Current Courses

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Professor: Richard Hanson

There Is Nothing Like a Dame! celebrates the women of Broadway who wrote the scripts, composed the songs, penned the lyrics, designed, directed, choreographed, and starred in classics of the American musical theater.
 
The seminar introduces the women of the Golden Age of musical theater who paved the way for the women now working on new musicals for the millennium. Revel in archival performances by the great ladies of Broadway past and cheer for the new divas of the Great White Way who are creating musical memories...

Course Time and Dates:
TUESDAYS 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. January 21 until April 1, 2014 (no class on March 18 due to UA spring break)
SECTION FULL -- TUESDAYS 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. January 21 until April 1, 2014 (no class on March 18 due to UA spring break)
Professor: Richard Hanson

There Is Nothing Like a Dame! celebrates the women of Broadway who wrote the scripts, composed the songs, penned the lyrics, designed, directed, choreographed, and starred in classics of the American musical theater.
 
The seminar introduces the women of the Golden Age of musical theater who paved the way for the women now working on new musicals for the millennium. Revel in archival performances by the great ladies of Broadway past and cheer for the new divas of the Great White Way who are creating musical memories...

Course Time and Dates:
TUESDAYS 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. January 21 until April 1, 2014 (no class on March 18 due to UA spring break)
SECTION FULL -- TUESDAYS 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. January 21 until April 1, 2014 (no class on March 18 due to UA spring break)
Professor: Steven D. Martinson

The youthful interests of Friedrich Nietzsche permeate his later work, for which the critical-creative writer is most widely known. We will first consider his early experiences, memories, illustrations, piano compositions, poetry, and prose, including his first major published writing, The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music, and university lectures on the pre-Socratics. The goal is to render a new and different reading that challenges contemporary perceptions, images, and conceptions of one of the most influential and...

Course Time and Dates:
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. January 22 until April 2, 2014 (no class on March 19 due to UA spring break)
Professor: Alain-Philippe Durand

What makes the French laugh? Why do the French like Jerry Lewis (and other comedians such as Charles Chaplin) so much?  Why does Hollywood remake so many French comedies? This interactive seminar responds to these questions by examining the comic and humor techniques used in French cinema throughout the years. In addition to watching and analyzing several representative films from different periods, participants will study the cultural and historic roots of French humor and laughter throughout history. Representative films (with English...

Course Time and Dates:
WEDNESDAY 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. January 22 until April 23, 2014 (no class on March 19 due to UA spring break). Optional screenings of movies in the Rubel room on February 12, 19, and March 5.
Professor: George Davis, Peter Kresan

The Colorado Plateau is a sublime geologic province renowned for its breathtaking rock formations and landscapes. During our exploration of the Colorado Plateau, we will descend the Grand Canyon, ascend the Grand Staircase, cross the Escalante, explore Canyonlands, experience the Four Corners, absorb the Painted Desert, and ultimately complete our journey on the San Francisco Peaks. Panoramic and aerial images will aid in storytelling and help frame points of primary emphasis. Along the way we will sample some of the art, poetry, and...

Course Time and Dates:
THURSDAYS 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. January 23 until March 27, 2014 (no class on March 20 due to UA spring break)
Professor: Bella Vivante

In this cultural excursion we will explore literary and artistic highlights of the diverse cultures that have flourished in the concise landmass of ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) —Paleolithic and Neolithic habitation, Hittites, Amazons, Assyrians, Hebrew Biblical, Troy, Phrygia, Lydia, Lycia, Ionian Greeks, Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, Ottoman. Textbooks provide historical background; and art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, and other writings offer insights into the distinctive qualities that make these cultures memorable and...

Course Time and Dates:
FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. January 24 until April 4, 2014 (no class on March 21)
Professor: Jerry Hogle

England during the reign of Victoria is famous for industrial, scientific, and technological advances, as well as sexual repression. But it was also an era when the ghost story – and its extensions in longer fictions during one of the heydays of the English novel – flourished in print just as old traditions about the spirit world were being called into question by the many supposed “progresses” of the day. This seminar sets out to explain both the wide range of ghost stories during the time before and after Charles Dickens’ “A...

Course Time and Dates:
MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. January 27 until April 7, 2014 (no class on March 17 due to UA spring break)
Professor: Melissa Fitch

Forget the rose-in-the-mouth cliché, and discover how tango relates to art, activism, and even therapy. We will analyze films, advertising, theater, poetry, art, documentaries, material culture, digital art forms, and public protests to examine the production, consumption, and diffusion of meaning found in global cultural narratives related to Argentine tango. Students will learn how tango was used to champion women’s rights and modernization in Turkey in the early 20th century, and how Jewish prisoners used it as a symbol of...

Course Time and Dates:
THURSDAYS 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. January 30 until April 10, 2014 (no class on March 20 due to UA spring break)