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: 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.

2014FALLGRSAA808 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:30 am 12:30 pm SOC 252
2015SPRGGRSAA808 A1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:00 am 12:00 pm SOC 252

African American History

GRS AA 871 (4 credits)

The history of African Americans from African origins to the present; consideration of slavery, reconstruction, and ethnic relations from the colonial era to our own time. Also offered as GRS HI 871.

2014FALLGRSAA871 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS 227

History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa

GRS AA 882 (4 credits)

The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions 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.

2015SPRGGRSAA882 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm AAS 101

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.

2015SPRGGRSAA885 A1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 5:00 pm 6:30 pm AAS 101

Black Radical Thought

GRS AA 888 (4 credits)

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.

Directed Study in African American Studies

GRS AA 901 (Var credits)

Directed Study in African American Studies

GRS AA 902 (Var credits)

Imperial Reflections: Early Modern Islamic Art and Architecture

GRS AH 713 (4 credits)

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.

2015SPRGGRSAH713 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am CAS 315
R 1:00 pm 3:00 pm CAS 303A

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)

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.

Arts of Archaic Greece

GRS AH 731 (4 credits)

This colloquium (paired with CAS AH 331) considers special topics in Greek Archaic art.

2015SPRGGRSAH731 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm CAS 229
R 9:00 am 11:00 am CAS ARR

Colloquium in Latin American Art

GRS AH 742 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLGRSAH742 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 229
F 10:00 am 12:00 pm CAS 320

Housing America

GRS AH 777 (4 credits)

What do dwellings say about the diversity of American experience? For over four centuries and across a continent, wealth and poverty, family and community, taste and technology have all shaped the meaning of home. Illustrated lecturers supplemented by field trips. Also offered as GRS AM 776.

Colloquium in Nineteenth-Century Architecture in Europe and America

GRS AH 782 (4 credits)

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.

Colloquium in Twentieth-Century American Painting

GRS AH 786 (4 credits)

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.

Colloquium in Twentieth-Century Architecture

GRS AH 798 (4 credits)

In conjunction with the CAS AH 398 lecture course, this colloquium focuses on main figures, events, artifacts of twentieth-century architectural history.

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.

Seminar: Asian Art

GRS AH 820 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLGRSAH820 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 320

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 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.