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    Legacies of a Powerful Woman: The Life and Afterlife of Empress Theodora

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    Spring

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    2023
    One of the most controversial women of ancient and medieval history is Theodora, wife of Justinian I and empress of the Roman Empire in the 6th century CE. She has been variously portrayed as a hypersexual prostitute and power-hungry, vindictive manipulator, or as a saint, protectress of the needy, champion of women’s rights and revolutionary. Who was this woman really and why did she provoke such conflicting responses? In this seminar, we will explore the historical sources on...
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    Staging Critique: French Theater and the Social Body

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    Spring

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    2023
    How has theater in France, from the 17th-century to the present, served as a site of political, social, and philosophical reflection? In this course, we will attempt to answer that question by studying a selection of plays representing the major trends, movements, and writers of French theater from Jean Racine to Marie NDiaye. We will look in particular at how theater privileges the body and the language of emotion to reformulate and respond to questions regarding the relationship...
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    "The Words to Say It": 20th Century Women Writing in French, From Colette to Satrapi

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    Spring

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    2023
    Motherhood, romantic love, independence, sexuality, citizenship, fantasy, death: these are just some of the themes explored in women's novels, written in French, during the twentieth century. Students will read four exemplary novels, exploring how they have finally become classics, even given what they say about life and what it means for women to write about it. At the same time, the advent and development of feminist and/or queer literary criticism over the course of the 20th...
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    Literature, Diaspora, Migration, and Trauma

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    Spring

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    2023

    This course examines a diverse range of creative and critical discourses on trauma and the global African; East, South, Southeast, and West Asian (Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese); and Middle Eastern (Jewish, Palestinian, Lebanese); as well as Latin American diasporas. We focus on the connections among diasporas, displacement, migration, and trauma, and on the relationships of these phenomena and constructions and understandings of artistic and cultural identities, ethnicity/race...

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    The Dark Side of Big Data

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    Spring

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    2023
    Does it sometimes feel like Instagram ads are listening a little too closely to your conversations? Have you ever wondered if certain corporations might own images of your face? Today, fears abound that algorithms are not only populating our lives with annoying targeted advertisements but might also be creating the most unequal societies that have ever existed. In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will explore key methodological overlaps and differences between humanistic and...
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    History of Modern Latin America

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    Spring

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    2023

    This course surveys Latin America from its 19th-century independence movements through the present day. How did the powerful legacies of European colonialism, and the neocolonial economic order that emerged to replace it, shape the Americas' new nations? Themes include nationalism and identity, revolution and counterrevolution, populism, state formation, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social movements, the role of foreign powers, inequality and social class, dictatorship, democratization, and human rights. 

     

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    Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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    Spring

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    2023
    We coined the term implicit bias in 1995 to capture the idea that bias, i.e., a deviation from accuracy or values can be implicit, i.e., operate without conscious awareness or conscious control. The idea emerged from basic research on implicit social cognition (ISC), an area of scientific psychology that explores the hidden aspects of mental representations of self, other, and social groups. Today, 25 years later, the term implicit bias has transcended academic psychology and...
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    Understanding Who We Are: Development of the Self

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    Spring

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    2023

    Who are you? And what has made you who you are? This course will examine classic and current theories and research in the development of self-concept, including our identity (e.g., gender, sexual, and social), self-esteem (e.g., body image, popularity, and sense of belonging) and personality. By exploring major developmental milestones and social-cognitive factors related to the development of a self, we will aim to understand how various forces contribute to our self-concept, and how our self-concept intersects with how we understand and navigate the world. 

