University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Saturday
09/02/17

New Global Film Minor

Posted by Tim on September 2, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, New Programs, UB Curriculum

  • The Global Film Minor in the Department of English offers UB undergraduates the opportunity to discover vibrant cinematic traditions and innovations from around the globe. There is no requirement that Global Film minors be English majors; our minors come from all departments across UB.
  • Courses in this minor will introduce students to audiovisual analysis, artistic forms, and cultural practices in a range of countries, and novel forms of cinematic storytelling. Students will gauge the impact of new and emerging technologies on contemporary cinema and explore developments in international film production, reception, exhibition, and distribution.
  • The Minor will also provide students with a unique perspective on contemporary social and political issues, such as immigration, gender and sexuality, disability, human rights, and climate change. An understanding of global issues and exposure to different cultures through the medium of film will strengthen students’ intercultural communication competence and enhance their ability to participate in our increasingly networked world, thus facilitating the development of their careers in the international marketplace.
  • The minor consists of two required courses at the 200 level (6 credits) and four courses (12 credits) at the 300-400 level. Students may also take one course in film production to fulfill the upper division credits for the minor (see the list below).

ENG: 256 Film; 378 National Cinemas; 379 Film Genres; 381 Film Directors (Buffalo Film Seminar); 382 & 384 Shakespeare in Film 1 and 2; 440 Film Theory; 441 Contemporary Cinema; 442 Modernism and Film

DMS: 213 Immigration and Film; 305/306 Film Analysis; 333 World Cinema; 341 Intermediate Video; 388 Screenwriting; 403/404 Advanced Documentary Production; 405/406 Ethnographic Film and Media; 409 & 410 Non Fiction Film; 441/442 Advanced Video Production​

RLL: FR 341 Topics in French Film; ITA 429 Italian Cinema; SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema; SPA 435 Mexican Cinema; ITA 430 Italian Directors; SPA 221 Spanish Conversation through Film

TNS: AAS 253 Blacks in Film 1; AAS 254 Blacks in Film 2; AAS 417 Black Aesthetics

For more information, please contact the Global Film Minor Coordinator, Assistant Professor Tanya Shilina-Conte at tshilina@buffalo.edu or the English Undergraduate Secretary, Nicole Lazaro at nmlazaro@buffalo.edu

Monday
08/28/17

Fall 2017 Proficiency Exams in French, Italian and Spanish

Posted by Tim on August 28, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

Fall 2017 French, Italian and Spanish Proficiency Exams*
Wednesday, Oct 11
3:15-5:00 PM
Clemens 218
For all information on the tests and to Register:
http://rll.buffalo.edu/undergraduate/introductory-language-programs-100-levelcourses/
proficiency-examinations/

*This is NOT a placement exam. The exam is intended for students who recently completed 3 or more years of high school French, Italian or Spanish. It tests elementary and intermediate level proficiency for those students who entered UB prior to Fall 2016 and must satisfy the FL Gen Ed for graduation.

 

Thursday
08/24/17

Open Seats in ENG 270: Asian American Literature Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

ENG 270 Asian American Literature, T Th 3:30-4:50, Reg.# 24270

This course introduces students to major literary texts in Asian American literature. Beginning with an examination of how the term “Asian American” was coined in the 1960s, we will survey literary texts that portray Asian identities and experiences in the United States in the twentieth century. The primary goal of the course is to understand how American writers gave expression to the predicaments and psychology of Asian American lives. To this effect, we will review major historical events in relation to the literary texts. Historical events such as Asian exclusion, Japanese American Incarceration, the Korean War and the Vietnam War precipitated Asian migration to the United States and influenced the racial formation and social perception of Asians. We will examine how Asian American writers use literary forms to respond to and reflect on these events. Writers we will read include Carlos Bulosan, John Okada, Maxine Hong Kingston, Julie Otsuka, Chang-rae Lee, Karen Tei Yamashita and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Tuesday
08/22/17

