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Below are the course descriptions for our Summer 2021 offerings! Please note: Tufts in Talloires classes must be taken for a letter grade (no pass/fail option). Classes will be filled on a rolling basis. You can register for one course per session and you may participate in one or both sessions. Applications are due on or before May 3.  Any applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Session 1: May 24 - June 11, 2021

CLS 149: Roman Gaul: Gauls, Greeks and Romans, and the Shaping of French Identity 

The historical identity of France owes much to the contact, interaction and accommodation that took place between the peoples of ancient Gaul, the Greeks who settled along its Mediterranean shore, and the Romans who conquered and ruled Gaul for almost five hundred years. This course will explore this rich process of cultural creation and identity formation through an exploration of the following questions: Who were the Gauls?  How did they express their identity culturally, ecologically politically, socially in cult and ritual, and in material culture and productivity?  Why did the Greeks migrate to and settle in southern Gaul? What did it mean to be a Greek in Gaul? How were the Greek poleis or city-states different if it all from those in Greece, southern Italy and Sicily, and Asia Minor? How did Greeks and Gauls interact and find a middle ground?  How did the Romans become involved in Gaul?  How did they engage with the Greeks and Gauls?  Who were the Romans in Gaul? Why did Rome eventually conquer all of Gaul?  And how did Roman, Greek, and Gallic culture combine to shape the early identity and cultural legacy of France? To answer these many questions, the course will draw on the richness of recent archaeological discoveries, the diverse accounts of ancient writers, the exciting new research and analyses of modern historians and archaeologists, and a study tour of the great Gallo-Roman town, Vienne.  The course will begin with an overview of the history of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Roman Republic and Empire. (3 SHUs)  Bruce Hitchner (Mon-Fri, 10-1 pm)

DNC 71: Dance Movement and Creative Process: European Roots/Contemporary Practice

Dance Movement and Creative Process is an experiential course that promotes movement literacy, creativity, and collaboration based on the exploration of fundamental movement principles and aesthetic ideas. Students will engage in an intensive practice that focuses on investigating the relationship between movement, improvisation, and the creative process. The course begins from the idea that any movement is a dance, and that any mover is a dancer. We will explore both our everyday movements (walking, bending, carrying, sinking, twisting), and fundamental principles of motion (momentum, space, time, body articulation, dynamic force, etc.). In class, we will focus on physical experimentation, moving away from traditional ideas of dance connected to specific dance styles, or musical and emotional expressivity. Individual and group movement improvisations involve creative problem-solving activities, and collaboration with peers. Designed for students of all levels, classes begin with a non-technical warm-up, followed by guided movement assignments focused on various methods of sourcing movement material and promoting exploration of one’s own body-mind connection in movement.

The cultivation of creative movement process through concentrated workshops such as this course has a long-standing tradition in dance with primary roots in Europe. 100 years ago, seminal movement theorist Rudolf von Laban founded a School for the Arts in Monte Verità, Switzerland. It was in the holistic setting of the Alps that Laban first articulated fundamental movement concepts that have come to be recognized as central to the study of movement systems worldwide. Continuing such traditions in Talloires, over 50 years ago, Charlotte MacJannet established a tradition of music and dance education in Talloires via her classes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. With this backdrop in mind, we will examine the historical evolution of these concepts and examine dance and movement through a global lens, engaging in virtual conversations and movement sessions with European artists and practitioners, as we cultivate our own creative movement practice. (3 SHUs) Renata Celichowska (Mon-Thu, 11-1:30 pm and Fri 11-1 pm) 

ED 130: Human Development and Learning

This course introduces students to theories of child development and learning across cultures. We will begin by examining theories of child development and schooling, paying close attention to the cultural contexts in which education takes place.  Influenced by the philosophies of Jean Jacques Rousseau, students will study the work of pioneering Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, on cognition and learning.  Following, students will consider how Piaget’s ideas may be put into practice through European models of education, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.   We will have the opportunity to visit with Montessori educators and learn about this unique approach to education.  Class discussions will explore the universality of human development, the influence of culture on learning, models of schooling and teaching practice, and comparisons between French and American attitudes toward childhood and education, in particular.  Through class conversations and written work, students will be asked to develop cross-cultural comparisons between course theories and their own educational experiences. (3 SHUs) Erin Seaton (Mon-Fri, 1:30-3:30 pm)

ENT 109 / EE 193-4: Societal Aspects of Design: Integration, Innovation, and Impact

Societal Aspects of Design challenges multi-disciplinary students to navigate the design process together in the search for a solution to a wicked problem—a social or cultural problem with the attributes of being difficult or impossible to solve due in part to contradictory information, incomplete knowledge, different agendas among constituents and stakeholders, economic consideration, and changes in requirements over time. We explore a variety of models of collaboration, culture and design (philosophy, approach, human communication, activities of influence and reflection) to understand the path to innovation that impacts (and potentially disrupts) society. Exploration includes problem identification, iterative design, inquiry of multiple constituents with their perspectives and bias, and learning how to communicate and market new ideas.

