Courses

African Diaspora Arts in the Americas

GRS AA 716 (4 credits)

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.

Seminar: The Family

GRS AA 804 (4 credits)

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.

Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations

GRS AA 808 (4 credits)

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.

African American History

GRS AA 871 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLGRSAA871 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 201

History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa

GRS AA 882 (4 credits)

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.

Atlantic History

GRS AA 885 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLGRSAA885 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm AAS 101

Directed Study in African American Studies

GRS AA 901 (Var credits)

Directed Study in African American Studies

GRS AA 902 (Var credits)

African Diaspora Arts in the Americas

GRS AH 716 (4 credits)

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.

Colloquium in Japanese Art

GRS AH 726 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLGRSAH726 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 10:45 am CAS 303A
2018SPRGGRSAH726 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Seminar: Art Historical Writings

GRS AH 802 (4 credits)

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.

Professional Development and Placement Seminar

GRS AH 805 (4 credits)

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.

2018SPRGGRSAH805 A1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:10 am 11:55 am

Seminar: Portraiture

GRS AH 812 (4 credits)

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.

2018SPRGGRSAH812 A1, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 10:10 am 11:55 am

Seminar: African Art

GRS AH 822 (4 credits)

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.

Seminar: Romanesque and Gothic Art

GRS AH 846 (4 credits)

Topic for Fall 2017: Medieval Art & Beyond. Iconoclasm, pathos, the body, the Seven Deadly Sins, likeness and portraiture, self-denial and spirituality, death and representation. Provides an overview and opportunity to delve into broader issues raised by religious art and architecture of the period.

2017FALLGRSAH846 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 1:30 pm 3:15 pm CAS 303A

Seminar: Renaissance Art and Architecture

GRS AH 853 (4 credits)

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.

Seminar: Baroque Art and Architecture

GRS AH 863 (4 credits)

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.

Material Culture

GRS AH 867 (4 credits)

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.

2017FALLGRSAH867 A1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm HIS 110

Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Architecture

GRS AH 884 (4 credits)

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.

Seminar: American Art

GRS AH 887 (4 credits)

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.

2018SPRGGRSAH887 A1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 4:15 pm