New Fall Course…SOC 370: Engaging Sociology Amid Alternative Facts

Posted by Tim on August 22, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

SOC 370: Engaging Sociology Amid Alternative Facts
MoWeFr 3:00PM – 3:50PM
Capen 108
Sociology is often thought of as the study of painfully obvious, yet sociologists argue that the discipline is tasked with making the familiar strange and, often, challenging common sense. The overarching goal of this course is to examine this disjuncture—that between the insights arising from the sociological imagination and public understandings of common sense or, more recently, “alternative facts.” To do so, students will survey recent, high-profile sociology books spanning the disciplinary landscape (e.g. education, gender, immigration, race, family, and more). Students will reflect upon, evaluate, and debate the sociological arguments put forth in these books and develop a podcast as a means of engaging sociology beyond the classroom. No sociology background is necessary, as the course is designed for those interested in learning more about (and sharing) the relevance of sociology to some of the biggest cultural and political debates today. The course is open to all students.

Open to all students!

Wednesday
07/26/17

MUS 266 Arts One, Exploring Buffalo’s Art Scene Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

Do you love to experience art or wish you had a greater appreciation for it?    Are you looking for a class which fulfills the old “arts requirement” or is in the new “Milestones in Western Culture and Arts” pathway?  Consider registering for Arts One (MUS 266LEC) this fall and experience Buffalo’s art scene in a hands-on, interactive way!

This class will meet once each week to attend and discuss events such as concerts, gallery shows, installations, poetry readings, theatrical performances, and architectural tours in and around Buffalo.   Before and/ or after each event, there will be opportunities to reflect, address large-scale topics relevant to the creation and reception of art, and to interact with and learn from artists first-hand.

To take this class, all you need is an open mind and willingness to participate.   Registration is now open MUS 266 Arts One #24672.

It will be engaging to those experienced and unexperienced in art alike!

Contact Jessie Downs at jldowns2@buffalo.edu for more information.

Monday
07/24/17

AHI 203 Intro: Latin American Art Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 24, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

AHI203 Intro: Latin American Art

Class # 24759

MWF12:00 – 12:50

No prior knowledge of Art History required

While exploring the key themes in Latin American art in this introductory course, we will focus on the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and history. We will look at art spanning from the pre-Colombian era and Mesoamerica, through colonialism and subsequent struggles for independence, art during dictatorships, and end with globalization and contemporary art in Latin American countries. We will have the opportunity to look at critical and aesthetic theories from this region and investigate, with a critical eye, who has written the histories of the region and how they have been constructed. The issues and influence of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, globalization, race, class, and gender will be at the forefront of our investigations. No previous knowledge of the region or of art history and theory is necessary.

Tuesday
07/11/17

New Chinese Courses Available

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, New Programs, UB Curriculum

CHI191 “Beginning Chinese for Professionals” has been scheduled for the fall. There are two sections open.

http://www.buffalo.edu/class-schedule?switch=showcourses&semester=fall&division=UGRD&dept=CHI

“This is the first semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese course (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in professional programs such as business and health. The course also covers basic concepts of Chinese culture related to these fields. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, including basic knowledge of the phonetic Pinyin system and Chinese characters, basic terminology specific to the professional fields, and key concepts of Chinese culture.” This is the first class of the three semester sequence (3 credits each semester), which is equivalent with the traditional CHI101-102 sequence.

There are also two courses newly scheduled for the fall – CHI280 “Survey of Chinese Culture”, and CHI430 Special Topics (exact topic to be determined as soon as we have the faculty to teach the class, and we will update about this later). These courses are open to any student.

Tuesday
07/11/17

COL 233: Literature and Happiness Open Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

COL 233: Literature and Happiness, offered fall 2017. It is a new course, just approved by SUNY for Comparative Literature. It fulfills the humanities requirement.

