CMS.997 Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling (MIT)
This class will explore the cultural history and media industry surrounding the masculine drama of professional wrestling. Beginning with wrestling's roots in sport and carnival, the class examines how new technologies and changes in the television industry led to evolution for pro wrestling style and promotion and how shifts in wrestling characters demonstrate changes in the depiction of American masculinity. The class will move chronologically in an examination of how wrestling characters and
Mr. Ford's A & P "Hair" Lesson
College and High School A & P teacher "Mr. Ford" describes the composition and source of hair, including a look at hair follicles and their parts. Video has multimedia opening, then simple but colorful lecture.
21H.571 The Making of Modern South Asia (MIT)
Survey of Indian civilization from 2500 BC to present-day. Traces major political events as well as economic, social, ecological, and cultural developments. Primary and secondary readings enhance understanding of this unique civilization, and shape and improve understanding in analyzing and interpreting historical data. Examines major thematic debates in Indian history through class discussion.
Citizen Diplomacy Evening
The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC)“Citizen Diplomacy Evening.” The CRDC presented its first annual Citizen Diplomacy Award to Hind Kabawat for her pioneering work in Syria. The event also featured a publi
12.753 Geodynamics Seminar (MIT)
The Earth's crust is primarily composed of melting products from mantle plumes and mid-ocean ridges - both presently and over the course of Earth history. While both systems represent upwelling features in a convective mantle, they can be viewed as end-member systems in that plumes represent buoyant flow whereas mid-ocean ridges represent passive corner flow. This paradigm is not strict - flow beneath ridges may be buoyant in some places, for example, but it does provide a reasonable framework f
Producing ‘The Queen’ - Andy Harries
The man who produced the award-winning British film, “The Queen” has swapped the red carpet of Hollywood for a Coventry University lecture hall this week. Andy Harries, who saw Dame Helen Mirren win the Oscar for her outstanding performance as the Queen, spoke to John Mair, as part of the Coventry Conversations series. Andy was appointed Controller of Drama and Comedy in 2000 having spent seven years creating and running Granada’s acclaimed Comedy Department. In his capacity as Controlle
Commercial Radio in the UK - Gillian Reynolds
Gillian Reynolds MBE is a Liverpool born journalist and broadcaster. During her career, she has worked as Radio Critic for the Guardian and for the Daily Telegraph, as well as Programme Controller of Radio City, Liverpool. She has served as Member and Vice Chair of the Art Council of England’s Film and Video Broadcasting Panel. She was a Member of the National Sound Archive Advisory Council, and chairs the Charles Parker Archive Trust at the Central Library, Birmingham. She is a Council member
12.810 Dynamics of the Atmosphere (MIT)
This course begins with a study of the role of dynamics in the general physics of the atmosphere, the consideration of the differences between modeling and approximation, and the observed large-scale phenomenology of the atmosphere. Only then are the basic equations derived in rigorous manner. The equations are then applied to important problems and methodologies in meteorology and climate, with discussions of the history of the topics where appropriate. Problems include the Hadley circulation a
21H.206 American Consumer Culture (MIT)
This class examines how and why twentieth-century Americans came to define the "good life" through consumption, leisure, and material abundance. We will explore how such things as department stores, nationally advertised brand-name goods, mass-produced cars, and suburbs transformed the American economy, society, and politics. The course is organized both thematically and chronologically. Each period deals with a new development in the history of consumer culture. Throughout we explore both celeb
My Experience in Documentary - Alex Holmes - Writer, Producer and Director
Alex has been responsible as producer/director/writer for three major pieces of recent UK television history: In 1999 he was the series editor of the groundbreaking series Macintyre Undercover; In 2004, Dunkirk told the human stories of the Dunkirk landing in factual drama form; and his latest offering is House of Saddam which was based on 2 years of research. In this Conversation, Alex comes to Coventry fresh from Los Angeles and London to talk about the latest drama.
4.341 Introduction to Photography and Related Media (MIT)
This course provides practical instruction in the fundamentals of analog and digital SLR and medium/large format camera operation, film exposure and development, black and white darkroom techniques, digital imaging, and studio lighting. This semester we will explore the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences for our theme- and site-specific term project, which provides opportunities to develop technical skills and experimental photographic techniques, and for personal artistic exploratio
21L.472 Major European Novels (MIT)
This subject traces the history of the European novel by studying texts that have been influential in connection with two interrelated ideas. (1) When serious fiction deals with matters of great consequence, it should not deal with the actions of persons of consequence—kings, princes, high elected officials and the like—but rather with the lives of apparently ordinary people and the everyday details of their social ambitions and desires. To use a phrase of Balzac's, serious fiction d
21F.059 European Thought and Culture (MIT)
This subject surveys main currents of European cultural and intellectual history in the modern period. Such a foundation course is central to the humanities in Europe. The curriculum introduces a set of ideas and arguments that have played a formative role in European cultural history, and acquaints them with some exemplars of critical thought. Among the topics to be considered: the critique of religion, the promise of independence, the advance of capitalism, the temptations of Marxism, the orig
21L.017 The Art of the Probable: Literature and Probability (MIT)
"The Art of the Probable" addresses the history of scientific ideas, in particular the emergence and development of mathematical probability. But it is neither meant to be a history of the exact sciences per se nor an annex to, say, the Course 6 curriculum in probability and statistics. Rather, our objective is to focus on the formal, thematic, and rhetorical features that imaginative literature shares with texts in the history of probability. These shared issues include (but are not limited to)
17.486 Japan and East Asian Security (MIT)
This subject is designed for graduate students interested in international politics, national security and comparative political economy in East Asia. It examines the political, military, and economic challenges facing Japan, its neighbors, and the international system under conditions of great uncertainty. Topics range from the history of once "new" world orders to theories that inform our understanding of international affairs and foreign policy decision-making, as each is related to Japan. We
History on TV - Laurence Rees
Laurence Rees is Creative Director of BBC Television History programmes and was also, for ten years (1992 to 2002), editor of Timewatch the BBC’s Historical Documentary strand. Under his editorship Timewatch won a host of awards including 3 Emmys. Hear him in conversation with John Mair, reflecting on the huge success of his series, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution.
21W.742J Writing About Race: Narratives of Multiraciality (MIT)
In this course we will read essays, novels, memoirs, and graphic texts, and view documentary and experimental films and videos which explore race from the standpoint of the multiracial. Examining the varied work of multiracial authors and filmmakers such as Danzy Senna, Ruth Ozeki, Kip Fulbeck, James McBride and others, we will focus not on how multiracial people are seen or imagined by the dominant culture, but instead on how they represent themselves. How do these authors approach issues of fa
21L.703 Studies in Drama: Too Hot to Handle: Forbidden Plays in Modern America (MIT)
Unlike film, theater in America does not have a ratings board that censors content. So plays have had more freedom to explore and to transgress normative culture. Yet censorship of the theater has been part of American culture from the beginning, and continues today. How and why does this happen, and who decides whether a play is too dangerous to see or to teach? Are plays dangerous? Sinful? Even demonic? In our seminar, we will study plays that have been censored, either legally or extra-legall
12.842 Past and Present Climate (MIT)
This course introduces students to climate studies, including beginnings of the solar system, time scales, and climate in human history. It is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students with different requirements.
STS.436 Cold War Science (MIT)
This seminar examines the history and legacy of the Cold War on American science. It explores scientist's new political roles after World War II, ranging from elite policy makers in the nuclear age to victims of domestic anti Communism. It also examines the changing institutions in which the physical sciences and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating possible epistemic effects on forms of knowledge. The subject closes by considering the place of science in the