Seminar Descriptions

Information about credit to the major is included when available; in other cases, consult the department. This site contains information received by Jul 15, 2017. Instructors reserve the right to alter the information provided. Course meeting times and locations will be listed on the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) system as they become available.

Berkeley

CSBK 370, The Business of Venture Capital. Jorge Torres, J.D., venture capitalist and attorney, Silas Capital LLC.  Lecturer in Yale College.

A survey of the origins, practice, and business models of venture capital. Consideration of three major areas: the history and purpose of venture capital; the practical details of venture investing; and advanced topics on business models, technology ecosystems, and ethics. Particular emphasis on how venture capitalists partner with entrepreneurs to finance technology startups.

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Branford

CSBR 370, Exiles and Migrants in Literature and FilmLeah Mirakhor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Wooster. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of transnational literary texts and films that illuminate how migrants, refugees, and exiles remake home away from their native countries following displacement from various causes including war, genocide, famine, racial and ethnic conflict, religious conflict, and climate change. Students explore the possibilities and limitation of creating, contesting, and imaging home in diaspora. 

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Davenport

CSDC 370, HU, Classical Storytelling and Modern ScreenwritingBrian Price, MFA, screenwriter, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Lecturer in Yale College.

Fundamentals of screenwriting and the current dominant mode of the craft. Theories of story, structure, and character, including Aristotle’s analysis of classical drama; screenwriting as both a craft and an art; film’s role in the history of storytelling. Students develop an original story idea and write the first act of a feature-length screenplay. Please send required writing sample to college.seminar@yale.edu. Enrollment limited to 15.

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Timothy Dwight

CSTD 370, HU, WR, Heroes and Villains in Film and Literature.Eddy Friedfeld, J.D., attorney, consultant, journalist, and historian. Lecturer in Yale College.

American archetypes of heroes and villains explored through the genesis and evolution of the detective, gangster, and spy genres in film and novels. Ways in which great directors, actors, and writers influenced these archetypes and were influenced by them. 

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Jonathan Edwards

CSJE 370, HU, WR, Progressive Art Education. Fritz Horstman, MFA, Education Director at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Lecturer in Yale College.

Progressive art education from the late nineteenth century to the present based on the curriculum developed by Josef and Anni Albers. The course focuses on developing conceptual, pedagogic, and manual skills. 

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Benjamin Franklin

CSBF 370, Radio Journalism. Chris Arnold, B.A., NPR correspondent. Lecturer in Yale College.

Study of radio journalism, including hands-on experience reporting and producing actual radio/audio stories. Fundamentals of radio reporting and writing; journalism techniques, practices, and ethics; the use of digital recording equipment and audioediting software. Enrollment limited to 15

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Grace Hopper

CSGH 370, The Transformative Actor in 20th Century British Theater HistoryDavid Byron, MFA, writer. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of the ways in which a revolutionary generation of British actors made possible significant advances in Western dramaturgy and approaches to acting and staging. Actors include Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Sybil Thorndike, and John Gielgud. 

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Morse

CSMC 370, Sc, The Mystery of SleepMeir Kryger, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Professor of Clinical Nursing, Yale School of Medicine and Suman Baddam, M.D., Instructor at Yale Child Study Center. Lecturers in Yale College.

The role in which sleep and circadian rhythms affect attention, cognition, and memory through multidisciplinary consideration of neurobiology, epidemiology, and humanities. Psychological aspects of sleep; sleep disorders; sleep deprivation; and the history of sleep in philosophy, literature, and art.    

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Pauli Murray

CSMY 370, Espionage and International LawAsaf Lubin, LLM; JSD candidate, Yale Law School; intelligence analyst and national security lawyer. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination, through case studies and in-class discussions, of how the rules of international law apply to interstate espionage operations. Topics include mass surveillance, privacy rights, encryption debates, state sponsored espionage, intelligence for wartime drone operations, and the territoriality of data in the age of cloud computing.   

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Pierson

CSPC 370, SO, The Press, Business, and the Economy. Thomas Herman, B.A., journalist and teacher. Lecturer in Yale College.

A study of the ways that journalists define and shape economic news. Discussion of the pressures that business journalists face and the process of press coverage for business, economics, financial markets, and personal finance. 
 

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Saybrook

CSSY 370, The Art of TV Drama. Aaron Tracy, M.A., television writer. Lecturers in Yale College.

A critical examination of contemporary television writing and the mechanics of how to write for television. Focus on close readings and analyses of television scripts, the fundamentals and process of writing outlines for original pilots, and the business of the television industry. Please send required writing sample to college.seminar@yale.edu. Enrollment limited to 15.

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Silliman

 CSSM 370, Prison Law and PolicyMichelle Wolfe Howard, M.Div., Interim Director, Osborne Association. Lecturer in Yale College.

Examination of the legal rights of incarcerated people; the construction, development, and diminution of those rights by U.S. courts; and policy responses by politicians and community leaders. Topics include the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment,” prisoners’ rights to freedom of speech and religion, and discrimination in prisons.

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Ezra Stiles

CSES 370, The Literature of CapitalismThomas Easton, MBA and MSL, American Finance Editor, The Economist. Lecturer in Yale College.

Insights from history, economic theory, and literature to examine interrelated questions about how prosperity is achieved and at what cost. Historical and literary overview of factors leading to the global financial crisis and its fractious aftermath. Emphasis on reading and writing about economic events. 

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Trumbull

CSTC 370, SO, Hip Hop Music and CultureNicholas Conway, B.S., adjunct professor, and disc jockey. Lecturer in Yale College.

The evolution of hip hop music and culture from the 1970s through the 1990s, including graffiti art, b-boying (break dancing), DJ-ing, and MC-ing. Examination of the historical and political contexts in which hip hop culture has taken shape. Attention to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and old-fashioned “funkiness.” Includes three evening screenings.

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