Colloquia are designed to give students at the beginning of their
college careers the opportunity to enroll in small courses which
explore specific themes or texts in an interdisciplinary manner.
These seminar-style courses offer a uniquely personal setting for
student-faculty and student-student interactions. Colloquia provide
an opportunity to sharpen analytical skills, to deal clearly with
abstract concepts, and to improve writing and oral skills.
Enrollment in each colloquium is generally limited to about 15 students,
with 10 places reserved for first-year students and five places for
second-year students. Students may elect only ONE colloquium per
year. Enrollment in some colloquia is limited to first-year students
only. The following is a partial listing of the colloquia that will
be available in 2005-2006. (Other small classes limited exclusively
to first-year students are found in the "First-Year
Seminar Program" section of this catalog.)
African American Studies
118. Ritual and Performance I: The World According to the
Yoruba and their Descendants in the New World
3SS, CD, WR
First Semester. This course will explore religious phenomena, performance, and
artistic "agency" of the Yoruba and their descendants.We
will look at Yoruba syncretic beliefs in the New World as well as
in the Old World in relation to ritual secrets and choices for artistic
representation, in the performance "arena." After reading
and discussion of written and verbal expression on this subject by
practitioners, artists, and intellectuals, students will use dance
movement, artistic representation, and "nommo"—the
word to represent their own construct of a ritual—to render
their example of a specific "construct" of ritual. Identical
to AAST 118/DANC 118. Enrollment Limit: 15, first-year students only.
032. Body in Health and Disease
First Semester. Intended primarily for non-science majors, this colloquium explores how the
body functions. Focus of study is shaped by students' interests and previously
has concerned reproductive and sexual health, as well as approaches, both conventional
and alternative, to preventing and treating disease. Consent of instructor required.
Enrollment Limit: 8.
French and Italian
360. La Tolérance de la Renaissance aux Lumières
Born out of specific circumstances related to the French Wars of Religion, the
notion of tolerance has evolved from a pejorative one in the Renaissance to an
ideology of acceptance during the period of the Enlightenment. Through various
French texts, we will examine the combat against the involvement of the state
in the church and moral affairs as well as the ongoing tension between the ideal
of tolerance and social realities through the modern period. Note: This colloquium
is designed particularly for freshmen and sophomores with strong preparation
in French (with an SAT II score above 675, Advanced Placement credit in French,
French 301, or the equivalent). Conducted in French. Enrollment Limit: 15.
361. La Culture du Livre
Second Semester. From the medieval manuscript to the cyber-novel, the book has been transformed
by social practice and available technologies. We will examine the book's
cultural history in France, including book production, readership and literacy,
free press and censure, aesthetics and materiality of the book, text and illustration,
and the relationship of the book to other textual forms. Prerequisite: FREN 301
or the equivalent, SAT II score above 675 or Advanced Placement credit in French.
Conducted in French. Enrollment Limit: 15.
306. Primer Encuentro: Colloquium on Hispanic Literature and Film
First Semester. Students will closely study poems, short stories, essays, plays, and films
by authors like Almodóvar, Neruda, Borges, and Cervantes, among others.
Studying different research techniques and current literary theories is central
to the course as well as learning how to write literary essays in Spanish. This
colloquium is designed particularly for freshmen and sophomores and serves as
a bridge to the upper level courses of the Hispanic Studies Department. Offered
every year. Conducted in Spanish. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Mr. Pérez de León
132. Explaining Social Power: Classical and Contemporary Theories
First Semester. Politics is about power. However, there is no consensus as to what power
is, or about how power operates in society. Drawing on economic, sociological,
psychological and feminist approaches, as well as on works of classical and contemporary
political theory, the colloquium will discuss the questions: "what
basis of social power?" and "how does power operate in society?" Readings
will be drawn from Machiavelli, Hobbes, Marx, Weber, Freud, Foucault and recent
feminist work. Enrollment Limit: 15.