REE 325, 44523, European Avant-Garde in Print
When one thinks of “avant-garde,” images of experimental art and innovative ideas immediately come to mind. So what does it mean when “print” is avant-garde? This fall, Meghan Forbes will be teaching this course to shed light on the intensive artistic and intellectual exchange of newly formed nations between the two World Wars.
Students will be able to engage in some hands-on research by visiting the Books and Periodicals Collection at the Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Art to study examples of “interwar print culture” on campus. Ms. Forbes also will guide students through lectures, readings, and class discussions on how small magazines such as Disk and ReD in Prague, Pásmo in Brno, Merz in Hannover, and G and Veshch in Berlin opened up a dialogue in art-making and politics. Not only does this course focus on the exchange of textual and visual information through experimental photography, typographic conventions, and translation, but it also extends to the modern-day issues. What happens when periodicals are digitalized? How does their reception differ or become altered once they become an online resource? If you’re curious to discover another dimension to the avant-garde revolution, this course is for you!
GSD 360, 38050, European Immigration to Texas in the 19th Century
What do painted churches, sausage festivals, and dance halls have in common? These are all cultural legacies left by European immigrants that immigrated to Texas in the 1800’s, leaving a rich fabric of tradition and legacy that have made Texas, well, unapologetically Texas. If you’re curious to learn more about the immigrant story and Texas history, Dr. James Kearney will be teaching this course this fall.
What social and political forces drove Europeans to consider immigrating to the New World? And why of all places, Texas? How did the waves of immigrants that came from Central and Northern European countries influence Texas? The course will trace the accelerated economic and agricultural development of the republic and state with this influx. Following the pockets of bilingualism and generations of tradition, Dr. Kearney will place familiar Texas themes, such as the frontier, Native Americans, and slavery into context with the immigrant influences on culture and society. Additionally, there will be fun field trips to tour the Bricsoe Center for American History Studies, the Texas State Library, and the General Land Office to visit documented history for primary and secondary sources.
AFR 317C, 30027, Yoruba History and Culture
Fela Kuti is one of the greatest artists you’ve probably never heard of. On par with Bob Marley musically and socio-politically, Fela Kuti invented Afro-beat as a producer, arranger, musician, outlaw, and political radical until his death in 1997. This fall, Dr. Oladotun Ayobade ‘s course will examine the musical works of Fela Kuti and the larger picture of critiquing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation of the Yoruba people.
The Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria have a rich history and culture. Students will be able to better understand the culture through performance and cultural studies to examine history, culture, and society. Dr. Ayodabe will introduce students to traditions such as Yoruba Oral Poetry, theatrical jazz, and life in the Yoruba community. From topics such as gender, colonialism, women, and rebel art, students will be able to come out of the class with a better perspective threw intimate snapshots of the Yoruba.