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AN N EA 19, Seminar 1
Ancient Warfare and Modern Concerns
Modern democracies rely almost entirely on professional armies to meet security needs. While such reliance frees average citizen of mandatory conscription concerns, it does not free them of need to critically consider military operations and conflicts, costs, strategic aims, and consequences. Study of warfare in ancient world as avenue for consideration of issues relevant to citizens of modern states. By studying ancient conflicts, students are more able to approach study of early conflicts with greater detachment, and to consider issues involved from intellectual--rather than emotional or ideological--standpoints. Through short readings, students engage causes, effects, and development of warfare in ancient Near East; and evaluate extent to which factors and principles involved have changed, and how past examples of nature and circumstances of war can inform opinions and decisions about warfare today.
Aaron A. Burke is Professor of the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Levant in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department. He has excavated in Israel, Egypt, and Turkey and currently directs excavations in Jaffa, Israel. His research includes warfare, conflict, and human responses in the ancient world. He is particularly interested in how the study of warfare in antiquity informs our understanding of ancient cultures and how data related to warfare can be used to address state formation and social complexity.
COM LIT 19, Seminar 1
Short Works of Franz Kafka, or How Modern World Works
Examination of short works of one of world's most famous and puzzling authors, Franz Kafka. Kafka has been labeled everything from existentialist to realist, from mystic to comic. Examination of implications that Kafka's unique perspective has for our own times. Students write three questions based on readings to shape each class discussion. Readings of several Kafka short fiction pieces including The Metamorphosis, The Country Doctor, An Old Manuscript, In the Penal Colony, Report to an Academy, A Hunger Artist, and The Judgment. These pieces help students understand why Kafka remains so timely.
Kathleen L. Komar is Professor of Comparative Literature and German at the University of California, Los Angeles. She won UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989. She served as Chair of Comparative Literature, as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division, and as Chair of the Academic Senate at UCLA. Komar has published on a variety of topics from Romanticism to the present in American and German literature; and she has written on the works of Hermann Broch, Rainer Maria Rilke, Alfred Döblin, Christa Wolf and Ingeborg Bachmann, among others.
COM LIT 19, Seminar 2
Humanities at UCLA: What's the Future
What exactly are humanities? Cambridge Dictionary defines it as "literature, language, history, philosophy, and other subjects that are not a science, or the study of these subjects." In terms of research at UCLA, that would mean not south campus; yet this leaves humanities with negative value. Today, position of humanities as not-science is becoming unclear, as human communication, thought, and culture are increasingly tied to technology. Lines between north and south campus are fading. Examination of various departments around UCLA Humanities, with focus on what these disciplines mean in today's society and what they might mean tomorrow.
Professor David MacFadyen holds positions both in the Comparative Literature and Musicology Departments at UCLA. He earned his BA/MA from the University of London and his PH.D from UCLA. His class offerings include topics dedicated to musical, literary, cinematic, and technical issues of a rapidly changing world. In addition, Professor MacFadyen is the author of multiple books on the history of Slavic literature and music, specifically the popular traditions of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
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, and 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 2, 16, 30, November 13, and 27 in A56 Humanities Building.
Please consult Professor Kessler's 1-page website: www.jfkessler.com
ENGL 19, Seminar 2
Insurgent Chinese American Poetry: Marilyn Chin and Russell Leong
Study shows how Marilyn Chin and Russell Leong retool classical Chinese expressions to promote social equality (in race, gender, class, and sexuality). Class meets October 2, 16, 30, November 13, and 27 in A60 Humanities Building.
King-Kok Cheung, Professor of English at UCLA, is author of Articulate Silences (Cornell UP 1993) and Chinese American Literature without Borders (Palgrave Macmillan 2016); editor of An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature, Words Matter, Seventeen Syllables, and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography; former co-editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature.
ETHNMUS 19, Seminar 1
Music Theory through Recorder
Would you like to learn music theory while learning to play an instrument? Designed for students who would like to study rudiments of music theory by playing recorder. Each class students practice pieces and exercises related to music notation, keys, melody, rhythm, rounds, and harmony. Students also have opportunity to write and perform short compositions. By taking practical approach to music theory, students develop foundation for reading, playing, and writing music. No prior experience required. Recorders available for purchase at first class for nominal cost.
Roger Savage is a professor of systematic musicology in the Department of Ethnomusicology. He teaches courses in aesthetics, philosophy and sociology of music, and he has special interests in hermeneutical philosophy and music criticism. His research focuses on aesthetics, politics and questions of identity, and he has published widely in these areas in books and journals. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Irish Studies and a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
MUSC 19, Seminar 1
Inspired by J. S. Bach: Solo Violin and More
Presentation of J.S. Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin in live performance by instructor and invited guests. Behind-the-scenes look at preparation of two new works for solo violin by renowned composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Andrew McIntosh. Students attend world premiere performance and write two-page final essay. Class meets 3:30-5:20 p.m. on October 10, 17, 24, and November 14 in 165 Ostin Music Center. Concert held 8-10 p.m. on November 21 in Schoenberg Hall.
UCLA Professor of Violin Movses Pogossian made his American debut with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which Boston Globe wrote: "There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance?" Prizewinner of several important competitions, including he 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, he extensively performed as soloist and recitalist in Europe, America, and Asia. Pogossian's discography includes the recently released Complete Sonatas and Partitas by J. S. Bach as well several critically acclaimed contemporary music albums.
PHILOS 19, Seminar 1
Genesis: Creation of World and Fall of Humanity
Study of key motifs found in book of Genesis: creation of world and fall of mankind. These are central to all Abrahamic religions, to efforts to integrate these religions with ancient philosophy, and to efforts to reinterpret them by thinkers such as Spinoza. Examinaqtion of accounts of Genesis story from Babylonian Genesis to Mormon Pearl of Great Price. Focus on debate about whether various texts entail that world was created, in time and out of nothing, by omnipotent being. Focus on story of fall of mankind, looking at how elements of it have been interpreted by such different writers as Anselm of Canterbury, Spinoza, and recently David Velleman.
Calvin Normore is Professor of Philosophy at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His research interests are in the History of Philosophy, Political and Social Philosophy and the History of Logic. Recent publications of his include "The Methodology of the History of Philosophy" (Oxford 2016)"Causa Sui: Awareness and Choice in the Constitution of the Self"(Springer 2016) and "Metaphysics in the Orbit of Islam" (Cambridge 2015).
THEATER 19, Seminar 1
Drag U: Gender, Sex, Fashion, and Performance
"We're all born naked and the rest is drag" claims supermodel of the world RuPaul. If we take that claim seriously, then examining drag performance can offer us new insights into gender and sexuality in an era where identities seem more and more to be choices we make from an ever-lengthening menu--even as our choices remain fraught with prohibitions and penalties. Drag's theatricality spectacularly demonstrates and complicates contemporary theories of gender performativity. Examination of variety of drag performances, historical and contemporary, to get a handle on how gender and sexuality work, and perhaps how we might want them to work differently.
Michelle Liu Carriger is an assistant professor in the Department of Theater at UCLA. She specializes in the historiography of theater, performance and everyday life, with particular focus on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.
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