Honors Program Classes
Fall 2014 Classes
HON 3951: For Spanglish, press 3: Hispanism en North America Today (David Fernandez Diaz)
This course introduces students to the historical and cultural situation of hispanos in the U.S. What does it mean to be ‘Hispanic’ in a country with 52 million Hispanics (and growing)? What are the general cultural perceptions of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans in the U.S.? How has Hispanic cultural identity been influenced by but also helped shape American culture? While class discussions will be the main format used in this course, we will also watch documentaries, read Hispanic newspapers, listen to music, and interview Hispanic families in Wise County, among others. Note: this class will be conducted in English, and no prior knowledge of Spanish is needed.
HON 3952: Cold War and Culture (Elizabeth Steele)
This course will examine the widespread impact of the Cold War on American culture of the later twentieth century. Students will encounter the Cold War via animation (Warner Bros classics, Rocky and Bullwinkle), novels (e.g., Allen Drury, Pat Frank, Tom Clancy), film (“The Hunt for Red October,” “Hopscotch,” “The Third Man,” “Jet Pilot”), and television (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Star Trek”), in addition to more traditional historical sources and texts. Some of the larger issues that these cultural works react to include the national security state, massive retaliation and nuclear war, secrecy, attacks on political affiliation and civil liberties, and the erosion of democracy.
HON 3953: Film in Five Germanys: A Survey of German Cinema (Matt Lockaby)
Throughout the 20th century, directors in Germany produced exceptional films. But to speak of “Germany” in this period presents a problem: which Germany do we mean? The Wilhelmenian Empire? The Weimar Republic? The Third Reich? The Federal Republic? The German Democratic Republic? Against this enormously varied socio-political backdrop, German filmmakers explore what it means to be “German,” but also what it means to be an artist, an entertainer, and a political activist, all while trying to create movies their audiences would want to watch. As we chronologically view films from the 1910s through the turn of the 21st century, we will examine the details of film form and learn to “read” and analyze films as visual texts.