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Liberal Arts courses are designed to provide context, insight, and fresh perspectives for students pursuing the arts. Topics include writing, literature and film criticism, study of social sciences, natural science and mathematics.

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Violence and horror inherently deal with disturbing subject matter and taboo. This discussion/lecture/research/screening class investigates the interrelations between cinematic violence/horror and its socio-cultural contexts, including social anxiety and viewing pleasure. Through a look at a history (histories) of horror, studies on narrative and performance, psychoanalytical criticism and ideological critique we … Read more

Start Date

05/24

Meeting Day

Tuesdays and Thursdays

End Date

07/07

Faculty

Gretchen Skogerson

Time

6pm–10pm

Credits

3

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Sideways Mouth

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This course provides an introduction to natural variation of biological forms of plants and animals through art and direct observation. Through careful examination, illustration, microscopy, and some photography, we will examine anatomical, behavioral, and ecological similarities and differences between species. We will utilize various media but will focus on classical … Read more

Start Date

05/31

Meeting Day

End Date

06/10

Faculty

Saúl Nava

Time

9:45am–2pm

Credits

3

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This course focuses on the diverse traditions of supernatural and horror literature in different cultures. The course gives particular attention to the social, cultural and “spiritual” traditions of different nations as expressed through their “dark tales.” We will also think and write about the themes, forms, conventions, and styles that … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Karla Odenwald

Time

Credits

3

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This class offers students a chance to ground their own artistic and academic projects in a working theoretical and practical knowledge of the discipline of Queer Studies; both the historiography and current work being done in the field. Our goal is to establish a classroom environment of mutual respect where … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Cindy (Lucinda) Smith

Time

Credits

3

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Eating and the Environment focuses on the impact that our daily food purchases and consumption make on the environment and our health.  In the class, we will examine major themes related to both industrialized and sustainable agriculture, including: soil resources and pollution; water and air pollution; pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

End Date

06/20

Faculty

Jennifer Cole

Time

ONLINE–

Credits

3

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This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials artists use. Students will investigate how materials are obtained from Earth, how they are mined and processed, what the sustainability impacts are, how much energy is involved, what human health and environmental impacts occur from using these materials, and … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

End Date

06/20

Faculty

Jennifer Cole

Time

ONLINE–

Credits

3

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Why Beethoven? will examine “the man who freed music” through the evolution of Beethoven iconography – from painting, sculpture and freeze, to film, cartoon and anime – and how this singular figure transformed not only musical composition but visions of social equality, liberty, and fraternity into spiritual prophecies and potent realities.  … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

Monday-Thursday

End Date

06/23

Faculty

Paul Bempéchat

Time

1pm–4:30pm

Credits

3

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Finding out and pursuing one’s own creative way is enhanced by learning all one can about the ways others have found. And autobiographies, memoirs and letters give us clues on the creative practices of others. They are the physical records on approaches to curiosity that fuel the use of imagination. … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

End Date

06/29

Faculty

Jeanette Luise Eberhardy

Time

1-4pm, zoom class; 11am-1pm, async–

Credits

3

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Through the study of some of the representative works from World Literature we will take a panoramic look at the development of Civilization from its earliest beginnings. Through creation myths, stories of epic battles, and stories of love, we will learn more about who we are as part of the … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

Mondays and Wednesdays

End Date

07/20

Faculty

Michael Hamburger

Time

9:30am–12:30pm

Credits

3

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This course focuses on the study of the stories a society cannot forget. These timeless stories have endured throughout the ages because of something within that is changeless and part of the human condition. From ancient texts to contemporary literary works, this course explores some of these major mythological themes … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Elaine Mawhinney

Time

Credits

3

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We round up the usual suspects: the appalling and tragic monster and his equally tragic and appalling creator; the charismatic vampire and his bevy of vamps; the traveling salesman who finds himself transformed into a giant dung-beetle. More broadly, the course studies the idea of monstrosity and the ways in … Read more

Start Date

06/06

Meeting Day

Mondays and Wednesdays

End Date

07/25

Faculty

Joshua Cohen

Time

2pm–5pm

Credits

3

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How might advertising be Art? How is art ideology? This online seminar course will share journal assignments and respond to each other during one class time and meet as a class for discussion via video conference once each week through “Google Meet.” Students will use critical thinking strategies to study advertising and … Read more

