Cinema and the City
This course takes you on a cinematic trip around the world traveling to cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, London, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro. On our journey, we hear numerous different languages and learn about various cultures from around the world with a focus on life in urban areas. We will explore the interplay between cinematic constructions, lived experience and urban imagination with a focus on the following topics: the city as site of social encounters and conflict; the city and cinematic visions of utopia/dystopia; the city representing the nation; the city and its rural surroundings; and the city as site of globalization.
Literature has long been a privileged site for exploring the complex interplay of culture and identity. This course uses graphic novels as a lens through which we can examine some of the timely topics facing our society-immigration vs national security, globalization vs isolationism/nationalism, strength in unity vs richness in diversity-as well as more personal questions that our increasingly diverse student body must ask themselves when they come to Bucknell-Does my identity change when I speak a different language? Do I sacrifice a part of myself when I leave behind my hometown or go from an urban enclave to rural Lewisburg? Are my beliefs my own or simply a reflection of my culture?
Love and Sex on the Silk Road
The seminar is constructed around the theme of the social and cultural construction of sex, love, gender and the body across diverse cultures, times and places. The seminar provides an intimate look at a few of the "highlights" in the global history of love and sex, as manifested in artifacts (philosophy, poetry, novels, paintings, sculpture), from various cultures, times and places, using the historical Silk Road bridging Asia and the West as a geographical frame and metaphor for our studies.