Summer I (May 30–July 11, 2013)
University closed July 4–5
This course will trace the development of Hispanic or Latino culture in the United States beginning with the first Spanish who explored North America, continuing with nineteenth Hispanic realities in California and New York and concluding with Chicano persistence as well as the Cuban, Puerto-Rican, and Central American Diasporas.
Dr. Thomas Ward, Monday and Wednesday, 6:30–9:00 [6/3/2013–7/10/2013, no meeting on 7/4] (Historical) (cross listed with ML363D)
Narratives of a pact with the devil have served as a metaphor for the desire to surpass the limits of human knowledge and power at any cost. Starting with the sixteenth-century Faust Book
and featuring recent cinematic, musical, and literary versions of the devil's pact, this course explores our enduring fascination with the forbidden: evil, devil worship, witchcraft, magic, and sexuality. Dr. Randall Donaldson
, Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30–9:00 [5/30/2013–7/11/2013, no meeting on 7/5] (Thematic)Required of all students in their first semester
This course will revisit some ancient classics to see what they have to tell us about the big questions—good and evil, life and death, suffering and redemption, God and humanity. Selections from the Bible, Homer, Vergil, Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton will be in conversation with each other and with modern retellings in print and on film by authors such as Elie Wiesel, Derek Walcott, T. S. Eliot, John Updike, and Tom Stoppard.
Dr. Robert Miola, Monday and Wednesday, 6:30–9:00 [6/3/2013–7/10/2013, no meeting on 7/4] (Thematic)
Summer II (July 15–August 23, 2013)
This course considers what it means to create, experience, and analyze through the lens of genre. How does understanding a work of art or popular culture as a kind or type, and subsequently interpreting it with and against such expectations, affect how we order and make sense of the world? How does genre both constrict and enable? We’ll read theorists of the concept of genre as well as critics writing about specific genres, and we’ll apply what we learn to two of the following four genres (as chosen by students): the western, romantic comedy, film-noir, and horror.
Mr. Louis Hinkel, Monday and Wednesday, 3:00–5:30 [7/15/2013–8/21/2013] (Creative)
Required of all students in their first semester
Since September 11, 2001, the American Intelligence Services, the CIA, NSA, military intelligence, et al. have become the embodiment of the Military/Industrial/ National Security State. This seminar will probe how these agencies have affected the lives of ordinary Americans and other peoples around the world. Topics to be discussed flow from today’s headlines and include US foreign policy, technology, detention, rendition, torture, privacy, individual liberties, moral and ethical decision making by the security forces and how the intelligence services are portrayed by the entertainment industry.
Dr. John DiJoseph, Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30–9:00 [7/16/2013–8/22/2013] (Thematic)