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.

2015FALLGRSAA716 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 229
W 10:00 am 12:00 pm CAS 303A

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.

2015FALLGRSAA808 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:30 pm 3:30 pm BRB 121

African American History

GRS AA 871 (4 credits)

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.

2015FALLGRSAA871 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS 226

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.

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.

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.

2015FALLGRSAH716 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm CAS 229
W 10:00 am 12:00 pm CAS 303A

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.

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.

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: A-H Writing

GRS AH 802 (4 credits)

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.

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.

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.

Seminar: Romanesque and Gothic Art

GRS AH 846 (4 credits)

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.