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AN N EA 19, Seminar 1
Ancient Warfare and Modern Concerns
Today it is nearly universal fact that citizens of democracies rely entirely on professional armies to meet their security needs. While such reliance has freed citizens of mandatory conscription concerns, it has not freed them of need to understand reasons for conflicts, costs of war, planning for war, and assessing validity of conflicts. Raises key issues about study of warfare in ancient world as avenue for consideration of issues relevant to citizens of modern states. Value of such study is that we are more capable of approaching it with greater detachment and considering issues involved from intellectual, rather than emotional or necessarily ideological, standpoint. Through series of short readings, students engage causes, effects, and development of warfare in ancient Near East over two millennia (circa 2500 BC to AD 400) and evaluate extent to which factors and principles involved have changed.
Aaron A. Burke is Associate 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 include 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.
ART&ARC 19, Seminar 1
Art and Science: North and South
Study designed to show that scientists describe discovery in similar terms as artists at their moments of creative breakthroughs. Fundamentally, both scientists and artists grapple with identical questions of nature of reality. Students attend events organized by UCLA Art|Sci Center. Students keep diary blog, and summarize their experience and how it informs and influences their idea of academic approaches to creativity and innovation in arts, humanities, and sciences. Class meets April 20, May 4, 18, June 1, and 8 in 1256 Public Affairs Building.
Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is an artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade.
COM LIT 19, Seminar 1
Poets and Desire
Representations of desire in poetry take many forms, sometimes passionate, sometimes comic; and objects of desire range from individuals and their bodies to ideals. Study covers poets from Sappho and Catullus to Wallace Stevens and Sharon Olds.
BA/MA University of London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, U.K); PhD, UCLA. David MacFadyen is the author of multiple books on the history of East European literature, language, cinema, TV, and music, specifically the popular traditions of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Some of this work can be seen at the resource "Far from Moscow" (http://www.farfrommoscow.com) or a related festival site, showcasing a grand event at UCLA last quarter: https://www.ffmfestival.com
DESMA 19, Seminar 1
Media Archaeology and Cross-Cultural Communication
Most accounts of media culture have been written from Western perspective. If mentioned at all, other parts of world have been pictured as passive recipients of innovations from West, reflecting its ideological, economic, and cultural domination. Yet, as we live today in increasingly global culture, we must question such simplistic and biased idea and study complex cross-cultural exchanges that affect media use. Investigation of how media-related ideas and traditions have developed in exchanges between cultures. Non-Western cultures have contributed their own ideas and solutions, and creatively appropriated Western inventions for their purposes. Approach is global media archaeology. Educator is one of its pioneers. Class meets April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3 in 2292 Public Affairs Building.
Erkki Huhtamo works as a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. Huhtamo is an internationally renowned media historian and theorist, and also a specialist in the history and aesthetics of media arts. He is one of the founders of an emerging approach known as media archaeology. His most recent book in Illusions in Motion (The MIT Press, 2013).
ENGL 19, Seminar 1
More is Up: Metaphors, Categories, and Politics of Language
Consideration of some current cognitive science approaches to language and meaning, and exploration of what they do (and don't) offer to critical study of legal, political, and literary language.
Matthew Fisher received his BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.Phil and D.Phil in Medieval English Literature from Oxford University. His first book, _Scribal Authorship and the Writing of History in Medieval England_ (2012) explores the many things medieval scribes did other than copy history writing. He is currently at work on a book about library fires.
ENGL 19, Seminar 2
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 April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31 in A6 Haines Hall.
Please consult Professor Kessler's 1-page website: www.jfkessler.com
ENGL 19, Seminar 3
Screenplay Writing: Scene Study
Focus on crafting five-page scene. Review of how beats work, how montages are structured, how to use natural language that is not writers' own, how to write comedy sketch, and basics such as screenplay format using current software. Includes one longer, collaborative writing assignment. Students read screenplay and view film Chinatown before class meets.
Brian Stefans teaches in the Department of English. He is a poet, new media artist, screenplay writer, and literary theorist.
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 Center for Irish Studies and a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
FILM TV 19, Seminar 1
Technologies of Vision: from Surveillance to Data Visualization
If residents of 20th century were tyrannized by images, those of early 21st are surely tyrannized by data. Personal whereabouts, health, habits, interests, likes, social connections, and communications are all logged, tagged, located, stored, and circulated in corporate and governmental databases. Study frames emerging vision technologies in terms of tangled history of data and images with focus on data visualization and surveillance. Fear of excessive or unwarranted surveillance have appeared often in cultural discourse of film and television since 1950s; recent advances in vision and informatics technologies have brought privacy and surveillance issues to the surface. However, proliferation of data is only as useful as ability to visualize and understand its meaning. Data visualization has emerged as new visual expression category and epistemological challenge. Study engages culture and ideology questions while raising students' digital literacy through everyday examples. Class meets April 4, 18, May 2, 16, and 30 in 1462A Melnitz Hall.
