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Fall 2022
Meg Lota Brown
Wednesdays
2 PM - 4 PM
Sep 21 to Oct 19
Attend In Person OR Online Many of Shakespeare’s most powerful, intelligent, and subversive characters are female. How were such vividly complex roles constructed in a culture that legally defined women as property, on the grounds of their intellectual and moral inferiority? Given the early modern imperatives of feminine silence, chastity, and obedience, how is it that women impel Shakespeare’s plots, orchestrate conflicts, and—in many instances—impose “resolutions”? This five-week course considers representations of women in three of Shakespeare’s comedies and two of his tragedies. We will...
Fall 2022
Bella Vivante
Fridays
10 AM - 12 PM
Sep 23 to Dec 9
Attend In Person OR Online About 2,600 years ago, an “Intellectual Revolution” shifted Greek thinking from mythic descriptions of the world to observational ones. The first thinkers in eastern Greece started new directions in math and sciences. The next group moved from eastern to western Greece and into theological inquiries, notably Pythagoras. His philosophy meshed mathematical, moral, and theological ideas and fundamentally influenced Plato and the development of Western philosophy for 1,000 years. We’ll see atomic, “Big Bang” and evolutionary theories; new ethical, rhetorical, and...
Fall 2022
Dian Li
Mondays
1 PM - 3 PM (AZ Time)
Sep 26 to Oct 24
Attend In Person OR Online It is for good reason that China is often called a land of poetry.  As the longest continuous form of creative writing in the country, poetry has been a defining feature in the life of China’s elite, from their participation in the civil service exams to their performance of rituals on official and leisure occasions. The ideas for poetry and its genre formation, however, have been a subject of constant debate throughout history, the most radical of which took place at the turn of the nineteenth century, when Chinese men of letters embarked on a journey toward...
Fall 2022
Thomas Kovach
Tuesdays
1 PM - 3 PM (AZ Time)
Sep 27 to Dec 6
Attend In Person OR Online This seminar will examine the ways in which Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness have been represented in German works from 1500 to the present. We will view the different ways in which Jews are portrayed, ranging from the imperfectly assimilated community member to the inscrutable alien, from the moral exemplar to the menace to the community. The readings will be placed in the context of Jewish settlement in and assimilation to the German-speaking world, as well as various forms of Gentile resistance to this settlement and assimilation, ranging from the traditional...
Fall 2022
Philip Waddell
Tuesdays
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Sep 27 to Dec 6
Attend In Person OR Online In this course, the class will examine how the image of the Roman emperor was and is constructed. We will be investigating questions of source material reliability, genre, and the use and power of rhetorical topoi. Through an examination of Rome’s rulers, from Julius Caesar to Emperor Domitian, using the ancient written source material (in translation), we will discover the ways in which we, no less than the ancients, forged images of the emperors. Hybrid Course Format All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll...
Fall 2022
Laura Hollengreen
Wednesdays
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Sep 28 to Oct 26
Attend In Person OR Online The course investigates the ecology of war in the later nineteenth and early twentieth century to determine its impact on post-war perception, avant-garde art and architecture, and conceptions of place and memory. The primary focus will be on World War I, with secondary coverage of the U.S. Civil War. Readings and class meetings will deal with a range of topics, including the philosophy and culture of war, landscape modification, technologies of war, combat experience, the psychological costs of war, war and art, the emergence of new media and their representation...
Fall 2022
Marie-Pierre Le Hir
Thursdays
10 AM - 12 PM
Sep 29 to Dec 8
Attend In Person OR Online Why is French still the second most-commonly taught language in the United States after Spanish? Why are Americans so interested in things French? This course suggests that answers may be found in the long and fascinating saga of the French in North America, the topic of this seminar. The names of rivers (Poudre, Platte), cities (Saint-Louis, Baton Rouge, Louisville, Lafayette) and people (Bonneville, Crapo, Ducey, Duval, Québedeaux), several thousands of them, all evoke the French heritage of the United States. Most of the stories behind those names are forgotten...
Fall 2022
Grace Fielder
Thursdays
1 PM - 4 PM (AZ Time)
Sep 29 to Oct 27
NEW! HSP Deep Dive Seminar In this course we will explore the relationship between language and identity, that is, how individual and group identities interact with directly observable language use in everyday lives. Language can be used to indicate belonging/not belonging to a particular community, and this “self vs. other” distinction is both produced by speakers and interpreted by listeners. One of the major goals of sociolinguistics is to discover how specific “ways of speaking” become associated with particular groups of people, and how“ways of speaking” can be deployed not only to...
Fall 2022
Thomas P. Miller
Mondays
9:30 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Oct 3 to Nov 21
Attend In Person OR Online Moderate Democrats blame progressives for their divisions, and Republicans use them to depict Democrats as socialists. We will look beyond these partisan divisions to consider how our times parallel those of the Progressive Era. One has to go back a century to find the same levels of economic inequality and mass immigration. The historical precedent for our global pandemic is the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, which killed an estimated fifty million people worldwide—twice the number of Covid victims and a far higher percentage of the world’s population at the time....
Fall 2022
Theodore Buchholz
Mondays
6 PM - 8 PM (AZ Time)
Oct 31 to Nov 21
Attend In Person OR Online This four-week course will explore the cello’s magnum opus, J. S. Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello. Through these six masterpieces we will discuss Bach’s life in the 1720s, analyze the compositional ingenuity, examine Baroque musical forms, and delve into the fascinating lore that has emerged around the Suites. As we traverse this repertoire, we will also trace the broader trends that have shaped music and culture. These two-hour sessions will feature live performances by Theodore Buchholz and the outstanding cellists from the University of Arizona Cello Studio....
Fall 2022
Christie Kerr
Wednesdays
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Nov 2 to Dec 14
Attend In Person OR Online Explore the history and significance of Musical Theatre Dance in the American Musical Theatre genre. Musical Theatre Dance has evolved through the years thanks to many significant choreographers. We will examine the work and style of many of these influential choreographers that have helped shape and mold the American Musical into what it is today. Each week we will discuss different choreographers and their contributions to Musical Theatre. Examples and video footage of choreographers and their dances will be shown and discussed. Additionally, we will focus on what...
Fall 2022
Peter Medine
Wednesdays
1 PM - 3 PM (AZ Time)
Nov 2 to Dec 7
Attend In Person OR Online Madame Bovary and The Portrait of a Lady invite discussion and comparison. Each centers on a remarkable heroine who dares to seek independence even at the risk of violating social norms. The plots conform to the pattern of the standard education novel. But both heroines fall short of the “education” and triumph usually achieved in such novels. Emma Bovary dies at the conclusion. Isabel Archer may end up alive and with her hard-won wisdom and moral sense intact, but she ultimately returns to an impossible marriage which makes for the novel’s...