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ART HIS 19, Seminar 1
UCLA Centennial Initiative: Discover UCLA Museums
Introduction to dynamic collections and exhibition programs of UCLA Hammer and Fowler museums through hands-on experience. Students learn about unique history and role of these University museums, and become familiar with their objects and exhibition spaces. After first session, all classes meet at museum. Introduction to curators and other museum staff. Students learn about internship and docent opportunities, and gain better understanding of future career possibilities in museums. Class meets October 3, 17, 31, November 14, December 5.
Saloni Mathur,Professor in the Department of Art History, is author of India by Design: Colonial History and Cultural Display (UC Press, 2007); editor of The Migrant's Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora (Yale University Press/Clark Art Institute, 2011); and co-editor (with Kavita Singh) of No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia (Routledge, 2014). She has published broadly on museums in an era of globalization, co-curated an exhibition at the Fowler Museum, and taught Museum Studies at UCLA for the past 17 years.
CLASSIC 19, Seminar 1
Murder (?) of Germanicus Caesar: Historical Mystery from Ancient Rome
In 19 AD, popular general Germanicus--adopted son and heir of emperor Tiberius--died under mysterious circumstances while on special assignment in Syria. Later historians hint at poison, magic, incipient civil war, palace intrigues, and scheming stepmothers; while inscriptions record tremendous outpouring of public grief and official silence about his cause of death. Investigation of Germanicus, his powerful wife Agrippina, dysfunctional family of Caesars, and this unusually well-documented ancient mystery from all angles, including political history, court society, women's history, ancient magic, social history, and Roman law. Using all sources of evidence available in Classical studies--literary texts, papyrus documents, inscriptions, statuary, and iconography--students see what can be known about events two millennia in past. Investigation serves as introduction to methods and materials used in study of ancient world, and as deep dive into particularly dramatic episode.
Lydia Spielberg is Assistant Professor of Classics at UCLA. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on rhetoric in ancient historiography, ancient conceptions of power, rulership, and empire, and the political culture of imperial Rome. Among her publications are articles on "The corruption of language in Thucydides, Sallust, and Tacitus" and "Fairy Tales and Hard Truths in Tacitus Histories 4", and she is currently at work on a book about Roman historians' manipulation of quoted words.
CLASSIC 19, Seminar 2
UCLA Centennial Initiative: Architecture of Westwood
Introduction to history of UCLA through weekly walking tours, looking closely, and learning about architecture of Westwood campus. Each meeting held at different location. Beginning at Founders Rock (northeast corner of Murphy Hall), students learn about original campus on Vermont Avenue and move to Westwood 10 years later. Each building or site tells its own story. Students learn of first University architects--brothers Allison and Allison, and George Kelham--and their bold ambitions for new campus. Names of campus buildings remember early professors and department chairs, forward-thinking administrators, or prominent alumni such as Ralph J. Bunche (first African-American recipient of Nobel Peace prize). Students survey and consider functional design, architectural style, and art decoration of these first buildings. When understood in its historical context, architecture can inform us about ideologies and values of contemporary times.
Robert Gurval is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Dept of Classics. His area of research and teaching concerns ancient Rome and the legacy of its empire in American popular culture. In addition to his courses in Classics, he has taught seminars on Cleopatra (College Honors); Ancient Rome and Monuments of Washington, DC; and the Architecture of Westwood (Fiat Lux). Last year he organized student walking tours for Alumni Day on history and architecture of UCLA. He has led Travel Study program in Rome. Recently he has lectured and taught Classics in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
ENGL 19, Seminar 1
What a Poem Says: Three Fundamental Modes of Poetry
Each student selects poem from anthology (of about 100 poems in varied basic modes of poetry) as exemplar of mode or mixed mode; reads poem aloud; writes one- to two-page paper detailing what poem says--not what it is thought to mean; and opens class discussion of what mode of thought, emotion, or experience it expresses. Class meets October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26.
Jascha Kessler, Ph.D., Litt.D., Professor of English & Modern Literature at UCLA, has taught poetry, fiction, and play-writing. He has received varied research grants, prizes, and writing fellowships including a Major Hopwood Award for Poetry (University of Michigan), the NEA Fellowship in Writing, two Senior Fulbright Awards - one to Italy and one to Czechoslovakia. He has published many books; the complete list can be viewed on his website - www.jfkessler.com
ENGL 19, Seminar 2
Possible Worlds: Introduction to Screenplay Adaptation through Science Fiction
Introduction to film studies, specifically through process of adapting novels and short stories to screenplays; and to close reading fiction in general. Students learn rudiments of screenplay form and standard Hollywood three-act structure. Students read novel or short story upon which movie is based, view film, and read parts of screenplay. Films include Blade Runner (1982, based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Fight Club (1999), The Hunger Games (2012), The Martian (2015), and Arrival (2016, based on Story of Your Life short story). Conducted as discussion.
