Recording Vernacular Musics
Introduction to the cultural study of vernacular musics in the era of sound recording. The rise of the music industry from sheet music to MP3s. Ethnographic field recording and twentieth-century revivals of folk musics; popular urban music cultures of ports and industrial cities; and global circulation of commercial vernacular musics from jazz, tango, and hula to salsa and hip-hop.
Revolutionary Change and Cold War in Latin America
Analysis of revolutionary movements in Latin America against the backdrop of the Cold War. Critical examination of popular images and orthodox interpretations. An interdisciplinary study of the process of revolutionary change and cold war at the grassroots level.
Sex and Gender in Society
Introduction to the social processes through which people are categorized in terms of sex and gender, and how these social processes shape individual experiences of the world. Sex and gender in relation to race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, education, work, family, reproduction, and health.
The Latina/o Novel
Aesthetic strategies that have been used to represent Latinos and Latinas in novels; the political stakes of narrative aesthetics. Ethnicity as a historical category and an analytic paradigm in literary studies. Narrative strategies through which Latino/a authors have represented ethnicity and identity.
The Rwandan Genocide in Comparative Context
An examination of the 1994 Rwandan genocide: historical sources of the conflict, the motivations of the killers, actions and reactions of outside actors, efforts to reconstruct a post-genocide society, and continuation of the genocidal dynamic within the Great Lakes region. Consideration of other countries in similar situations, as well as other genocides in recent decades.
The Senior Colloquium: Theoretical and Methodological Issues
A research seminar intended to move students toward the successful completion of their senior projects, combining discussions of methodological and theoretical issues with discussions of students’ fields of research.
Introduction to urban sociology and to the study of American urban society over the past half century. Emphasis on the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of urban growth and inequality; processes of class, racial, and ethnic group formation; urban social problems and policy; and local community organization and politics.