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The planet is on the path to destruction, and we need to think philosophically (and politically and personally) about what we can do now. How do French and Francophone thinkers understand our presence on planet Earth? How can French thought help us confront environmental challenges? How do Francophone thinkers from the Global South intervene in the tradition of environmental thought? How and why is Rousseau still a reference for our understanding of nature? If you want to think theoretically about climate change, environmentalism, and the history of nature, this class if for you. It is taught in English and does not have any pre-requirements to enroll. Offered spring 2022.
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The "ventennio nero" refers (or black twenty years; 1922-1943) refers to the period of Italy's Fascist rule under strongman Benito Mussolini, Fascism's founder. Italian Fascism (first a movement, then a political party, and finally a totalitarian government) continues to fascinate historians, political theorists, and cultural historians alike; it is the foundational period against which all other "fascisms" are measured. This class, taught in English, explores the history, politics, and cultural underpinnings of what Susan Sontag called "fascinating Fascism"; its construction of masculinity and the idealized "Fascist mother"; its invention of a Fascist Mediterranean "race" to rival the Aryan race of Nazi Germany; its pursuit of an Empire that would be a worthy heir to Rome; and finally, the robust resistance culture that rose up to counter it. This course is offered in the fall 2021 term. "Fascism" is easily used, but much less easily understood, especially in its origins in early 20th century Italy. This course looks at Fascism's origins, development, contradictions, and opposition. It is perfect for students interested in the cultural roots of political movements, in modern Italian history and culture, in the history of totalitarianism, and in the interaction between culture and popular consensus.  The Historical Analysis General Education Requirement is pending; once approved, the requirement will be applied immediately to students taking the course in fall 2021 semester.
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This course is specially designed for Spanish heritage students who already understand and speak Spanish but communicate almost exclusively in English, and for students who speak Spanish mostly in informal settings and would like to improve their communication skills (written and oral) in professional and academic settings. This course aims to identify the skills that the heritage students bring with them and develop them further. Through readings, videos and film screenings, class presentations, discussions and debates, writing workshops and peer editing, this course seeks to strengthen the student´s confidence in the language while engaging relevant issues related to the Hispanic communities in the U.S. and abroad, discussing topics related to social justice. This course is offered in the spring 2022 term. In this course, Spanish heritage speakers can: strengthen their Spanish language skills. build confidence in their ability to express themselves in Spanish. learn more about their heritage. advance their abilities to communicate effectively in academic and professional settings. meet other Spanish-speaking students.
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