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 804: Seminar: The Family
    Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life. Also offered as GRS SO 804.
  • 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
    Surveys the history of African Americans from their African origins to the present, investigating their critical role in shaping the meaning of race, rights, freedom, and democracy during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. 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 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 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
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Offered in conjunction with CAS AH 326, Arts of Japan. An exploration of artistic media and architectural types from Neolithic periods to the twentieth century. Focuses on narrower themes and issues arising from the general topics introduced in the lectures.
  • GRS AH 802: Seminar: Art Historical Writings
    This seminar considers the history and methods of art history through the writings of Vasari, Bellori, Winkelmann, Kant, Hegel, Wolfflin, Riegl, Warburg, Panofsky, and Gombrich, among others.
  • GRS AH 805: Professional Development and Placement Seminar
    Graduate Prerequisites: completion of PhD oral exam.
    Offers advanced PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss works-in-progress and structured guidance for the tasks involved in academic and curatorial job applications.
  • GRS AH 812: Seminar: Portraiture
    Topic for Fall 2012: Portraiture from 1300-1600. Topics include the influence of ancient art and literature, tropes of animation (especially the "speaking portrait"), the visualization of identity, and the relationship between biography and art history.
  • 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 2016: Post-Colonial Theory and Visual Culture in Africa. Underscores the continuing importance of post-colonial theory to understanding the history of African art. Topics include the construction of ethnicity in North Africa, the emergence of Senegalese Sufi arts in response to colonialism, art and political struggle in the Congo.
  • GRS AH 846: Seminar: Romanesque and Gothic Art
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2017: Medieval Art & Beyond. The first half of the class surveys the art of the Middle Ages. The second half focuses on big topics raised by this material including: Pathos, the Body, Self-Denial and Spirituality, and Death and Representation.
  • GRS AH 853: Seminar: Renaissance Art and Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2016: Beginnings and Endings: The Life of Artistic Style in the Renaissance. This seminar critically and historically considers the ways in which artistic style is thought to begin and end, with specific focus on the concept of style in Italian Renaissance art and architecture.
  • GRS AH 863: Seminar: Baroque Art and Architecture
    Topic for Spring 2017: Johannes Vermeer. Explores Vermeer's art and career through various perspectives and methods of art history, and situates his astonishingly small production of about 35 paintings within the cultural and social worlds for which they were created.
  • GRS AH 867: Material Culture
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the theory and practice of the interdisciplinary study of material culture, which includes everything we make and use, from food and clothing to art and buildings. Explores contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines. Also offered as GRS AM 867.
  • GRS AH 884: Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2016: John Sloane. John Soane (1753 - 1837) is one of Britain's most famous architects, whose work continues to be of great relevance to designers today. The seminar looks at theory, context, and history behind Soane's celebrated body of work, and afterlife of his achievements.
  • GRS AH 887: Seminar: American Art
    Topic for Spring 2017: Picturing Property: Real Estate in American Visual Culture. Explores the roles that visual representations have played in U.S. real estate markets and examines the creative ways that American artists and writers have interpreted the objects, figures, and practices of land business during the past two centuries.