Canceled for Summer 2020
From Native songs to the beats of dub and mambo, from poems by Emily Dickinson to the films of Spike Lee, this course offers an introduction to the varied cultures that inhabit the American continent and the social, political, and historical currents that have shaped them. It is not structured regionally or chronologically, but through topics such as storytelling, rhythm, magic, and eating, using diverse approaches drawn from anthropology, history, and the study of art and literature. We will reflect on these themes through both academic papers and creative writing exercises, culminating in a final project where each student will choose a specific object or work, research it, and present their findings to the class. Throughout this course, students will develop their abilities to read, write, and think both critically and creatively about art, culture, and history.
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