yet implied by global cities is the compression of longue durees of times/spaces in one distinctive time/space. Besides slurping for mouth feel, understanding family broth recipes, and storytelling practices, we’ll be documenting, making, analyzing, and appreciating the worlds of noodle practices and conveying our collaborative findings using the latest in mapping apps. Readings and films will include: work by Chef Ken Hom, histories by Morris Rossabi, Jared Diamond and Jack Weatherford, food and affect studies, and the use of CartoDB mapping software. Prerequisites – still loving  Tampopo  (1985) after three viewings, having comfy but stylish walking shoes, and purchasing two monthly Metro Cards.

Notes

Same as SCA-UA 380 001. In order to register, students enroll in the lecture, IDSEM-UG 1867 001, and then select one of the recitations, IDSEM-UG 1867 002 or IDSEM-UG 1867 003.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1837 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

How Art Works

4 units Tue
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Stephen Duncombe

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1837

Description

It's commonplace to say that art "moves" us. But what does that really mean and how, exactly, does this happen? For millennia the effect/affect of art has been theorized, debated, and worried over. This class takes as its core the question "How does art work?", and looks at the ways in which various philosophic, religious, educational, political, and scientific texts, from antiquity to the present, have attempted to answer this question. Exploration of this larger question depends on others: What are the ancient philosophers' hopes and fears regarding art's affective abilities? What is at stake in the debate over Biblical iconoclasm and the defense of religious art? How do theorists talk about the ineffable sublime, or categorize aesthetic judgment? How does the avant-garde frame its intersection with the political? What does neuroscience suggest about art's impact on our brains? How does art educate? Finally, does art, as the poet Auden once pondered, make nothing happen? Through readings and in class discussions, writing individual research papers and creating a collaborative on-line database, students will tackle our major question from a variety of disciplinary and historical perspectives. Through this broad survey, How Art Works will be approached as an open question: our goal is not to arrive at a definitive destination, but instead to explore the terrain.

Notes

Open to sophomores only.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1280 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Revisioning the Classics

4 units Mon
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Sharon Friedman

Description

Re-visioning the classics, often in a subversive mode, has evolved into its own genre in recent years, and many of these literary and performance texts have been shaped by modernist and postmodern narrative innovations and avant-garde theatrical strategies. Several of these works are also informed by ideological criticism that reads “against the grain” of the “master-works” to produce new meanings. However, the revisionist genre also develops a tradition of literary and dramatic renderings of canonical works that look for continuity even in the context of stylistic invention and contemporary themes. This course examines assumptions and conventions surrounding intertextuality—the multiple ways in which texts and productions echo or are linked to earlier renditions. Readings (and viewings) include imaginative reinterpretations of myth, classical and modern drama, the novel, narrative poetry, dance performance as well as theoretical readings on revision and adaptation. Authors and artists may include: Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Henry James, Ola Rotimi, Joyce Carol Oates, Paula Vogel, W.B. Yeats, Adrienne Rich, Martha Graham.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

INDIV-UG1801 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Internship

4 units

Description

Internships offer Gallatin students an opportunity to learn experientially at one of New York City's many social institutions, art and cultural organizations, community-based organizations, or corporations. Students gain first-hand work experience and develop skills and knowledge that will help them in pursuing employment after graduation. They also explore the relationship between practical experience and academic theory. Gallatin provides an extensive list of available internships; students may pursue their own as well. Internships are typically unpaid positions, although students in paid positions are permitted to receive credit. In addition to the weekly hours spent at the internship, students are expected to attend two workshops about internships; keep a journal of their daily internship experiences; submit a progress report describing the internship; and write a final paper for the faculty adviser.

Notes

Pass/Fail only. Deadline for submitting proposal is January 29. For more information, please contact Faith Stangler Lucine (fs1@nyu.edu). Students registering for an Internship are required to attend two workshops: Workshop I: Tuesday, February 9th, 12:30pm-1:30pm; Workshop II: Tuesday, March 1th, 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Type

Individualized Projects (INDIV-UG)

CLI-UG1460 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Literacy in Action

4 units Wed
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Dianne Ramdeholl

