MH: Utopian Impulses

Interdisciplinary thinking is an essential component of successful innovation in the creative arts. This class will focus on examples of Utopian experiments of the 19th and 20th centuries to better understand the conditions that lead to interaction between disciplines resulting in multi disciplinary cooperation and expression. The class will provide cultural and historical context for Individualized Majors in particular by studying historical and contemporary examples of interaction between disciplines and providing opportunities for students to situate themselves within contemporary experience. The class will be composed primarily of lectures with required research assignments and presentations. There will be readings, films and field trips to lectures at other institutions when appropriate.