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Spring 2019 (February 11-May 20)

Vested Interests: Identity, Gender and Clothes in History (MALS667-011)

An examination of clothing and gender ambiguity throughout history.  The manipulation of identity and gender roles as portrayed in plays, novels, memoirs, movies and more will be used to examine the construction and changes in distinctions rooted in dress from antiquity to the present. Click here for a sample syllabus: MALS gender syllabus draft.pdf

Black Bodies on Display: Race in Museums (MALS667-010)

  • Wednesdays, 6-9  p.m.
  • Instructor: Julie McGee
  • Newark Campus

The complex and performative nature of museums vis-a-vis race, remembrance and reconciliation with a focus on Black American and African Diasporic history and culture. What role[s] do objects, history, and culture perform under such curatorial and museum mandates and visions? How do changing socio-political and cultural landscapes and challenges to representational politics shape museum practices? Considered here are black cultural institutions, their formation and foundation as well as exhibition histories of black visual art and culture.

Studies in Contemporary Culture: American Nightmares (MALS626-010)

  • Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
  • Instructor: Joel Best
  • Newark Campus

There is a tension in our culture between our aspirations idealized by the notion of the American Dream, and our fears that things are--or are on the verge of getting worse.  We might call these fears American Nightmares.  This seminar will explore some of these contemporary concerns about inequality, injustice, conspiracies, and the like.

Click here for a draft syllabus: MALS626 American Nightmares Draft Syllabus.pdf

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