Spring 2023

Law, Human Rights, and Social Justice in Israel-Palestine

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Spring

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2023
This reading group offers a thoughtful and nuanced exploration of questions of human rights and social justice in the context of Israel-Palestine. We will discuss a range of themes and controversies, including the right to self-determination; Israeli and Palestinian nationhood and statehood; refugees and migration; Israel’s control of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem; economic and social justice; and gender justice. We will ground our discussion in a human rights framework,...
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Early Stage Research and Discussion on the Economics of Health Equity

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Spring

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2023
This is a reading group for students to discuss recent advances in the economics of health equity. Topics will include equity in all dimensions: race/ethnicity; gender orientation; disability status; and others. Students will read papers, present, and discuss them. Interested students should talk to Professor Alsan or Professor Cutler.
 
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Latin Elegy

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Spring

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2023
Love, jealousy, angst… but make it fashion. Latin elegy on amatory themes flourished during the early years of the Augustan era (20s BCE), and the genre developed rapidly during the subsequent three decades. The canon of Latin literature records the names of four elegists (Gallus, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid) and in this course we will read texts from all four, as well as works by elegists not included on that list, to track the hallmarks of this varied genre. One theme of the...
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Critical Theory of Knowledge, Technology and Power

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Spring

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2023
This tutorial explores the role and impact of science and technology on society, culture and politics from the perspective of critical theory. Building on the foundations of 20th-century critical theory by thinkers such as Benjamin, Heidegger and Foucault, the course provides an intellectual bridge to recent theoretic contributions in the field of science and technology studies (STS). Questions we’ll address along the way include: how do science and technology shape our experience...
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Cold War Germany: Art and Politics on Both Sides of the Wall

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Spring

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2023
This course provides a survey of the history and culture of divided Germany during the Cold War. It examines the conditions leading to the foundation of two separate states, the role of the Allied Powers in East and West Germany, the ideological conflicts between them, and their different responses to dealing with a shared fascist past. Drawing on sources from literature, film, radio, theater and art, we will engage with key political debates and societal changes, such as the “...
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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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Prison Law

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Spring

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2023
While courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal legal process (investigation, prosecution, and verdict), this course focuses on the back end: the law of incarceration. What legal obligations does the state have toward those it incarcerates? Topics to be covered include: the evolution of prison rights litigation; the scope of constitutional rights in prison; the prison disciplinary process; the interaction of prison law and remedies; conditions of...
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Artificial Intelligences: Body, Art, and Media in Modern Germany

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Spring

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2023
Our world is deluged in “tech”—big tech, biotech, tech innovation and disruption—but how much do we really know about what “technology" means? What does it tell us about the difference between the real and the artificial, the mechanical and the organic, the body and the prosthetic? And how is technology imbedded in things like art, media, race, and the performance of gender? This course considers how these questions, far from being new, have in fact been broached continuously over...
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Asian American Theater and Performance

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Spring

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2023

This seminar will explore Asian American theater and performance. We will examine how Asian American theater and performance artists have responded to popular images of Asian immigrants and cultures; how Asian American theater companies have cultivated and expanded our understanding of American theater and Asian American identity; and how artists and productions have experimented with conceptions of racial and gender performance. In addition to reading, viewing, and listening to a range of performances, students will participate in workshops led by artists and develop their own final...

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China's Banned Book: Reading Jin Ping Mei

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Spring

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2023
This course will introduce students to the controversial masterpiece of Chinese fiction, The Plum in the Golden Vase (Jin Ping Mei). Censored for its erotic content, this sensational book had a profound impact on the development of Chinese fiction. A landmark in the history of the novel, The Plum in the Golden Vase shifts attention away from worthy heroes to examine the everyday exploits and desires of ordinary people. The work of an anonymous author, The Plum in the Golden Vase...
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Social Stratification: Seminar

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Spring

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2023

This course examines the dimensions and magnitude of inequality in industrial societies, with a heavy emphasis on the United States since the mid-20th century. The readings and class discussion are designed to expose students to a broad range of influential pieces in the social stratification literature. In particular, we will study inequality through: pay for work, race, neighborhoods, gender, family, mobility, education, social capital, and rising income inequality since 1980. 

 

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19th and 20th Century Music: Seminar

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Spring

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2023
This reading-intensive seminar is intended to give you a fundamental knowledge of contemporary intellectual currents engaged with the study of musical practices in Latin America. We will examine major areas that have informed scholarship on Latin American music, including queer studies, performance studies, decolonization/decoloniality project, cultural diplomacy, critical race theory, disability studies, actor-network theory, and Latinx studies. The goal of this course is to gain...
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Aesthetics of Resistance: Experimentation and Creative Protest in Avantgarde Theater and Performance Art

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Spring

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2023
This course seeks to address the most crucial shifts and transformations that theater and performance practices have undergone since the advent of the literary and artistic avantgarde movements at the end of the 19th century. Through the study of examples from across Europe and the United States, we will examine phenomena such as the declining importance of “word theater” and the pre-scripted theatrical text; the éclatement of a clearly demarcated performance space and the...
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