Summer Signature Courses 2015

The Arts in New York City

This summer, CCNY's Division of Humanities and the Arts is offering a brand new collection of courses dedicated to exploring the diversity of the arts in New York City. From the history and architecture of Manhattan to graffiti and street art, from the writings of James Baldwin to the origins of hip-hop, these interactive courses will include free visits to museums, galleries, films, and theatre.

Some course highlights include:

New York on Film - MCA 31108

Monday -Thursday, 9:30 AM - 12:35 PM

No other city in America has the chameleon character of New York. Jail for some, paradise for others, New York, in its unique cinematic identity, encapsulates all the raw materials of life. Known today for its dynamism and wealth, the city continues to attract all walks of life. But New York was not always New York. In this course, we will take a compressed look at a depressed and corrupted city on screen, starting from the end of the Vietnam War, to the beginning of its recovery in the 80's. Film covered include: Serpico, Shaft, The Warriors, Do The Right Thing and many more!

Graffiti & Street Art - Art 31186

Monday & Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:50 PM

Graffiti and street art have been made from the ancient world of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans to the 20th and 21st centuries In this course, we will explore "train bombing" graffiti in the Bronx to the current global boom of street art that includes stencil graffiti, sticker art, and culture jamming, including highly cultural and political statements. Art has always been broader and messier -- and more subversive –than what is displayed in museums and galleries. "Graffiti and Street Art" includes visits to artists' studios and lectures by artists on the street.

From Brooklyn to Broadway: Live Theatre in NYC - Thtr 31110

Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 5:25 PM

From BAM to Lincoln Center, from Broadway to the parking lots of off-off-Broadway and beyond –theatre is New York City. In this course, we will see productions and go backstage, and interact with playwrights, directors, producers, publicists, and the casts –and discuss and analyze all of it. By the end of the semester, students will have gained knowledge of the inner workings of the theatre, and of the imaginative thinking that went into the creation of these works.

Photographing New York City - Art 31178

Tuesday, 9:00 - 11:50 AM; Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:50 PM

People, buildings, landscapes -- New York City streets offer up endless subject to photograph. This introductory digital photography course gives students the opporunity to dive in head first and explore street photography in all its forms. Through shooting assignments in far flung corners of NY, students will capture images to discuss and analyze in the classroom. "Photographing New York City" will also include gallery and museum visits.

New York and the Origins of Hip Hop - MCA 31108

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30 - 5:05 PM

Join Hip Hop filmmaker, producer, journalist, impresario, and pioneer Michael Holman on a rousing tour of Hip Hop's early years in New York City. Holman was: first to use the term "Hip Hop" in a publication (East Village Eye, Jan., 1982, DJ Afrika Bambaataa's first, printed interview) and first to put Hip Hop on national television (Graffiti Rock, 1984, featuring Run DMC and the Treacherous Three). Holman will takes his students back to the days when Hip Hop was just beginning to be recognized as a new, cultural movement in New York City. Along with Holman's lectures and video screenings, there will be guest lectures by some of Hip Hop's earliest pioneers and field trips to historical landmarks and venues, where Hip Hop Culture was born.

Imagining Manhattan: Building the Island and its Discourses - HIST 31180, ARCH 51413

Monday & Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:35 PM

For more than two centuries Manhattan has been both the object of fantasies and a laboratory for urban movements and design strategies. Architects and urbanists in the 19th and 20th centuries imagined idealistic and dystopian plans for the great city, with roadways stacked five or ten stories high, aerial avenues of commuter airplanes, or uncontrolled skyscrapers turning the city into a bleak lattice of canyons. "Imagining Manhattan" considers the movements, ideologies, and theories that transformed the island as it continues to rise today. Field visits and on-line activities supplement in-class analysis of the city's architecture and urban designs.

Philosophy and the Art World - Phil 11202

Monday - Thursday, 11:30 AM - 2:05 PM

There is an old saying that "there is no disputing about taste," but in fact we all have debates about our artistic preferences. Are there facts about good and bad art that we can discover through reasoned discussion? How are debates about art different from debates about science, logic, or ethics? Why do we care about art in the way that we do? How do we think about representation, taste, criticism, artistic sincerity and authenticity, and the relationship between the criteria for argument and agreement in aesthetics and in domains such as logic and science? The course will also include field trips to several NYC museums, including the MET and MoMA.

James Baldwin in Harlem - ENGL 371 1BB

Monday - Thursday, 11:30 AM - 2:05 PM

James Baldwin, the most prominent African American writer raised in Harlem, was born in 1924 when the Harlem Renaissance was in full bloom. In this period, Harlem became known as the capital of Black America. Its key writers and thinkers -- Alain Locke, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and later figures like Richard Wright -- profoundly influenced Baldwin. In this course we will read works by many of these people along with some of Baldwin's own publications, and situate him in his Harlem context

Women in American Popular Music - MUS 31127

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 AM - 1:15 PM

From Memphis Minnie to Carole King to Beyoncé, women musicians have been powerful contributors to American popular culture. "Women in American Popular Music" examines the works of women songwriters and performers from a variety of musical genres, starting with the birth of the blues in the early twentieth century and ending with the songwriters of today. The course explores historical, cultural, and critical views of women musicians, as well as social constructions of gender as reflected in musical language, popular culture, and the media. (Note: you do not need to read music to take this course.)

Teaching Art About #BlackLivesMatter - ART 31520

Monday & Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:50 PM

How can people engage in conversations about racial justice? What role does art play in these conversations? These questions, always present, become especially pertinent at moments of deep political conflict. In this course, students discuss artwork made in response to racial justice movements, learn about effective teaching strategies, and develop their own art lessons and activities. "Teaching Art about #BlackLivesMatter" is open to anyone interested in making and teaching art to people of all ages in schools, museums, and community spaces.  

Hybrid Courses

This summer get the best of both worlds with CCNY's hybrid classes. Learn from the classroom and your apartment with the array of interactive courses offered by the Division of Humanities and the Arts. Speed up your path to graduation by taking major requirements and electives. Online courses make it easier than ever.

The Collapse of Communism - HIST 37900

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30 - 5:05 PM

Communism collapsed with startling speed. In three years, the global order underwent its most profound transformation since 1945. On both sides of the Cold War divide, people experienced the great change as  exciting, disorienting, hopeful, or disastrous, or all at the same time. The course explores the causes behind the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, and the economic, political, social, and cultural challenges confronting the post-Communist world since 1989. “The Collapse of Communism” offers a mix of in-class lectures and discussions with on-line activities.

Controversies in U.S. History - HIST 31180

Monday & Wednesday, 11:30 AM - 2:05 PM

"Selma and American Sniper: Is Accuracy Important?" "150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre."
As these headlines suggest, the past is the topic of heated debate and a source of raw wounds in the present. In this hybrid course, we will explore several controversies over versions of the past in memorials and monuments, in television and film, at theme parks, and on websites. We will analyze why Americans struggle over the form and expression of memory in popular culture, why struggles over memory are such a persistent feature in our everyday life, and what, if anything, is at stake in these conflicts.

Multicultural Marketing Communications - MCA 31567

Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 5:05 PM

America is experiencing the most profound demographic changes in a century.  As a result, many marketers are adapting communications plans to take advantage of growing multicultural consumer segments.  Effective communication to this "new America" is key to the long-term survival and success of any company in today's marketplace. The Multicultural Marketing Communication course will enable students to recognize how cultural differences impact consumer behavior and apply this learning to the development of communication strategies.

For more information about registering for summer classes, visit the registrar's site.