Poetry in America: Whitman — HarvardX — January 7, 2015
This module, the third installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, focuses on the poetry of Walt Whitman, a quintessentially American writer whose work continues to bear heavily upon the American poetic tradition. We will explore Whitman’s relationship to the City, the Self, and the Body through his life and poetry.
Jazz Appreciation — UTAustinX — January 20, 2015
Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process.
“Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus” by Shelley — BerkeleyX Book Club — February 2, 2015
This course will explore Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 horror classic, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is a representation of both the Gothic and Romantic movements, and is often considered to be one of the earliest novels of science fiction as well. This story has had a huge influence on literature and popular culture.
Explaining European Paintings, 1400 to 1800 — UC3Mx — February 10, 2015
The goal of this course is to help students become familiar with the leading European painters and paintings from approximately 1400 to 1800. Included in this broad timeframe are artists of the importance of Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer or Goya. Painters during this period were concerned with ideas such as the pursuit of beauty, the pleasures and pains associated with love and the demonstration of power and status.
DOCUMENTARY! New Trends, New Formats — UC3Mx — February 17, 2015
This course features new tendencies and formats of contemporary documentary with focus on innovative works in an interactive and multi-platform context. It includes an overview of essential authors and genres, as well as the contribution of national and international scholars and professionals.
Historical Relic Treasures and Cultural China — TsinghuaX — March 2, 2015
This course will examine the unique cultural relics identified by scholars as important to Chinese civilization. We will focus on the fields of agriculture, astronomy, music, metallurgy, textiles, architecture, painted pottery, jade articles, bronze ware, shipbuilding and acupuncture.
Poetry in America: Emily Dickinson — HarvardX — March 4, 2015
This course, the fourth installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, explores the poetry of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most distinctive and prolific poets. While Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems during her lifetime, she chose never to publish, opting instead to revisit and revise her works throughout her lifetime.
The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 — HKUx — April 14, 2015
This 5-week introductory course is for those who would like to explore and be fascinated by vernacular architecture – the subject and study of everyday buildings, landscapes and sites which are not designed by professional architects but “ordinary” practitioners.