Winter 2018 Programs

In Winter 2018, the Center in Paris will host three study abroad programs for undergraduate students, including a new program in Cinema and Media Studies. See a list of the faculty and their courses below.

Cinema and Media Studies

Jennifer Wild (Cinema and Media Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures) - Film and the Moving Image
This course seeks to develop skills in perception, comprehension, and interpretation when dealing with film and other moving image media. It encourages the close analysis of audiovisual forms, their materials and formal attributes, and explores the range of questions and methods appropriate to the explication of a given film or moving image text. It also examines the intellectual structures basic to the systematic study and understanding of moving images. Most importantly, the course aims to foster in students the ability to translate this understanding into verbal expression, both oral and written. Texts and films are drawn from the history of narrative, experimental, animated, and documentary or non-fiction cinema.

D. N. Rodowick (Cinema and Media Studies) - Cinema in Theory and Practice
The course proposes an introduction to audio-visual creation and understanding through the analysis of films, selective readings, and short film exercises focusing on fundamental cinematic elements such as shot, framing, point of view, camera movement, editing, and relations of image and sound. Assignments will consist in creating three 1-3 minute single-shot movies based on the works seen and discussed in class, as well as a collective final project. Close attention will also be paid to questions of theory and experimentation in film and video.

Dominique Bluher (Cinema and Media Studies) - Contemporary French Cinema
This course proposes an overview of the contemporary auteur cinema in France. After examining the legacy of the New Wave and their concept of the auteur, we will screen works by a new generation of filmmakers who have been instrumental in creating innovative approaches to cinematic narrative, form, and style. We will study feature films by Leos Carax, Claire Denis, Alain Guiraudie, and Philippe Grandrieux among others. Course readings will include interviews with filmmakers, analyses of their films, as well as contributions providing theoretical frameworks for considerations of authorship, gender, sexuality, post-colonialism, ethnicity, and ethics.

European Civilization

Philippe Desan (Romance Languages and Literatures) - European Civilization in Paris I
This course is a hybrid: at once an introduction to European Civilization since the late Middle Ages and an overview of French history. We will have two objectives: on the one hand, to master the historian’s craft; on the other to integrate textual analysis with the discovery of a French history and culture. To do so, we will read historical documents and ‘classic’ texts, discuss and debate them in our weekly meetings. In several instances, we will embark upon day-long trips: another way of studying history.

Arnaud Coulombel (Center in Paris) - European Civilization in Paris II
In this course, we will closely read and discuss a number of historical, philosophical, political and literary texts that have shaped the history of ideas in Europe. We will consider in particular social and political order of the Ancien Regime, the rise of secularization and the Enlightenment. Although we will concentrate on French texts, particular attention will be paid to French relations to other cultures, European (British, German, etc.) and beyond.

Amy Dru Stanley (History) - European Civilization in Paris III
This course explores the history of European civilization during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will study historical, philosophical, political, and literary texts that shaped culture and intellectual history in the modern era. Particular attention will be paid to the traditions of liberal and socialist thought, the cultural and political changes associated with capitalist modernity, the transformation of urban life, the rise of modernism, the problem of race and nation, and the rethinking of Enlightenment ideal in the context of global war. While we will consider the broad European context, the course will give some emphasis to French texts and to the place of Paris as one of the great intellectual and artistic centers of European modernity.

Global Health

Diane Lauderdale (Public Health Sciences) - Epidemiology & Population Health: Global Health Sciences I
Epidemiology is the basic science of public health. It is the study of how diseases are distributed across populations and how one designs population-based studies to learn about disease causes, with the object of identifying preventive strategies. Epidemiology is a quantitative field and draws on biostatistical methods. Historically, epidemiology’s roots were in the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics. Since the mid-twentieth century, the scope of epidemiologic investigations has expanded to a fuller range of non-infectious diseases and health problems. This course will introduce classic studies, study designs, and analytic methods, and will include articles that approach epidemiology from the global context.

Dominique Missiakas and Olaf Schneewind (Microbiology) - Microbiology: Global Health Sciences II
This course will examine infectious diseases with global health impact, analyzing their historic and projected impact, their biological foundations, treatment, and preventative control. Course topics include gastrointestinal infections (e.g., cholera, bacillary dysentery, typhoid fever, rotavirus infections), sexually transmitted diseases (HIV), infections transmitted via aerosol droplets (tuberculosis, meningitis), and vector borne diseases (e.g., malaria, typhus, dengue fever, plague). Special emphasis will be placed on emerging infectious diseases (Ebola, Lassa, Rift Valley fever) and either completed or ongoing studies for infectious disease elimination (smallpox, polio, diphtheria, river blindness). The course encompasses lectures, student presentations, and the preparation of a capstone essay.

Christopher Olusola Olopade and Olufunmilayo Olopade (Medicine) - Topics in Global Health: Global Health Sciences III
This course will review the major factors that influence the health of individuals and communities worldwide and seek to gain a better understanding of the complexities of global health. Students will study both broad and disease-specific global health challenges (e.g., cancer, diabetes, and cardiopulmonary disease) and strategies for responding to them; key institutions and stakeholders; environmental impacts on health; ethical considerations in research and interventions; maternal and child health; health and human rights; and international legal frameworks within global health diplomacy. The course encompasses lectures, student presentations, and the preparation of a proposal addressing a significant global health problem with major impact.