Syllabus

CLI-UG1460

Description

This course combines volunteer work in New York City adult literacy and English as a second language programs with an academic introduction to the philosophy, history, and current issues of adult literacy. An important emphasis of the class is to critically examine adult literacy through a social justice lens. Students work as volunteer teachers of reading and writing oral English or mentors at such institutions as the University Settlement, CASES, Turning Point, and Fortune Society. In class they read about and discuss such key issues as adult literacy education policy and the impact on the field—including instruction, implications of being marginalized by educational systems, instructional approaches developed for adults and the steps that might be taken to build support for high-quality, adult basic-skills programs. Throughout the course, students relate such issues to their own on-site experiences in class discussion and role-playing, and create a portfolio of writing that includes on-site observations, lesson plans, reflections, and a final analytical paper. Readings may include Making Meaning, Making Change (Auerbach); We Make the Road by Walking (Horton and Freire); Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Freire), as well as other articles and journals (Focus on Basics, The Change Agent, New Directions of Adult and Continuing Education, etc.).

Type

Community Learning Courses (CLI-UG)

IDSEM-UG1695 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or GLOBAL
SP 2016

Competing Images of the Sage: Confucius and Lao Tzu

4 units Mon Wed
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Ethan Harkness

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1695

Description

Among the early Chinese philosophers whose ideas have framed moral, social and political discourse in East Asia, the figures of Confucius and Lao Tzu stand out, not only as thinkers of towering influence, but also as diametrically opposed archetypes of wisdom. In this seminar, we begin by reading the works attributed to each man, and then we proceed to examine the ways in which their legacies have been and continue to be appropriated by others. Toward this end we explore competing manifestations of Confucius and Lao Tzu in Chinese religion, in popular culture, and in the marketplace of ideas. Themes include the opposing impulses of idolization and iconoclasm, censorship and propaganda, and the sacralization and commercialization of traditional values. Apart from Confucius’  Analects  and Lao Tzu’s  Tao Te Ching , assignments may include  Lao-tzu and the Tao-te-ching  edited by Livia Kohn and Michael LaFargue, selections from  Early Daoist Scriptures  by Stephen R. Bokenkamp,  Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World  by Yu Dan, and the controversial 2010 Hong Kong film  Confucius  starring Yun-fat Chow.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ELEC-GG2542 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Telling the Truth

4 units Tue
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Scott Korb

Syllabus

ELEC-GG2542

Description

The slipperiness of nonfiction writing—ostensibly telling the truth in print—has, in recent years, been the subject of some handwringing in the world of writing and publishing. Jonah Lehrer made up Bob Dylan quotes? David Foster Wallace was a fabricator? Brian Williams lied? John D’Agata failed a fact-check (and then wrote a book with his fact-checker)? These are extreme examples of problems all nonfiction writers face. This nonfiction workshop asks students to try telling the truth in various forms throughout the semester, from memoir to personal essay to literary journalism. All the while, the animating questions will be what it means to tell the truth in these forms and why—or if—telling the truth matters, and whether it is even possible. Is all nonfiction the same? Is any of it ethical? Is, as Janet Malcolm says, the work of a journalist “morally indefensible?” Weekly workshops will engage ideas from readings by Joan Didion, John McPhee, Leslie Jamison, James Baldwin, John Jeremiah Sullivan, James Agee, Zora Neale Hurston, among others.

Notes

Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor (smkorb@gmail.com).

Type

Graduate Electives (ELEC-GG)

PRACT-UG1301 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Practicum in Fashion Business

4 units Wed
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Martha Olson, Lise Friedman

Syllabus

PRACT-UG1301

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/fashion-practicum.html Description: The fashion industry’s need to navigate the complex demands of globalization and technology requires a creative approach that connects business, design, and innovation. This course is designed to provide students interested in the fashion industry with an opportunity to understand the essential connections between creativity and business. Individual and group projects, business and interdisciplinary readings, and connection to industry professionals will expose students to the fashion business cornerstones—brand, product, consumer —as well as explore fashion’s essential role in history, the arts, and popular culture. Because the only thing constant in fashion is change, the Practicum will also examine current industry trends, including digital and social media, social responsibility, retail transformation and the rise of entrepreneurship. The course will be taught by the Guess Distinguished Visiting Professor in Fashion and Fashion Business and a member of the Gallatin faculty. Admission is by permission of the Visiting Professor.

Notes

Permission required. Application deadline: Monday, October 26th, 5:00 pm. For more information and to apply, please click on course title and then link to application.

