Second Year

Second Year Courses:

ARTHUM 2200 E / Theory and History Across the Arts and Humanities

Fall 2019 Instructor: Professor Constanza Burucua (Modern Languages & Literatures) Film Festivals: Beyond the Red Carpet

This course will look at the film festival as a complex and dynamic phenomenon, the study of which has been expanding since the late 1990s and has been addressed from a wide range of disciplinary approaches: from film studies to geography, from anthropology to global studies. Its aim is to critically reflect on festivals, as well as on the international film festival circuit, understood as spaces in which symbolic negotiations between the local and the global take place, alternatively fostering, challenging or reproducing other forms of cultural exchange and commercial interactions.

Winter 2020 Instructor: Professor Aara Suksi (Classical Studies) The Iliad: Performing the Politics of Anger

In this course, students will engage in a close reading and discussion of the Iliad, one of our oldest surviving Greek texts. The Iliad is a poem that follows the dynamics of anger among the greatest heroes of the mythic Trojan War. We will explore what this poem has to say to us about our own experiences of anger, both in its capacity to drive positive change, and also in its potential to cause injury, loss, and grief. Peter Meineck, a New York City theater director and classicist, will visit the class to work with students on their performance of selections from the Iliad. This multi-media public performance, combined with a panel of leaders from the mental health and social justice communities, will engage the audience in a reflective discussion of the personal and public politics of anger.


Prerequisite: 75% or higher in AH 1020E 3 hours/week, 1.0 course 


ARTHUM 2220F – Effective Communication in the Arts and Humanities

Fall 2019 Instructor:  Professor Sarah Bassnett (Visual Arts)

Academia is dedicated to advancing and promoting knowledge for the public good. Effective communication is an essential part of the way scholars, researchers, and other professionals across the Arts and Humanities engage with a variety of audiences and contribute to healthy public discourse. This course focuses on developing forms and strategies of writing and speaking that facilitate public commentary. We concentrate on op-ed, social media, and creative non-fiction writing, with specific attention on how to write for various kinds of publications and platforms and for different audiences. We apply techniques to improve aspects of writing such as structure, style, argumentation, and narrative. This course prepares students for advanced scholarship and research, careers in communications and the humanities, and for their future as responsible and informed global citizens.

Prerequisite: 75% or higher in AH 1020E 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

 ARTHUM 2230G - Digital Tools, Digital Literacies

Winter 2020 Instructor: Professor Mark McDayter (English and Writing Studies) Digital Humanities & Archives

General description: This course examines the evolution of information systems and the impact of digital technologies on research in the Arts and Humanities through a hands-on examination of databases, search engines, and online archives; text mining and analysis tools; visualization, bibliography and citation software; social media, blogging, and website design and creation.

Detailed description: The advent of new technologies and online resources has revolutionized how scholars conduct and communicate research. The sheer amount of information increases exponentially each year, while new tools emerge to access, search, sift, analyze, and communicate this data. How can we best find useful research information, and how do we distinguish “information” from “data”? What kind of analysis can digital tools provide, and what can they not do? How is research communicated in a world still split between traditional print methodologies and novel digital communications tools? How can we best employ research information and the technology that enables it? How can we ensure it is not controlling us? 

This course examines information systems and technologies past and present. It pays particular attention to digital tools that facilitate research, within the context of a historical understanding of how information systems have evolved, and their impact upon our understanding. The course’s main focus is a hands-on examination of databases, search engines, online archives, text mining and analysis tools; visualization, bibliography and citation software; social media, blogging, and web site creation and design. Students are encouraged to consider the implications of “the digital turn”: What is inside the literal and metaphorical “black boxes” that house and circulate our cultural knowledge, and how do circuit and code, hardware and software, impact how we learn, think, and communicate? 

Prerequisite: 75% or higher in AH 1020E 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course