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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated December 18, 2014 at 04:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
CLAS 111-01  Elementary Latin I
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 113 Mark Gustafson
CLAS 111-L1  Elementary Latin I Lab
T 08:35 am-09:35 am MAIN 010 Mark Gustafson
*Lab will meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 113-01  Elementary Arabic I
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 001 Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 113-L1  Elementary Arabic I Lab
T 10:10 am-11:10 am Wessam El Meligi
*Lab will meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 113-L2  Elementary Arabic I Lab
CLAS 115-01  Elementary Greek I
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 001 Brian Lush
CLAS 115-L1  Elementary Greek I Lab
T 01:20 pm-02:20 pm Brian Lush
*Lab will meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 115-L2  Elementary Greek I Lab
T 03:30 pm-04:30 pm STAFF
*To meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 117-01  Elementary Hebrew I
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 002 Nanette Goldman
CLAS 117-L1  Elementary Hebrew I Lab
T 01:20 pm-02:20 pm Nanette Goldman
*Lab meets in Campus Center 216*

CLAS 117-L2  Elementary Hebrew I Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:00 pm MAIN 011 Nanette Goldman
CLAS 135-01  India and Rome
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 001 Laine, Overman
*Cross-listed with RELI 135-01*

CLAS 160-01  Intro to Ancient/Medieval Art
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm ARTCOM 102 Vanessa Rousseau
0Cross-listed with ART 160-01*

CLAS 194-01  Tenors in Togas: Greek and Roman Myth in Opera
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 002 Nanette Goldman
*First Year Course only* Composers and librettists of opera and musical theatre have long mined the rich sources of Classical myth and literature for their subjects. From Orpheus and Eurydice to the Roman emperor Nero, from Renaissance Europe to 20th century Broadway, figures of classical antiquity have found vibrant musical afterlives. In this course we will examine the connection between the classical ideas and their subsequent musical renderings. Course time will be divided between reading the Greek and Roman material in its original context and listening to the operas and musicals that treat it. We will develop skills in formal speaking, argumentative writing, critical reading and analytical listening, while examining a variety of aesthetic and socio-political issues that accompany the scholarly study of these genres. We’ll plan to attend a musical performance or two in the Twin Cities and meet with local singers experienced in operatic productions. A few examples of our likely foci include Ariadne (Hesiod, Catullus, Strauss), Orpheus (Pindar, Apollodorus, Gluck) Odysseus (Homer, Monteverdi, Berlioz), Dido and Aeneas (Vergil, Purcell), Elektra (Sophocles, Strauss), Hades and Persephone (Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Stravinsky), Alcestis (Euripides, Gluck), Julius Caesar (Caesar, Cicero, Suetonius, Handel), Titus (Josephus, Suetonius, Cassius Dio, Mozart) and Nero (Tacitus, Suetonius, Seneca, Monteverdi, Handel). No prior experience with Latin, Greek, Music History, Theory or Performance is assumed.

CLAS 200-01  Ancient and Medieval Philosophies
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 226 Geoffrey Gorham
*Cross-listed with PHIL 200-01* A study of major philosophers of ancient Greece, Rome and the medieval period, including the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, the Stoics, Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas. Major topics include: the origin and structure of the universe; reality vs. appearance; being and becoming; time, space and matter; happiness and the good life; love, sex and friendship; death; freedom and fatalism; the ideal state; the relation between reason and faith; the nature and existence of God; the relation between church and state.

CLAS 231-01  Intermediate Latin: Prose
MWF 08:30 am-09:30 am MAIN 011 Mark Gustafson
CLAS 241-01  Intermediate Arabic I
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 001 Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 241-L1  Intermediate Arabic I Lab
R 10:10 am-11:10 am Wessam El Meligi
*Lab will meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 241-L2  Intermediate Arabic I Lab
CLAS 261-01  Intermediate Greek: Prose
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 002 Brian Lush
CLAS 261-L1  Intermediate Greek: Prose Lab
TBA TBA Brian Lush
CLAS 294-01  Roman Art
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 102 Vanessa Rousseau
*Cross-listed with ART 294-04* In this course we will explore the art and archaeology of the Roman empire from its beginnings to the fourth century C.E. We will consider what art and architecture reveal about Roman cultural ideologies, including the use of images and building programs to define political agendas, the roles and representation of women and freedmen, funerary beliefs, and the relationship of the Roman center with its diverse populations in other parts of the empire. We will also look beyond the original stories of artworks to explore their contemporary histories, including the antiquities trade and the effects of social and political events on the world’s cultural heritage. Research projects may involve provenance research, including working with primary source documents confiscated during investigations into the illegal trafficking of antiquities, allowing students to do original research and participate in the process of finding solutions to this global problem.

CLAS 294-02  Medieval Political Thought
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06A Andrew Latham
*Cross-listed with PHIL 294-02 and POLI 266-01* Interested in the roots of contemporary political life (including issues such as state sovereignty, separation of church and state, constitutionalism, just war, property rights, “the people”, nationalism, democracy, rule-of-law, and human rights)? Then this course is for you. Through a careful examination of the political thought of Latin Christendom (Western Europe) during the later Middle Ages (c. 1050-c. 1550) we explore the deep roots of the contemporary world order, demonstrating the ways in which medieval thinkers such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, John of Salisbury, John of Paris, Giles of Rome, Marsilius of Padua, Dante, Las Casas, ibn Sina, Moshe ben Maimon, and ibn Rushd “invented” many of the ideas that we – presumptuously and erroneously – have come to associate with the modern era. As an intermediate-level offering, this course is designed primarily for Political Science majors and non-majors in cognate fields (such as Philosophy or Classics) who have some experience in the discipline. The course has no pre-requisites, however, and is therefore suitable for all students seeking to satisfy an interest in political theory/philosophy or the medieval roots of contemporary political life. This course fulfills the Political Science Department’s Theory Requirement.