Type

Practicum (PRACT-UG)

ARTS-UG1106 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Knowing Body: Awareness Techniques for Performers

4 units Tue
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Robin Powell

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1106

Description

Mind/body awareness techniques increase one's ability to strip away any physical and mental interferences which often appear as stiff, held muscles, poor body habits and impaired concentration. These methods are vital to the creative process and help students to honor inner knowledge. In this workshop, performance is viewed in terms of posture, breath, tension/effort, energy/presence, concentration, body behaviors/habits, and mind/body integration. Students must be prepared to perform a solo piece of their chosing (or an activity to be observed) by the third week of class and work on it throughout the semester. Kinetic Awareness, the Alexander Technique, meditation, visualization, and energy work are learned and applied to the student's performance piece. Open to performing arts students who wish to deepen their relationship to their bodies, increase awareness, and draw on inner reserves. Readings include Knaster's  Discovering the Body's Wisdom , Steinman's  The Knowing Body , Crow's  The Alexander Technique as a Basic Approach to Theatrical Training , and Kohnlein's  Listening from the Physical Body .

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

INDIV-UG9501 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

SYDNEY: Internship Seminar and Fieldwork

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-SYDNEY. This 4 credit course includes a weekly seminar and 15 hours fieldwork per week. Internship placements are made by CAPA International (CAPA), an organization partnering with NYU. CAPA provides internship placements in a wide range of organizations.

Type

Global Programs (INDIV-UG)

SASEM-UG9201 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

FLORENCE: Topics in 19th Century Literature: Italy and Italians in English Literature from the Romantics to Modernism

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-FLORENCE. Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist writers in both Britain and the United States were fascinated by Italy. The "Italy and Italians" of the title refers not only to images and characters in the works of the British and American authors we will be reading but also to their affinities with Italian literature. Recurring themes in the course will be history and its uses in literature, gender and sexuality, democracy and aristocracy, language and power, and religion as an instrument of sexual repression.

Type

Global Programs (SASEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1641 Lib Arts
SOC
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Health and Human Rights in the World Community

4 units Fri
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Allen Keller

Description

This course focuses on the relationship between health and human rights. First, it provides an overview of human rights violations in the world and it offers an analysis of the health consequences of human rights abuses. Second, it explores how individual and community health can be improved by protecting and promoting human rights. Third, it evaluates the ethical obligations of health professionals in the face of human rights violations, and it explores their role in caring for the victims. Intended for non-science as well as science majors, we use presentations and discussion to explore the link between health and human rights. Readings include Claude and Weston,  Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Actions , and Martin and Rangaswamy, eds.,  Twenty Five Human Rights Documents .

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

SASEM-UG9151 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

BUENOS AIRES: Myths, Icons, and Invented Traditions: A Cultural History of Latin America

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-BUENOS AIRES. Mitos, íconos y tradiciones inventadas is an advanced conversation course, which seeks to make students familiar with the rich and complex history of Latin America through the study of some of its most known and iconic cultural expressions. It does also work as an introductory map to the most influential and widespread approaches in Latin American social sciences, cultural studies and literary criticism. Thus, students will not only have a first encounter with key historical processes that lie behind some well know cultural icons, but also will be introduced to arguments and ways of writing that help constitute modern Latin American educated Spanish. The course will be structured in seven topics; each topic will be covered in two weeks. During these four classes, students will be exposed to different kinds of cultural materials, including literary texts, film, papers from several disciplines, theater plays, art shows and live concerts.

Type

Global Programs (SASEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG9150 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

BUENOS AIRES: Creative Writing: Argentina, Travel Writing at the End of the World

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-BUENOS AIRES. A practical course in the writing of creative literary texts: prose (short stories as well as literary non-fiction) and poetry. Selected published works will be analyzed in class both to provide inspiration for student writing as well as to represent literary structures and strategies. Writing assignments ranging from spontaneous to long-term projects will promote creative exploration and self-expression. Critical skills are emphasized and enhanced as students respond to each others’ work. Awareness of correct conventional use of the English language will be upheld. Students build up a body of work over the semester. For full credit and in demonstration of a writing “process,” the final portfolios should include both first drafts and subsequent revisions. At least one longer text (or set of poems) will be selected for submission as would be appropriate to publishers or literary contests.