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    Law and American Society

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    Spring

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    2023
    At a time when the rule of law is imperiled, our democracy and equal rights of every kind under assault by multiple forces, the importance of understanding our constitutional system of rights and laws as essential to the fabric of the nation cannot be overstated. The course will examine law as a vehicle of political conflict and a defining force in American society in four dimensions: 1.) as it establishes individual rights, liberties, and the limits of toleration; 2.) as it attempts to resolve differences among competing constituencies; 3.) as it sets out terms of punishment and social...
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    Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States

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    Spring

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    2023
    In this course, we will explore the political and politicized lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peoples living in the United States, focusing on the period from World War II to the present. Centering both an intersectional analysis and historical critique of “progress,” we will focus our attention on the interrelationship between protest (how LGBTQ people have organized themselves and expressed their demands in the face of systemic oppression), politics (how...
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    Leadership from the Inside Out: The Capacity to Lead and Stay Alive-Self, Identity, and Freedom-with a Focus on Anti-Black Racism and Sexism

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    Spring

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    2023
    Leadership can be exercised from many locations in a society–from authority positions and from the streets–yet in general, to lead is to live with danger. It often requires putting yourself on the line, disturbing the status quo, and working with conflict. Those who lead take risks and sometimes get silenced, marginalized, or killed. To lead through the dangers of change demands diagnostic integrity and skill. Many Kennedy School courses strengthen diagnostic skills by analyzing...
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    Sexuality and Public Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

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    2023

    This course provides an introduction to the breadth of research and research methods in the study of sexuality and sexual health promotion in diverse contexts and populations. Students will develop skills needed to carry out epidemiologic research and community-based interventions related to sexual health promotion. Students will be introduced to ways to integrate conceptual models, methodologies, and perspectives from a variety of fields to inform a unique transdisciplinary, holistic approach to public health promotion of sexual health. Class session format includes lectures,...

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    Advanced Topics in Women, Gender and Health

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    Spring

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    2023

    This interdepartmental, interdisciplinary seminar will provide a forum to analyze how diverse gender-related constructs (including identity and expression) influence public health research and practice. Invited speakers will give examples of cutting edge issues in public health research and practice, focusing on how gender contributes to understanding and intervening on population distributions of health, disease, and well-being, with an eye towards intersectionality in relation to racism, classism, heterosexism, transphobia, and other forms of social inequity and context. The structure...

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    Embodying Gender: Public Health, Biology and the Body Politic

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    Spring

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    2023

    This course will focus on the social and biological processes and relationships from interpersonal to institutional involved in embodying gender, as part of shaping and changing societal distributions of, including inequities in, health, disease, and well-being. It will consider how different frameworks of conceptualizing and addressing gender, biological sex, and sexuality (that is, the lived experience of being sexual beings, in relation to self, other people, and institutions) shape questions people ask about and explanations and interventions they offer for a variety of health...

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    Effective Leadership in Assessing and Addressing Health Inequities

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    Spring

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    2023
    This introductory course will use interdisciplinary, critical, and transnational/global perspectives to study the impacts of leadership in public health that specifically affect equal access to healthcare centering on gender, race, age, socioeconomic status, level of education, class, sexual identity, and “differently able” persons or persons with disabilities. The content will examine four main topics to be discussed in separate but interconnected sections centering on Effective...
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    Reproductive Rights and Justice

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    Spring

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    2023

    The course materials and discussions span constitutional law, the political and legislative processes, and health law. Course topics include abortion, contraception, pregnancy exclusion laws, rape and statutory rape laws, personhood and feticide laws, artificial reproduction, surrogacy, civil and criminal prosecution for fetal endangerment, and reproductive rights of incarcerated and detained populations. This course is historically grounded, spanning early matrilineality and hypodescent laws to the eugenics era, and concluding with contemporary debates related sex equality, racial...

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    Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Junior Year Tutorial: Research and Methods

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    Spring

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    2023
    In Junior Tutorial, students develop key research and writing skills necessary to write a junior research paper. We will read a range of texts that engage diverse methods in the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Together, we will learn about methods and questions that form feminist engagements with archival research, literary and cultural studies, ethnography, quantitative and survey-based social science, and the sciences. Students will learn and engage with key...
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    Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Sophomore Year Tutorial

    Semester: 

    Spring

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    2023
    An introduction to foundational concepts and skills in the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality. Readings include Gloria Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, Donna Haraway, Patricia Hill Collins, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Judith Butler, Lorgia Garcia- Peña, Hortense Spillers, José Esteban Muñoz, Sara Ahmed, Alison Bechdel, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, and Michel Foucault.
     
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