Global Humanities Lab

Guernica

The Kaplan Institute's "Global Humanities Lab" is course HUM 310—The investigation of an international humanities topic through experiential learning and offsite research. The course runs for a full quarter and also includes an international field study component.

Spring 2017

PICASSO
HUM 310-6-22 and Art History 390-0-2

Professor Christina Kiaer (Art History)

MW 12:30-1:50 (fulfills Distro VI)

*There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

The most famous artist of the twentieth century, Picasso is synonymous with the idea of modern art. Examining his work from his early scenes of bohemian Paris to his invention of cubism, his association with the surrealists, his famous protest mural Guernica of 1937, and his later political mural projects, we will ask: What makes Picasso such a powerful sign of the modern, continuously venerated in museums, scholarship and popular culture? This small-group, discussion based seminar will examine both his endlessly inventive formal experimentation—flirting with, but never fully embracing, abstraction—and the continuing resonance, in spite of feminist and postcolonial critiques, of his images of intimacy, interiority, and sexuality, as well as terror and atavistic violence.

Required Textbook

John Berger, The Success and Failure of Picasso (Vintage)

Assessments

Participation in class discussion, including presentation of readings and group work; regular written responses to assigned readings; an early short writing assignment (2-3 pp) and a final research paper related to the class trip to Madrid (8-10 pp, see below). 

Excursion to Madrid

Where and when

This course meets for the duration of the spring quarter, and includes a mandatory class trip to Madrid, Spain over the Memorial Day weekend to see the special exhibition “Pity and Terror in Picasso: The Path to Guernica” at the Reina Sofia Museum. The dates of the trip will be May 25-30, 2017, departing on the afternoon/evening of Thursday, May 25, and returning the following Tuesday, May 30 (which is during Weinberg College Reading Week).  Please check your calendar to be sure that you are available to travel over the Memorial Day weekend before applying to this course!

*If a student is accepted into the program and has an academic commitment that conflicts with the group travel plans, alternate dates of travel can be arranged. Please note that non-academic commitments will not be considered grounds for alternate travel plans. Also, students must be in good standing in the seminar in order to participate in the class trip.

Costs

Roundtrip international airfare from Chicago to Madrid, as well as shared-room lodging in Madrid, will be provided directly by Northwestern. Students will be responsible for all other expenses associated with the trip, including but not limited to ground transportation, meals, any necessary passport or visa services, and other incidentals.

Financial aid

All undergraduate students are welcome to apply for this course, regardless of their financial means. If a student is accepted into the course and needs assistance with the out-of-pocket costs of the trip, they can apply for the University’s new Katz Enrichment Fund, which will go live on February 6. The committee considering these applications is aware of this trip and its importance to the seminar, so the primary factor for the committee in considering a student's application would be financial need. We have set a standard application budget with the Katz Enrichment Fund of $250 for the seminar, to cover meals, ground transportation and incidentals. If students need to acquire a passport, they can apply to the Katz Enrichment Fund separately for additional financial assistance to cover those costs.

Required travel documents

Students must have a valid passport in order to make this trip. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip. As of January 30, 2017, U.S. citizens and most European citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain, but it is the responsibility of each student to ensure their passport and visa (if applicable) meet all requirements for travel to Spain. Please see the websites of the Embassy of Spain and the U.S. Department of State for the most up to date information.   

Applying to this program is a commitment to travel to Spain

Please note that the Kaplan Institute considers the act of applying to this course a binding commitment to participate in the class trip to Madrid. If a participant is accepted and enrolls in the course and later drops, or drops out of the trip, except under extreme medical circumstances, that student will be responsible for reimbursing costs related to their travel, including airfare, lodging, and any other related expenses.

This trip is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Weinberg College, the Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Gift to the Department of Art History, and the Kaplan Humanities Institute.

How to apply

The deadline to apply for this course has passed. We will aim to inform applicants of the decision by February 11, in advance of pre-registration for spring quarter. Applications are submitted via an online application portal. Please note that the application portal is adapted from a faculty search tool, so don't be surprised to see “faculty search" references on the application, as well as some seemingly odd questions!

Please review all application instructions prior to clicking through to the application portal as you will not be able to save an incomplete application. Please note: All application documents must be submitted in PDF format only.

