ARHI 2258 Modern Art in Havana, Cuba Barbara Mundy firstname.lastname@example.org
Havana, long a global crossroads, is renowned for its architecture and for being a center for avant-garde artists since the 1940s. This weeklong spring break study tour will focus on Havana’s architecture, the city’s urban development as well as the practices of contemporary artists working in the Cuban capital.
In preparation for the tour, participants will meet four times during the semester to discuss Cuba, the history and urban plan of Havana, contemporary art and Cuban society, and being a good cultural traveler in Cuba. Before departing, the group will visit, at the MET, The Jungle, the most important work by Wilfredo Lam, one of Cuba’s most important 20th Century painters. In Havana, Casa de Las Américas, one of Latin America’s more important cultural institutions, will be the group’s host. Casa organizes regularly a plethora of events, from book discussions to poetry readings, to musical performances. Students will also have the opportunity to visit two artists/architects in their studios to see a first-hand practicing artist at work in contemporary Cuba and will participate in planned evening (dance and music) events.
MLAL 3504 Berlin Tales Maria Ebner email@example.com
This spring course will take students on a reading journey that starts in the New York City focusing on historical texts and cultural narratives on the metropolis of Berlin. During spring-break students will embark on a different journey as class participants travel together to discover the actual streets of Berlin, the center of modernity in Germany itself. Students will read authors who present conflicting views and engaging perspectives on four distinct Berlins: The Jewish Berlin of the Weimar Republic, Berlin during the Third Reich, the City as the Capital of East Germany, and lastly, Berlin as booming Metropolis of the 21st century. Examining some of Berlin’s most important aesthetic, political, social and anthropological inventions and re-inventions, the course will focus on questions revolving around three topics: 1) the impact of technology on artists/writers and their views of the city; 2) the political and social vocation of art; and 3) the city as a place of contesting notions of national identity.
This course is taught in English.
MVST 4998 Medieval Spain Richard Gyug firstname.lastname@example.org and David Myers email@example.com
The Camino de Santiago is the traditional pilgrimage route from France across northwestern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the legendary burial site of St. James. One of the great medieval pilgrimages and the greatest surviving itinerary for medieval monuments and landscapes, it has enjoyed a remarkable revival in recent years, attracting European Union sponsorship, the attention of media stars, and hundreds of thousands of walkers and pilgrims. This spring course features a two-week study tour and interdisciplinary capstone in which students will walk the León to Santiago route and meet each day for lectures and discussion of the medieval and pre-modern monuments along the route. The group will meet periodically during the spring semester to discuss reading assignments, make presentations and prepare for the walk.