This 360 cluster consists of three courses that examine different aspects of “empires.” It brings together historical, linguistic, and scientific perspectives in the study of imperial experiences and their present-day implications. Building empires is a common human experience. Temporally, it appeared some 5000 years ago and has lasted until the present day. Spatially, it stretches all over the world. It gives meanings to peoples’ cultures and affects the contemporary political landscape and life experience. Together, this cluster offers rich and diverse understandings and interpretations of “empires” in human experience.
Pathways to Policy
This cluster focuses on how policies in particular domains -- environment, economy, health, and education -- are developed and implemented in different national contexts. The primary areas of focus are the US (capitalist), Cuba (socialist), and China (post-socialist).
Textiles in Context: Analysis, Interpretation, and Exhibition
This cluster provides a multidisciplinary approach to the technical analysis, historical interpretation, and museum display of early Byzantine textiles. Students will undertake technical analysis of materials and production techniques, and how to relate technical evidence to questions of early Byzantine textiles' function, social meaning, and public display in both the early medieval and contemporary periods. Students will be introduced to the shifting uses of these objects in life and death as well as the changing ways in which scholars have interpreted and displayed these objects over time. Equipped with this background, students will organize an original exhibition of early Byzantine textiles from the Jefferson University Collection and present their knowledge and interpretations at the College and to wider communities through the exhibition and through their contributions to the Jefferson University publicly accessible online collection catalog.