Spring 2017 - International Cultures colloquia

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