Steve Anderson is a scholar-practitioner working at the intersections of media, history, technology and culture. He is Associate Professor of Digital Media at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television where he teaches classes in the production and theory of digital media.
HNRS 19, Seminar 4
James Joyce's Ulysses
Ulysses is known as one of most challenging books to read in English. But you don't need to be an English major to read it: in fact, anyone can jump in and tackle this amazingly experimental and exciting book. Best way to read/wrestle with Ulysses for first time is to do so with support group that shares reading strategies, frustrations, and exciting discoveries with this incredible, one-of-a-kind book. Purpose is reading and enjoyment of Ulysses, for everyone. No prior knowledge of Joyce required; only willingness to explore, push past comfort level as reader, and fully engage in experience. Analysis and discussion of text is multilayered. Discussion of reading strategies and experience of reading challenging literature. Discussion of style, narrative structure, and plot of text. Exploration of text-related topics through writing. But most of all, students have fun.
Tara Prescott is a Lecturer in Writing Programs and Faculty in Residence at UCLA. Her research interests include twentieth-century American literature, modernism, poetry, graphic novels, feminist theory, and James Joyce. She is the author of Poetic Salvage: Reading Mina Loy, editor of Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century, and co-editor of Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman. Her recent publications have been featured in Critical Insights: James Joyce, Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, European Joyce Studies, and Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She perform
MSC HST 19, Seminar 1
UCLA Centennial Initiative: Punk U
UCLA has been formative space for emergence, documentation, and institutionalization of punk. UCLA has inspired students to push limits of critical thought and creativity. UCLA has been home to punk forerunners--over 40 years of alumni. History of Los Angeles punk, which has defined alternative music trends for last 35 years, would not be complete without history of UCLA intellectual artistic/musical communities (and vice-versa). Today, UCLA is forerunner of punk scholarship. Library has growing Los Angeles punk collection, punk survey course is offered, and students actively participate in local punk scenes. What does it mean to go to UCLA, or Punk U, today? Through punk lens, exploration of diverse voices UCLA draws in, cultivates, and shares with world. Dialoging with punk alumni, using library collections, and contributing with do-it-yourself punk production, students actively participate in this rich centennial tradition of creative expressivity and develop their voices. Class meets April 6, 20, May 4, 18, and June 1 in 2449 Shoenberg Music Building.
Jessica Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She received her Ph.D. in Music from New York University. Her work dialogs with American studies, Pacific studies, and environmental anthropology. Other research interests include issues of musical transcription and analysis, critical pedagogies, race, class, and gender in respect to popular music from the postwar onwards and subcultural genres, such as punk and hip-hop.
MSC HST 19, Seminar 2
Sing-Ins: Song as Social Resistance
Study teaches what might be called public musicology through participatory model and sets up historical and cultural context for singing as social resistance. Investigation of specific instances of using collective song as tool in broader social-political project, whether Norway's transition to independence in 20th century, Latvia's 1980s singing revolution, U.S. abolitionist and civil rights movement, or contemporary time. Focus on current political moment: Investigation and documentation of range of songs and chants sung at (pro-women) marches across country; research on history of repertoire sung; sharing of repertoire through website, Facebook live videos, and by singing on campus; possible adaptation of old--or writing of new--songs coming out of and created for this particular political moment. Contemporary material built around student interest. Includes guest speakers/performers. Class meets April 6, 20, May 4, 18, and June 1 in 1230 Schoenberg Music Building.
Nina Eidsheim is a Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean for Academic Mentoring and Opportunity. She is the author of Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke UP, 2015) and Measuring Race: the Micropolitics of Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music (Duke UP, forthcoming), and is co-editing Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (forthcoming). She received her bachelor of music from the Agder Conservatory (Norway); MFA in vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts; and Ph.D. in Musicology from UC San Diego.
MUSC 19, Seminar 1
UCLA Centennial Initiative: From Morrison to Schoenberg, 100 Years of Great Composers
Many of most important modern-era composers have taught or attended class at UCLA. John Williams, James Horner, Michael Gioccino, Bruce Broughton, and Randy Newman are among film greats associated with UCLA. Lukas Foss and Arnold Schoenberg are two of most noteworthy classical composers who have taught here. Jim Morrison of The Doors went to UCLA and started band with fellow Bruins. Students encouraged to identify one of these or any of hundreds more, do some basic research on music they composed and their impact on UCLA community, make short presentation. Prior knowledge of music and its history encouraged but not required. Designed for students with love of great music and willingness to do a little digging.
