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Taught in English, this course will introduce students to the history of cinema in Italy from the era of silent films to the present day. We will analyze films from all periods and consider a diversity of forms and genres, including mainstream narrative films, art films, avant-garde experiments, and documentaries. In our century-long journey from the silent blockbuster movies of the 1910s to the Italian super-hero films of the 2010s, we will get to know world-class directors such as Federico Fellini and genre masters such as Dario Argento. We will see what Italian cinema has borrowed from other traditions, and what it has given in return. We will appreciate how Italian b-movies would not exist without American blockbusters, and how a director such as Quentin Tarantino would not exist without Italian b-movies. We will learn about Italy and about how much of its history and of its culture can be seen through the frames of Italian films. No previous course experience with cinema is presumed, as we will learn the basics of how to watch, discuss, and write about films and the film industry. Readings will be available in English and all films will have English subtitles.

This course will introduce students not only to Italy's most acclaimed films, but also to relatively undiscovered gems -- making this class a chance to get to know Italian films that few Americans have the opportunity to watch. It is open to all students and is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about Italian film and Italian culture. It is offered in the spring 2021 term. Combined Section: ITAL 0089
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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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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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