Viewing the Global SouthThis short course team-taught by graduate students examines the following questions: What can film and television teach us about violence and resistance in other parts of the world? Do these popular mediums have something to say about how we understand recent moments in history? In the 1980s, the region commonly known as the “Global South” experienced an unprecedented level of localized violence. Each week we focus on a place and a work of cinema, watching the films while reading excerpts from literature and history.
Science, Politics, ReligionThis Jefferson Global Seminars course, offered in Hong Kong, gives students an opportunity to study the entanglement of science, religion, and politics, and how they have driven national and international policies. Examples include the Galileo affair and the Manhattan project. Truth, reality, ethics, and anthropology are examined in several exemplary cases.
American Youth and FilmThis short course team-taught by graduate students focuses on post-WWII American film made about or for teenagers and adolescents. The changing conceptions of aging, maturity, and American identity on screen form the crux of our discussion, and the course explores these topics in relation to race and rituals of belonging, sexuality and body horror, and the commodification of youth and American identity.
The Moral Ecology of Food
This seminar treats the ethics of food as a way into questions about humanity's changing role within ecological systems. It explores the practical controversies arising within contemporary food practices -- including obligations to the hungry, response to obesity, labor fairness, and treatment of animals. It connects those controversies to broader inquiries about the meaning of food and the human presence in nature.