Courses -- Fall 2023

Languages of New York City
Immigrant New York

This seminar explores the intersection of immigration, race, and politics in New York City, both from the perspective of history and in relation to contemporary realities.  

Southern chain gang
American Politics: Equality & The Law

Prerequisites: the instructors permission.

Zora Neale Hurston, Carl Van Vechten Photographs (LOC)
American Modernism

This course approaches modernism as the varied literary responses to the cultural, technological, and political conditions of modernity in the United States.  

Life Magazine, Jazz Age
'The Rich are Different from Us': Wealth in American Literature and Culture, 1913-2022

This course examines how the amassing of wealth --individual & corporate-- creates class tensions and social manners over the course of a century.

Susan Sontag photographed in her home 1979 ©Lynn Gilbert
New York Intellectuals: Mary McCarthy, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag

These three women have emerged as perhaps the boldest modernist thinkers most relevant for our own time. 

Hollywood sign from behind
Hollywood’s Counterculture Cinema: Movies of the 1970s 

Dominated by outcasts and anti-heroes, movies of the 1970s freshly engaged the conversation about what American society is and should be. 

Map of indigenous languages in North America
Indigenous History of North America

This course is an introduction to the history of the Native peoples of North America.