Jazz Players & Singers! Seats available in Jazz Orchestra for instrumentalists and vocalists

MUSC457:  Jazz Orchestra I

Tues. & Thurs. 1:20-2:40 p.m., RHH001

Seats are available in this course conducted by internationally-renowned vibraphonist,  Jay Hoggard.  Instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels can be accommodated.  Contact Professor Hoggard at jhoggard@wesleyan.edu.

Check out jazz orchestra’s website:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/music/ensembles/jazz_orchestra.html

 

Dive into Settler Colonial Studies & Native American History– Seats in American Studies FYS course

 Check out this new course in AMST, which has seats available. Here is the info:

New Courses with Seats!

RELI216: Jesus through Jewish Eyes is a FYS. It allows students to gain knowledge and appreciation of the complex relation between the Jewish and Christian traditions. Alongside developing academic writing skills, this course also lets students experiment with the analysis of visual representations (https://iasext.wesleyan.edu/regprod/!wesmaps_page.html?stuid=&facid=NONE&crse=015029&term=1179).

RELI272: Thinking after the Holocaust. is a more advanced seminar, designed for juniors and seniors. It combines reading of philosophical works that deals with the questions raised by the Holocaust (first half of the semester) with an eye toward cultures of remembrance, in particular in the US, Israel, and Germany (second half). I could not quite fit it into the course description, but if there are students interested in pursuing careers in museums and memorial sites, they might find it of special relevance, as I hope to share reflections on some of my own work as a curator at the Jewish Museum Berlin in the latter part of the course.

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Course with Seats: MUSC 109–Experimental Music

Introduction to Experimental Music (MUSC 109)

Fall 2017; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m., RHH 003

This course is a survey of recent and historical electronic and instrumental experimental works, with emphasis on the works of American composers. Starting with early experimentalists, germinal works of John Cage and Henry Cowell, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman will be studied; followed by electronic and minimal works of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma, Alvin Lucier Robert Ashley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Arthur Russell, John Zorn, Julius Eastman and including discussions of recent work by composers, performers, and sound artists such as Pamela Z, Tristan Perich, Jacob Cooper, Lesley Flanigan,  Nick Hallett, Jace Clayton (DJ /rupture), Jennifer Walshe, and Object Collection. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, and performances, occasionally by guest lecturers.

Seats Available in FYS Course: Ethnicity, Race & Religion in the Middle Ages

Why does some characters’ skin change color in medieval romances? What did Ghenghis Khan’s family think about Europeans? And why do US white supremacist groups wear symbols from the twelfth-century crusade era? These are all different kinds of questions, but we address them in:

English 153, “Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in the Middle Ages.”

Professor Ruth Nisse     MW 1:20-2:40PM

This course concerns the invention of premodern ideas of ethnicity and race. Our focus will be on a selection of medieval texts dealing with the encounters–real and imaginary–of Western European Christians with other cultures, from the Celtic borderlands to the Mongol Empire. The readings will begin historically with the Crusades and the (often grisly) chronicles written by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish authors. Other genres will include religious polemics, autobiographical narratives of religious conversion, and travel accounts by missionaries, spies, and colonial propagandists. We will also read some later “romances” that re-imagine the crusades in terms of exoticized sexuality, racial transformation, cannibalism, and nationalist fantasy.

New Course Added: Musical Theater Workshop–THEA 279

There’s a great opportunity in the upcoming semester (F 2017) for students interested in making musical theater.   Please note that there are prerequisites, but prerequisite over-rides may be available for students who have the appropriate skill set.  This can be done during the Adjustment period or Drop/Add period after consulting with the instructor.

Tony and Obie Award Winner, Greg Kotis (Urinetown) will be teaching the Music Theater Workshop, THEA 279.

Greg Kotis’s webpage lists this info about him:

Greg Kotis is the author of many plays and musicals including Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the FloorboardsYeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), The Unhappiness PlaysThe Boring-est Poem in the WorldThe Truth About SantaPig FarmEat the TasteUrinetown (Book/Lyrics, for which he won an Obie Award and two Tony® Awards), and Jobey and Katherine.  His work has been produced and developed in theaters across the country and around the world, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Theater Company, Henry Miller’s Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Stage and Film, Perseverance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, South Coast Rep, and The Old Globe, among others.  Greg is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and is a 2010-11 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights Workshop Fellow.  He grew up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Ayun Halliday, his daughter India, and his son Milo.

Additional information about Greg Kotis is at http://gregkotis.com/

Study Abroad, Cultural Immersion, and Language Courses

A warm welcome to Wesleyan from the Office of Study Abroad, located in the Fries Center for Global Studies. Wesleyan considers study abroad to be an essential part of a liberal arts education for students majoring in any subject. A meaningful cross-cultural experience sharpens our understanding of ourselves in relation to the world in which we live. It is the best means for achieving the intercultural expertise and multilingualism that our students will need for exercising leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.

It may seem early to think about something that typically happens your sophomore, junior, or senior year, but advance planning is key to making sure you are academically prepared when the time comes to  apply for a program. It is important to keep up with your language courses – some programs require the equivalent of five semesters as a prerequisite. You should also work with your advisor and the Study Abroad staff to identify the best year or semester to fit study abroad into your academic plans. With this careful planning, students of any major may participate in this unique opportunity for global learning.

Contact information: Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall 201, studyabroad@wesleyan.edu, (860) 685-2550, www.wesleyan.edu/studyabroad