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Fall 2022

Fall 2022 MLAS courses begin Monday, August 29 and end Thursday, December 8


MLAS 6200: Seminar in Fine and Creative Arts: Art Films / Films on Artists
Prof. Andrea Mirabile, Department of French and Italian
Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description: This course explores a constellation of films on artists, and artists making films, including American and European movies on Caravaggio, Artemisia, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Schnabel, and Basquiat. Cinema and painting, biographies and legends, documentary and fiction, experimental and commercial cinema intersect, cross-fertilize, and often contradict each other. (All movies with English subtitles).
(Fine and Creative Arts)


MLAS 6400: Seminar in Literature and Creative Writing: Classics of Russian Literature: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov
Prof. Denis Zhernokleyev, Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies
Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description: Russian literature is renowned for its insight into the human condition. The directness, honesty, and forcefulness with which it probes the depth of the heart is balanced by a profound sense of life’s sacredness. In this class we will read, discuss, and write about some of the key works in the Russian tradition from authors such as Feodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov. Readings are in English translation; no knowledge of Russian language required.
(Literature and Creative Writing)


MLAS 6600: Seminar in Social Science: Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness
Prof. Ashleigh Maxcey, Department of Psychological Sciences
Monday evenings, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description: Unlike applications of psychology aimed at raising individuals to typical, or baseline levels of performance, positive psychology is the study of exceeding baseline human potential. In this course we will critically evaluate evidence-based practices believed to increase the capacity for joy, meaning, and hope. We will implement happiness habits outside of class and reflect on their impact in our daily lives.
(Social Science)


MLAS 6700 Interdisciplinary Seminar (Core Course): The United States and the Vietnam War 
(This Core Seminar is required of all newly admitted MLAS students)
Prof. Thomas Schwartz, Department of History
Wednesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description: “From its very beginning the Vietnam War divided Americans.” So wrote the historian Gary Hess in a recent treatment of the war, reflecting the argument that the Vietnam War was similar to the American Civil War in the way it divided and polarized American society. As if to underscore this point, the famous documentary filmmaker Ken Burns produced for PBS a 10part, 18-hour treatment of the war, comparable to his Civil War documentary. This course will examine the history of America's involvement with Vietnam, an involvement which began with a limited commitment to the French war effort in the late 1940s and escalated into a full-scale American war in 1965. Readings will focus on the reasons for the growing American involvement, the question of military strategy, and the Vietnamese response to intervention. The course will also consider such questions as the role of the media, the impact of the antiwar movement, and the war's overall effect on American society. Finally, we will consider the defeat of the American effort in Vietnam, its consequences and legacies, and the many and varied ways in which the Vietnam experience has influenced and affected America’s more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(Core Course or History)