Start Date

06/07

Meeting Day

Tuesdays in zoom and online

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Richard Murphy

Time

6pm–9pm

Credits

3

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Have you ever noticed that when you look at the night sky and gaze at all those mesmerizing stars, you’re actually looking back in time? Did you know that Andromeda, the nearest galaxy to Milky Way, is 2.5 million light years away from us? This means that when you look … Read more

Start Date

06/07

Meeting Day

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Dr. Hossein Alizadeh

Time

ONLINE–

Credits

3

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This class offers a cross-cultural survey of black literature in the 20th-Century. It explores the ways black writers from Africa, Europe, and the Americas share a globalized perspective that is not distinctly African, European, or American but rather a multicultural perspective that historian Paul Gilroy has called the culture of … Read more

Start Date

06/07

Meeting Day

Tuesdays and Thursdays

End Date

07/21

Faculty

Michael Hamburger

Time

9:30am–12:30pm

Credits

3

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The course explores the art and composition of the graphic novel and examines its many sub-genres, from superhero tales to memoirs to manga. The textbook is Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. Other texts include Watchmen, Contract With God, Sandman, Maus, and Persepolis. For the final project, students create and make preliminary sketches for an original graphic novel.

Start Date

06/07

Meeting Day

Tuesdays and Thursdays

End Date

07/21

Faculty

Joshua Cohen

Time

2pm–5pm

Credits

3

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This writing course focuses on skills for thinking and writing about artwork. Writing helps to develop the ability to reflect on creative processes. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach—crossing boundaries and integrating insights from visual art, writing, library science and other disciplines— for research.  Students learn to tell the story … Read more

Start Date

06/09

Meeting Day

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

End Date

07/02

Faculty

Jeanette Luise Eberhardy

Time

9am-12pm, zoom and 1-3pm asynchronous–

Credits

3

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Exploring changing conceptions of the individual in modern society. Topics include gender, race, ethnicity, and ideas concerning society, culture, work, and leisure. Readings are selected from psychology, sociology, Buddhism, existentialism, linguistics, anthropology, and popular literature. While we focus on the experiences in and of the modern West (including the implications … Read more

Start Date

06/13

Meeting Day

End Date

07/29

Faculty

Michael Pak

Time

ONLINE–

Credits

3

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What is placemaking? If you’ve ever worked on a community art project, thought about how to make your streets safer, or wondered about how cities can be improved by better design, you’ve been involved in placemaking. This course will use the city of Boston, past, present, future, as a case … Read more

Start Date

06/21

Meeting Day

Monday-Friday

End Date

06/30

Faculty

Max Grinnell

Time

10am–2:30pm

Credits

3

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This course focuses on diverse manifestations of crime and deviant behavior over the past few centuries as expressed through works of literature.  The course gives particular attention to the sociological and psychoanalytical underpinnings of these different expressions of deviance by looking at several classical texts by thinkers in these two … Read more

Start Date

06/27

Meeting Day

End Date

08/12

Faculty

Karla Odenwald

Time

Credits

3

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This course will trace how American musical theater mirrors U.S. history through the evolution of its founding,  authentic genre, the Broadway musical. Descended from its “rebel” English ancestors, the ballad (John Gay, the beggar’s Opera) 1728) and operetta (Gilbert and Sullivan in the 19th century), its composers cater to popular rather … Read more

Start Date

07/05

Meeting Day

Tuesdays-Fridays

End Date

07/22

Faculty

Paul Bempéchat

Time

1pm–4:30pm

Credits

3

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An introduction to various genres of folklore and the methods of studying them. Students learn about how folklore exists or existed as a dynamic part of everyday life -aesthetically, behaviorally, politically, socially, and more. We consider such diverse forms of expressions as Indonesian Cinderella tales, Italian American festivals, Irish supernatural … Read more

Start Date

07/05

Meeting Day

End Date

08/12

Faculty

Timothy Correll

Time

ONLINE–

Credits

3

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This Summative Elective course seeks to build a bridge between the artistic aesthetics in Cinema and the scientific rigor of naturally plausible phenomena. In doing so, and through analyses of scientific foundations of scenarios portrayed in different genres of cinema, including but not limited to sci-fi and superhero, students will … Read more

Start Date

07/05

Meeting Day

End Date

07/29

Faculty

Dr. Hossein Alizadeh

Time

–ONLINE

Credits

3

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