CHASS Connect: 2005 - 2006 Sequences

Popular Participation in Politics

The three courses examine the various relationships of citizens to the political process from the perspective of different disciplines. First, historian Randolph Head will discuss how the citizens of Renaissance Florence practiced and thought about their participation in city politics. Second, literary critic Katherine Kinney will address the question, “Can literature be democratic?” Third, political scientist Shaun Bowler will compare Russian, Chinese, Afghani and Iraqi attempts to establish and maintain a democracy.

Bodies Besieged

The three courses examine the role infectious diseases have in human history from the perspective of different disciplines. First, historian Dana Simmons will analyze how cultures, states and individuals shape the spread of contagious diseases. Second, biologist Marlene Zuk will emphasize the biology of infectious disease and the role of scientific inquiry in the conquest of human disease. Third, anthropologist Juliet McMullin will examine the meaning and social distribution of infectious disease to uncover how social forces come to be embodied as pathology.

Revolution Rocks 

The three courses examine the power of music to shape our world from the perspective of different disciplines. First, playwright Rickerby Hinds will introduce to students to hip hop culture, its origins and elements. Second, literary critic Josh Kun will explore the role of popular music in imagining, constructing, and performing identity in American culture. Third, historian Brian Lloyd will explore the main themes and events in twentieth century world history using popular music to mark social change and cultural revolutions.