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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 2015 Interdisciplinary Seminars


Course # Title Instructor Day Time
IDSEM-UG1059 Disease and Civilization Gene Cittadino Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
Section 002 for Environmental Studies majors only.
IDSEM-UG1061 Literary Forms and the Craft of Criticism Sharon Friedman Wed 12:30PM–3:15PM
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.
IDSEM-UG1144 Free Speech and Democracy Paul Thaler Wed 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1193 Culture as Communication Vasu Varadhan Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1294 Philosophy of Medicine Bradley Lewis Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
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 11:00AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1341 Metaphor and Meaning Stacy Pies Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1351 Passion and Poetics in Early Japan Nina Cornyetz Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
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-UG1387 The Photographic Imaginary Eve Meltzer Wed 12:30PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1388 Thinking About Seeing Keith Miller Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1449 Plato: Tragedy, Philosophy, and Politics George Shulman Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
Open to sophomores only. Course meets first seven weeks, 9/3-10/15.
IDSEM-UG1450 Machiavelli: Popular Power and the Space of Appearances George Shulman Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
Open to sophomores only. Course meets last seven weeks,10/22-12/10.
IDSEM-UG1454 The Iliad and its Legacies in Drama Laura Slatkin Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
Same as COLIT-UA 972.
IDSEM-UG1504 Guilty Subjects: Guilt in Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis Sara Murphy Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1515 Homer/Ellison: The Odyssey and Invisible Man Laura Slatkin E. Frances White Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1523 Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality Marie Cruz Soto Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Same as SCA-UA 721 002.
IDSEM-UG1527 Finance for Social Theorists Peter Rajsingh Mon 7:45PM–10:15PM
IDSEM-UG1532 Lives in Science Gene Cittadino Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1534 The Seen and Unseen in Science Matthew Stanley Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1552 Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World Ali Mirsepassi Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Same as MEIS-UA 785 001.
IDSEM-UG1558 The Travel Habit: On the Road in the Thirties Steve Hutkins Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
Course meets last seven weeks only, 10/23 - 12/11.
IDSEM-UG1566 History of Environmental Sciences Before Darwin Peder Anker Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.
IDSEM-UG1580 Between Rights and Justice in Latin America Alejandro Velasco Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1586 Consumerism in Comparative Perspective Kimberly DaCosta Tue 3:30PM–6:10PM
Same as SOC-UA 970-005.
IDSEM-UG1603 Modern Poetry and the Actual World Lisa Goldfarb Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
IDSEM-UG1608 Justice and the Political Justin Holt Fri 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1609 Dante's World Antonio Rutigliano Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1617 Philosophy of Religion Jeffrey Morris Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1618 Media and Fashion Moya Luckett Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1632 "Woman" and the Political Rosanne Kennedy Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1640 The History of Kindness Andrew Romig Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1646 Fractured States: Border Crossings, Divisions, and Partitions Valerie Forman Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Same as COLIT-UA 550.
IDSEM-UG1648 Environment and Development in Africa Rosalind Fredericks Tue 2:00PM–4:45PM
Sect 002 for Environmental Studies majors.
IDSEM-UG1649 The Music of Poetry and the Poetry of Music Lisa Goldfarb Tue, Thu 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1682 Thinking Sex/Gender Globally Ritty Lukose Tue 9:30AM–12:15PM
Same as SCA-UA 721.003.
IDSEM-UG1689 Night and the City: Film Noir and the Noir Imagination Rahul Hamid Fri 1:00PM–5:00PM
IDSEM-UG1711 Politics, Writing and the Nobel Prize in Latin America Linn Cary Mehta Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1731 Gender Undone: Fiction, Film, and Feminist Theory Meghan Fox Thu 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-UG1749 Melodrama Unchained: Genre and Style in Western Narrative since 1800 Karen Hornick Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1750 Good Design: Scale Louise Harpman Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1751 Biology and Society Myles Jackson Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
Due to overlapping subject matter between this course and Genetics and Society (IDSEM-UG 1832), students will not receive credit for Genetics and Society if they have taken (or are taking) Biology and Society.
IDSEM-UG1752 This Mediated Life: An Introduction to the Study of Mass Media Julian Cornell Thu 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1767 Crime in the USA Ngina Chiteji Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1768 Government and the Economy: What Every Citizen Should Know Ngina Chiteji Tue 6:20PM–9:00PM
Open to sophomores only.
IDSEM-UG1775 Contemporary Visual Culture and the Politics of Images Lauren Walsh Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1778 Punk Aesthetics Joshua Shirkey Mon 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1782 Madness and Civilization Yevgeniya Traps Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
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-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-UG1801 Minds and Bodies: A History of Neuroscience Brendan Matz Wed 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1802 Hearing Difference: The Commercial Music Industry and the American Racial Imaginary Kwami Coleman Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1810 Art and Politics in the City: New York and Buenos Aires Alejandro Velasco Thu 2:00PM–4:45PM
This is a co-taught course. Students in New York and Buenos Aires meet simultaneously via video conference and work from the same syllabus.
IDSEM-UG1831 Enlightenment Subjects and Subjections Andrea Gadberry Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1832 Genetics and Society Myles Jackson Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Due to overlapping subject matter between this course and Biology and Society (IDSEM-UG 1751), students will not receive credit for Genetics and Society if they have taken (or are taking) Biology and Society. Course meets first seven weeks, 9/2-10/26.
IDSEM-UG1833 Music and Science Myles Jackson Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Course meets last seven weeks,10/28 - 12/14.
IDSEM-UG1834 Wisdom for Life: Cultivating Self, Philosophy, and Society Bradley Lewis Fri 12:30PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1835 The Poetics and Politics of Mourning Sinan Antoon Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1836 Fashion, Politics and Justice Paula Chakravartty Tue, Thu 3:30PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1838 Narrating Seduction: The Tale of Genji Nina Cornyetz Wed 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1839 Freud Eve Meltzer Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
IDSEM-UG1840 Reading Closely, Reading Historically Gregory Vargo Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Now open to all.
IDSEM-UG1841 American Road Narratives Amy Spellacy Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
IDSEM-UG1842 Ancients vs. Moderns Frederic Clark Mon 2:00PM–4:45PM
IDSEM-UG1844 Genre, Politics and Theory George Shulman Tue 6:20PM–9:00PM
Open to sophomores and juniors only.
IDSEM-UG1847 Dangerous and Intermingled: An Intensive Introduction to Critical Research Practices Jack Tchen Fri 12:30PM–6:10PM
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. This course is recommended for students who wish to conduct advanced, independent, research as part of their subsequent studies. It combines the course sequence Dangerous and Intermingled I (WASP New York) and II (Subaltern New York), previously taught as IDSEM 1666 and 1667, respectively; students who have taken IDSEM 1666 and/or 1667 may not take this course for credit.
IDSEM-UG1848 Expertise and Democracy Gianpaolo Baiocchi Fri 11:00AM–1:45PM
Formerly titled and numbered, Tools for Social Change, CLI-UG 1403.
IDSEM-UG1849 Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance and Popular Protest Frank Roberts Thu 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1853 Pollution and Policy Rachel Rothschild Mon 6:20PM–9:00PM
IDSEM-UG1854 Architecture and the Modern Anooradha Siddiqi Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
IDSEM-UG1855 Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship Peter Rajsingh
Course meets on Sunday. First class meeting will be Sunday, September 13th.
IDSEM-UG1863 By Any Means Necessary: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and James Baldwin Frank Roberts Thu 3:30PM–6:10PM
IDSEM-UG1869 Babel Todd Porterfield Wed 9:30AM–12:15PM

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