Type

Global Programs (WRTNG-UG)

WRTNG-UG1560 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Art and Craft of Poetry

4 units Wed
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Emily Fragos

Description

In this workshop poets will focus on the foundations and intricate dynamics of poetry as a writer’s process. A weekly reading of a poem by each poet in the circle will serve as point of departure for discussion of the relationships of craft and expression. Each student will also briefly present a favorite poet/poem for the enjoyment and learning of the class. A final portfolio of poems is required at the end of the course.

Notes

Students may take "The Art and Craft of Poetry" two times.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

ARTS-UG1027 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Performing the Real: Solo and Alternative Performance

4 units Fri
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Lenora Champagne

Description

This is a class in solo performance composition primarily for performers, dancers and for students interested in performance art and its histories. Participants develop a solo performance through a series of exercises using memory, movement and written and visual imagery, and explore the associative strategies of collage and pastiche as methodologies for structuring material. The solos emerge from a process involving improvisation (movement and text), composing, and revision of material. Readings include performance texts by prominent artists, essays on performance, and video viewings, which foreground the tendency in performance to explore subjectivity and identity in light of social and political critique. Required texts include Jo Bonney’s  Extreme Exposure , C. Carr's  On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century , and Lenora Champagne’s  Out from Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists . Additional readings include Colin Counsell, "Postmodernism and Performance Art," Roselee Goldberg, "Performance: A Hidden History," Jonathan Kalb, "Documentary Solo Performance: The Politics of the Mirrored Self," and an essay by Coco Fusco. Assignments include a solo performance created from the material developed in class (rather than "polishing" an already created piece), along with a written analysis of two live solo performances, and an oral presentation. Strategies learned in this class are also useful for composing group work.

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1215 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
EARLY
SP 2016

Narrative Investigations I

4 units Tue Thu
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Stacy Pies

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1215

Description

How does narrative create a sense of identity and give value to our lives? What are the ethical implications of looking at knowledge as a construction of narrative? The concept of narrative is currently used across disciplines to describe how people, texts, and institutions create meaning. This course will explore the idea that stories organize our thinking and our lives. We will begin with Plato’s ideas on tragedy and Aristotle’s  Poetics , which later narrative explorations emulate and challenge. Our reading of Cervantes’s  Don Quixote , Diderot’s  Jacques the Fatalist , and modern fictions will investigate the ways fictional texts radically reinvent literary forms and question social conventions. The works of critics such as Bakhtin, Chatman, Schafer, and Iser will reveal how narrative has been adopted as both a theoretical model and a methodology within a variety of fields. Students will carry out projects that explore narrative trends within their particular areas of interest.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG778 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Shadow Cities: Literary Alterity and Urban Underworlds

4 units Mon Wed
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Adrian Versteegh

Syllabus

FIRST-UG778

Description

The city we see is not all there is. Over seven thousand miles of sewers undergird the five boroughs of New York; centuries of occluded catastrophe dictate the architectural fabric of modern London; and in metropolises around the world the labor of an unacknowledged precariat lets us pass through the urban everyday without reflection. This course looks at how these invisible cities are made visible through literature. We’ll grapple with the pathological, the potential, the evanescent, and even the scatological, as we ask how literature maps on to hidden registers of the built environment. Alongside conventional exercises in essay writing, research, and in-class presentations, students can expect to put theory into practice with assignments involving urban exploration, literary fieldwork, and urban audition. Writing requirements will include formal papers responding to readings; an exploration journal linking texts and experiences; construction of a city itinerary (and corresponding reaction to a classmate’s); and a final research project (which can, with permission, incorporate creative elements). Events at the Morbid Anatomy Museum and excursions with the Atlas Obscura collective may be arranged. Readings may include fiction (Daniel Defoe, China Miéville, Neil Gaiman), film ( Undercity ,  Dark Days ), photography (Wayne Barrar), sensation journalism (G.W.M. Reynolds, Eugène Sue, and the files of  The Illustrated Police News ), literary history (David Pike, W.G. Sebald), and social science (Margaret Morton, Robert Neuwirth, Russell and Cheryl Sharman).

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

SASEM-UG9250 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

LONDON: Seeing London's Architecture

4 units

Description

THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-LONDON. London, like New York is a rich and complicated city. Unlike New York however, it has been continuously occupied for just under 2000 years. Almost every epoch of London’s history can be detected in the city’s architecture and distinctive streetscape. This course is designed to work in three ways. Firstly it is an opportunity to learn about London’s architecture and art by physically exploring it. Secondly this class is an introduction to sketching and keeping a travel notebook, a basic and useful skill that any liberal arts student should have an experience of. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this course teaches how to 'read' a town or city. The ability to visually make sense of European built-environment should really help in understanding the architecture of New York City and, of course, town and cities throughout the United States, and anywhere else.

