Fall 2019

Moctezuma's Mexico, Then and Now: The Past as Present in North America (Gen Ed 1148)

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Fall

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2019

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Davíd L. Carrasco and William L. Fash

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how the study of pre-Hispanic and Colonial Mexican and Latina/o cultures provide vital context for understanding today's changing world. The emphasis is on the mythical and social origins, glory days and political collapse of the Aztec Empire and Maya civilizations as a pivot to the study of the sexual, religious and racial interactions of the Great Encounter between Mesoamerica, Africa, Europe, and the independent nations of Mexico and the United States.... Read more about Moctezuma's Mexico, Then and Now: The Past as Present in North America (Gen Ed 1148)

Literatures of Decolonization (Gen Ed 1155)

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Fall

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2019

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Annette Damayanti Lienau

The first Asia-Africa conference of newly independent states (held in Indonesia in 1955) was hailed by contemporary observers as an event as significant as the European renaissance in global importance.  It inspired a sequence of political and cultural initiatives (including several African-Asian writers’ conferences) in pursuit of new forms of cultural exchange and political brokering unmediated by former colonial centers.... Read more about Literatures of Decolonization (Gen Ed 1155)

The Science of Happiness (Gen Ed 1154)

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Fall

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2019

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Jason P. Mitchell

Recent research in the cognitive sciences—especially psychology, economics, and neuroscience—has begun to examine the factors that promote personal well-being and happiness. One surprising, but consistent, observation has been that many of the things that are widely believed to be crucial for our happiness—wealth, material possessions, “not missing out”, even good grades—not only fail to make many people happy but can actively undermine the sense of well-being.... Read more about The Science of Happiness (Gen Ed 1154)

Medicine and Conflict: The History and Ethics of Healing in Political Turmoil (Gen Ed 1150)

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Fall

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2019

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Soha Bayoumi

“War is the only proper school for surgeons,” the Ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, is quoted to have said. This saying has been used to show how medicine and war have been thought for millennia to shape each. Medicine has played a major role in situations of political conflict, ever since human societies engaged in war and started elaborating “just war doctrines,” that determine how belligerent parties should conduct war, as an attempt to “civilize” war and mitigate its scourges.... Read more about Medicine and Conflict: The History and Ethics of Healing in Political Turmoil (Gen Ed 1150)

Wakanda Revisited: African Spirituality in Ancient and Modern Times (Gen Ed 1071)

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Fall

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2019

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Jacob K. Olupona

Taking the Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” as a starting point, the course will explore the African spiritual heritage both on the continent and the diaspora communities (Black Atlantic diasporas). We will begin by spelling out the features of African indigenous religious traditions: cosmology, cosmogony, mythology, ritual practices, divination, healing ceremonies, sacred kingship, etc.... Read more about Wakanda Revisited: African Spirituality in Ancient and Modern Times (Gen Ed 1071)

Power and Civilization: China (Gen Ed 1136)

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Fall

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2019

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William C. Kirby and Peter K. Bol

How is a civilization built and sustained over millennia?  How are political systems supported or undermined by cultural, economic, and ecological challenges?  How does the need for shared values in a nation compete with individual interest and creativity?

These concepts are common to humankind, but nowhere on Earth are they more in evidence than in the story of the longest, continuous civilization in human history, China, home to one-fifth of mankind.... Read more about Power and Civilization: China (Gen Ed 1136)

Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East (Gen Ed 1123)

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Fall

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2019

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Malika Zeghal

Today’s news headlines consistently point to the role that religion plays in the political life of Middle Eastern societies. But do these headlines tell the whole story? This course will challenge simplistic explanations of the dominant role of Islam in Middle Eastern politics by putting it in historical perspective.... Read more about Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East (Gen Ed 1123)

The Crusades and the Making of East and West (Gen Ed 1088)

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Fall

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2019

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Dimiter Angelov

A series of wars in the later Middle Ages, the Crusades are one of the most significant and deeply symbolic events in human history. Marked by warfare and cross-cultural encounter between Christians and Muslims, they saw the first large-scale migration and colonization by Europeans before the Age of Discovery, the rise of the Italian merchant republics, and the solidification of religious and cultural identities across Europe and the Mediterranean.... Read more about The Crusades and the Making of East and West (Gen Ed 1088)

Stories from the End of the World (Gen Ed 1001)

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Fall

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2019

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Giovanni Bazzana

Fantasizing about the end of the world is something that many people in the US do on a daily basis either by watching their favorite shows on TV, by playing videogames, or by listening to political speeches. This course will start from this observation to ask why imagining the end is so pervasive in our culture and to analyze critically where these images are coming from and how they are used in contemporary conversations.... Read more about Stories from the End of the World (Gen Ed 1001)

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