Brian K Stefans, Associate Professor in the English Department, teaches poetry, new media, weird fiction, and screenplay studies. He is a poet, digital artist, and (aspiring) screenwriter. He has directed and acted in several short films.
ENGL 19, Seminar 3
Silence of Lamb: Animals as Persons in Literature, Law, and Other Discourses
Study of centrality of animal to articulation of human. Whether as pet or pest, animal looms large though often silent, but still shaping what it means to be human. In living with, studying, and consuming animals, we construct who or what we, and those other than ourselves, are. Study is as much about speech as silence: ways in which talk invoking animal frequently muffles or muzzles both animal and human others. Questions covered include what cultural work animal performs in narratives of domination, not merely of human over animal other but also of one human over another human; and to what extent category of human requires and resists that of animal within discourses of gender, ethnicity, diet, and food. Exploration of such human-animal interaction across disciplines, including law and literature. Students look at how one Los Angeles school approached these questions on pedagogical grounds by means of care farm, where at-risk students interact with and learn holistically from farm animals.
Medievalist, Arvind Thomas, who has just published a book on law and literature: Piers Plowman and the Reinvention of Church Law in the Late Middle Ages (Toronto, 2019). Forthcoming is an article on "stand your ground" laws in the context of Chaucer's Reeve's Tale. Research interests include animal ethics, medieval economic thought and prison writing.
FILM TV 19, Seminar 1
California Stories in Documentary Film
What do East Los Angeles all-Latina bike brigade, 81-year-old self-taught artist who makes miniatures of San Francisco's Chinatown, group of recently released San Quentin inmates, and Silicon Valley bus line that serves as impromptu hotel have in common? All are quintessential California stories that showcase both breadth of state's people and variety of documentary film approaches to telling their stories. Students view selected documentaries, read historically relevant material, and submit bi-weekly blog posts. Class meets October 3, 17, 31, November 14, December 5.
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Associate Professor - UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, heads the MFA Directing Documentary concentration. She has been making documentary films that focus on gender and representation for nearly two decades. Guevara-Flanagan's films have screened at the Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, and HotDocs film festivals and the Getty and Los Angeles County Museums. Her work has been broadcast on PBS and the Sundance Channel, received numerous awards, and been funded by ITVS, the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Institute, and Latino Public Broadcasting.
HNRS 19, Seminar 4
UCLA Centennial Initiative: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Research Revealed
Introduction to wide array of research practices in humanities, arts, and social sciences. Features talks from faculty and student researchers. Students gain better understanding and appreciation of UCLA role as research university; and how research is conducted, and knowledge created, in humanities, arts, and social sciences. Coursework and discussions also prepare students for conducting their own research projects, applying to research programs, or assisting on faculty member future projects. Offered through Undergraduate Research Center. Class meets October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26.
Since 2016, Kelly Kistner has been the Assistant Director of UCLA's Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Dr. Kistner received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington. Her research and publications have centered on the history and sociology of knowledge production.
HNRS 19, Seminar 6
Importance of Being an Ignorant Failure
Examination and celebration of importance of ignorance and failure for those who would like to be successful in life. Students come to UCLA to learn, but this is dangerous thing to do if it is all one does during college and life. If one truly wishes to be successful, one must also be taught how to be ignorant and how to fail. To do so, students read two short books--Ignorance, and Failure--by Stuart Firestein, and several journal articles. Students participate in lively discussions, and plumb depths of their own ignorance to develop useful methods for failing. Bottom line is this is not one's parents' type of class, but it is fun and tremendously useful.
David Teplow (Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) was trained in biochemistry, bacteriology & immunology, tumor immunology, protein chemistry, and neuroscience/neurology. He has published ~200 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters, and commentaries. His primary interests are in Alzheimer's disease and the philosophy of science. He was a founding editor of the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience and Current Chemical Biology and currently is Associate Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Neurodegenerative Disease.
WL ARTS 19, Seminar 1
Introduction to Meditation
Basic principles of breathing and sitting for purpose of mindfulness. Discussions cover concepts such as mind, intentionality, active passivity, and bodily energy.
Dr. David Shorter, Director of the Archive of Healing, has been certified as given Gokui Kaiden, the highest level of Gendai Reiki Ho. He is recognized as an Usui Reiki Master of the Gendai Reiki Healing Association. He has a PhD from the History of Consciousness Department and teaching about healing and rituals.