Designers (artists, scientists, and engineers):

  • Will seek to move to a desired future state from the present problem state.
  • Must embrace failure through experimentation and reflection to find the best path along the iterative design process.
  • Will communicate their innovation through careful articulation and expression to maximize the impact on society.

The class will include many innovative resources and organizations from France and Switzerland to gain international perspectives as well as the cultural aspects of design processes. (3 SHUs) Ron Lasser (Mon-Fri, 9-11 am and 1-2 pm)

Optional additional course for Session 1:

EXP-0114: Beyond Bonjour: An Exploration of French Culture and Daily Life

This course will examine French culture and daily life with the goal of developing intercultural awareness. Through a variety of readings, media, and guest lectures, students will deepen their understanding of current events and topics in France. We will explore the rich complexity of French society through an examination of history, education, and the arts as we build our cultural competency. (1 SHU) Tufts University European Center Staff

Session 2: June 14 - July 2, 2021

EC 91: The Economics of Organization and Strategy: An International Perspective

Economic organizations need to create successful relationships with their customers, employees, and suppliers. Companies and non-profit organizations are influenced by their cultural and legal context and by the technology available to them. In this course, we will take an international comparative approach to learning how an organization’s architecture affects its strategy and performance. We will analyze how the balance between coordination and delegation of decision rights, the design of incentive systems, and the monitoring and evaluation of individual and divisional performance affect the organization’s success. Students will learn how organizations create and sustain competitive advantage. Throughout the course, we will apply these concepts to case studies of French companies, including large conglomerate, family-owned firms, a public-private partnership, and a social enterprise. Comparing the US and France, we will gain appreciation for similarities and differences of economic organizations across countries. (3 SHUs) Silke Forbes (Mon-Fri, 9:30-12 pm)

FR 21/FR 22: Composition and Conversation : Découverte de la richesse culturelle, linguistique, et économique de la Haute Savoie

This special version of French 21 and French 22 will provide students with a unique window into French language and culture. With a focus on the Haute Savoie region, where Talloires is located, the course will feature a range of guest speakers who will share their stories and perspectives with the class. Our guest speakers will allow spontaneous exchange and conversation, and expose students to lively, contemporary vocabulary.  These lectures, combined with readings from famous literary works, will provide students with an opportunity to develop their French language skills while discovering the richness of the Haute Savoie region.

The overall goal of this course is to promote oral and written fluency in French. Careful preparation of written assignments for the course and active class participation will be essential. Coursework will include readings, written assignments, oral presentations, papers, and exams. Students will cover the grammar lessons of French 21 or French 22 separately, but will work together on readings, discussions, and projects. Taught in French. (4 SHUs) (Prerequisite: French 4) Anne Taieb (Mon-Fri, 9:30-10:30 am recitation and 11:00 am - 1:30 pm)

MDIA 0150: Animation in the Alps

A comprehensive animation basics course showcasing hand-drawn, replacement, and stop-motion techniques.  No priory experience necessary.  Work will be edited by each student into two final individual projects with sound and credits. International independent animation is the focus for the class.  Students will virtually travel the globe watching films from a wide selection of countries and cultures, highlighting innovative animation artists and pioneers.  In addition, the class will remotely attend the Annecy International Animation Festival – the largest in the world – to view award winning films, meet with filmmakers, and participate in unique workshops.   A live on-line screening presentation of all class work will serve as the final exam. (4 SHUs) Joel Frenzer (days/time coming soon)

Optional additional course for Session 2:

EXP-0114: Beyond Bonjour: An Exploration of French Culture and Daily Life

This course will examine French culture and daily life with the goal of developing intercultural awareness. Through a variety of readings, media, and guest lectures, students will deepen their understanding of current events and topics in France. We will explore the rich complexity of French society through an examination of history, education, and the arts as we build our cultural competency. (1 SHU) Tufts University European Center Staff