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Modern European Studies Minor - UMass

Modern European Studies Minor - UMass | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it

The aim of the Modern European Studies Program is to promote knowledge of the unique languages, cultures, and histories of contemporary European societies. We sponsor lectures and events relating to European studies and offer an interdisciplinary 15 credit minor open to all formally enrolled undergraduates, regardless of their major.

 

What is a Modern European Studies minor?

This is a self designed minor. You have the freedom to combine courses from more than one department to design a minor in contemporary Europe that suits your special interests. Use this minor to study two or more European countries from various perspectives: art, history, business, politics, or language. Combine courses in any way you like to develop your own focus.


 

An MES minor will show prospective employers that you have some of the skills it takes to work in an increasingly globalized world. It can be a valuable addition to your major when it comes time to apply to professional or graduate schools, or when seeking employment in international service or business.


If you have gone to Europe on study abroad, this minor may be perfect for you. Many credits earned in study abroad or for the Global Education Requirement count towards the MES minor. See the “Credits and Requirements” for more details. Note that you have to take a 300 level course in a European language to qualify.

 

Interested? Please contact the Director about application

Professor Jacqueline Urla
Department of Anthropology
Machmer 208
413.545.2869
jurla@anthro.umass.edu

 

More information on requirements: http://www.umass.edu/mes/

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Fall 2017 Advanced German - UMass Amherst

Fall 2017 Advanced German - UMass Amherst | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
German 310: Advanced German “Jugendkultur & Rebellion” Instructors: Sara Jackson & Tom Siefert 
Two sections: MWF 11.15-12.05 

 In this course students will develop advanced German language abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and review fundamentals of German grammar. Language development will be incorporated in the topic of “Jugendkultur & Rebellion” in contemporary German film. Students will view a number of recent German films that explore youth culture and rebellion in various historical contexts, and read a variety of related materials. Assignments include viewing, reading and written activities, essays, grammar review and practice, mini-quizzes, and a final project.

 Taught in German. Prerequisite: German 240 or equivalent
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Yiddish, Polish & Swedish Language Courses!

Elementary Yiddish (Ester Vaisman) YIDDISH 101 Monday, Wednesday 2:30-3:45pm Yiddish Book Center

UMass Amherst 
Elementary Polish (Robert Rothstein) POLISH 101 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50am

Swedish 126, “Accelerated Elementary Swedish” (6 credits), Prof. Stenlund, MWF 11:15-12:05 and TuTh 11:30-12:45
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German UMass:  Fascism & Film

GERMAN 390D - Fascism And Film: Propaganda, Resistance, Memory
Prof. Barton Byg
 
Th 4:00PM - 5:15PM Herter Hall room 217 
Plus screening Mo 7:00PM - 10:00PM 
Integrative Learning Center S240
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History: Western Thought Since 1600

History: Western Thought Since 1600 | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
HISTORY 101 Western Thought Since 1600
Prof; Jennifer Heuer 4 credits, Gen Ed: HS 
Mon. & Wed. 11:15-12:05, Friday discussion sections.

    What in the world is “Western Thought?” What does thought matter? In this class, we explore how and when ideas have power. We look at social, political, cultural, and intellectual forces that have shaped much of European history and areas affected by Europe. We explore how new ideas emerged, how they came to seem legitimate, and how they have been challenged. We also consider how the “West” can be defined and what those definitions mean for us. Our topics include absolutism and power of kings in the 17th century; the Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment and the French Revolution; slavery and its legacies;; the social upheavals of the industrial revolution; changing ideas about gender; nationalism, imperialism; and the rise of mass politics; the First and Second World Wars; interwar ideologies and popular culture, and immigration and identity in postwar Europe.
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Coffeehouses, Catastrophe, and Culture: East Central Europe in a Century of Upheaval

Hampshire College CSI-0239
Instructor: James Wald, Assoc. Professor of History  

Mon & Wed 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 105 

In the past century, Bohemia, Hungary, and Poland have been transformed from provinces of a multiethnic empire into a series of small successor states whose experience went from independence to Nazi occupation and communist dictatorship and back again. Today, they are members of NATO and the European Union. These three regions, with their dynamic and at times unstable population mixture of Germans, Slavs, Magyars, and Jews, embodied the tension between nationalism and cosmopolitanism, tolerance and intolerance, the persistence of tradition and the exuberance of modernity. Our course will treat the histories of the countries and cultures, the people who lived those histories and the literature, music, and art that gave voice to those tensions. In addition, we will consider the appropriation and transformation of history through memory and memorialization in the present. The course is strongly recommended for participants in a summer 2017 program in Prague and Krakow, but is open to all students.
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Spring 2017  ITAL 297K - Food, History, and Cultural Identity in Italy

Italian bread, Italian seasoning, Italian herbs, Italian breadcrumbs, Italian sausage, Italian vinaigrette, and finally "Ristorante Italiano" appear to refer, outside of Italy, to a concept of Italian cuisine that is universally recognized, though very generic and undefined. From the Alps to the coasts of Sicily, over the centuries, Italy has produced countless individual culinary traditions, which express themselves through local products, recipes, rituals, and cooking techniques. Though clearly distinct from each other, these traditions do share a sense of belonging to a national cuisine - loosely identified with the Mediterranean diet - of international recognition, which has in its dramatic diversity and almost infinite variety, its most distinctive traits. The local traditions that make Italian cuisine are the result of the interaction between centuries of history that have forged Italian culture and identity, and a territory that has shaped the inhabitants who are deeply rooted in it. This course will investigate possible strategies to elaborate a credible definition of "Italian cuisine" that is applicable to food in Italy as well as outside the country.

Mon & Wed 2:30- 3:45 

 Roberto Ludovico Associate Professor and Director of Italian Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst http://www.umass.edu/italian/member/roberto-ludovico ludovico@frital.umass.edu
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Advertise the MES Minor!!

If you are teaching a course on Europe or advising undergrads, take a moment to please let them know about our unique interdisciplinary minor. Put in on your syllabi or Moodle site. Tell them in office hours.

 

Help us spread the word!

 

Jackie Urla

Director, MES

 

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Learn Catalan this Fall

Elementary and Intensive Intermediate Catalan Language Courses available this Fall.  Spanish & Portuguese Studies, UMass Amherst

Elementary TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM

Intensive Intermediate  Mon & Wed 4-6:30 pm.

Contact: Guillem Molla
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Fall 2017   Monsters, Villains & Vamps

Fall 2017   Monsters, Villains & Vamps | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
German Studies 223.  Mount Holyoke College

Uncanny experiences, Doppelgängers, insect-like creatures, clay monsters, sexual predators, robot seductresses…a journey through German texts and films. In German. 
 Gortcheva, MW 11:00-12:15

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Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies UMass Amherst

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm 
JEWISH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS AND ZIONISM IN THE DP CAMPS Uta Larkey 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm 
 SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE: AMERICAN WOMEN WHO JOINED THE FRENCH RESISTANCE
 Alex Kershaw 

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:00pm 
IN SEARCH OF SUCHOMEL IN CLAUDE LANZMANN'S SHOAH: CONSTRUCTING THE HOLOCAUST PERPETRATOR BETWEEN THE OUTTAKES AND THE FINISHED FILM 
Erin McGlothlin (Washington University)


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Anthropology 394AI    Europe After the Wall

Anthropology 394AI    Europe After the Wall | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
Fall 2017
Europe After the Wall (Anth 394AI)
Mon-Wed 2:30- 3:45 
Prof. Julie Hemment

 The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a seismic event that took the world by storm.  It gave rise to dizzy optimism and hope for a new, post-ideological age and greater global unity, within and beyond Europe.  Almost thirty years later, it's clear these hopes have not been realized. Cold War hostilities are alive, the EU project is in jeopardy and US-Russia relations are at a concerning (and confusing) low point. This undergraduate seminar explores the implications of the Wall and its passing, focusing on anthropological accounts of the (former) East bloc and using anthropological knowledge to explore contemporary controversies. The course is divided into two main parts:  1) What Was Socialism? (Bolshevik visions, the cultural logics of state socialism) and 2) What Came Next? (the fall of the Wall, the dislocations of the nineties and the tumultuous politics of the post-socialist present). In the latter part of the course we'll focus on issues that have been recent flash points of US-Russian relations:  Gender, sexuality & LGBTQ rights; youth politics & protest; populism & new xenophobias; “Russiagate” and the US election hacking scandal. The centenary of the Russian Revolution makes this inquiry especially compelling. 100 years on, what is the Revolution’s relevance? Who’s talking about it and how? What lessons can we draw from it? Students will have the opportunity to dialogue with Russian peers (we end the semester with a Skype conference with students of Tver’ State University).

 • Meets requirements for Global Ed,  the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REESTU) program and counts towards the Modern European Studies Minor • Open to all majors, no pre-requisites • For more information contact Prof. Julie Hemment, Anthropology Dept., UMass
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Short Term Summer Program: "Heart of Europe"

May-June 2018 program in Czech Republic and Poland: 

 Two cities with complicated histories, rich cultures, and promising futures will become case studies for this unique opportunity in global education. Among the theoretical foundations of this course will be the ever-shifting paradigm of center and periphery in relation to the European political and cultural power. The Czech Republic and Poland, although tracing their roots to ancient kingdoms, are the products of a series of dramatic changes that occurred in less than a century: heirs of republics created after the collapse of the multiethnic Habsburg Empire in World War I, occupied or annexed by Nazi Germany, and then subjugated by the communist Soviet Union. Today, both are members of NATO as well as the European Union. Prague and Kraków, though less famed in the west than Paris, London, or Berlin, were unique and powerful hubs of European culture and history: the homes of the two oldest universities in Central Europe; the seats of ancient monarchies; cultural centers that were home to or attracted figures as diverse as Petrarch, Copernicus, Mozart, and Kafka. The multiethnic character of these cities contributed both to their cultural dynamism and to periodic social tensions. Both cities were home to Slavs and Germans, and to thriving Jewish communities from the Middle Ages until the Holocaust. Both locales, renowned for the beauty of their setting and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present, survived World War II physically almost unscathed, and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will pay particular attention to museums, monuments, and historic sites, inquiring not just into the past but also into the way that its physical legacy and cultural memory have shaped succeeding generations. Ideal for concentrators in history, arts and literature, social science, ethnic studies, Jewish and Holocaust studies. In addition to the course being reflected on a Hampshire transcript, students will also receive formal academic transcripts acknowledging their work from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Contact Prof. Wald, Hampshire College and see this link for more information: 

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FALL 2017 Spanish Cinema  Span397PP

Analysis of several films by some of the most important Spanish directors from the sixties to the early 21st Century, in the context of Spanish history, society, culture and politics. Special attention will be given to films by Buñuel, Saura and Almodovar. The following topics will be analyzed: representation of gender; history; filmic narrative; role of religion; sexual and sociopolitical repression; violence and transgression; and other topics. Films have sub-titles. Course may be used for Certificate in Film Studies.
Monday 4:00-6:30 Taught in English
 
For more information contact Prof. Barbara Zecchi
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Spring 2018 Legal Studies 482  The Irish Peace Process

Spring 2018 Legal Studies 482  The Irish Peace Process | Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst | Scoop.it
This course explores the conflict and peace process in Ireland concentrating primarily on the north/Northern Ireland (1969-2017).  The mediation that led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement is examined from the parties’ and mediator’s perspectives and we have unique opportunities to directly engage as a class with people involved in the conflict as well as building the peace.  The present-day challenge to construct a future between former enemies and to deal with the legacy of the past are explored through avenues such as power-sharing government, oral history projects, truth recovery mechanisms, and 3000 public political murals that reflect the remnants of conflict as well as on-going efforts at reconciliation in this society in transition. This course qualifies for credit towards the Modern European Studies minor, the International Relations Certificate, and the Legal Studies Letters of Specialization in Conflict Resolution, International and Comparative Law. 

  Thursdays 2:30- 5:00 pm

Questions or to add the course contact Professor Leah Wing:  lwing@legal.umass.edu

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Congratulations to our 2017 Graduating Minors!

Natalie Panasci  (Spanish  Dec. '16)

Brynn Stevens (English and Comm '17)

Jillian Sylvester (Political Science '17)

Shea Kelley (Political Science, Honor's '17)

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And thanks to our faculty and students who have helped spread the word about the MES minor, organized events and promoted European studies on campus.  

 

warmly,

Jackie Urla 

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