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Black Panthers, Brown Berets: Radical Social Movements of the Late-20th Century

Celebrity in Modern America

Race, Gender & Horror: Reading Psychoanalysis in American Film & Fiction

Humanities Seminar: Everybody Dies: Death and Burial in the Ancient World

Ancient Greek Theater Production

Egyptology: The Pyramids in Context: Between Ancient Mysteries and Modern Myths

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing

"All of them Witches!": Race, Gender, and Witchcraft in Popular Culture

“How blue can you get?”: Blues Fiction and Film

Best Frenemies?: Cultural Narratives of Female Friendship in Literature and Film

Beyond the Book: Text, Image, and Experiments in the In-between

Creative Coding: Reading and Writing Web-based Literature Online

Literature, Culture, and American Identities

Monstrosities: The Meaning of Monsters in the Modern World

ReWrite Mississippi: Narratives of Harmony and Hate

"The People Want the Fall of the Regime": Popular Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Power and the Production of History

“Double, double toil and trouble”: Witches and Witchcraft, 1450-1700

Art, Fashion, and Gender in the Modern Age

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Trends in Modern Art

"Here's Looking at You, Hollywood": An Introduction to American Film

Documentary Production and Practice

From Mayberry to Netflix: Topics in Television Studies, Race, Gender, and Class

Introduction to Film Analysis

Post-Cinema? New Media and the Digital Turn

The *@#%* Media: Pulling Back the Curtain on Fake News

Introduction to Music Production

Implicit Bias - It's Nature and Moral Blameworthiness

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Current Issues in Feminist Philosophy

The End of Politics as We Know It? Theories of Control & Resistance in the Digital Age

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

Psychology and the Media

Psychology of Social Media

Planet Hip Hop: Learning about current politics and social challenges through Hip Hop (and more)

This course looks to interpret some of the increasing complexity of today’s world through the eyes of hip hop artists (especially graffiti writers and rappers) and hip-hop culture, using mainstream news outlets and academic scholarship to provide added or alternative insights. This is a course about hip hop culture and artistry. But it is more than that: It uses hip hop to explore contemporary societies and politics, and how they are interpreted by hip hop artists (who are usually members of a subaltern group of grassroots, engaged, often minority and excluded, agents of social change), and two mainstream sources of opinion-making and knowledge production: media (mainly newspaper) outlets, and academia.

In this survey of contemporary societies and politics, we will study how hip-hop artists and activists, as well as academics and the media, have looked at relevant topics central to studies in the social and political sciences: class, race, ethnic and gender inequality; peace, war and international conflict; the global mobility and trafficking of people (migration) and “goods” (opioids) and its effect for local communities; climate and environmental change; or nationalist and populist politics worldwide, from Brazil to the United States and Europe.

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the complex world of today and address foundational topics in the social and political sciences through a range of perspectives (academic, artistic, grassroots, media), in a creative way and using sources as varied as newspapers, scholarly texts, and hip-hop lyrics, then this is the course for you.

Altogether, hip hop artists have produced an immense array of material on foundational social and political topics, national and global. [click to learn more]

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Oklahoma! to Hamilton: Race and the "American" Musical

Presenting to the Public

Something to Offer and Something to Learn: Becoming a Better Communicator

Writing for Performance/Designing Creative Inquiry

All About Paper

Drawing Intensive

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