Spring 2017 - Arts & Letters colloquia

Spring 2017 HC 421H: Inside Out Prison Exchange: Literature and Ethics - Tolstoy's Resurrection

Professor: Steven Shankman

4 credits

•  CRN 32602: Thursdays, 18:00 – 20:50 @ OSCI

**An Information Session will be held on Wednesday, February 8th, from 5 - 6:50pm @ 275 Lillis Hall** 

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is one of the greatest and most influential masters of the novel. The Russian literary classics of the nineteenth century, including the novels of Tolstoy, made a profound impression on Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), perhaps the greatest philosopher of ethics of our era. We will carefully read Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, paying special attention to what the novel has to say about ethics understood in Levinas’s sense: my inescapable responsibility for a unique and irreplaceable other.  Read More


Spring 2017 HC 421H: Power and Performativity in Italian Renaissance Court Culture

Professor: Nathalie Hester

4 credits

•  CRN 32603: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

This course focuses on 16th-century Italian court culture and the cultural, social, and political changes associated with what has come to be termed early modernity. The course is organized around the study of four Italian courts—Florence, Urbino, Mantua, and Rome—and representative texts (treatises, plays) and art produced in those cities. The course will also consider contemporary representations of these courts (novels, television series). Read More 


Spring 2017 HC 434H/421H: Mesoamerican Foodways

Professor: Analisa Taylor

4 credits

•  CRN 32608: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class. If you have already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class.

Corn has played a central role in the development of Mesoamerican civilizations for thousands of years. Ironically, today’s high tech industrialized production and transnational commercialization of corn is now playing a central role in the contemporary diaspora of those Mesoamerican civilizations, whose traditional landraces of maize can not compete in local markets flooded with cheap, often genetically modified corn. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 434H/421H: African-American Writers in Paris

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

• CRN 36938: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 – 09:50 @ Peterson 102

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class. If you have already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an International Cultures multicultural class.

This class will focus on the vibrant African-American community that settled in Paris after WWI and included writers and intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright. We will discuss why these writers chose to live in France as expatriates, in which ways they impacted both French and American culture, and we will consider their perspectives on race relations back home and in their adopted country. Read More