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Summer 2020

MLAS 6100: Seminar In Humanities - Early Renaissance Florence


Instructor: Professor Sheri Shaneyfelt

Location: Online

Days and Time: Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Dates: June 2 - July 2

Painting and sculpture in fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Florence, ca. 1400-1520. Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, with Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Stylistic progression; iconographic interpretation and meaning; the role of patronage and audience; and original physical and cultural context. 


MLAS 6100: Seminar In Humanities - Playwriting and Screenwriting


Instructor: Professor Judith Klass

Location: Online

Days and Time: Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Dates: June 2 - July 2

Instruction in writing plays with critical attention to dramatic themes and characterization. Playwriting/Screenwriting: These two kinds of scriptwriting are very different. Playwriting emphasizes dialogue and character development, with scenes that unfold slowly and reveal layers of people and changes in their relationships. Writing for the movies means telling a story visually, usually with much quicker scenes, some with no dialogue, and employing cinematic techniques (match-cuts, montages, inter-cutting, frames within frames) when they enhance a script. We'll read famous stage plays and screenplays, and scenes from others, and watch some works on screen in class -- and students will write monologues for the stage, scenes for two characters, then more characters ... and then short, silent screenplays, "music videos" (writing out visuals to go with a favorite song), and short screenplays with synch sound. We'll discuss Hollywood three-act structure, "road movies," "buddy movies," adapting a script originally written for the stage -- "opening it up" so that it works on screen -- and we'll look at options and choices for both kinds of writers. Ambitious students are welcome to plot and complete full-length plays and full-length screenplays along the way.  


MLAS 6300: Seminar in Social Science- American Military History


Instructor: Professor Robert Hulette

Location: Online

Days and Times: Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Dates: June 2 - July 2

Leadership, Ethics and the Principles of War.