General Honors (GH) courses are the heart of the University Honors Program curriculum and feature small class sizes, dedicated faculty members, interdisciplinary perspectives, active learning and an exciting array of topics. These classes can be accessed by searching under University Honors in the catalog. The following is an example of a General Honors (GH) course that has been offered in the past. This course may or may not be offered again.
|George Brassaï, “Paris from Notre Dame,” circa 1933.||László Moholy-Nagy, “Radio Tower Berlin” (detail), 1928.|
Paris and Berlin stand as key cites of modernity. From 1840 to 1933, the two cities witnessed a convergence of social, economic, and political factors: urban migration, industrialization, the emergence of capitalism, repeat political upheaval, and a burgeoning democratization of art, all of which spawned the birth of the modern city and of modernist art. This course will trace the early beginnings of the modernist art movement and its layered relationship with the cities of Paris and Berlin. Using modernist art: literature, poetry, music, painting, and film, we will investigate how artists represent and negotiate the cities of Paris and Berlin. We will also study the physical cities themselves: the ways in which they respond and reflect their historical periods. The goal is to map the cities’ and art’s move toward modernism.