Upcoming 2018 Courses: Spring and Summer

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest University

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Upcoming 2018 Courses: Spring and Summer

Summer 2018:

LBS 723  The Environment, Gender and the Humanities

This course is a survey of the global spread of Environmentalism, with an emphasis on its evolution as a disciplinary field that includes eco-feminism and feminist perspectives on the environment. Case studies and investigations of the roles of American women and their international counterparts in environmental history will be examined in the construction of global environmental narratives. The course examines how the humanities might productively contribute to civic conversations about environmental change, developing a broad framework for thinking about the environment rooted in eco-critical modes of thought.

MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS         6:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday May 30 – Monday July 2
Wake Downtown, Room 1505
David Phillips, Ph.D.          phillidp@wfu.edu

David Phillips (PhD University of Pennsylvania) has focused his recent scholarship on the intersection of the fields of public humanities, environmental humanities, and digital humanities. His latest research, presented at the C19 conference at Penn State examines the role of softscape in reimagining waterfront zones in New York City and creating urban and environmental design interventions in the landscape. With an academic background in urban planning, planning history, architecture and urban design, anthropology, Japanese studies, and literature, Phillips has utilized his knowledge in place-based, community-based and culture studies to develop courses in a range of fields that engage intellectual questions related to place in the humanities and to environmental sustainability. Community organizations he has worked with in forging partnerships for student research projects and the Community Mapping Project include the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, the Sierra Club, Forsyth Backpack Program, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Yadkin Riverkeeper, and Forsyth Futures.

LBS 720   American Literature: The Journey is the Destination

In this course we will examine major works of American literature that focus on the theme of the journey. We will discuss the different shapes the journey takes, and the succession of forms that illuminate it (genre, concepts, and aesthetics.)

Seminar participants can expect to come away from this class with an enhanced understanding of key movements in American literature and transnational American studies. They will have the opportunity to write several short pieces in different genres and explore the application of different ideas. Further themes for development include gender, race, perceptual truths, synchronic experience, the sublime, possible worlds, gestalts, literary archetypes, mirroring, and dream writing.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS              6:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, July 10 – Thursday, August 9
Brookstown Campus Room 302B
Judith Medera, Ph.D.               maderaji@wfu.edu

Judith Madera (PH.D. City University of New York) is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest and affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Sustainability. She teaches courses on the long arc of American literature with a special emphasis on race and environment. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, edited collections, and scholarly venues. Her recent book, Black Atlas, was published by Duke University Press (2015).

Spring 2018

LBS 722 Issues in US Foreign Policy: Past and Present

For the better part of the last century, the United States has been among the most important actors in international relations. Today, it stands as a power generally unrivaled. This course seeks to address two main questions.  How do we understand who the United States is abroad, both past and present?  Here, the course draws from history, political science, sociology and economics to explore the multifaceted factors that have impacted U.S. foreign policy on a range of issues, especially in the domain of international security. The second question the course addresses is who should the United States be abroad?  This part of the class will explore debates over appropriate and good objectives to pursue abroad as well as how the United States should pursue those objectives.  Here, the emphasis will largely center on contemporary issues, like humanitarian intervention, terrorism, nation-building, and nuclear proliferation both generally and with respect to specific countries (like North Korea, Iran, and Syria) at the center of U.S. foreign policy debates today.

WEDNESDAYS   6:00 – 8:30 pm
January 17 – May 2
Brookstown Campus – Room 302
No class on March 7 – Spring Break

Charles Walldorf (PhD, University of Virginia) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. He is the author of Just Politics: Human Rights and the Foreign Policy of Great Powers, which won the 2010 International Studies Association ISSS Award for the best book on international security. His research focuses on topics of human rights, democracy promotion, and United States foreign policy.

LBS 728   American Popular Music: Pioneering a Cultural Heritage

America’s rich musical landscape poignantly reflects its boundless cultural diversity and artistic heritage. Even a cursory investigation into its popular music reveals a seemingly endless list of genres and styles: jazz, blues, rock, country, urban contemporary, hip-hop, to name only a few. This course will investigate and map this eclectic body of musical output and seek to uncover the complex ways that musical styles, audiences, and institutions gave voice and identity to both a personal and collective means of musical expression in a uniquely American way. Along with exploring the ways American musical innovation, experimentation, and technology are interwoven with its vast musical heritage, we will seek to place each genre into its social and cultural context. As such, we open the door to consider American popular music as related to issues of class distinction, stereotype, and racial identity, among others. Beyond this, the course will discuss how the development of a profit-seeking music industry sought to enhance, and at times supplant, the aesthetic and social values intrinsic to popular American musical development.

This course will emphasize listening, reading, and class discussion. Topic-based presentations/essays will be assigned, along with a final paper on a related topic of the student’s choice. A formal background in music is not required to be successful in this course.

Mondays,     6:00 – 8:30 pm
January 22 – April 30
Scales Fine Arts Center- 308
No class on March5 – Spring Break

Dr. Bryon Grohman has received international recognition for his performances in opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire. He has been a featured performer with the Palm Beach Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Opera Boston, and Opera Europa, Monte-Carlo.  Grohman’s interests include vocal performance practice, pedagogy, music history, and the sociology of music. He holds a doctorate from Indiana University’s renowned Jacobs School of Music in addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and choral conducting from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Wake Forest University.