LST 7100 Foundation/Ancient: Cleopatra
Dr. Kelly Diamond-Reed
This course will investigate the life of Cleopatra (first century BC), queen of Egypt, and examine her legacy as it exists today. Not only will we look at the events in her reign but also how she was perceived by society. Beginning with the archaeological record in Egypt (statues, coins, temple reliefs) students will look at how Cleopatra herself desired to be represented. Did she see herself as a Macedonian queen or as an Egyptian queen? Did she follow foreign iconographic traditions or native Egyptian ones? What did she perceive her cultural heritage to be?
Following this, we will examine contemporary Roman sources and those from the first few centuries AD. Roman authors had quite a distinct impression of this infamous queen. Students will become familiar with women and politics in ancient Rome in order to understand the existing Roman perspective on Cleopatra. How was Cleopatra different from Roman women of the time? Did Rome have a political agenda with regard to its representation of the queen?
LST 7101 Foundation/Modern: Jerusalem
Dr. Ely Levine
“Jerusalem: the center of the World”
We all have sacred space: a place we hold dear, we keep in our hearts, to which we retreat, and for which we will fight. This course explores what happens when the same space is sacred to several groups. Jerusalem is claimed as sacred space by Jews, Christians, Muslims, and many others. We will examine issues surrounding the ongoing conflicts over Jerusalem: political, religious, social, and economic, and we will search for their beginnings, hoping to make a step toward resolving them.
[This course can also count towards the Peace and Justice certificate]
LST 7300 Irish American Literature: 1960 to the Present
Professor Eamonn Wall (Heimboldt Chair in Irish Studies)
This seminar will provide students with an in-depth introduction to the fiction, poetry, prose, drama, and film of some of the most important contemporary Irish-American writers. We will read work by American-born writers and by Irish-born writers who have either settled in the United States or made America a focal point of their work. As we move forward through the semester, we will be able to observe various levels of connectivity between Ireland and Irish-America. Among the writers read and discussed will be Alice McDermott, Colum McCann, Michael Coady, Colm Toibin, Maeve Brennan, Rebecca Solnit, Brian Moore, Mary Gordon, Daniel Tobin, and others. In addition, we will explore the critical literature that has emerged since 1960 to help us understand and contextualize the work of these Irish-American authors. Students will be expected to provide an oral report and write a term paper due at the end of the semester.