Type

Global Programs (SASEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1116 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
SP 2016

Fate and Free Will in the Epic Tradition

4 units Wed
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Antonio Rutigliano

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1116

Description

The role of the gods in human affairs inevitably raises the question of fate and free will. The epics, from the ancient world to the Renaissance, frequently reflect and define this debate. This course examines how the epics of Homer, Vergil, Dante and Milton not only mirror the philosophical and theological perceptions of the period, but sometimes forecast future debates on the issue. Readings may include the  Epic of Gilgamesh, Iliad  or  Odyssey, Aeneid,  and  Divine Comedy,  as well as selections from Plato's  Protagoras  or Aristotle's  Ethics , Cicero's  De Fato , Boethius's  Consolation of Philosophy , and Fromm's  Escape From Freedom .

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1333 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Writing the Family

4 units Mon
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Cris Beam

Description

Many of us want to write memoirs, but families—good or bad—are loaded territory. How do we navigate wisely? In this class we’ll look at writers who have done it, such as James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, Vivian Gornick, Richard Rodriguez, and Sister Souljah, to trace their fault lines and unearth their strategies for remaining faithful to their readers while truthful to their lived experience. We’ll look at issues of voice and point of view, and how to gain enough emotional distance from characters to make them both believable and three-dimensional. We’ll write and workshop several family scenes, building them into a few full-length stories or, if the student wishes, chapters for a larger work. Readings may include  Modern American Memoirs , edited by Annie Dillard and Cort Conley;  Heaven’s Coast,  Mark Doty;  Name All the Animals , Alison Smith;  The Women , Hilton Als; and  An American Childhood , Annie Dillard.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

IDSEM-UG1800 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Writing the Rationale

2 units Tue
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Eugene Vydrin

Description

In this class we will begin by discussing such questions as “what is my concentration?” and “what is the relationship between a concentration and a rationale or a colloquium?” Using these questions to explore not only your own process but also the nature of interdisciplinarity, individualized education, and the value of the liberal arts, we will spend the first half of the semester developing methods of interdisciplinary study, which includes the history of your topic and ideas, and applying them to your own concentration. We will spend the second half of the semester drafting, workshopping, revising, presenting, and completing your colloquium rationale and booklist. Students will work as a class, with guest speakers, in small groups, and individually with their advisers and with the professors, as detailed in the syllabus. This class is an opportunity to explore and engage actively with your interests and your thinking.

Notes

Pass/fail only. Formerly titled, "Third-Year Symposium." Open to Gallatin juniors and seniors who plan to take their colloquium between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1050 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Performing Stories: East Meets West

4 units Wed
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Lanny Harrison

Syllabus

ARTS-UG1050

Description

In this course we create characters inspired by history, memory, dreams and world lore through challenging exercises that fuse Eastern contemplative traditions and Western theatrical improvisation. Students learn how to access different aspects of themselves to enhance their own creative process and create a uniquely authentic theatre. Each session begins with vocal exercises and physical warm ups, based on Taoist exercises and Western dance techniques. Our character work starts with meditations and visualizations employing the Buddhist tradition of "mindfulness/awareness" practice, in which we place ourselves totally in the present moment. We work in solos, duos and groups, gradually adding costumes, props and music. Open to theater students, dancers, musicians, visual artists, writers, techies—all those interested in discovering their own source of deep invention. Readings include Chögyam Trungpa's  Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior and Dharma Art  (now titled True Perception), Louise Steinman's  The Knowing Body , Ethan Nichtern's  One City  and John Welwood's  Ordinary Magic .

