The Keck Research Program embeds undergraduate research in first-year Cultural Studies Program seminars and advanced research seminars.
Music 215: Making Opera in Los Angeles
Professor David Kasunic (Music)
The history of opera is a history of the continuous reinvention of a genre in order it to accommodate the time, place, and tastes of its audiences; as such, opera provides a lens for studying cultural, intellectual, political, and economic history. With now even non-operatic companies, like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, staging operas in Disney Hall, opera has, in the past three decades especially, become a terrific lens for studying Los Angeles. This course will study opera as delimited by its production and reception in Los Angeles over the past century. We will research what operas were first produced in Los Angeles, where, and for what audiences, and how the production and reception of opera, and later zarzuela, evolved over the course of the twentieth century and into the new millennium, as Hollywood directors such as Woody Allen and William Friedkin have turned to directing opera. Students will attend operas principally at LA Opera, our community partner, but also at Long Beach Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other SoCal venues. Not open to frosh.
Spanish 211: Advanced Spanish for the Native Speaker
Professor Felisa Guillén (Spanish and French Studies)
This course is designed for native Spanish-speakers. It is intended to further develop language skills while introducing students to the fundamentals of literary analysis through a study of Mexican, South American, and Spanish literary texts. Particular emphasis is placed on oral communication and writing. The study of literary texts will be related to exhibits at the Autry National Center. Translations for the Autry and for other community organizations will be a significant component of the course.
CSP: Reimagining the "Art of the West" at the Autry: Curation as Cultural Practice
Professor Amy Lyford (Art History and Visual Arts)
In the summer of 2013, the Autry opened a new set of galleries that joins works of art from the collections of the Autry and Southwest Museums. The newly renovated galleries will offer a dramatically different account of the “Art of the West” than has been offered since the museum opened in 1988. The new gallery structure will integrate works by Native American, Euro-American, Hispanic and other artists within spaces previously given over to paintings, sculptures, and objects of material cultured by European American artists. Students in this seminar will be asked to focus on and learn about both the history of the Museum’s engagement with, and promotion of, an “Art of the West.” At the same time they will consider the transformation of the historical and curatorial goals of the museum by focusing on the re-invention and re-narration of the Museum’s art collection underway since 2013. Our seminar group will also have the opportunity to collaborate with an Autry Museum Curator throughout the semester.
Writing 250: Writing with the Community
Professor Julie Prebel
This course encourages an engaged and dynamic approach to writing studies, as it places writing in real-world contexts by partnering Oxy students with community organizations (in Los Angeles and Pasadena). Through these partnerships, students will identify local cultural and social concerns—specifically on the topics of homelessness, poverty, and immigration, which represent the interests of our particular community groups—and will use writing and rhetorical tools for analyzing and addressing these issues. In this class, we will explore a wide range of research and writing strategies common to both academic environments and the work place situations of our community partners, such as: primary or field research, secondary or library-based research, and both individual and collaborative writing projects. This course will allow students to see community nonprofit organizations, plus the cultural, social, and political issues and rhetoric surrounding them, from the inside out. The work of this class is thus both scholarly and practical, motivating student learning by enlivening and enriching students’ approaches to academic work.
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