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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 2014 Interdisciplinary Seminars


Course # Title Instructor Day Time
IDSEM-UG1061 Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism Sharon Friedman Wed 12:30PM–3:15PM
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.
IDSEM-UG1067 The Self and the Political: Plato to the Present Rosanne Kennedy Fri 9:30AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1072 Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip-Hop Michael Dinwiddie Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
Same as SCA-UA 721 001.
IDSEM-UG1156 The Darwinian Revolution Gene Cittadino Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.
IDSEM-UG1193 Culture as Communication Vasu Varadhan Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1197 Narratives of African Civilizations Mon 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1215 Narrative Investigations I Stacy Pies Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1229 "Chinatown" and the American Imagination Jack Tchen Mon
Same as SCA-UA 370 001. Please note there ia a required lab session on Wed, 12:30-1:45.
IDSEM-UG1272 Theorizing Politics George Shulman Tue 6:20PM–9:00PM
Open to juniors only.
IDSEM-UG1299 Objectivity and the Politics of the Journalism Revolution Paul Thaler Wed 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1300 Militaries and Militarization Antonio Lauria-Perricelli Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1314 Literary and Cultural Theory: An Interdisciplinary Introduction Sara Murphy Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1318 Shakespeare and the London Theatre Bella Mirabella Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Same as MEDI-UA 991 002.
IDSEM-UG1339 Foucault: Biopolitics and the Care of the Self Bradley Lewis Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1357 The Qur'an Sinan Antoon Tue 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1381 Creative Democracy: The Pragmatist Tradition Bill Caspary Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1388 Thinking About Seeing Keith Miller Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1504 Guilty Subjects: Guilt in Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis Sara Murphy Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1514 Science and Religion Matthew Stanley Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1518 Globalization: Promises and Discontents Ritty Lukose Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1523 Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality Marie Cruz Soto Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Same as SCA-UA 721 003.
IDSEM-UG1527 Finance for Social Theorists Peter Rajsingh Mon 7:45PM–10:15PM
IDSEM-UG1552 Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World Ali Mirsepassi Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Same as MEIS-UA 785.
IDSEM-UG1558 The Travel Habit: On the Road in the Thirties Steve Hutkins Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Course meets during the second seven weeks only, October 23 to December 11.
IDSEM-UG1560 African American History and Memory E. Frances White Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Same as SCA-UA 721 002.
IDSEM-UG1562 Reading the Faces of Ancient Cultures Hallie Franks Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1564 Race and Religion in African American Culture Myisha Priest Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1596 Domesticating the Wild in Children's Literature Myisha Priest Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1609 Dante's World Antonio Rutigliano Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1618 Media and Fashion Moya Luckett Wed 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1632 "Woman" and the Political Rosanne Kennedy Wed 9:30AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1640 The History of Kindness Andrew Romig Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1698 The Social Contract: Early Modern European Political Theory Justin Holt Fri 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1711 Politics, Writing and the Nobel Prize in Latin America Linn Cary Mehta Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1724 Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Media Frank Roberts Thu 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1725 Cultures of Finance Robert Wosnitzer Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1731 Gender Undone: Fiction, Film, and Feminist Theory Rose-Ellen Lessy Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1733 Sensation! Affect, the Body, and the Market Yevgeniya Traps Mon 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1739 Kinship and Community: Ancient Texts and Modern Theories Bruce King Mon, Wed 4:55PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1740 Bridging Culture and Nature: An Introduction to Conservation Science Jim Tolisano Mon 6:20PM–9:00PM
Section 2 for Environmental Studies majors only.
IDSEM-UG1750 Good Design: Scale Louise Harpman Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1752 This Mediated Life: An Introduction to the Study of Mass Media Julian Cornell Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1760 Quantification and Social Thought Christopher Phillips Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1766 Evil Joe Thometz Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1767 Crime in the USA Ngina Chiteji Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1768 Government and the Economy: What Every Citizen Should Know Ngina Chiteji Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1775 Contemporary Visual Culture and the Politics of Images Lauren Walsh Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1784 Under the Influence of X: The Revolutionary Politics and Poetry of Malcolm X Bryonn Bain Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1785 U.S. Empire and the Global South: The Long 20th Century Marie Cruz Soto Paula Chakravartty Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1786 Trash Matters: Exploring Development, Environment, and Culture through Garbage Rosalind Fredericks Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.
IDSEM-UG1787 Iphigenia(s): War, Sacrifice, and Politics in Performance Kristin Horton Laura Slatkin Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1788 The Sublime Bradley Lewis Thu 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1789 Video: History, Theory, Practice Eve Meltzer Nina Katchadourian Wed
Same as ARTS-UG 1609. Students may enroll in either IDSEM-UG 1789 or ARTS-UG 1609. Students enrolled in IDSEM-UG 1789 will focus their work on the written critical analysis of video; students enrolled in ARTS-UG 1609 will focus their work on the production of video work. All students in this team-taught course share some assignments, written and production-based. Please note this course includes an additional, required meeting hour (Mon, 6:20-7:35) for weekly video screenings. Students enrolled in ARTS-UG 1609 should also note that they will not receive credit toward either the liberal arts foundation or interdisciplinary seminar requirement.
IDSEM-UG1790 The Scientific Revolution Matthew Stanley Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1793 Femininity, Postfeminism and Mass Media Moya Luckett Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1794 History and Memory in the Early Modern Atlantic World Laurie Woodard Mon 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1795 Art and Ethics Christopher Trogan Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1797 Rome: A Visual and Virtual Empire Sebastian Heath Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1798 The Public Conversation on the Urban Environment Gianpaolo Baiocchi Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1799 Self-Consciousness and Other Burdens of Modernity: European Writing from Rousseau to Ibsen Karen Hornick Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1801 Mind and Bodies: A History of Neuroscience Brendan Matz Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1802 Hearing Difference: The Commercial Music Industry and the American Racial Imaginary Kwami Coleman Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1803 Debating Capitalism in America David Huyssen Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1804 Impressionism and the Modern City Joshua Shirkey Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1805 The Coen Brothers: Failure and the American Dream Rahul Hamid Fri 1:00PM–5:00PM
IDSEM-UG1824 Coming Home: Identity and Place Jennifer Lemberg Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG800 The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Sinan Antoon Wed 4:55PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG800 The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Sinan Antoon Ritty Lukose George Shulman Mon 2:00PM–3:15PM
Sophomores only. Course start date is Monday, Sept. 8th; no classes week of Sept. 1st. This course is taught by Sinan Antoon, Ritty Lukose, and George Shulman. In order to register, students must enroll in one of the recitations, IDSEM-UG 800 002004, which then automatically enrolls them in the lecture, IDSEM-UG 800 001.
IDSEM-UG800 The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Ritty Lukose Tue 2:00PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG800 The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives George Shulman Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM

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