REE 302, 44180, Cuisine and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe
Who doesn’t appreciate food? If you’re already spending a large amount of time thinking about food, what better way to enhance that experience than by taking this course.
Dr. Christian Hilchey will examine the cultural and societal significance of food consumption and cuisine throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Food has always been an integral part of understanding regional identity, which in turn develops and evolves through time to reflect changes in environment and history. This class exposes its students to various traditional techniques of the region such as fermenting vegetables, smoking meats, and even the production and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Even better, REE 302 extends far beyond the cultural food of the past to “examine recent developments in food culture,” such as celebrity chefs in popular culture, globalization of national cuisine, and trendy organic movements.
Whether you would like to develop a broader cultural understanding of Central and Eastern Europe, or simply want to use the time when you fantasize about food more efficiently, REE 302 is the perfect class to sate your intellectual appetite.
This course may be used to satisfy the Global Cultures flag requirement.
MAS 319, 35399, Mexican American and Latina/o Folklore Across the U.S.
Does having folklore in the title scare you? Well, don’t let it. If Latino American folk speech, jokes, riddles, narratives, festivals, food culture, body art, religion and spirituality pique your interest, then MAS 319 is definitely a class worth considering.
Professor Rachel Gonzalez-Martin will introduce students to basic genres of folklore through the everyday artistry created across regional U.S. Latino communities. The course studies how the various Latino communities express their identities based on race, class, region(s), and migrant experiences.
If you’re interested in learning about this subject, breaking down stereotypes, and clearing up misunderstandings about the U.S. Latina/o communities, look no further than this course.
This course may be used to satisfy the Writing and Cultural Diversity in the United States flag requirements.
AMS 311S, 30075, The Cowboy Mystique in American Culture
When you hear the word “cowboy,” who do you think of…Billy the Kid, Charles Goodnight, or, maybe, John Wayne? Many of us associate cowboys with the Wild, Wild West, but how accurate was this image during the twentieth century? What does being a cowboy mean anyway? Does it simply mean wearing boots and jeans and owning a horse? AMS 311S, “The Cowboy Mystique in American Culture” will look at constructions of cowboy identity through film, art, media, and politics in order to examine their embodiment of masculine identity.
Students will explore the early construction of the cowboy in the twentieth century and its relation to political power, such as President Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Rider identity and its role in expanding the American empire. The second will focus on male sexuality during the Cold War period, where a range of cowboy cultures sometimes shored up and sometimes challenged a masculine identity tied to a consensus ideology. The final section will delve into the post-Vietnam era cowboy, a complex figure with a major role both in the counterculture and in its backlash.
This course aims to show that by following the lives of “the cowboy” in the U.S., we can gain a new perspective on how Americans may view themselves, their history, and their culture. So saddle up and get ready for a unique new course!
This course may be used to satisfy the Writing flag requirement.