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SILVIA M. NAGY-ZEKMI
WHAT IS CULTURE? This introductory course (no previous experience with cultural studies is necessary) attempts to answer this question by examining the various definitions of culture in the context of the production of cultural meaning and identities in the era of globalization. We'll discuss the way we live and communicate by looking at the underlying ideologies, the assumptions that regulate our thinking and behavior, and the manner in which these assumptions are shaped, produced and communicated through print media and various art forms including literature, popular culture (music, TV, films, advertisements, and so on). The course will provide theoretical tools and methodologies that enable you to understand and to analyze cultural phenomena. LIVELY DISCUSSIONS IN CLASS!
Classical and contemporary examples and approaches to peacemaking in response to injustice and social conflict. Issues to be considered include the nature and significance of nonviolent struggle, political reconciliation, and the role of religion in shaping moral action for social change.
This course explores social and medical ethical issues that families confront in the beginning and end of human life. It engages philosophical moral sources and other interdisciplinary sources to reflect on 1) competing conceptions of the grounding of parenthood, 2) competing obligations within and among families, 3) the meaning of human dignity in relation to inter-generational justice, 4) the normative weight of ethnic and racial identity for the formation of families, and 5) the state’s obligations to protect the family’s right to self-determination while also promoting the common good. Topics include: adoption (both traditional and embryo), assisted reproductive technologies (ART), state and federal policy regulations regarding both adoption and ART services, human reproductive cloning, and filial obligations for long-term care of the elderly.
This seminar studies one of the most important periods in the history of western literature, the period that witnessed not only the Protestant Reformation and the reign of the inimitable Queen Elizabeth but the rise of print culture and of English as a major literary language. In our survey of some key authors and texts, we will consider how concerns about subjectivity, self-presentation, literary personae, authenticity, fakery, celebrity, and political identity develop in and through sixteenth-century literary forms. We will study a wide range of genres, including public speeches, revenge drama, lyric poetry, autobiography, and epic, looking at literature written in English as well as a handful of continental texts that had a significant influence on English court culture. Additionally, we will spend some time thinking about intersections between literature and sixteenth century visual arts, including portraiture, woodcuts, theatrical spectacles, clothing, and the material book itself. Authors include Castiglione, Machiavelli, More, Foxe, Sidney, Spenser, Kyd, Shakespeare, and Queen Elizabeth I. Course requirements: attendance, participation, research presentation, research paper.
Following politics is a lot like watching sports: many people do it, but few really understand what they're watching. This course will connect the dots and explain what the Presidential campaigns are up to.
Topics to be addressed include: the demographics of each party's coalition and the voter groups who switch between them; the role of paid and earned media in persuading voters; the importance of voter targeting and data files. Students will also learn how a candidate's words and character are the decisive element in determining who wins.
JENNIFER A. JOYCE
WILLIAM A DESMOND