Courses

  • GRS AA 716: African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
    Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as GRS AH 716.
  • GRS AA 808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
    Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as GRS SO 808.
  • GRS AA 871: African American History
    The history of African Americans from African origins to present time; consideration of societies in West and West Central Africa from which enslaved Africans originated, slavery and freedom in colonial America, Civil War and Reconstruction, freedom and struggles in a globalizing America from Reconstruction to Civil Rights and beyond. Also offered as GRS HI 698.
  • GRS AA 882: History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa
    Study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis both on indigenous religions and on the African roots and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as GRS HI 749 and GRS RN 682.
  • GRS AA 885: Atlantic History
    Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as GRS HI 750.
  • GRS AA 888: Black Radical Thought
    Black radical thought in America, Europe, and Africa since the eighteenth century through writings of abolitionists, leaders of revolutions and liberation movements, Black nationalists, and Black socialists. Emphasizes the global nature of the "Black World" and its role in world history. Also offered as GRS HI 761.
  • GRS AA 901: Directed Study in African American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • GRS AA 902: Directed Study in African American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
  • GRS AH 713: Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture
    Architecture, manuscripts, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics of the Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires. Focus on the formation of imperial styles, intersections between art and politics, and the importance of the arts in dynastic legitimization.
  • GRS AH 716: African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as GRS AA 716.
  • GRS AH 726: Colloquium in Japanese Art
    The arts of Japan from prehistory through the twentieth century. Painting, calligraphy, sculpture, and architecture (including landscape architecture) are emphasized, but attention is also paid to wood block prints, ceramics, lacquer, and metalwork.
  • GRS AH 731: Arts of Archaic Greece
    This colloquium (paired with CAS AH 331) considers special topics in Greek Archaic art.
  • GRS AH 742: Colloquium in Latin American Art
    Case studies designed to explore the main aesthetic, social, and historical discourses surrounding image production in Latin America while familiarizing students with main scholars in the field and their methodologies.
  • GRS AH 782: Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century Architecture in Europe and America
    Dilemma of style in nineteenth-century architecture; study of the relationship of architectural theory to the changing philosophy and aesthetic theory of the period. Development of functionalist theory.
  • GRS AH 786: Colloquium in Twentieth-Century American Painting
    The colloquium, which accompanies the lecture course for CAS AH 386, focuses on critical and theoretical readings that relate to twentieth-century American painting, photography, sculpture, installation and performance art, and criticism.
  • GRS AH 798: Colloquium in Twentieth-Century Architecture
    In conjunction with the CAS AH 398 lecture course, this colloquium focuses on main figures, events, artifacts of twentieth-century architectural history.
  • GRS AH 802: Seminar: A-H Writing
    This seminar will consider the history and methods of art history through the writings of Vasari, Bellori, Winkelmann, Kant, Hegel, Wolfflin, Riegl, Warburg, Panofsky, Gombrich, among others.
  • GRS AH 820: Seminar: Asian Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Topic for Fall 2014: Kyoto: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism. This seminar explores the art, architecture, and urbanism of Kyoto, the Japanese imperial capital from the late eighth century to the mid-nineteenth century. Analyzes major artistic and architectural projects sponsored by generations of emperors, aristocrats and warriors.
  • GRS AH 822: Seminar: African Art
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    In-depth discussion of special topics in the study of African art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2013: Post- Colonial Theory and Visual Culture in Northwestern Africa. This seminar underscores the continuing importance of post-colonial theory to understanding the history of African art, concentrating on historic and contemporary visual culture in Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Mali, and Niger.
  • GRS AH 846: Seminar: Romanesque and Gothic Art
    Topic for Spring 2015: Romanesque and Early Gothic. Explores the art and architecture of Romanesque and Early Gothic Europe. Topics include attitudes to the body, the representation of women, saints, and heroes; the impact of monasticism; grotesque imagery and whimsy.