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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.

Spring 2019 Interdisciplinary Seminars


Course # Title Instructor
IDSEM-UG1059 Disease and Civilization Gene Cittadino
IDSEM-UG1072 Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip-Hop Michael Dinwiddie
IDSEM-UG1116 Fate and Free Will in the Epic Tradition Antonio Rutigliano
IDSEM-UG1272 Theorizing Politics George Shulman
IDSEM-UG1289 Narrative Investigations II: Realism to Postmodernism Stacy Pies
IDSEM-UG1299 Objectivity and the Politics of the Journalism Revolution Paul Thaler
IDSEM-UG1307 Race, Nation, and Narrative George Shulman
IDSEM-UG1313 Ethics for Dissenters Bill Caspary
IDSEM-UG1324 Baseball as a Road to God John Sexton
IDSEM-UG1342 Language, Globalization, and the Self Maria-Luisa Achino-Loeb
IDSEM-UG1359 American Capitalism in the Twentieth Century Kimberly Phillips-Fein
IDSEM-UG1411 What Was Conceptualism, and Why Won't It Go Away? Eve Meltzer
IDSEM-UG1462 Consuming the Caribbean Millery Polyné
IDSEM-UG1534 The Seen and Unseen in Science Matthew Stanley
IDSEM-UG1562 Reading the Faces of Ancient Cultures Hallie Franks
IDSEM-UG1563 Women’s Text(iles) Myisha Priest
IDSEM-UG1590 Walter Benjamin: Theory for Gleaners A.B. Huber
IDSEM-UG1624 There and Back Again: Travelers and Traveling through the Middle Ages and Beyond Andrew Romig
IDSEM-UG1627 Green Design from Geddes to Gore Mitchell Joachim
IDSEM-UG1630 Pictures at a Revolution: Film as Political Rhetoric Rahul Hamid
IDSEM-UG1642 Celebrity Culture Moya Luckett
IDSEM-UG1674 The Politics of Food Myisha Priest
IDSEM-UG1700 Becoming "Global," Forging "Modernity" Valerie Forman
IDSEM-UG1727 Plato's Apology Laura Slatkin
IDSEM-UG1738 The Cultural Politics of Bad Taste Julian Cornell
IDSEM-UG1747 Global Bioethics Allen Keller
IDSEM-UG1748 Ruins, Fragments, and Archives Eugene Vydrin
IDSEM-UG1775 Contemporary Visual Culture and the Politics of Images Lauren Walsh
IDSEM-UG1788 The Sublime Bradley Lewis
IDSEM-UG1800 Writing the Rationale Amy Spellacy
Rosanne Kennedy
IDSEM-UG1807 Dystopian Fictions Anne DeWitt
IDSEM-UG1811 Desperate Housewives of the 19th-Century Novel June Foley
IDSEM-UG1818 Mindfulness and Mysticism Bradley Lewis
IDSEM-UG1823 In with the Old, Out with the New: Debates on "Tradition" in Western Music Kwami Coleman
IDSEM-UG1830 Arab Cinema(s) Sinan Antoon
IDSEM-UG1835 The Poetics and Politics of Mourning Sinan Antoon
IDSEM-UG1845 Intrepid Science: Heroism in the Production of Knowledge Danielle Inkpen
IDSEM-UG1849 Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance and Popular Protest Frank Roberts
IDSEM-UG1862 Oedipus the King Laura Slatkin
IDSEM-UG1865 Times of Trauma Judith Greenberg
IDSEM-UG1866 Poetry and the Politics of Decolonization Linn Cary Mehta
IDSEM-UG1870 Going Baroque: Baroque Theater, from Ambiguity to Hyperbole Simon Fortin
IDSEM-UG1875 Intrepid Science: Heroism in the Production of Knowledge Danielle Inkpen
IDSEM-UG1879 Subversion & Perversion: Queer Critique A.B. Huber
IDSEM-UG1891 Tinkering in Feminist Technoscience Cyd Cipolla
IDSEM-UG1903 Montaigne Andrea Gadberry
IDSEM-UG1904 Descartes Andrea Gadberry
IDSEM-UG1906 Post-Revolutionary Cuban Cinema: An Exploration of Culture and Politics Valerie Forman
IDSEM-UG1911 Magic Bullets and Blockbuster Brands: Drugs, Disease, and Chemistry in the Modern World Brendan Matz
IDSEM-UG1917 Art of the Anthropocene Eugenia Kisin
IDSEM-UG1939 Consumer Culture and the Birth of the Department Store Nancy Rubino
IDSEM-UG1940 Law and Political Critique: From Foucault to Tupac Vasuki Nesiah
IDSEM-UG1941 Media and the Humanitarian Impulse: #thisclasswillsavetheworld Lisa Daily
IDSEM-UG1943 Philosophy Through Film Christopher Trogan
IDSEM-UG1944 A Walk in the Woods Meredith Theeman
IDSEM-UG1946 The Commercialization of Intimate Life Kimberly DaCosta
IDSEM-UG1956 Fashion and Socialism: The Politics of Dress in the Cold War Era Maria Cabrera Arus
IDSEM-UG1958 100 Years of Courting, Dating & Hooking Up on College Campuses Julie Avina
IDSEM-UG1961 The Western History of Madness from the Bible to DSM-V Orna Ophir
IDSEM-UG1962 Crises of Im/mobility: Borders and Displacement in Global Times Maysam Taher
IDSEM-UG1963 Challenging Precarity: Rebuilding Citizenship and Solidarity Sara Duvisac
IDSEM-UG1980 Collective Memory of Atrocity and Injustice Hannah Gurman
IDSEM-UG1984 Extinction: A History and Prospectus Gene Cittadino
IDSEM-UG1988 Textiles, Religion and Power from the 16th-19th c. in India Urmila Mohan
IDSEM-UG1989 Mahabharata and Ramayana: Myth and Conflict Bruce King
IDSEM-UG1990 Adventures in Skepticism: From Descartes to Deconstruction Glenn Kurtz
IDSEM-UG1991 Japanese Performing Arts Nina Cornyetz
IDSEM-UG1992 Reading Linda Nochlin Todd Porterfield
IDSEM-UG1993 Detroit: In and Of the City Michael Dinwiddie
IDSEM-UG1994 Democracy and Design: Imagining New Public Realms Gianpaolo Baiocchi
IDSEM-UG1996 Rome’s Literature of Transformation Leon Grek
IDSEM-UG1997 The Sanitary City: Waste, Infrastructure, and Urban Development Mohammed Rafi Arefin
IDSEM-UG1998 Asian American Politics and Contemporary Issues Diane Wong
IDSEM-UG1999 Black/Existentialism Sybil Cooksey
IDSEM-UG2000 What Was the ‘Woman Writer’?: Revisiting the Attic Texts Karen Hornick
IDSEM-UG2001 Reading Derrida Todd Porterfield
IDSEM-UG2002 Land and Property Rebecca Amato
IDSEM-UG2003 Architecture as NarrativeArchitecture as Narrative Alvaro Bonfiglio
IDSEM-UG2004 NYC Coastlines: Past, Present, and Future Karen Holmberg
IDSEM-UG2005 Pompeii, Vesuvius, and the Flaming Fields Karen Holmberg
IDSEM-UG2007 Agnotology: The Cultural Production of Ignorance Danielle Inkpen
IDSEM-UG2008 Human Nature: A Comparative History of Sociability Levent Yilmaz
IDSEM-UG2010 Global Cities and Migration in an Era of Anti-Global Politics José Soto-Márquez
IDSEM-UG2011 What is the World in World Literature? Fictions and Formulations of a Worldly Idea David Sugarman