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ENGL 19, Seminar 1
Silence of Lamb: Animals as Persons in Literature, Law, and Sciences
Study of centrality of animal to articulation of human, and resultant silencing of numerous nonhuman species signified by former term. Whether as pet or pest, object dissected in lab or food carved at table, symbol or referent, nonhuman animal looms large though often silent, but still shaping what it means to be human. In living amid, researching, collaborating with, consuming, and above all thinking through nonhuman animal, humans construct who or what they are and how they differ from those deemed to be other than themselves. Exploration of human-animal interactions or intersections across diverse cultures, periods, and disciplines. Students read literary and legal excerpts, and some of latest scientific research on human-animal dichotomy/dualism: research that invites rethinking property status of nonhuman animals. Includes field trip to farm sanctuary.
Arvind Thomas is a medievalist who works on the intersection of law and literature in Latin, German, and English literature. Arvind teaches courses on medieval hagiography and economics. Arvind has also been working on critical animal studies and its relevance to questions of human and non-human rights and environmentalism.
ENGL 19, Seminar 2
Bipolar Disorder, Anosognosia, and Creativity
Exploration of connection between bipolar disorder, anosognosia, and creativity. Study offers forum for students to talk about their own ambivalence toward mental illness, their own struggle with bipolar disorder, or their attempts at helping loved one diagnosed with disorder. Instead of viewing bipolar disorder merely as disability, exploration of its creative potential and its connection with artistic temperament. Class meets September 27, October 11, 25, November 8, 22.
King-Kok Cheung is UCLA Professor of English, author of Articulate Silences (1993) and Chinese American Literature without Borders (2017); editor of Words Matter, Seventeen Syllables, An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature, and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography; co-editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Cheung spearheaded the interdisciplinary GE cluster "Interracial Dynamics in American History, Literature, and Law"; she was also one of four English faculty members responsible for designing English 100 Ways of Reading Race.
ENGL 19, Seminar 3
Prison and Literary Production
Study asks what prisons or spaces of captivity have to do with poetry or prose; how prison, as legal institution and imaginative concept, serves as site for production of writings that are now part of evolving literary canon(s). Questions include how such writings help one think through, or rethink, great literature and life themes (freedom, captivity, human and animal/nonhuman rights and interspecies ethics); genres (epistle, diary, memoir, novel, sonnet, ballad); and features of language (syntax, voice, mood, tone, alliteration). Close reading of writings about imprisoned drawn from premodern and modern literature. To ensure that readings build on each other, study addresses recurrent features of prison writing across diverse times and places. At same time, study tries to appreciate their historical specificity or uniqueness in particular text. Readings include works by Anne Frank, Gandhi, Alex Hershaft, Dr. Martin Luther King, St. Paul, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and Oscar Wilde.
Medievalist interested in the rich linguistic (and cultural) diversity of the so-called "middle ages," Arvind Thomas works with texts written in Middle English, Latin, and German. On a related note, he is increasingly interested in more recent work in the area of critical animal studies. His first book is entitled "Piers Plowman and the Reinvention of Church Law in the Late Middle Ages" (University of Toronto Press, Winter 2019).
HNRS 19, Seminar 2
Developing Mindful Compassion to Cope with Current Challenges
Mindful awareness and compassion help us cope with standard stresses of life and promote well-being. In current crisis, both practices are now more vital than ever. Mindfulness focuses on surprisingly transformative power of one of most undervalued of resources--attention. By cultivating skills of attention, one can change one's experience and perceptions of world. But attention needs to come out of spirit of kindness and compassion. Emphasis on experiential learning of mindfulness coupled with compassion practices, directed towards self and others. Students should commit to developing daily practice, both on meditative cushion and in everyday life. Scientific research shows how mindfulness and compassionate caring improve concentration, reduces stress, boosts immune system, reduces depression and emotional reactivity, and promotes general sense of health. By cultivating calm and connectedness, both practices promote greater emotional and intellectual well-being, clarity of thought, and creativity.
Professor Melzer has practiced mindful awareness for 20 years. She is particularly interested in how mindfulness and compassion practices can be applied to everyday life and promote greater creative expression and thought, in all disciplines.
INF STD 19, Seminar 1
Campus Art outside Museums: Sculpture, Murals, Special Rooms, and Buildings
Exploration of important paintings, surprising sculptures, inspiring murals, and historic rooms and buildings distributed all over UCLA campus. Helps students reconnect with UCLA by experiencing works and sites that are not part of formal collections of university museums (such as Hammer and Fowler), but are instead integral parts of physical campus. Students gain new insights into artistic, social, and contextual factors that contributed to acquisition of campus art. Students also deepen their knowledge of UCLA history and come away with new relationship to beautiful UCLA campus. Conducted by emerita curator of campus public art collection. Class meets September 30, October 14, 28, November 4, 18.
Victoria Steele is Curator Emerita of the UCLA Public Art Collection and Distinguished Librarian Emerita. She is a double UCLA Alumna (BA and MLS) and a Ph.D. art historian (USC). Since 2018, she has created and published online a complete inventory of campus art. Her recent honors include the Outstanding Emerita Award (2020) and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Library and Information Science Alumni Association (2021).
MUSC 19, Seminar 1
Navigating Difficult Times through Music-Making Community
Examination of how songwriters use music to evoke feelings of concern and awareness during times of social unrest and isolation. Study of lyrics and determination of how emotions that encourage social awareness and responsibility are depicted in songs. By working collaboratively through class and group discussions, students become increasingly aware of power music possesses to nurture social cohesion. Students analyze different songs expressing empathy and use online digital audio workstation (DAW) collaboratively to create songs and explore issues of social unrest and isolation. DAW allows individuals with limited musical training to create and record songs almost effortlessly by combining musical loops digitally. By working together to express mutual concerns and emotions, students experience shared intentionality and build community of supportive peers.
Frank Heuser is Professor of Music Education at UCLA where he teaches courses in music education and supervises student teachers. His research focuses on developing ways to improve music pedagogy. He has presented at conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa, served on evaluation panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, and published articles in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, Studies in Music from the University of Western Ontario, Psychology of Music, Music Education Research and the Philosophy of Music Education Review
MUSC 19, Seminar 2
Great Composers of UCLA
UCLA has been stopping point for some of most significant musical creators of our time. Great composers of Broadway, classical, EDM, film, jazz, pop, rock, and video game music have either attended UCLA as students, taught master classes and courses, or performed on campus. Students sample and explore some of this great music.
Born in 1956, American composer Ian Krouse has been hailed in Gramophone as "one of the most communicative and intriguing young composers on the music scene today." Soundboard described his music as "absorbing, brutal, beautiful, and harsh, all at the same time." He is widely known for his pioneering efforts in the development of the guitar quartet, of which he has composed eleven to date, most of which are now featured regularly in the touring repertories of the leading groups of our time. His most notable achievement to date is the creation and premiere of the epic Armenian Requiem.
MUSCLG 19, Seminar 1
Multisensory Writing about Music
Is music for ear alone? While one may say that one hears music, study argues that all senses are intertwined in experience of music. Based on this assumption, students analyze and write about music from multisensory point of view. No prior knowledge of music analysis required.
Nina Eidsheim is the author Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke UP, 2015) and The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music (Duke UP, 2019); co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (2019); co-editor (with Josh Kun and Ronald Radano) of the Refiguring American Music book series for Duke University Press. She is Professor of Musicology, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and currently collaborating on a book and performance project with composer and trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith.