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AFR 147A HIST 80 AMER 184 - "Stranger in the Village": Race, Nation, and Belonging in
History and Film

Through the lens of African American expatriates in France – epitomized by James Baldwin’s 1953 essay, “Stranger in the Village” – this course explores the construction of racial and national categories and identities in the long twentieth century. Looking back from our present political moment, incorporating biography, memoir, literature, and film, we will explore the historical experiences, creative production, and identifications of African-descended writers, artists, and exiles in France. While our sustained focus will remain on the life and writings of James Baldwin, additional figures will range from W.E.B. Du Bois and Josephine Baker to Richard Wright and Anita Reynolds to Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ultimately, we will return to our current moment, employing the past foundation for interrogating contemporary questions of race, nation, and belonging, including students’ present-day experiences of travel, migration, and diaspora.  Kendra Field and Khary Jones
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CEE 193 - Global Health Crises: Epidemics, the Environment, and Public Policy
Find out why the control of global disease requires not only solid science but also effective public policy and politics. This course examines the growing health challenges posed by emerging and reemerging diseases associated with environmental degradation, global climate change, and changes in host factors. We probe the pathologic basis of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, anthrax, small pox,” Mad Cow” disease, avian flu, and the drug-resistant strains of familiar diseases such as tuberculosis, and review how they are transmitted and distributed globally looking across person, time, and place.  David Gute
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CLS 186 - Greeks, Gauls, Romans, and Barbarians: The History and Archaeology of France in the Iron Age, Roman Empire and Early Medieval Period
The historical identity of France owes much to the contact, interaction and accommodation that took place between the peoples of ancient Gaul, the Greeks who settled along its Mediterranean shore, and the Romans who conquered and ruled Gaul for almost five hundred years. This course will explore this rich process of cultural creation and identity formation through an exploration of the following questions: Who were the Gauls? How did they express their identity culturally, ecologically politically, socially in cult and ritual, and in material culture and productivity? Why did the Greeks migrate to and settle in southern Gaul? What did it mean to be a Greek in Gaul? How were the Greek poleis or city-states different if it all from those in Greece, southern Italy and Sicily, and Asia Minor? How did Greeks and Gauls interact and find a middle ground? How did the Romans become involved in Gaul? How did they engage with the Greeks and Gauls? Who were the Romans in Gaul? Why did Rome eventually conquer all of Gaul? And how did Roman, Greek, and Gallic culture combine to shape the early identity and cultural legacy of France? To answer these many questions, the course will draw on the richness of recent archaeological discoveries, the diverse accounts of ancient writers, the exciting new research and analyses of modern historians and archaeologists. The course will begin with an overview of the history of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Roman Republic and Empire.  Bruce Hitchner
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DNC 71 – Dance Movement & Creative Process
Dance Movement & Creative Process explores the relationship between movement, the creative process and improvisation. The course emphasizes individual and group movement improvisation and creative problem solving. Designed for students of all levels, classes begin with a non-technical warm-up, followed by guided movement assignments focusing on various methods of sourcing material, basic contact improvisation, and oral and written language skills based in Laban Movement Analysis for describing movement.  Renata Celichowska
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EC 30 – Environmental Economics and Policy
This course introduces you to economic perspectives on modern environmental issues. We will study economic theories related to natural resources, with an emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of alternative viewpoints. You will learn that economic objectives do not necessarily conflict with environmental goals, and that markets can be harnessed to improve environmental quality. We will also discuss the limitations of economic analysis to provide policy guidance on environmental issues. While the first half of the course will focus on concepts and theory, the second half will shift to applications including renewable and non-renewable resources, pollution, global climate change, water issues, and international trade. My aspiration is that by the end of the course, you will be able to express an informed view regarding the potential of economics to help societies achieve their environmental goals.  Brian Roach
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ENV 105 – Flowers of the Alps
Communities in alpine settings enrich the world culturally and floristically. The Talloires region is home to hundreds of floral species that impact human enterprise as sources of food, medicine, climate indicators, and inspiration in art, literature and architecture. Through direct work with plants in their native habitat, this course enables us to answer "What plant is that?", and use new knowledge as a tool to measure species spread and environmental shifts in a changing climate. Visiting world-class ‘plantscapes’ in the Talloires uplands, we get first-hand experience with alpine flora, ecology, climate change, and the basis of scientific evidence. Students become locally proficient at spotting important plant groups. They recognize plant uses throughout the world, and become local resources for sharing knowledge (botany, geography, wild edibles, design of green roofs, terroir) with French families and friends in the Haute Savoie. We will study the Talloires region's dramatic and world-class display of montane and alpine floral diversity. Lectures will treat plant architecture and life history in enough detail to make use of professional dichotomous keys for identifying plants. Sessions will highlight current findings on floral biology, the role of wild bees in promoting food security, ways to recognize prominent members of important plant families, their human and ecological relevance, and the design of dichotomous keys. Outdoor field sessions will involve recognizing alpine species in their native environment and evaluating shifts in alpine vegetation as plants respond to deviations in growing season and resource availability associated with climate change.  George Ellmore
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FLM 0036 – Animation 1 Techniques and Sound – Media Arts : Animation in the Alps
Animation in the Alps is a comprehensive animation basics course showcasing the hand-drawn, cut-out, and stop-motion techniques. All assignments are based on the theme: documenting your Talloires immersion experience through animation. This work will be edited by each student into a final individual short film project with sound and credits. Journalism is also a component of this class. Students will attend screenings of animated short films at the Annecy International Animation Festival, interview filmmakers about their work, and write an article to be compiled into a class zine or online blog. The last component of this course is an animated response to a topic, assignment, or field of research in each student’s second course. An oral presentation and screening of all work to the Tufts in Talloires community will serve as the final exam.  Joel Frenzer
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FR 21 FR 22 - Communication, Culture, et Couleur Locale
Experiencing full immersion in a French-speaking region is the best way to improve rapidly and discover a new culture. The course aims to promote oral and written fluency in French. Thus, careful preparation of written assignments for the course and active class participation are essential. Consistent application in spoken and written French is the focus of the continuing grammar review at this level. Students will cover the grammar lessons of French 21 or French 22 separately but will work together on readings, discussions, and projects. For insight into contemporary France, the readings will come primarily from the local media to highlight the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the Alps region as well as the rest of the country and nearby Switzerland. Through weekly writing assignments, students will report on their experience and reflect on their observations. The term project will be to produce a newspaper or magazine, based on the students’ study of the various newspapers and materials discussed in class. Other course work includes reading articles and short stories, written and oral grammar exercises, weekly papers, occasional short oral presentations, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Taught in French.  Anne Taieb
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PS 154 – Romanticism and Revolution: The Political Philosophy of Rousseau
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a native of nearby Geneva, was one of the deepest and most influential critics of the Enlightenment, and of the liberalism and capitalism that we have inherited from it. He is also one of the most complex thinkers of the modern age, standing at once on both the left and the right of the political spectrum, appealing to ancient thought and practice while at the same time paving the way toward postmodernism, and appearing to be both a profound champion of democracy and a precursor to totalitarianism. This course will examine this intriguing thinker through a study of the First and Second Discourses, The Social Contract, The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, and above all his masterpiece on education or child-rearing, Emile.  Dennis Rasmussen
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REL 194 HIST 176 - Religion in France from Rome To Rousseau
This course explores the fascinating history of religion in France from the second to the eighteenth century. The rich religious geography of the Haute-Savoie region offers opportunities to examine pivotal developments, influential movements, prominent figures, and intense controversies in Christian Europe, and to consider the implications of Christian dominance for minority Jewish communities. Students will analyze the intersections among religion, society, culture, and politics in (and beyond) France by reading primary source texts from the local area and through field trips to relevant sites in Annecy and Geneva. The Talloires Priority (founded as a monastery in the 11thcentury and celebrating its millennium in 2018) provides a perfect environment in which to reflect on the importance of religion in French and European history.  Heather Curtis
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