In 2011, Professor Krouse received one of the University of California's highest honors, a Distinguished Teaching Award for 'outstanding contributions to university teaching.' Especial mention was made of his mentorship of undergraduate students. Throughout his long career he has mentored several generations of young people, many of whom have gone on to important careers in music and allied fields. Several of his students have won prestigious awards such as the Prix de Rome, and the ASCAP and BMI Awards to Student Composers, among many others.
MUSC 19, Seminar 2
UCLA Centennial Initiative: Genius of Arnold Schoenberg and His UCLA Legacy
Study dedicated to one of greatest composers of all time, Arnold Schoenberg; who, since escaping from Nazi regime to Los Angeles in 1933, became much-admired and respected professor of composition at UCLA. Besides learning about Schoenberg's life and musical style, students have rare opportunity to witness rehearsal of Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon, attend two exciting concerts, and attend recording session. Class meets 4-6 p.m. April 4 and 11 in 165 Ostin (recording studio), and April 7 in 1325 Schoenberg and Jan Popper Theater; 8-9 p.m. April 12 in theater; one hour of student's choice between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2:30-4:30 p.m. April 13 in 165 Ostin; and 3-5 p.m. April 14 in theater.
Professor of Violin at UCLA, violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in 1990, about which Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: "There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance?". Upcoming releases include a Schoenberg/Webern DVD, recorded at Schoenberg's Brentwood home (with Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, and Judith Gordon), on Bridge Records. He is a 2016/17 Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
MUSC 19, Seminar 3
Vocal Arts: Steps to Better Singing
Do you dream of singing better, or have you ever wanted private voice lessons? Here is your chance. Students survey basic vocal techniques. Each participant receives eight individual voice lessons with advanced undergraduate or graduate student voice major, and performs in class three times during term. Designed for beginning and advanced singers alike, and any style of music may be performed. Prior choral experience and/or basic familiarity with printed music is helpful. Class meets 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 14 and 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 21 in 1325 Schoenberg Music Bldg.; and 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 28; 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 5, 12; 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 19, 26, June 2; and 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 9 in 110A Ostin Music Center.
Professor and Associate Dean Juliana Gondek, international opera star and symphonic/recital/recording/TV-radio broadcast soloist, joined UCLA's faculty in 1997. Winner of international "Grammy"s with twenty commercial recordings/videos, she has sung with most major symphony orchestras worldwide and starred on the world's greatest opera stages: Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Netherlands Opera, Geneva Opera, Venice Opera, Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Pacific Festival (Japan), Hong Kong, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Disney Hall.
SCAND 19, Seminar 1
Kierkegaard and Fundamentals of Existentialism
Difficult writings of Danish philosopher and writer Søren Kierkegaard constitute singular labyrinth of pseudonyms and challenging points of view. Kierkegaard is often credited with being so-called father of existentialism. But as convinced (not necessarily convincing) Christian author, his pseudonymic works create path of stages leading toward, but not necessarily into, Christian faith. Along way, he challenges reader to understand more deeply how to define one's actions, and comprehensive set of patterns emerges as guide for existence.
James Massengale is Emeritus Professor, Distinguished Research Professor from 2016. He taught in the Scandinavian Section 1970-2005, including a regular course on Kierkegaard. His research includes books on Nordic music, poetry and folklore, most recently "A Syntagmatic Analysis of the Wondertale" 2016.
THEATER 19, Seminar 1
Fashion is not only fun, it's big business, means of communication, and primary vehicle for expression--even creation--of personal and group identity. Study of fashion involves theories from performance, economics and business, art and design, environmental studies, anthropology, sociology, and even more. Study planned in conjunction with upcoming Fowler museum exhibitions African Print Fashion Now, Pantsula 4 Lyf: Popular Dance and Fashion in Johannesburg, and Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India's Thar Desert. Examination of global dynamics of making, wearing, sharing, and disposal of fashion and clothing through mixture of scholarly and journalistic readings, film viewings, and museum trips. Class meets April 6, 20, May 4, 18, and 25 in P349 De Neve Plaza.
Michelle Liu Carriger specializes in the historiography of theater, performance and everyday life. Her current research concentrates on clothing and performance of self in everyday 19th century life in Britain and Japan, as well as how clothing and fashion can simultaneously articulate and mystify the discourses of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and modernity in their work upon bodies.
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