Type

Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)

IDSEM-UG1743 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

James Joyce and Interdisciplinary Modernism

4 units Tue Thu
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Gregory Erickson

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1743

Description

Application: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/forms/course-app.html For more information: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/undergraduate/global/travelcourses/dublin-joyce.html Description: In this course we will read and discuss the major works of James Joyce with a focus on their significance to Modernism, literary theory, and to interdisciplinary scholarship. We will read  Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses , and sections of  Finnegans Wake . We will pay particular attention to how different movements in literary theory have responded to Joyce’s work and will therefore read short critical essays by major and minor Joyce scholars. Our exploration of interdisciplinarity will include discussions of Joyce and music, religion, post-colonialism, history, sexuality, philosophy, intellectual property, and Irish Studies. We will also look at representations of Joyce’s work in music, dance, visual art, theater and film. We will be traveling as a class to Dublin over Spring break and therefore will focus throughout the course on the relationship of Joyce to Ireland past and present, and on issues of place, memory, and literary tourism. The course will include guest speakers and events at the Glucksman Irish House.

Notes

This course includes travel to Dublin, Ireland during the week of Spring Recess, March 13-20. Permission required: Application deadline is October 26, 2015. For more information and to apply, please click on course title and then link to application.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

WRTNG-UG1550 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Fiction Writing

4 units Wed
6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Lara Vapnyar

Syllabus

WRTNG-UG1550

Description

This course provides students interested in writing fiction an opportunity to explore (and practice) various forms of fiction in a workshop environment. The main objective of the course is to help students develop their individual styles and voices and to make them aware of the various techniques available to them. We will examine every aspect of the craft of traditional fiction writing: plot, structure, point of view, narrative voice, dialogue, building of individual scenes, etc as well as the new techniques of the digital age: hypertext, self-editing text, visual and audio images, animation. Students will present their own fiction, respond to the writings of others, and pose questions about literature, editing, and publishing. Students will be required to write either two short stories, or a short story and a chapter from a novel, or a short story and several pieces of flash fiction. The reading assignments will include selections from old and contemporary authors such as Chekhov, Borges, Nabokov, Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan.

Notes

Students may take "Fiction Writing" two times.

Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

IDSEM-UG1861 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
GLOBAL
SP 2016

Modern Architectures of South Asia

4 units Mon Wed
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Anooradha Siddiqi

Description

Struggles between nativisms and globalisms in architecture have produced significant iterations in South Asia; architecture’s modern practices and discourses within and outside the region have refracted a colonial and imperial imagery, national visions, regional and vernacular aesthetic inflections, and artistic, urban, and territorial worldviews. This course will focus on a history of architecture and planning that interrogates a history of South Asian modernism and modernity, examining constructions of each from within and beyond the subcontinent and its diasporas, through architecture’s many forms, including artifacts and practices of formal and informal building, territorial construction, photographic representation and other spatial imagery, criticism and writing, pedagogy, exhibitions and other public activity, and discourses on aesthetics. Course material spans the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and includes the study of work by both celebrated and little-known actors such as Edwin Lutyens, Otto Koenigsberger, Minnette de Silva, Louis Kahn, Charles Correa, and Brinda Somaya, and the projects of institutions and initiatives such as the Archaeological Survey of India and the Urban Study Group in Bangladesh. We will explore a range of writings, from Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture to the journals MARG and Mimar, as well as architectural pedagogy as introduced to the subcontinent (and the colonies) in the Sir J.J. School of Art in what was once Bombay, and much later in the Centre for Environment Planning & Technology (CEPT) School of Architecture in Ahmedabad. We will also examine formal and informal urbanisms of sites such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Dhaka, and Dharavi, as well as geographies and architectures of war, scarcity, and borders, for which South Asia has become emblematic.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1856 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

The Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics of Photography

4 units Tue Thu
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
A.B. Huber

Description

The seminar begins with a short critical history of photography, and a consideration of its advent as something of a misfit art, before focusing on its increasing use as an instrument of visual evidence. We turn then to a series of case histories, from the early use of photography as a forensic tool at 19th century crime scenes, to the counter-forensic visual reconstructions of contemporary drone strikes in Pakistan, or recent police violence against unarmed civilians of color in the US. In each instance we ask how photography shapes what becomes visible or legible as violence, and what kinds of suffering—and what modes of resistance—move us affectively, ethically, politically. The seminar will introduce students to key theoretical works on photography (Benjamin, Kracauer, Sekula) as well as more recent critical interventions that help us reckon our own, and others, increasing exposure to surveillance and its neoliberal logics (Farocki, Steyerl, Weizman). How might the ubiquity of cameras inure or blind us to photography’s work? The seminar seeks to help students better understand the complex linkages between perception and understanding, and how photographs, as the modern visual form par excellence, shape our sense of the political world and our place in it. The course presumes an interest not only in photography, but in political and aesthetic theory.

