HUM 202 Documentary Film and the City (See URB 202)
HUM 205 The Classical Roots of Western Literature (See COM 205)
HUM 206 Masterworks of European Literature (See COM 206)
HUM 207 The Bible as Literature (See ENG 390)
HUM 209 Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication (See TRA 200)
HUM 212 Classical Mythology (See CLA 212)
HUM 216 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: Literature and the Arts Fall
This course, taken simultaneously with 217, forms the first part of an intensive, four-course (216-219) interdisciplinary introduction to Western culture. Part I extends from antiquity to the Middle Ages. These courses bring together students and several faculty members to discuss key texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization. Readings and discussions are complemented by films, concerts, museum visits, guest lectures, and other special events. Students enroll in both 216 and 217. Three lectures, two discussion sessions.
Y. Baraz, D. Heller-Roazen, E. Schor
HUM 217 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: History, Philosophy, and Religion Fall
In combination with 216, this is the first part of a year-long interdisciplinary sequence exploring Western culture. Students enroll in both 216 and 217. All meetings are listed under 216.
B. Kitzinger, A. Rigolio, B. Morison
HUM 218 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture II: Literature and the Arts Spring
This course, taken simultaneously with 219, forms the second part of an intensive, four-course (216-219) interdisciplinary introduction to Western culture. Part II extends from the Renaissance to the modern period. These courses bring together students and several faculty members to discuss key texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization. Readings and discussions are complemented by films, concerts, museum visits, and other special events. Students enroll in both 218 and 219. Prerequisites: 216-217 or instructor
E. Schor, J. Dolven, M. Gordin
HUM 219 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture II: History, Philosophy, and Religion Spring
In combination with 218, this is the second half of a year-long interdisciplinary sequence exploring Western culture from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Prerequisite: 216-217 or instructor's permission. All meetings are listed under 218.
D. Garber, C. Kitzinger, C. Mangone
HUM 222 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (See REL 222)
HUM 225 Frankenstein at 200 (also ) Fall
Conceived in 1816, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has given a name to strange, disturbing, ominous new developments by creators failing to think through the consequences. On its 200th anniversary, we'll study this brilliant novel--about an undergraduate's independent study project conducted without a faculty advisor--in several exciting contexts: literary aesthetics, forms, and traditions; classical mythology; scientific enthusiasm and perils; other tales of transgression, outcasts and "monsters"; philosophical ethics; alter-ego psychology; questions of gender and sexuality; cinematic riffs and adaptations. C. Azariah-Kribbs, S. Wolfson
HUM 227 The World of the Middle Ages (See MED 227)
HUM 229 Great Books in Buddhism (See REL 229)
HUM 233 East Asian Humanities I: The Classical Foundations (also
An introduction to the literature, art, religion, and philosophy of China, Japan, and Korea from antiquity to ca. 1400. Readings are focused on primary texts in translation and complemented by museum visits, films, and other materials from the visual arts. The lecturers include faculty members from East Asian studies, comparative literature, art and archaeology, and religion. Students are encouraged to enroll in HUM 234 in the spring, which continues the course from ca. 1400 into the 20th century. P. Keulemans, B. Steininger
HUM 234 East Asian Humanities II: Traditions and Transformations (also
An introduction to the literary, philosophical, religious, and artistic traditions of East Asia. Readings are focused on primary texts in translation. Lectures and discussions are accompanied by films, concerts, and museum visits. Lecturers include faculty members from East Asian studies, comparative literature, art and archaeology, and religion. Staff
HUM 275 La Serenissima: Music, Culture, and Society in Early Modern Venice (See MUS 275)
HUM 300 Urban Studies Research Seminar (See URB 300)
HUM 301 Topics in German Drama and Theater (See GER 301)
HUM 306 Creating the Universe: Buddhist Science, Ritual, and Art (See REL 306)
HUM 309 Political Philosophy (See PHI 309)
HUM 315 Buddhist Art and Material Culture: The Virtues of Objects (See REL 315)
HUM 316 Social Philosophy (See PHI 316)
HUM 326 Philosophy of Art (See PHI 326)
HUM 338 The Buddhist Individual (See REL 308)
HUM 341 What is Vernacular Filmmaking? (See COM 341)
HUM 343 Some Contemporary Shakespearean Afterlives (See THR 343)
HUM 346 Introduction to Digital Humanities (also ) Spring
Have you ever wondered how to measure the complexity of a literary text? What if you could map the personal connections in a Jane Austen novel or a Shakespeare play? Have you had an intuition that you haven't been able to follow because processing the information was too intimidating? If so, the digital humanities can help you. This course will explore the large and exciting field of digital humanities. You'll learn how to read and understand texts using DH methods and will start your own DH project. C. Wills
