Liberal Arts Intensive

Sunday, July 9 - Friday, July 14, 2017

Students choose one class for the duration of the 1-week program to be attended 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Afternoons are an opportunity to complete assignments and engage in on and off campus activities, including Broadway shows, baseball games, exercise classes, and so much more! We will also be offering optional afternoon activities to include museum trips, walking tours, and visits to science centers.  

 

Summer 2017 Courses

Choose an area of interest:

The Arts
History
Journalism
Law
 
Literature
Psychology
Urban Studies
Writing
 

 

 

 

Course Listings:

The Arts

 

EXPECTATION DEFYING WOMEN: SEEING MUSICAL THEATER AS LITERATURE

Emma de Beus

This course will explore the relationship between the worlds of musical theater and literature. Many musicals are based on books, plays, or other primary sources, but aspects of these works emerge with the addition of the lights, sounds, and greasepaint of musical theater.   The specific lenses through which we will focus  are the extraordinary and inspiring women in the this juncture between literature and musical theater. The musicals covered will be selections from the following: Matilda, Waitress, Into The Woods, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, West Side Story, Wicked, and War Paint. In addition to attending a performance, we will examine excerpts of source material, listen to songs, view images of both costumes and sets.

 

FEMINIST ART AND SPACES IN NEW YORK CITY

Erica Cardwell

In this course, we will examine New York and its five boroughs as an epicenter for feminist art and history. We will visit feminist cultural institutions, such as the WOW Café Theater, Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, and the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, alongside critical yet less prominent spaces, such as the Lesbian Herstory Archive. Our goal is to sharpen our understanding of feminist art and space as an intersectional framework for art, race, class, sex, and gender—essentially, our everyday lives. Students will participate in daily creative writing and art-making assignments. Individually, they will create a feminist zine which answers the following question: how do I define feminism in my everyday life?

 

History

 

FASHION IN LITERATURE: FROM VICTORIAN TO MODERN

Jill DiDonato

 

From Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s "House of Mirth" to Holly Golightly in Truman Capote’s "Breakfast at Tiffany’s", characters in literature are deepened by the details of garment descriptions. As fashion historians have noted, the value of fashion in literature conveys the mise en scène of a particular country, era, class, time of day, and personal circumstance. In deepening character development, description of fashion sheds light on personality, gender roles, class, aspirations, and sexual preference. This course will examine the role of fashion in key texts (Victorian through Modern) allowing students to think critically about the way fashion bisects politics, economics, gender, race, and pop culture in literature. By close readings of texts, as well as trips to New York museums that spotlight fashion exhibits and talks by fashion designers on how they use literature to influence their current looks, students will leave the course with an understanding of how fashion in literature is not meant to distract, but rather serve as a barometer of cultural consciousness. 

 

Law

 

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

Ric Stark

 

Science and Law often appear to be fundamentally different processes. Science is based on collaboration - on researchers around the world publishing their work in open journals for all to share and use. Law and the legal system are based on confrontation – on two opponents presenting their cases and arguments, with one or the other ultimately being declared the “winner.” At times, however, the two cross paths when a judge or jury is asked to rule on a case in which the issues at hand are questions of science and technology. What legally qualifies as "science?"  How should a judge determine what types of "expert scientific testimony" should be permitted in court? What possible uses of a new technology should be permitted or prohibited? At what point does emerging scientific evidence of potential harm warrant governmental restriction on the activities of private enterprise? In this course, we will examine landmark legal cases that have addressed these very issues. We will also compare the ways in which science and law differ, and how conflicts can arise when science and technical knowledge create new situations that fall outside existing legal principles and precedents.

 

Literature

 

EXPECTATION DEFYING WOMEN: SEEING MUSICAL THEATER AS LITERATURE

Emma de Beus

This course will explore the relationship between the worlds of musical theater and literature. Many musicals are based on books, plays, or other primary sources, but aspects of these works emerge with the addition of the lights, sounds, and greasepaint of musical theater.   The specific lenses through which we will focus  are the extraordinary and inspiring women in the this juncture between literature and musical theater. The musicals covered will be selections from the following: Matilda, Waitress, Into The Woods, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, West Side Story, Wicked, and War Paint. In addition to attending a performance, we will examine excerpts of source material, listen to songs, view images of both costumes and sets.

 

FASHION IN LITERATURE: FROM VICTORIAN TO MODERN

Jill DiDonato

From Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s "House of Mirth" to Holly Golightly in Truman Capote’s "Breakfast at Tiffany’s", characters in literature are deepened by the details of garment descriptions. As fashion historians have noted, the value of fashion in literature conveys the mise en scène of a particular country, era, class, time of day, and personal circumstance. In deepening character development, description of fashion sheds light on personality, gender roles, class, aspirations, and sexual preference. This course will examine the role of fashion in key texts (Victorian through Modern) allowing students to think critically about the way fashion bisects politics, economics, gender, race, and pop culture in literature. By close readings of texts, as well as trips to New York museums that spotlight fashion exhibits and talks by fashion designers on how they use literature to influence their current looks, students will leave the course with an understanding of how fashion in literature is not meant to distract, but rather serve as a barometer of cultural consciousness. 

 

 

Psychology

 

PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDREN'S MEDIA

Natasha Crandall

Everyone knows how much fun it is to watch television. This is true for people of all ages, including young children. What was your favorite show as a child? Did you know that most preschool television shows use psychologists to ensure that it is teaching and modeling age appropriate concepts? Now that there are apps and digital games for young children, psychologists are involved in the creation of these as well. Get an inside look at how psychologists influence today’s media. You will hear from speakers who work in television as well as in digital media and will get to participate in a focus group to learn first-hand how psychologists determine if shows are as educational as they claim to be.

 

Urban Studies

 

URBAN STUDIES: EXPLORING NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBORHOODS 

Elizabeth Pillsbury

In this course, the class will explore New York City neighborhoods to gain a better understanding of how cities operate. The class will use the urban landscape as its classroom, discussing the works of urban planners, theorists and fiction writers alongside historical newspaper articles and maps to examine how New York functions today and in the past. In explorations ranging from Barnard’s campus to the Lower East Side, the class will explore  factors that contribute to a neighborhood’s vitality and how one might build a more sustainable and equitable city. Students will soak in the city--  visiting the Highline, eating food in Chinatown, exploring Harlem and the financial district. Homework will include readings as well as urban explorations. By the end of the course, students should come away with new understanding of New York City and of cities in general.

 

Writing

 

PLACE AND THE PERSONAL ESSAY: BEING IN NEW YORK 

Thomas March

We learn more about who we are when we pay attention to how we react to the spaces around us (and the others who inhabit them)—whether bustling or calm, expansive or close, grand or intimate. In this course, students will explore the ways in which awareness of our relationships to spaces in New York—whether natural, architectural, or social—can form the basis of personal reflections on matters of importance to them. To supplement our work, we may read selections from the work of such writers as Joan Didion, James Baldwin, E. B. White, Alfred Kazin, Fran Lebowitz, Adam Gopnik, and Colson Whitehead, among others, to provoke further discussion of a variety of methods for capturing and celebrating spaces and their impacts. At the end of the week, each student will have written a personal, discursive essay inspired by  her experience of an inspiring space.

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