Here is a link to the syllabus along with the registration # if you are interested in enrolling: http://wordpress.caset.buffalo.edu/comparativeliterature/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2017/06/COL-233-F2017-1.pdf

Monday
06/19/17

Open Dance Classes Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on June 19, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

OPEN DANCE CLASSES—FALL 2017

Just added for fall: open registration dance courses for undergraduates in any major outside of the Theatre & Dance department; no prior experience is required. All courses are 3 credits. DAC 116, DAC 118, and DAC 455 are studio courses and involve technique training. DAC 104 is a lecture based class (no movement) in the Spectacular Worlds pathway.

For questions about the classes or registration email Katie Mallinson at kamallin@buffalo.edu.

Studio Courses: 

DAC 116: Ballet Technique 1 (24508)

Tues./Thurs. 8:00am-9:20am

3 credits

No prior experience necessary

 

DAC 118: Jazz Dance Technique 1 (24510)

Tues./Thurs, 8:00am-9:20am

3 credits

No prior experience necessary

 

DAC 455: Special Topics in Survey of African American Dance from West African to Hip Hop (24488)

Tues./Thurs. 3:30pm-4:50pm

3 credits

No prior experience necessary

 

Lecture Course (not studio class):

DAC 104: Appreciating Dance (24509)

Tues/Thurs. 3:30-4:50pm

3 credits

Level 1: Spectacular Worlds Pathway

Thursday
01/19/17

Spring 2017 Art Courses for Non-Majors

Posted by Tim on January 19, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

ART 223LAB Figure Drawing 1

Art   TR 9:00-11:30  CFA 208 Joan Linder  3 credit hours  Beginner class

Uncover the transient and internal in a series of sessions that refines memory, facilitates speed, hones powers of perception and expression, all inspired by nothing less than the eternal nude. Gesture, spirit, memory, motion, essence, speed, measure, pace, balance, focus, weight, gravity, rhythm are all filters through which we examine and express human form. Technical experimentation is essential. There may be a class fee assessed to your student account.

ART 231LAB Painting Non Major 1

Art  MW 3:15-4:45  CFA 203 Pam Glick 3 credit hours  Beginner class

There is a fee associated with this class. For students not singularly committed to becoming artists. We learn a basic approach to oil painting and experience a variety of visual points of view.

AHI 347LEC African American Art

Art History   MW 2:00-3:20  CFA 146  Ted Triandos  3 credit hours  No AHI experience necessary

Investigates the different forms of African American visual artistic traditions in relation to their historical origins and sociocultural context from the early days of slavery to the present time. Starts with an overview of African art, the experiences of the middle passage, and slavery in relation to African American traditions in the decorative arts, including pottery, architecture, ironwork, quilt-making, and basketry. This is followed by a fine-art survey starting with the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, continuing through early twentieth-century Harlem Renaissance up to the present. Also explores certain issues related to African American arts and creativity, such as improvisation, Black aesthetic, Pan Africanism, and gender. Slides, films, and videos are used extensively to illustrate topics discussed in class.

AHI 364LEC American Realisms

Art History  T 6:00-8:40  CFA 118  Matthew Ballou 3 credit hours  No AHI experience necessary

Begins with an introduction to European realism and a discussion of its adaptation to an American context during the final quarter of the nineteenth century. The course then denaturalizes Realism’s ties with objectivity, explaining the movement as one in a series of subjective strategies for ordering one’s relation to the world. Focusing then on several discrete artistic movements, the course considers the changing cultural functions of “the real”, ranging from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries. Movements to be addressed include romanticism, sentimentality, naturalism, impressionism, urban realism, regionalism, abstract expressionism, neo-realism, and photorealism.

AHI 395LEC Contemporary Art

Art History   MW 11:00-12:20  NSC 216  Jasmina Tumbas  3 credit hours (Pathway courseNo AHI experience necessary

Art of contemporary life; art criticism; art and politics; art in the media; pop and minimal art; conceptual art, earthworks, realism, feminist art, and performance. Requires attendance at events and exhibitions at local galleries.

AHI 404 Modern Arab and Islamic Art

Art History  W 4:00-6:40  Barren Golonu 3 credit hours  No AHI experience necessary

Investigates the different forms of Modern Arab and Islamic art.