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SPRING 2016 CHASE SEMINARS                                            


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ENG 2150H Writing II *
Monday/Wednesday 12:25-2:05 p.m.
Professors: Michael Staub (English) and Susan Tenneriello (Fine and Performing Arts - Theatre)

This seminar will look at the theatrical experience in historical and social context. We hope to concentrate on plays and other theatrical events scheduled for performance in New York City during the semester, including Baruch’s own performance facilities. We will additionally read plays – both classic and contemporary – that have taken important social and political topics (like gender relations, the persistence of racism in America, and the psychological impact of combat and war) as their central subjects. And we will discuss what makes a play – written in (and for) a specific historical moment – capable of becoming a work of lasting value. It is our aim that this course will be “student-centric.” This means that students will function as audience, critics, directors, and scholars as we discuss together the many diverse and imaginative ways in which the theater can work to reflect historical concerns and to provoke social reflections. Since this is a section of ENG 2150, the class will focus on the process of writing and revising the essay. However, it also plans to offer students the opportunity (if they wish) to engage in theater practice and collaborative use of digital media, storytelling, and performance, leading to independent final projects.

*Students who have already completed ENG 2150 may take this course as IDC 2002H

LTS 1003H Latin America **
Monday/Wednesday 10:45-12:00 p.m.
Professors Hedwig Feit (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature) and Lourdes Gil (Black and Latino Studies)

Topic Title: National Identity in the Americas

This interdisciplinary course examines the process of identity formation in the Americas, its myths and its realities. Starting with the colonial period, we will study the divergent paths taken by North and South America, originating from distinct indigenous policies, settlement patterns, political and religious institutions, and slavery systems. The traditional definitions of identity, based on culture and language, were challenged after Independence by industrialization, the arrival of new immigrants, neocolonialism, and the US hegemonic discourses of Manifest Destiny and expansionism at the expense of Latin American territories. Finally, in the aftermath of the twentieth century growing complexities in North/South relations, with revolutions, dictatorships and powerful ideologies in the South, and the 40-odd US military interventions in the Latin American countries culminating in an aggressive Cold War strategy, as well as the US prominence on a global scale, we will focus on the impact of these developments, not only on the self-identity of each nation in the hemisphere, but on the North and South perception of each other.

*Students who have already completed LTS 1003 may take this course as IDC 1002H



Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Cultural and Political Landscapes of the Himalayan Region
Professor Carla Bellamy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Professor David Hoffman, School of Public Affairs

For more than two thousand years the Himalayan region has been a cultural crossroads from which innovation and wisdom have sprung. Connected to both the East and the West by the Silk Road, its high mountain passes have offered places of refuge and reflection down through the centuries, where the Indian and Chinese cultural spheres have overlapped, and the Bön, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religions have all had an influence. Today, the cultural cooperation that that has long been characteristic of the region continues to exist alongside of political strife. This discussion-based seminar will introduce the discipline of Cultural Anthropology in the context of the complex cultural and political geographies of the Himalayan region. Students will have free access to the extensive collection of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum of Art, and hear guest lectures on subjects such as cultural preservation, governance, and political activism in the Himalayan context.

*Students who have already completed ANT 1001 may take this course as IDC 1002H


Monday/Wednesday 2:55-4:35 p.m.
Professor Shelley Eversley, Department of English
Professor Vera Haller, Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions

New York Stories
New York: what is it about the city that attracts so many? There are millions and millions of stories. In this seminar, we will study and analyze some of the poems, essays, fiction and journalistic writings that attempt to define the identity of the city. When does a person become a New Yorker? What makes New York unique? In class discussions, in posts to a class blog and in focused excursions around the city, we will discover our own “New York Stories.” We will add to the city’s seemingly endless tales in formal writing assignments and final multimedia projects.


HIS 1000 CHS
Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Professor Berkin, Department of History
Professor Rollyson, Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions
Autobiography and Biography: Telling a Life Story

PHI 1500 CHS
Tuesday/Thursday 4:10 – 5:25 p.m.
Professor Teufel, Department of Philosophy
Professor Spergel, Department of Communication Studies
Exile and Return: Philosophy and the Dramatic Imagination

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