Courses taught by graduate students offer new options for the undergraduate curriculum each year while giving graduate students in the humanities the opportunity to teach. Awarded students receive a standard stipend to develop and teach new public humanities courses.
ENGL/HURC 245 - Gender, Medicine, Technology [Spring 2017]
Instructor(s): Alanna Beroiza
What is gender? And, what does it have to do with medicine and technology? This course offers an introduction to the concept of gender at the intersection of medicine and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will begin our study by asking when and how human bodies, sexual behaviors, and personal identities became subjects of medical interest in the modern Western world. The course covers pre-Enlightenment studies of sexual anatomies, behaviors, and pleasures; 19th and 20th century medical research on sexual "degeneracies" and "disorders"; the discourses and practices of cybernetics, endocrinology, and plastic surgery from the 19th and 20th centuries; and analyses of contemporary culture informed by our knowledge of gender as a product of medical diagnosis and biotechnology.
ENGL/HURC 299 - Curating Heritage [Spring 2017]
Instructor(s): Lindsey N. Chappell
In this course, we will investigate how heritage objects—and their arrangement and display as public narratives—can produce a collective sense of identity and belonging. We will engage with questions such as: How is cultural identity policed, by whom, and to what ends (historically and in the present)? How can objects become sacred or dangerous? How can they contain cultural identity and history? What are the logics, forms, and objectives that structure exhibition? How are cultural heritages constructed and deconstructed through the curation and exhibition of objects? Through a combination of museum visits, literature, and theory in each unit, we’ll analyze how institutions curate cultural heritage through the exhibition of antique objects. At the end of the course, we will think about the ethics and rhetoric of arrangement, possession, and exhibition theoretically and practically to produce our own virtual heritage exhibits.
HURC 213 - The Doctor is On: Portrayals of Medical Professionals in Television, Fiction and Film [Spring 2016]
Instructor(s): Ben Kozicki, Graduate Student in English
Fictionalized characters such as House, Marcus Welby, Doc Martin, and Hawkeye Pierce reinforce stereotypes as much as they challenge assumptions and (re)define cultural attitudes toward doctors (and the medical profession in general). This course examines the portrayal of healthcare professionals in television, fiction and film to discuss philosophical and ethical questions as well as the modern medical apparatus from biological and social systems perspectives.
ENGL/HURC 299 - (Dis)Locating Art: Literature, Art, Music, and the Making of Communities [Spring 2016]
Instructor(s): Meina Yates-Richard
Where is art located? Is a documentary film short about Beyoncé screened at Discovery Green “art?” Does it become art if screened at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston? This course seeks to answer these questions through an investigation of multiple spaces of artistic creation and reception in the greater Houston area. We will consider visual, literary, and performative art forms such as music and dance, and inquire into the effects of their social locations.