ANTH 3771 Pyramids, Gods and Mummies Hugo Benavides firstname.lastname@example.org
Through lectures, reading and site visits to archaeological and historical sites around Puebla and Mexico City, this anthropology class will assess how migrating notions of culture have served to enable contesting identities across and through the border between the United States and Mexico. The course both explores the complex relationship between identity, history and culture as it is expressed in the millenarian migration of communities throughout the Mesoamerican landscape and challenges the authoritative picture officially espoused by the governing bodies of both countries. Faculty lecturers from Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, and visits to key archeological sites in Teotihuacán and Cholula as well as to communities like Cuetzalán and San Juan de Otlanzingo, will provide materials for small research papers and projects. Class work and regular structured reflection will help students see and understand how sometimes similar, and at times differing notions of what it means to be American have permeated the landscape of the continent, and continue to fuel our cultural and political identities.
COMM 3489 British Heritage Cinema Jennifer Clark email@example.com
Arguably the most popular, lucrative and identifiable form of British films, heritage cinema calls upon a national past to define a national cinema based in “Britishness.” This course considers what heritage cinema means as a critical term and industrial product that emerges in the 1980s and continues to resonate in the film industry, aesthetics, and audience pleasures.
To do this, students will analyze foundational heritage films; literary adaptions and period dramas; key themes of costuming, class, royalty, and the countryside; and industrial and cultural contexts that give rise to heritage films and shape their content. In addition to identifying key aspects of heritage cinema, students will consider flexible notions of what constitutes “heritage” and investigate alternatives to traditional heritage films.
A day trip to the English countryside, a tour of the BBC’s television facilities, a walking tour of “Hollywood-London,” a Verger-led tour of Westminster Abbey, and a tour of the National Portrait led by an art historian from the museum will be planned.
SPAN 3990 Spanish Immersion in Spain Rafael Lamas firstname.lastname@example.org
This month-long program based at University of Granada offers Spanish language and upper-level Spanish literature and culture courses. Students will receive instruction at their appropriate level of linguistic competence, and will attend a number of cultural visits and one-day trips in Andalusia, including Córdoba and Sevilla. Classes will meet four hours per day, five days a week for a total of 80 hours. The relevant course taken in Granada will be substituted for the correspondent level of Spanish language at Fordham. The program is based at the University of Granada. The city of Granada, a recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also the hometown of Federico García Lorca and a center of flamenco culture. The Alhambra Palace, the Sacromonte and Albacín neighborhoods, the Cathedral, and the numerous Baroque churches of the city are testimonies of a rich past, which continues to be alive through its vibrant university community.
THEO 3360 Reformation Texts J. Patrick Hombeck II email@example.com
For the average European in the year 1500, Roman Christianity, theoretically uniform in doctrine and practice, would have symbolized stability and authority. The church’s claims to mediate between God and humankind would have gone largely unchallenged. A century later, Europe’s house was divided, politically as well as theologically; dozens of distinctive evangelical or “Protestant” congregations vied for the patronage of princes and parishioners, while the Roman Catholic Church had undergone substantial internal reforms of its own.
This traveling seminar will examine three major religious reformations of the sixteenth century by visiting some of the sites where they flourished: in Germany, the reform movement headed by Martin Luther; in Switzerland, that led by John Calvin; and in Italy, that which emerged, within the Roman Catholic Church, simultaneously with “Protestantism.” The course involves reading some of the key texts that these movements produced, as well as texts written about them by historians. As an Interdisciplinary Capstone, this course will require students to develop skills in both theological and historical analysis.
AFAM 3148 History of South Africa Robert B. Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold, diamonds, Great Trek, Boer war, apartheid, Mandela- the history of South Africa! Since the encounter with Europeans in the seventeenth century, South Africa has been a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic land. This course examines the peoples and their history, beginning with the Dutch settlers, continuing with the Native issues and the Great Trek, followed by the mineral revolutions and the Boer War, and finally race politicsand Apartheid. Like the diamonds discovered there, South Africa is multifaceted presenting a variety of shapes and sizes, hue and tones, but not always brilliance and clarity. Based in Pretoria, students will have the opportunity to visit Johannesburg, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town to experience South African history firsthand.
ARHI 3316 The Art & Architecture of Rome Susanna McFadden email@example.com
Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization. It is the city that gave its name to the ancient empire, and for almost two thousand years, Rome has been more than a literal place. It has also been an icon of culture era. In the ancient world, the city epitomized the earthly splendor of Roman civilization. In the Medieval period its political importance waned, and the city was reduced to a symbolic, spiritual center – the city’s decaying pagan edifices signaling the triumph of Christianity. In the Renaissance, Humanists and the Papacy sought to reclaim the city’s Classical past and re-work it into a new vision of the city as both the spiritual and temporal “caput mundi,” (head of the world). Through the lens of its monuments, this course will examine the art, architecture and culture of three epochs in the city’s history: Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance/Baroque. Classroom time will be minimal as students’ primary mode of exploration will be site visits.
VART 3500 Documentary Photography in Italy Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock firstname.lastname@example.org, Joseph Lawton email@example.com
This intensive class will introduce students to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on generating documentary projects directly relating to the people, architecture, and culture of Italy. The cosmopolitan city of Rome, rich with artistic history, will not only serve as the source of student photographic explorations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse, but also as classroom space to focus on the course’s primary objectives: to provide students with an understanding of camera construction, camera usage, control image, image output, and most significantly the development of a personal vision. Participants’ studies and production will take them from the ancient architecture of the Coliseum to exhibitions in progressive contemporary art galleries. Students will utilize the wealth of visual stimuli as a resource, as well as backdrop to critically discuss the strategies that documentarians utilize in communicating their interests.
THEA 2750 Performing Italian Matthew Maguire firstname.lastname@example.org , Joseph Perricone email@example.com
Acting is an exciting way to learn a language because one’s need to master the language is motivated by the desire to inhabit the imaginary circumstances created by great playwrights.
Students will advance their fluency in Italian to act in Italian while in residence in Rome during the month of July at the Irish College, only few steps away from the Colosseum. With Joseph Perricone of Fordham’s Modern Languages Department, students will explore structure and grammar, and expand their vocabulary by reading, writing, and speaking in a full-immersion mode in Italian. The Acting will be taught by Matthew Maguire, Director of Fordham’s Theater Department using a play by Nobel Prize winning author Dario Fo, Non tutti i Ladri Vengono Per Nuocere (Not All Thieves Come to Harm You). The course will be enhanced by trips to Roman theatres, specially to plays by Nobel price-winning playwright, Luigi Pirandello, and to an opera performance by Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, performed outdoors in the ancient ruins of the Baths of Caracalla.