Imagine spending block one in Paris next year!

In AH275/HY200 Nineteenth-Century Paris: Art and Cultural History
Professors Gale Murray and Tip Ragan
Paris, France

Next year, Gale Murray (Art History) and Tip Ragan (History) will offer AH/HY200, Nineteenth-Century Paris: Art and Cultural History, which will take place block one in Paris.

Course Description: In the nineteenth century, Paris reigned supreme as the cultural capital of Europe. The cycles of revolution and the social instability resulting from industrialization served as backdrops in the city to the most important artistic and literary movements of the century, ranging from Romanticism and Realism to Impressionism, post-Impressionism, and fin-de-siècle decadence.

This course will investigate the birth of modern Paris by using the city as its laboratory. Visiting monuments such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tour, and Sacré Cour, as well as museums, including the Louvre, Orsay, and Marmottan, will prove central to this exciting intellectual odyssey. Students will focus on representative artists, such as Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, and read some of the most exciting literary texts by Hugo, Zola, and Huysmans in the context of exploring the City of Lights.

The course counts toward the major and minor in Art History or History. In addition, it fulfills the social inequality requirement for general education. It has no prerequisites, and knowledge of French is not necessary. The program is a lot of fun and a great opportunity for students who want a study abroad experience. We anticipate that it will fill up very quickly, so if you are interested, please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with further information and put you on our contact list.

Applications will be made available in the near future. Interviews will take place in block 5. Applications for financial aid will go live on Summit around March 1st. Financial aid for abroad classes runs out quickly, so those who apply early are most likely to get it. Students who are interested should email Gale Murray ( or Tip Ragan ( for more information.

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To help accommodate students who will be staying on campus, Rastall Café will be open Thursday December 21st and Friday December 22nd from 12-1pm for lunch service only. On these days staff club plans and department coupon books will not be accepted. We will be accepting cash or debit/credit card only. Rastall Café will be closed Saturday December 23rd through Saturday January 6, 2018. Re-opening for dinner service at 5 pm on Sunday January 7th for half block limited operations.
Thank you!

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What Would a Great CC Classroom for All look like? The Crown Faculty Center, The Butler Center, and the NEH Professorship invite interested students to apply to a Spring 2018 Teaching & Learning Circle: “Good to Great in the CC Classroom.” Inspiration for this Circle comes from The Butler Center’s Good to Great programs, collaborative learning communities elsewhere, and feedback that faculty and students would like support to move from awareness of classroom issues to actively addressing these classroom issues.
We propose that a group of faculty, staff, and students study this question over the spring of 2018, determining whether and how to move forward, and if in agreement, establishing the curriculum for the inaugural “Good to Great in the CC Classroom” program to deeply explore the classroom teaching environment, on the Block Plan.
To that end, we seek about 16 faculty, staff, and students to commit to this Teaching & Learning Circle. Participants would agree to attend all (or most) of the following events: MLK Jr Day programming on January 15, 2018; extended discussion and goal-setting, January 16, 2018; blockly working group of ~2 hours each block, at time set by participants; the Early Summer Faculty Retreat (May 23-25, 2018).
If you would like to participate in this Teaching & Learning Circle, please complete a short application here: While we may be unable to invite all interested campus members into the first Circle, there will be many opportunities to participate this year and in the future.

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Come celebrate these students’ hard work in a screening of 15 student documentary films! The program will be about two hrs total. Featuring films from Addie Knight, Jesse Metzger, Emily Komie, Angel Martinez, Micah Robin, Lily Green, Kai Cintorino, Noelle Edwards, Corrina Leatherwood, Georgia Griffis, Mari Young, Fengyi Xu, Ella Grossman, Jordan Phinney, and Lila Schmitz.

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