David Foglesong
M/Th 12:10-1:30PM

In this course students will read, discuss, and write about relations between the United States and Ukraine from the creation of a Ukrainian republic in 1917 to the Russian-Ukrainian war that began in February 2022. Students will learn the historical background to the contemporary crisis. They will examine the tensions between ideals and interests in US policies toward Ukraine and Russia/the Soviet Union. In addition, they will analyze the… Continue Reading – The United States and Ukraine in War, Famine, and Peace

Rob Scott
M/W 3:50-5:10PM
BIO 206 C/D

The search for other intelligent life in the universe and the question of how humans would manage first contact with such life poses many scholarly questions. These include: Does such life exist or is it likely to exist? Is contact possible? Why have we not had such contact? If we encounter such life, how should we respond and what might we expect? How could we possibly even begin to understand alien intelligence? These questions demand an… Continue Reading – Xenoanthropology

Carolyn Williams
T/F 10:20-11:40AM

This course will focus on the novels, essays, and short stories of Virginia Woolf, and through them we will explore new forms of writing being developed in early twentieth-century modernism; a new awareness of relations between gender, genre, and war; and the consideration of the role of sexuality in human identity. Even Virginia Woolf’s work by itself could be considered “interdisciplinary.”

But the “Bloomsbury” part of this course… Continue Reading – Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury

David Greenberg
M 10:20-1:20PM

This class uses the life of John Lewis as a way to study the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis, who died in 2020, was a 19-year-old seminary student when he became involved in the 1960 sit-ins in Nashville—one of the events that kicked off a decade of activism and progress toward racial equality. Lewis was a central participant in many other events, including the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the Selma… Continue Reading – John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement

Doaa Rashed
T 12:10-3:10PM
SPR 204 NB

Digital stories are powerful instructional tools that allow students to communicate complex concepts and emotions through both linguistic and nonlinguistic modes. A digital story is a 3-6 minute multimodal video through which students can engage in critical reflection about their experiences, participate actively in the learning process, and give voice to their identities.

This course will lay a foundation for understanding how… Continue Reading – Authoring Identities: Digital Stories of Critical Narratives

Martin Gliserman
T/Th 2:00-3:20PM

In several recent graphic memoirs, the memoirist includes episodes of going to see a psychoanalyst—e.g., David Small’s Stitches, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother. In all cases, the interactions are positive, and enable the memoirist to gain insight and motivation. Bechdel’s memoir/autobiography becomes intensely connected to the work of D. W. Winnicott, who is not her therapist but an influential English… Continue Reading – Alison Bechdel and Psychoanalysis

Emily Bartels
M 12;10-3:10PM

As a popular art form that is inherently social, Shakespearean comedy invites its audiences to look at how, by whom, and for whom society and its systems of justice are structured. This seminar will focus on three comedies – Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, and Cymbeline – that raise important questions about the meting out of law and order, privilege and punishment. As we zero in closely on each play, we will interrogate the… Continue Reading – Staging Social Justice: Shakespearean Comedy and Theatrical Practice

Gary Rendsburg

How do we know anything about the ancient world? How did the Bible reach us? How did Homer reach us? How are we able to read Babylonian cuneiform? How are we able to read Egyptian hieroglyphics? Or, put simply, how do we know this?!?!

This seminar will focus on ancient Israel, ancient Greece, and the ancient Near East, with special attention to Egypt and Babylonia. For ancient Israel, including both Jewish and Christian origins, and… Continue Reading – How Do We Know This

Ann Jurecic
M/W 2:00-3:20PM

In the 21st century, disease seems to belong to the clean, well-lighted place of fact and biology. And yet, illness and medical treatment take place in culture and are complicated by language, history, economics, and politics. We’ll read a range of 20th-and 21st-century fiction and nonfiction: stories that ponder the limits of language; nonfiction about how different cultures define health, illness, and even death; texts that raise questions… Continue Reading – Introduction to Health, Medicine, and Literature

Trip McCrossin
Th 10:20-1:20PM

Will Count Towards SAS – Philosophy MAJOR

Will Count Towards SAS – Philosophy MINOR

From its ancient origins in the Book of Job, or farther back even in the Babylonian Poem of the Righteous Sufferer, through the early decades of the Enlightenment, the problem of evil — the perniciously difficult to satisfy “need to find order within those appearances so unbearable that they threaten reason’s ability to go on,” as Susan Neiman… Continue Reading – The Problem of Evil in Philosophy and Popular Culture

