Fall 2017 - Identity, Pluralism & Tolerance colloquia

Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: Immigrant Fictions: Belonging and Placelessness in Contemporary European Literature

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 12802: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ ESL 107

This class will explore the contemporary landscape of immigration in twenty first century Europe from the perspective of novelists and poets.  We’ll explore the history of immigration since about 1950 as a means to understand the current social, cultural, political situation.  Issues will include the passage, the challenges and pleasure of biculturalism, bilingualism, issues such as belonging, translation and exile. Read More


Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: African-American Writers in Paris

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

•  CRN 17323: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ 301 GER

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.  Read More


Fall 2017 HC 424H/431H: Human Rights and the 21st Century

Professor: Cheyney Ryan

4 credits

•  CRN 12800: Tuesday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ PLC 248

We will explore the history and practice of human rights today, and their role in today's political struggles for a better world. Our focus will be both theoretical and practical: we will explore the philosophical underpinnings of human rights, as they emerged from the 20th century experience of war; and we will look at specific conflicts where they now play a role, focusing initially on conflicts around war, genocide, and economic justice. Read More