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Interdisciplinary Seminars


A central component of the Gallatin curriculum is a commitment to the study of the history of ideas through significant world texts. Every year, Gallatin offers more than 100 different interdisciplinary seminars in the liberal arts that focus on major issues or themes in—and across—the humanities and arts, social sciences, and sciences. Through interdisciplinary seminars, students encounter a range of important historical periods and fields, and develop a global component to their studies. Gallatin’s expansive notion of the great books distinguishes it from other nontraditional programs as well as from most traditional programs. Interdisciplinary seminars are relatively small (20 to 22 students), emphasizing class discussion and thoughtful writing assignments.




Fall 2016 Interdisciplinary Seminars


Course # Title Instructor
IDSEM-UG1055 Struggle for the Word: History of Media I Stephen Duncombe
IDSEM-UG1061 Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism Sharon Friedman
IDSEM-UG1097 Inventing Modernity I: The Struggle for Selfhood and the Rise of the Novel Karen Hornick
IDSEM-UG1193 Culture as Communication Vasu Varadhan
IDSEM-UG1207 Origins of the Atomic Age Gene Cittadino
IDSEM-UG1215 Narrative Investigations I Stacy Pies
IDSEM-UG1268 Cultural Politics of Childhood Patrick McCreery
IDSEM-UG1272 Theorizing Politics George Shulman
IDSEM-UG1294 Philosophy of Medicine Bradley Lewis
IDSEM-UG1300 Militaries and Militarization Antonio Lauria-Perricelli
IDSEM-UG1314 Literary and Cultural Theory: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Sara Murphy
IDSEM-UG1318 Shakespeare and the London Theatre Bella Mirabella
IDSEM-UG1337 Beyond the Invisible Hand: The History of Economic Thought Kimberly Phillips-Fein
IDSEM-UG1351 Passion and Poetics in Early Japan Nina Cornyetz
IDSEM-UG1381 Creative Democracy: The Pragmatist Tradition Bill Caspary
IDSEM-UG1388 Thinking About Seeing Keith Miller
IDSEM-UG1468 Psychoanalysis and the Visual Eve Meltzer
IDSEM-UG1514 Science and Religion Matthew Stanley
IDSEM-UG1523 Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality Marie Cruz Soto
IDSEM-UG1527 Finance for Social Theorists Peter Rajsingh
IDSEM-UG1552 Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World Ali Mirsepassi
IDSEM-UG1558 The Travel Habit: On the Road in the Thirties Steve Hutkins
IDSEM-UG1562 Reading the Faces of Ancient Cultures Hallie Franks
IDSEM-UG1566 History of Environmental Sciences Before Darwin Peder Anker
IDSEM-UG1577 The Ethnographic Imagination Ritty Lukose
IDSEM-UG1596 Domesticating the Wild in Children's Literature Myisha Priest
IDSEM-UG1602 Nature, Resources, and the Human Condition: Perspectives on Environmental History Gene Cittadino
IDSEM-UG1609 Dante's World Antonio Rutigliano
IDSEM-UG1618 Media and Fashion Moya Luckett
IDSEM-UG1626 The Communication Revolutions Paul Thaler
IDSEM-UG1630 Pictures at a Revolution: Film as Political Rhetoric Rahul Hamid
IDSEM-UG1631 The U.S. Empire and the Americas Marie Cruz Soto
IDSEM-UG1632 "Woman" and the Political Rosanne Kennedy
IDSEM-UG1642 Celebrity Culture Moya Luckett
IDSEM-UG1648 Environment and Development in Africa Rosalind Fredericks
IDSEM-UG1649 The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music Lisa Goldfarb
IDSEM-UG1682 Thinking Sex/Gender Globally Ritty Lukose
IDSEM-UG1695 Competing Images of the Sage: Confucius and Lao Tzu Ethan Harkness
IDSEM-UG1698 The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory Justin Holt
IDSEM-UG1700 Becoming Global? "Europe" and the World Valerie Forman
IDSEM-UG1705 Antigone(s): Ancient Greece/Performance Now Laura Slatkin
Kristin Horton
IDSEM-UG1711 Politics, Writing and the Nobel Prize in Latin America Linn Cary Mehta
IDSEM-UG1714 What is Critique? A.B. Huber
IDSEM-UG1731 Gender Undone: Fiction, Film, and Feminist Theory Naomi Edwards
IDSEM-UG1735 American Narratives II George Shulman
IDSEM-UG1739 Kinship and Community: Ancient Texts and Modern Theories Bruce King
IDSEM-UG1740 Bridging Culture and Nature: An Introduction to Conservation Science Jim Tolisano
IDSEM-UG1750 Good Design: Scale Louise Harpman
IDSEM-UG1752 This Mediated Life: An Introduction to the Study of Mass Media Julian Cornell
IDSEM-UG1789 Video: History, Theory, Practice Eve Meltzer
IDSEM-UG1794 History and Memory in the Early Modern Atlantic World Heather Vermeulen
IDSEM-UG1795 Art and Ethics Christopher Trogan
IDSEM-UG1801 Minds and Bodies: A History of Neuroscience Brendan Matz
IDSEM-UG1802 Hearing Difference: The Commercial Music Industry and the American Racial Imaginary Kwami Coleman
IDSEM-UG1809 Achilles' Shield: Mapping the Ancient Cosmos Hallie Franks
Matthew Stanley
IDSEM-UG1831 Enlightenment Subjects and Subjections Andrea Gadberry
IDSEM-UG1836 Fashion, Politics and Justice Paula Chakravartty
IDSEM-UG1839 Freud Nina Cornyetz
IDSEM-UG1840 Reading Closely, Reading Historically Gregory Vargo
IDSEM-UG1849 Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance and Popular Protest Frank Roberts
IDSEM-UG1853 Pollution and Policy Rachel Rothschild
IDSEM-UG1879 Subversion & Perversion: Queer Critique A.B. Huber
IDSEM-UG1880 Cities and Citizenship: Readings in Global Urbanism Rosalind Fredericks
IDSEM-UG1881 Justice and Rights Movements: "Let Them Lead the Way" Michael Dinwiddie
IDSEM-UG1883 Aesthetic Justice Eugenia Kisin
IDSEM-UG1884 Accessorizing the Renaissance: Manners, Taste, and Fashion in Early Modern Europe Bella Mirabella
IDSEM-UG1885 Literature and/of Human Rights Sara Murphy
IDSEM-UG1886 Imagining Justice Myisha Priest
IDSEM-UG1888 Deconstructing the Wall: A Critical Examination of Current Issues in Education Benjamin Brooks
IDSEM-UG1889 Body Art, Body Horror Joshua Shirkey
IDSEM-UG1890 Self-Representation in Contemporary Art and Literature Yevgeniya Traps
IDSEM-UG1892 History of Ecology and Environmentalism Peder Anker
IDSEM-UG1893 Africa/City Anooradha Siddiqi
IDSEM-UG1898 Reading, Performing, and Creating James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Gregory Erickson
IDSEM-UG1899 Ancient Reflections in a Time of Modern War Laura Slatkin
IDSEM-UG1900 Indigenous Futures: Decolonizing NYC — Documenting the Lenape Trail Jack Tchen
IDSEM-UG1909 Art for Emancipation: Reversing Field in Adversarial Territory Zahia Rahmani
IDSEM-UG1912 Wall Street and Public Culture of Finance Melissa Fisher
IDSEM-UG1913 The Politics of Food, Hunger, and Sustainability Alison Heslin
IDSEM-UG1914 Islam and Race in the United States Sophia Azeb
IDSEM-UG1915 Power and Politics Alison Heslin