[Updated August 30, 2010]
ART 079 Section 002: Meaning and the Visual Arts
Visual and Performing Arts (VP)
MWF, 11:00 – 11:50 am
Images are everywhere: in your bathroom mirror when you brush your teeth every morning, and looking out at you from the walls of the greatest museums, on TV and in your computer screen, on every supermarket checkout counter and streaming through your dreams. When do images become “art”? Why do images become “art”? This seminar looks at the history of images in art, and at themeanings those images are given, but also at the deeper relationship of images and the imagination—a mental faculty that has long been identified with artistic talent. In this seminar we will read about and analyze unusual images (monsters such as dragons, medieval gargoyles and drolleries, Renaissance caricatures, Surrealist dream-visions, experimental comics), and discuss how images relate to the written word—how they extend it, but also how they play around it. In addition to the assigned readings, each student will undertake a semester-long art historical research project on a word-and-image topic, and produce two or more power point assignments in which he or she will transform into a personal creative project the information derived from our seminar materials.
When asked why she studies Italian art, Mary Pardo answers: “Because of Italian cooking”-though she admits the art is pretty amazing too. She is fascinated by all varieties of world art, ancient and modern-perhaps because she feels she grew up “multicultural” (part-Venezuelan, part-French). Professor Pardo’s specialty is Renaissance art theory, but she has also published works on Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian.
ASIA 089 Japanese Tea Culture
Visual and Performing Arts (VP); Beyond the North Atlantic (BN)
TuTh, 2:00 – 3:15pm
This seminar will explore the history of tea culture in Japan with particular attention to the emergence in the 16th-17th centuries of the ritualized practice often referred to in English as the “tea ceremony” (chanoyu). Merchants, Buddhist monks, warlords, European Jesuits, and specialized “tea masters” all participated in this cultural practice, which remarkably has survived to the present day as a cornerstone of Japanese tradition. Students will investigate some of the following questions inside and outside of class: Where did the distinctive aesthetic principles of tea culture come from? What literary and historical sources are available for the study of tea? And how can we use extant art objects in institutions such as the Ackland Art Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian to understand the history of tea culture?
Morgan Pitelka is a historian of premodern Japan who specializes in tea culture and the lives of the samurai. His research into a fifteen-generation family of Japanese potters who work exclusively in the tea world resulted in the book Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan as well as two edited volumes on art and tea. Hes is currently writing a biography of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate and an active collector of tea utensils and swords. Pitelka is also am amateur potter.
CHEM 073: From Atomic Bombs to Cancer Treatments
Physical and Life Sciences (PL)
TuTh, 2:00-3:15 pm, Kenan Labs B121
CLAS 055H: Three Greek and Roman Epics
Literary Arts (LA); North Atlantic World (NA); World before 1750 (WB)
The course will involve a very close reading of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid, the three epics that formulated the bases of Greco-Roman civilization and provided the models of heroism and human values for the Western Tradition—and also raised fundamental questions about the individual’s relationship to society. In addition, we will read Book 3 of Apollonius Rhodius’Argonautica, which forms a bridge between Greek and Roman epic.
The students will discuss questions that arise in the assigned readings, prepare brief in-class analyses, and write three papers. There will also be a comprehensive final examination.
GEN ED CHANGE
GEOL 072H: Field Geology of Eastern California
Physical and Life Sciences (PL) AND Experiential Education (EE)
INLS 089: Privacy, Piracy, and Information Policy and Ethics
Historical Analysis (HS); Global Issues (GL)
Evelyn Daniel and Gary Marchionini
TuTh, 3:30-4:45 pm
We create, use, and share information in various ways. For example, taking photos and videos, and uploading them to Facebook, buying products from online stores in foreign countries, sending Short Message Service (SMS) to friends and family, and posting sensitive information on public discussion boards. How can we interact with information and technologies in an active and responsible manner? For instance, imagine your friend took photos and videos of you at a party with her camera, and you uploaded and tagged them on your Facebook account. Who is the actual owner of these photos and videos? This seminar explores topics like this to identify the issues surrounding everyday information-related activities. Students will also learn about the rights of various stakeholders and the information-related conflicts that emerge in a global society.
Gary Marchionini is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and Dean in the School of Information and Library Science. He has taught a variety of courses related to information interaction and interface design at UNC for 12 years. He is curious about how our digital identities evolve over time, especially as other people link to us and as machines analyze our online behaviors. He has won the SILS outstanding teacher award and the University excellence in doctoral mentoring award. When he is not teaching or doing research, he enjoys cycling, gardening, and Sudoku.
MATH 089H: Knots and Tangles
Quantitative Intensive (QI)
TuTh, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
MUSC 063: Music on Stage and Screen
Visual and Performing Arts (VP); Communication Intensive (CI)
TuTh, 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Music on Stage and Screen is designed to offer students the tools and techniques for understanding multi-media, staged musical works like opera, musical theater, and film. The goal of the seminar is to develop students’ analytical skills in verbal and non-verbal media and to encourage their visualization of the potential and implications of artistic forms and structures. No ability to read music is required. We will discuss musical, visual, and textual narratives, source materials, and the various means by which such multi-media artworks are transmitted to modern audiences (e.g., written scores, LPs/CDs, staged performances, movies, etc.). Classic opera, and to a lesser extent, film soundtracks and musical comedy will form the particular focus in the fall 2008 semester.
Anne MacNeil received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College (1981), a Master of Arts in Music History from the Eastman School of Music (1985), and a Doctor of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago (1994). Professor MacNeil’s specialties include music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Italian music and theater, opera, performance studies and historiography. Professor MacNeil won the Rome Prize in Post-Classical Humanistic Studies in 1991 and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. She was the Director of the Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival at Northwestern University in 1997 and Co-Director of the Austin/Soton Early Music Exchange in 1999. She currently edits the newsletter of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.
PLAN 052: Race, Sex and Place in America
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS)
TuTh, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
POLI 055: Democracy and the Civic Ideal
Beyond the North Atlantic (BN)
John Phillips, Visiting Professor
TuTh, 9:30-10:45 am
This seminar explores the evolution of the ideal of democracy in the West and its spread throughout the modern world. We will begin by examining the theory and practice of classical Greek democracy, then moving through Roman republicanism, the liberal revolutions of the 17th and 18th centuries (England, U.S., and France), the totalitarian counterrevolutions of the 20th century, and finishing with contemporary democratic politics across the world. We will use a variety of approaches and resources: simulations, films, panel discussions, and, of course, texts. Our goal will be to meet the challenge of formulating sophisticated political arguments, marshalling evidence from philosophy, political science, and economics. The course will involve the successful completion of individual research project on democratic politics. [This course counts towards the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics minor.]
John Phillips received his BA from Williams College and his MA and PhD from Brown University. His research focuses on global justice, natural resources, and property rights. A native of France and citizen of three countries, he has spent more time living outside the US than in it. When he isn’t teaching or writing, John plays soccer, listens to industrial music, and reads mystery novels in Italian.