CLAS 345-01  Arabic Reading and Translation
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 111 Gregory Lipton
Cross-listed with RELI 245-01* This course aims to improve your Arabic reading and translation skills while introducing you to selected genres of Arabic and Islamic literature. The course will proceed in a workshop format and focus on the comprehension and translation of texts in question. Students will learn to use an Arabic dictionary, expand their vocabulary, deepen their understanding of grammar and syntax, and develop skills in reading manuscripts, navigating Arabic texts, and producing English translations. Prerequisite: 3 previous semesters of Arabic language.

CLAS 394-01  Introduction to Museum Studies
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 402 Gonzalez, Overman
*Cross-listed with ANTH 394-01 and ART 394-01* Museum studies stands at the confluence of a range of critical topics that span cultural, ethical, and legal questions concerning ownership, provenience, cultural rights, and preservation of sites and remains, to name but a few. Museum Studies also directly engages the science and the practice of running Museums, and laboratory work of a wide range: preservation and conservation, curatorial practices, and the identification of art and artifacts from a wide range of periods. Museum studies is a field of work and intellectual endeavor that is inherently interdisciplinary, and is a dynamic reflection of the liberal arts at work. This course will use a team approach.

Introduction to Museum Studies offered in fall 2014 will be team taught by Profs. Gonzalez and Overman. The bigger team that planned and wrote the course will also participate by offering select classes or units within the broader Introduction.

The outline of the course is based on the usual departments found in most Museums. The larger units are:

1. Collections

2. Conservation

3. Curating

4. Funding and Management

5. Education, Outreach, Visitorship

6. Summary and Conclusion: Post Museum Studies

This course will take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities in the Janet Wallace Fine and Performing Arts Center, and of the museums and labs in the Twin Cities.

CLAS 490-01  Senior Seminar
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 003 Andrew Overman

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated December 18, 2014 at 04:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
CLAS 123-01  Introduction to Archaeology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 215 Vanessa Rousseau
*Cross-listed with ANTH 123-01*

CLAS 129-01  Greek Myths
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 204 Brian Lush
*First day attendance required*

CLAS 194-01  Frenemies: Calaphate and Byzantine Empire in Late Antiquity
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 001 El Meligi, Overman
This course examines the interaction, commerce, and conflict between Islam and the Byzantine-Christian empire from the origins of Islam in the seventh century to 1453 and the collapse of the Byzantine Empire. These two empires were bound together by shared space, common interests, and episodic distrust. They were Frenemies. The sources for this study are Byzantine and Islamic histories from the period, together with critical analysis of those sources. But in addition and importantly the Literature and the Art these two empires produced provide vital and illuminating sight into these bodies, including their view of one another. Counts for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilization concentration.

CLAS 212-01  Elementary Latin II
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 011 Nanette Goldman
CLAS 212-L1  Elementary Latin II Lab
R 08:30 am-09:30 am MAIN 010 Nanette Goldman
CLAS 214-01  Elementary Arabic II
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 002 Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 214-L1  Elementary Arabic II Lab
T 10:10 am-11:10 am Wessam El Meligi
*Lab to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 214-L2  Elementary Arabic II Lab
TBA TBA Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 218-01  Elementary Hebrew II
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 011 Nanette Goldman
CLAS 218-L1  Elementary Hebrew II Lab
T 01:20 pm-02:20 pm Nanette Goldman
*Lab to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 218-L2  Elementary Hebrew II Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:00 pm Nanette Goldman
*Lab to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 235-01  Elementary Greek II
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 002 Brian Lush
CLAS 235-L1  Elementary Greek II Lab
R 03:00 pm-04:00 pm Brian Lush
*Lab to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 235-L2  Elementary Greek II Lab
R 01:50 pm-02:50 pm Brian Lush
*Lab to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 332-01  Intermediate Latin: Poetry
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 003 Mark Gustafson
CLAS 342-01  Intermediate Arabic II
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am MAIN 002 Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 342-L1  Intermediate Arabic II Lab
R 10:10 am-11:10 am Wessam El Meligi
*Lab to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 342-L2  Intermediate Arabic II Lab
TBA TBA Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 362-01  Intermediate Greek: Poetry
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 111 Brian Lush
CLAS 392-01  Conflict in Middle East Seminar: Peace and Conflict in Israel, Palestine and Syria
T 08:00 am-09:30 am MAIN 111 Andrew Overman
*2 credits; permission of instructor required; This upper-level seminar is a cross-cultural dialogue with an upper level seminar on the same topic at Tel-Hai College. The dialogue focuses on Mideast conflicts and is intended for those with in-depth knowledge of the region. The seminar requires one substantial research project. This project may utilize a range of media; research, an extended paper, an arts-focused project, video, interviews, or others. Members of the seminar will also give a presentation for the seminar on a subject, topic, or contemporary issue they have researched. The seminar features discussions with people from the region who have been or are currently involved with peace and conflict issues. These on-the-ground experts represent a range of perspectives and points of view. Many of these discussions take place through Skype. So the 8:00 AM time allows for connectivity and discussions with leaders from the Middle East. Counts for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies concentration.

CLAS 483-01  Advanced Reading in Latin
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm Nanette Goldman
*Class to meet in Old Main 410*

CLAS 485-01  Advanced Arabic
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm MAIN 003 Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 485-L1  Advanced Arabic Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:00 pm MAIN 011 Wessam El Meligi
CLAS 485-L2  Advanced Arabic Lab
TBA TBA Wessam El Meligi

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