Notes

Open to sophomores only.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

FIRST-UG748 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

First-Year Research Seminar: Writing Evolution

4 units Tue Thu
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Anne DeWitt

Description

Although  On the Origin of Species  was published more than 150 years ago, evolution remains a controversial theory: inspiring to some, disturbing to others, and provocative to many. This class is about how people have used writing to argue over evolution, to understand it, and to imagine its implications—a topic that students will investigate in seminar discussions and through their own writing. We begin with the Origin, asking how Darwin’s prose seeks to persuade his readers. Next, we consider how Darwin’s ideas are taken up and transformed by writers of narrative fiction, reading H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds (1897) and Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love (1997) alongside texts about social Darwinism and evolutionary psychology. The second half of the course builds towards students’ independent research papers by surveying the impact of evolutionary ideas in a wide range of disciplines: we may consider Richard Dawkins’s concept of the cultural meme; the impact of evolution on ideas about society and ethics; and the spread of evolutionary ideas through popular media.

Notes

Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

Type

First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)

IDSEM-UG1862 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
SP 2016

Oedipus the King

2 units Tue
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Laura Slatkin

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1862

Description

Oedipus: exemplary citizen or outlier? Savior of the city or its destroyer? Upholder or suspender of the law (including the law of kinship)? As a meditation on kingship as well as kinship, Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, first produced in the fifth century BCE, offers a complex Oedipus, if not, perhaps, an Oedipus complex. Sophocles' meditation on the polis, law, family, knowledge, the structure of mind, desire, and the disease in and of state has proved especially rich for philosophers, psychoanalysts, and theater artists: the play also famously provides the core example for Aristotle's meditation on tragedy in the Poetics. We will explore the OT as tragedy, as resource, as example and exception.

Notes

Some prior familiarity with Greek drama required, or permission of the instructor (laura.slatkin@nyu.edu). Course meets during the first seven weeks only, First Class: January 26; Last Class: March 8.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1202 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
PREMOD
or EARLY
SP 2016

Tragic Visions

4 units Tue Thu
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Bella Mirabella

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1202

Description

This course studies the nature of the tragic form in dramatic literature and performance, as well as its role in human existence. Focusing on two of the great periods of tragedy in Western literature and culture­—ancient Greece and Renaissance England—we read selected tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Shakespeare as well philosophical considerations of the tragic by, for example, Aristotle and Nietzsche. We examine these works in their social, political, and cultural contexts, while considering questions around gender, power, fate, free will, and the origins and evolution of tragedy as a literary and political genre. Readings might include, for example, Aeschylus', Agamemnon; Sophocles' Antigone or Oedipus; Euripides' Medea, as well as Shakespearean tragedies such as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, or King Lear. Special attention is paid to performance, and we will also attend a performance.

Notes

Same as MEDI-UA 992 001.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

IDSEM-UG1339 Lib Arts
HUM
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Foucault: Biopolitics and the Care of the Self

4 units Fri
12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Bradley Lewis

Syllabus

IDSEM-UG1339

Description

French philosopher and cultural historian Michel Foucault’s radical approach to the power, knowledge, and subjectivity destabilized rigid distinctions between the individual and discursive structures, and it anticipated a new form of "bio-politics." These approaches have been broadly influential across the humanities, cultural studies, and social theory. Foucault’s later work on care of the self was devoted to understanding philosophy as a way of life, a spiritual exercise, and a practice of freedom. This work opens up new ways of thinking about ancient philosophy and religious life which is increasingly important for religious studies. This seminar is devoted to a close reading of Foucault’s work. Authors we discuss beyond Foucault include Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Pierre Hadot.

Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

ARTS-UG1090 Lib Arts
Hist & Cult
SP 2016

Participatory Performance: Artists, Audiences, and Civic Engagement

4 units Tue
3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Kristin Horton, Leila Buck

Description

Beginning from the premise that by its nature theater is inherently participatory, this arts workshop explores a wide spectrum of direct audience engagement by examining the history of the spectator’s relationship to performance with an emphasis on contemporary practices and their potential for civic engagement. Specific attention will be given to the relationships between artist, event and spectator as well as forms of interactivity and the spectrum of engagement they provide. Who is in the audience? What does theater or performance do for those who witness or participate in it? What does it mean to participate? How does participatory performance affect the role and process of the writer, direct