Spring 2014 Courses

Ancient American Metallurgy.  L. Deleonardis (History of Art). Undergraduate course. This course addresses the technology, iconography and social significance of metals and draws on case studies from Colombia, Peru, Hispaniola and Panama. Collections study in museums. May also be used as credit toward the Archaeology major. Cross-listed with PLAS.

The Archaeology of Ancient Cyprus: Investigating a Mediterranean Island World in the JHU Museum.  E. Anderson (Classics).  Undergraduate course. This course explores the visual and material worlds of ancient Cyprus from the earliest human evidence through the Iron Age. Class involves regular analysis of artifacts based in the Archaeological Museum.

Babylon: Myth and Reality.  M. Feldman (History of Art/Near Eastern Studies). Undergraduate course. “Babylon – the name resonates, from the Biblical whore of Revelations to sci-fi. But what do we really know about the ancient city and its civilization?”

Ceramic Analysis in Archaeology. J. Osborne (Near Eastern Studies).  Undergraduate course. At archaeological sites following the invention of pottery roughly 10,000 BCE, ceramics are the single most frequent and ubiquitous class of artefact that archaeologists uncover. This class, which will be conducted in the Hopkins Archaeological Museum as a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on interactions with ancient and modern ceramics, surveys the methods and interpretive techniques that archaeologists use when studying this important category of material culture. Specific topics include manufacturing techniques, craft specialization, typology and chronology, production and exchange, scientific analyses, stylistic and functional analysis, and socio-political organization.

The Disappearing Wall.  S. O’Connell (Classics).  Undergraduate course. The course introduces ancient Roman wall painting from Pompeii and Rome as images painted on “disappearing walls.” We will analyze these and other murals in historical, archaeological and museum contexts.


Examining Archaeological Objects. S. Balachandran (Near Eastern Studies). Undergraduate course. This course considers the role of materials in the production, study and interpretation of objects by examining artifacts from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Students will consider materials such as ceramics, stone, metal, glass, wood and textiles, and visit artists’ studios to gain an understanding of historical manufacturing processes. M&S practicum course. Cross-listed with Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and History of Art.

Expository Writing: Roman Gladiators.  E. Campbell (Classics). Undergraduate course. “Expos” is designed to introduce more confident student writers to the elements of academic argument. Students learn to apply the paradigm of academic argument in academic essays of their own. Classes are capped at 15 students and organized around four major writing assignments. Each course guides students’ practice through pre-writing, drafting, and revising, and includes discussions, workshops, and tutorials with the instructor. In addition to its central focus on the elements of academic argument, each “Expos” course teaches students to document sources correctly and provides its own topic or theme to engage students’ writing and thinking. Please see the following list of individual course descriptions to decide which sections of “Expos” will most interest you. “Expos” courses are available to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and to seniors by special permission.

Intermediate Ancient Greek.  D. Dooley (Classics). Undergraduate course.  Reading ability in classical Greek is developed through a study of various authors, primarily Plato (fall) and Homer (spring). Recommended Course Background: AS.040.105-AS.040.106 or equivalent.

Johns Hopkins: The Idea of University.  B. Leslie (History of Science). Undergraduate course. Who was Ira Remsen and why is he interred in the building bearing his name? Was the School of Medicine’s best surgeon really a life-long drug addict? This freshman seminar will explore the history of our university since its founding in 1876, including its schools of medicine, public health, nursing, the Applied Physics Laboratory and SAIS. We’ll look carefully at the archives and develop a thematic class exhibit. Research and writing intensive.

Library/Laboratory. G. Dean (History). Undergraduate course. This interdisciplinary and project-driven class investigates the library as a site of experimentation and an expression of different knowledge regimes. Material includes literary treatments of the library, historical and critical readings, guest lectures, rare materials from special collections and field work.

Location Photography.  H. Ehrenfeld (Homewood Art Workshops).  Undergraduate course. Working in the studio and in various locations, students will learn the fundamentals of lighting interiors and strategies for working in almost any environment. Field trips will include the National Aquarium, Evergreen Museum & Library, a Howard County horse farm, a Tiffany-designed church and a Hampden photo studio. Students will also concentrate on the fine art of printing in our new digital lab. They will develop a final portfolio of 10 photographs which express a personal vision about a location of their choice. A basic knowledge of digital photography is helpful, but not required.

On Diet.  Are We What We Eat? A. Rebrovik (Political Science).  Undergraduate. Tracing the history of the idea that “you are what you eat,” this course explores the relationships between diets, bodies, selves, and politics. Readings will be both historical and contemporary and cover a variety of fields including political theory, philosophy, anthropology, and the history of science and medicine.

Problems in Ancient American Art.  L. Deleonardis (History of Art). Undergraduate course.  Selected topics which may include collecting the pre-Columbian past and connoisseurship, the formation of national museums, post-Columbian appropriations. Collections study in museums. May also be used toward credit for the Archaeology major. Cross-listed with PLAS and Program in Museum and Society.

Religion in Roman Art.  PL Tucci (History of Art). Graduate course. This course explores the relationships between Roman art and religion through a survey of key topics and issues, from the archaic period to late antiquity, providing an introduction into how to use both textual and material evidence as sources for understanding Roman art and society.

Still Life/Interior/Landscape. C. Hankin (Homewood Art Workshops).  Undergraduate course. This intermediate drawing class will examine three grand traditions in representational art. We will explore problems in still life that have occupied artists from Chardin to Morandi; in interiors from Vermeer to Giacometti; in landscape from Corot to Diebenkorn. We will also look at where the boundaries between these genres blur and how they overlap.

Worshipped Goddesses, Worshipping Women: Femininity, Religion and Mythology in Ancient Greece. S. Stern (Classics). Undergraduate course.  This course examines the Greek goddesses and heroines and the ways in which women worshipped them in antiquity, using an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating literary, iconographical, and archaeological evidence.