Courses

  • GRS AH 853: Seminar: Renaissance Art and Architecture
    Topic for Spring 2015: Pastoral Painting. Considers the reemergence of the pastoral as a pictorial and poetic mode in the early modern period. Topics include the relationship between art and nature; painting and poetry; city and country; ecological concerns and eco-criticism; and urban planning.
  • GRS AH 863: Seminar: Baroque Art and Architecture
    Topic for Fall 2015: Rembrandt. This seminar explores Rembrandt's art and career through a variety of art historical approaches, and is coordinated in part with the MFA exhibition, "Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer" (October 2015-January 2016).
  • GRS AH 867: Material Culture
    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 Spring 2015: Inside the Institution. How and why do societies form institutions to represent and regulate shared goals and needs? This research seminar examines the world of institutional architecture, landscape, and city planning from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries in Europe and the US.
  • GRS AH 886: Seminar: American Painting
    Topic for Spring 2014: Visual Culture of Slavery and the Civil War. Focuses on the visual culture of American slavery and the Civil War. Sources to be investigated include paintings, sculpture, book illustration, graphics in the illustrated weeklies, photography, exhibitions, and organized urban spectacles.
  • GRS AH 887: Seminar: American Art
    Topic for Spring 2008: American Figurative Painting 1930-1955. Focuses on art and politics in America during the years of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
  • GRS AH 891: Seminar: Photography
    Historical, archival, and theoretical examinations of photography, with emphasis on its role both as document and as art. Topic for Fall 2013: The Photographic Book. This seminar examines the photographic book throughout the years from 1839 to the present.
  • GRS AH 892: Approaches to Architectural History
    The aim of the course is to analyze the nature of writings on architecture, to identify their origins, and to discuss the reasons for their success and the consequences of their circulation.
  • GRS AH 895: Seminar: Twentieth-Century Art
    Topic for Spring 2015: Art in Postwar Europe. Art produced in Europe in the aftermath of World War II is marked by a dual sense of continuity with the past and a recognition that the historical moment called for a new beginning. Informed by developments in philosophy, film, and literature, visual artists.
  • GRS AL 901: Directed Study in Applied Linguistics
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of the program.
    Directed study in linguistics. Hours arranged.
  • GRS AL 902: Directed Study in Applied Linguistics
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of the program.
    Directed study in applied linguistics.
  • GRS AM 735: Studies in American Culture
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Introduction to handling of primary materials from a number of disciplines in order to develop an American Studies perspective. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
  • GRS AM 736: The Literature of American Studies
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Introduction to classic problems in the interpretation of American society and culture. Required of all American Studies PhD students.
  • GRS AM 867: Material Culture
    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. Explore contemporary scholarship from a range of disciplines. Also offered as GRS AH 867.
  • GRS AN 699: Teaching College Anthropology I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in anthropology. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS AN 703: Proseminar: Ethnography and the History of Social Theory in Anthropology
    Intensive introduction focusing on classic works of ethnography, social theory, and the history of the discipline from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. Required of first-year graduate students and open to students in related disciplines with the consent of the instructor.
  • GRS AN 704: Proseminar: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
    Graduate Prerequisites: Required of first-year graduate students and open to students in related disciplines with the consent of the instructor.
    Examination of major theoretical trends and debates in anthropological theory from the 1960s to present.
  • GRS AN 705: Graduate Proseminar in Anthropology: the Biological and Historical Past
    Examination of major contributions and debates in biological anthropology focusing on humanity's place in the natural world. Topics include evolutionary theory, fossil and living primates, human evolution, historical demography, human life histories, and the relationship between biology and culture.
  • GRS AN 707: Turkey & Middle East Perspective (Area)
    Social and cultural diversity of the modern Middle East with particular attention to Turkey. Focus on the interplay of traditions and socio-economic changes that have occurred during the 20th century and their implications for the future.
  • GRS AN 708: Food, Culture, and Society
    Study of foodways, culinary social history, diet and food ecology with special attention to Asian societies and Boston's food culture. Examines the use of food and cuisine as a focus for identity, national development, and social change.