HUM 349 The Artist at Work (See ART 349)
HUM 355 Art & Nationalism in Modern Italy (See ECS 355)
HUM 357 The Human Comedy of Anton Chekhov Off and On Stage (In English Translation) (See SLA 357)
HUM 360 The Eagle and the Dragon: Comparing Ancient Rome and Han Empire (See CLA 360)
HUM 365 Freud on the Psychological Foundations of the Mind (also ) Fall
Freud is approached as a systematic thinker dedicated to discovering the basic principles of human mental life. For Freud, these basic principles concern what impels human thought and behavior. What moves us to think and act? What is it to think and act? Emphasis is placed on the close study and critical analysis of texts, with particular attention to the underlying structure of the arguments. Two 90-minute classes. S. Sugarman
HUM 369 Beyond Crisis: Contemporary Greece in Context (See COM 369)
HUM 374 Afterlives of the Iliad (See COM 374)
HUM 379 Script, Screen, and Sexuality in East Asia (See COM 379)
HUM 385 Mapping Gentrification (See URB 385)
HUM 401 History of Neuroscience (See PSY 401)
HUM 407 Citizenship and Statelessness from Empire to Nation-State (See HIS 407)
HUM 421 Venice and the Mediterranean World (See HIS 421)
HUM 449 Making Sense of the City (See ARC 449)
HUM 452 Religion and Power in Grassroots Democracy (See REL 452)
HUM 470 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (also
This team-taught seminar examines texts, objects, periods and themes from an interdisciplinary perspective. Although designed to be the capstone course for students pursuing a certificate in Humanistic Studies, it is open to other students if space is available. The specific topic varies each year depending on the focus of the faculty team. D. Feeney, J. Lande
JRN 240 Creative Non-Fiction (also ) Spring
This is a course in factual writing and what has become known as literary nonfiction, emphasizing writing assignments and including several reading assignments from the work of John McPhee and others. Enrollment is limited to 16 second-year students, by application only. One three-hour seminar. J. McPhee
JRN 400 The Media in America Spring
This seminar will discuss such topics as secrecy, national security and a free press; reputation, privacy and the public's right to know; muckraking and the "establishment" press; spin and manipulation; the rise of blogging; the economic impact of technological change on the news business.
JRN 440 The Literature of Fact Fall/Spring
This seminar offers a chance to think about and practice different kinds of writing. Students will strive to identify and emulate the best--the smartest, the most vivid, the most humane--in a variety of journalistic genres, from news analysis to arts criticism to foreign correspondence.
Y. El Rashidi, E. Sciolino
JRN 441 The McGraw Seminar in Writing Not offered this year
Each year a different kind of writing is featured, depending on the specialty of the Harold W. McGraw Professor of Writing and Publishing. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 445 Investigative Journalism Fall/Spring
This course looks at investigative reporting both as a practice, with its own methods of research, and as a force in society. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 447 Politics and the Media Fall
Examination of political journalism and the role of the press in society. The content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the interests of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 448 The Media and Social Issues Spring
An examination of the ways in which the media both cover and influence social issues. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 449 International News Spring
This seminar explores the particular challenges of writing about other cultures, as well as the powers and limits of foreign reporting in shaping American public opinion. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 450 Audio Journalism Fall
Students will learn to combine precise writing, compelling interviews, sound, scene, and narrative to produce thoughtful, compelling broadcast quality news and features. Readings, listening sessions and guest speakers will explore style, ethical issues and innovative models of audio storytelling in this digital landscape. Specific content and approach vary from year to year depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 452 Digital Journalism Not offered this year
Readers increasingly follow the news on television and the internet. This seminar explores the potential as well as the limitations and dangers of on-screen journalism. Specific content and approach vary from year to year, depending on the expertise of the professor. One three-hour seminar.
JRN 457 Politics, Causes, and Culture in a Changing Media Landscape Fall
You have strong beliefs -- and you want to be a journalist. Is there a conflict between advocacy and good journalism? How do these issues play out in today's changing media landscape? Seminar participants will work out ethical issues, their own responsibility as journalists, individuals, and members of a global community, while working rigorously on their own reporting, self-editing, and non-fiction writing abilities. Students will also explore multi-media and digital options as outlets for their work.