- Teacher: Mary Barr
In recent years, profound changes in the global economy, climate change, and transnational politics have culminated in large movements of people in almost every region. This course examines how people experience displacement, migration, and statelessness; how home, community and belonging are reconstituted both in exile and through the making of diaspora communities. We will also pursue related questions about how international laws, national policies, and practices of social exclusion or inclusion influence the broader context of migration. How do population movements affect politics at the international, regional, and local levels – and vice versa? In what ways are relations of kinship, family, and gender being reformulated in response to transnational movements? Reading materials will include ethnographic studies of migrant and diaspora communities, policy reports on the international refugee regime, literary works produced by migrant authors, and a sampling of mainstream media reporting on immigration in the US and around the globe.
This course will introduce the three major philosophical systems of East Asian thought: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism through their canonical texts. This historical approach will be supplemented by contemporary readings in each tradition. When taught as a component of the Japan Term, this course will pay special attention to the development of Japanese Buddhism, specifically Pure Land Buddhism (Amida Buddhism), Esoteric Buddhism (Shingon Buddhism) and Zen Buddhism (Soto and Rinzai).
- Teacher: Bill Young
Many of us are attracted to science because of the wonder of discovery and the (supposed) purity of the pursuit of knowledge. In this course we will wrestle with some of challenging questions that arise in the practice of science.
- Teacher: Judy Thorn
This course provides an introduction to the art, visual culture, and architecture of colonial, modern, and contemporary Latin America. The first half of the course will examine early contact between Europeans and Indigenous Americans, with an overview of the importation, adaptation, and responses of European artistic models in the Americas. We will analyze the transformation of Indigenous artistic traditions as a result of the European colonial project in the Americas (1492-ca–1820) through a variety of materials and topics, including, religious architecture, painting, prints, sculpture, and manuscripts drawings. The second half of the course will examine art from the early nineteenth century to the present, considering the role of the arts in building independent nations and creating shared artistic legacies constantly adapting and/or responding to outside influences. By analyzing current art historical debates, in the field of Latin American art, between national vs. cosmopolitan aesthetics, Hemispheric and Inter-American projects for continental unity we will see how Latin American artists negotiated issues of identity and contributed to the development of modern and contemporary art. We will explore twentieth-century Latin American visual arts through photography, manifestos, magazines, performances, exhibitions, and ephemera with a special focus on new technologies and global changes.
- Teacher: Gonzalo Pinilla
This course will introduce you to the language of form, design, and visual communication. The grammar of any language is a set of guidelines which allows one to build complex representations out of simple elements, thus communicating a given idea to those who encounter that representation. The language of vision is no less influential than that of the spoken or written word, yet we are often far less aware of its effect on our lives.
- Teacher: Tim Stedman
This course will introduce you to the language of form, design, and visual communication. The grammar of any language is a set of guidelines that allows one to build complex representations out of simple elements, thus communicating a given idea to those who encounter that representation. The language of vision is no less influential than that of the spoken or written word, yet we are often far less aware of its effect in our lives.
- Teacher: Tim Stedman
This course examines proximate and ultimate explanations for behavior and considers both pure and applied research. Topics include the evolution of behavior, domestication, learning, neuroethology, foraging behavior, game theory, territoriality and fighting, mate choice and sexual selection, parental care, kin selection, and altruism.
- Teacher: Jennifer Templeton
Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. During this course we will gain an understanding of many kinds of interactions, both biotic and abiotic, that regulate ecological population size and community structure. Ecological communities are exceedingly complex and we will also try to understand what makes those communities so complex. We will emphasize the importance of place and past history as factors that influence current ecology.
- Teacher: Stuart Allison