In the Application Portal, please complete the following:

  • OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION
  • ACADEMIC INFORMATION
  • APPLICATION DOCUMENTS. Please upload PDF files only for the following:
    • Curriculum Vitae: Please be certain to include your year, school, major/minor, and the names and email addresses of two faculty (teaching assistants okay) who can serve as references if need be 
    • Brief Personal Statement: Answering the questions, “Why do you feel you'd make a good addition to this course? and What do you hope to learn?” Additional possible questions to consider: Have you previously taken a small group seminar? Is there prior coursework that you feel has prepared you for this seminar? Have you had previous experience with international travel, independently or through an academic program? Are there other experiences that you feel have prepared you for a travel seminar? (1 page single-spaced maximum)
    • Writing Sample: A recent academic paper that you have written, any page length will be accepted
    • Additional Materials: Unofficial copy of your transcript

We aim to include a mix of students from both art history and non-art history backgrounds. Criteria for selection include qualities of intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and maturity. 



Charting Modern Cities course graphic

Spring 2017

Charting Modern Cities: Chicago and Vienna

Professor Anna Parkinson (German)

HUM 310-4-20 / TuTh 2:00 - 3:20pm (fullfills Distro IV)

How is a city a measure of culture? What do we focus on when studying cities?

In this course students will explore the distinctive histories and material cultures of two modern cities: Vienna and Chicago. In Vienna, we will encounter ideas and artworks from the fin-de-siècle Vienna Modern at the heart of Central Europe, through to current political cultures of human rights and migration. In the US-American context, students will trace Chicago’s brand of modernity exemplified in the history of urban planning and architectural styles, as well as domestic and transnational migration’s impact on art and social movements.

In tandem with excursions, students will draw on interdisciplinary approaches from urban studies, literary and film studies, sociology, art history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, political science, intellectual history, and architecture as they seek answers through their research to the questions: how is the city constituted as an object of analysis; and how does a city shape—and, simultaneously, is shaped by—its inhabitants?

This course brings students to Vienna, Austria, flying roundtrip from Chicago on approximately March 18 and returning to Chicago on March 25th. The Kaplan Institute will provide transportation and lodging for all students to travel to Vienna. Students must attend this field study to Vienna as well as enroll in and complete HUM 310-0 in spring 2017, which meets on T/Th 2:00-3:20 PM for the full duration of the spring quarter.

Please note that the Kaplan Institute considers the act of applying to this program a binding commitment to attend the field study in Vienna and to enroll in HUM 310 in SQ 2017, held on Tues/Thur 2:00-3:20 PM. If a participant is accepted and enrolls in the program and later drops, except under extreme medical circumstances, that student will be responsible for reimbursing the Institute for all costs related to their travel, including transportation, lodging, and other expenses.

Students must secure their own passports, visas, and other necessary travel documents. Passports must not expire within six months of the last date of travel in Austria.

The Global Humanities Lab is co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies

How to Apply

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2017 HAS NOW PASSED

Applications are submitted via an online application portal. Please note that the application portal is adapted from a faculty search tool, so don't be shocked to see "faculty search" references on the application, as well as some seemingly odd questions!

Please review all application instructions prior to clicking through to the application portal as you will not be able to save an incomplete application. Please note: All application documents must be submitted in PDF format only.

In the Application Portal, please complete the following:

  • OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION
  • ACADEMIC INFORMATION
  • LIST OF REFERENCES
    • We request a letter of support from a faculty member. The online application system will email your recommender directly once your application has been submitted (IMPORTANT: Letters of recommendation are due one day after the application deadline). Please note: Where the drop-down menu asks "this reference is," please select "other."
  • APPLICATION DOCUMENTS. Please upload PDF files only for the following:
    • Curriculum Vitae: Please be certain to include your year, school, major/minor, and the names of two faculty who can serve as references (these are in addition to the faculty writing your letter of recommendation)
    • Brief Personal Statement: Answering the question, “Why do you feel you'd make a good addition to this course? What do you hope to learn?” (1 page maximum)
    • Writing Sample: A recent academic paper that you have written (5 pages maximum)
    • Additional Materials: Unofficial copy of your transcript


The application deadline for this program has passed. 

Questions? Please contact Tom Burke at thomas.burke@northwestern.edu