Dámaris Otero-Torres
M/Th 12:10-1:30PM
VH 104 CAC

Novelas ejemplares (1613) was published between El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, part I (1605) and its second part in 1615. Don Quijote enters the literary scene as a text that questions the traditional parameters of reading and writing. Yet with Novelas ejemplares Cervantes throws himself into the literary arena with a collection of stories in which delinquents, marginalized and eccentric men (and women) disturb the legal,… Continue Reading – Entre el ejemplo y la delincuencia: textualidades cervantinas

Pavel Khazanov
T/Th 5:40-7:00PM

“The Old Country.” “A terrible country.” “They’re Russian. Well, not really Russian, they’re from the former Soviet Union.” Casual conversations among your peers at Rutgers often bring up lines likes this, because for over a hundred years, wave after wave of Russian Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet émigrés have ended up in North America, Europe and Israel. Throughout the twentieth century, these communities have counted in the millions. They… Continue Reading – Refuge from Empire: Global Russophone Émigré Culture

Haruko Wakabayashi
T/Th 2:00-3:20PM

Study Abroad Application Required

In 1867 Kusakabe Tarō (1844-1870), a samurai from Fukui, left Japan to study at Rutgers. He was followed by dozens of Japanese students who studied at Rutgers College and Rutgers Grammar School during the late nineteenth century. Meanwhile, in 1870, Kusakabe’s mentor and friend, William E. Griffis, a Rutgers alum, was invited to teach Western-style education in Kusakabe’s hometown, Fukui. He was the… Continue Reading – Rutgers Meets Japan: Revisiting Early U.S.-Japan Encounters

Hana Shepherd
Th 12:10-3:10PM

Everywhere we look, government officials and policy makers, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, philanthropists, business organizations, and social scientists are engaged in deliberate projects to change the behavior of groups and populations. As opposed to attempts to influence individuals to do something once, or initiatives that only incidentally have an impact on behavior, in this class we will examine intentional… Continue Reading – How Government and Business Try to Change What We Do

Ron Quincy
M 2:00-5:00PM

This seminar will examine the strategic ways in which leaders have sought to institutionalize their activism and public dissent. The class will utilize an interactive discussion format. On a macro-level, the focus will include founders of civil and human rights organizations and other social change pressure groups. On a micro-level, we will contrast leadership roles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his co-founding of the Southern Christian… Continue Reading – Anti-Apartheid & Civil Rights Movements: King & Mandela---Lessons in Leadership

Nuria Sagarra
T 12:10-3:10PM
AB 5190 CAC

How do bilinguals handle having multiple languages in a single mind? Why do adults have difficulty achieving native-like competence in a foreign language? Why do some people learn foreign languages more easily than others? In this course, students will learn about a myriad of topics related to the bilingual mind. These include neural underpinnings of bilingual processing, biological, linguistic and cognitive effects on adults’ difficulty… Continue Reading – One Mind. Two Languages

K. Sebastian Leon-Roosevelt
T/F 12:10-1:30PM

This interdisciplinary honors seminar examines how racial-ethnic categories are reproduced and reflected in U.S. sports and in transnational contexts. With both celebratory and critical themes, we will examine how sports offer key insights into social structure, individual agency, and state-corporate hegemony, and the relevance of sports for understanding racial-ethnic subjectivity.

While the curricular focus draws significantly from… Continue Reading – Latinos, Sports, and Society

Richard Miller
T/Th 2:00-3:20PM

Will Count Towards SAS - English Major and Minor

Please note: admission to this course is by permission only. Interested students should fill out the application form, which may be found here. Applications will be read in the order received. Admitted students will receive a special permission number.

In this course, we will focus our attention on Richard Wright’s Native Son.

Why only one book? We learn how to read… Continue Reading – Reading in Slow Motion

Richard Serrano
T/F 12:10-1:30PM

This course will explore recent scandals in literary translation. A translator attacks in print the author whose novel she has translated. Bilingual readers discover that a translator’s version of a novel includes thousands of words that don’t appear in the original. A translator decides to omit the final chapter of a novel without informing either the author or the publisher. A translator reorders the chapters of a novel in order to bring to… Continue Reading – Lost in Translation -- or Tossed?

Susan Martin-Marquez
T 10:20-1:20PM
AB 4140 CAC

Recent events in national contexts as different as the United States and Iran have evidenced that women continue to be second-class citizens in many parts of the globe. Yet ever since the origins of cinema, and often against all odds, women filmmakers have succeeded in marshaling the power of this mass medium to interrogate women’s position in their societies and mobilize them for political activism, while celebrating their accomplishments… Continue Reading – Moving Images: The Artivism of Global Women Filmmakers