Mini-Courses

Feeling ambitious? Connect with Hopkins faculty for in-depth, short course explorations on timely topics and eternal questions.

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China’s Western Horizon: Book Club

Wednesday, September 2 – Wednesday, November 18
Lecture + Live Discussion
4 sessions
over 4 months and a Digital Book Club Experience

Under the ambitious leadership of President Xi Jinping, China is zealously transforming its wealth and economic power into potent tools of global political influence. But China’s foreign policy initiatives, even the vaunted “Belt and Road,” will be shaped and redefined as they confront the ground realities of local and regional politics outside China. In China’s Western Horizon, Daniel S. Markey (A&S ’95), a scholar of international relations and former member of the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff, previews how China’s efforts are likely to play out across the swath of Eurasia that includes South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Over the next 4 months, Professor Markey will engage you in a deep discussion related to these issues. His recent book will be used as a framework, but you will connect topics from the book with articles, videos, online resources, and discussion with other Hopkins faculty and members of this virtual book club. During the zoom-based seminars, you’ll be encouraged to share your perspectives, drawing from your own experience and reading. 

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Androids, Cyborgs, and The Human of Our Dreams

Friday, July 31 – Friday, September 4
Lecture + Live Discussion
6 sessions

Looking for some inspiration to get your summer reading done during the dog days of summer? Search no more. In this mini-course at the intersection of world literature, the history of robotics, and cognitive science, Dr. Monica Lopez-Gonzalez (A&S ’05, ’07, ’10) will lead an exploration of the changing face of the humanoid robot and its societal consequences through selections of fictional narratives (the short story, novel, and theatrical play) from the eighteen hundreds to today. Merging empirical fact with creative fiction, you will also get a chance to unleash your imagination and write and/or share ideas of your very own short story, one-act theatrical play, or poetry.

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Lessons for Today from Nine Greats Who Helped Create Hopkins Medicine

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Alexander Grass Humanities Institute Blast Courses on Hopkins at Home

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Chaucer: Five Canterbury Tales

Taught by Dr. Christopher Cannon

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Radio: The Theater of the Mind

Taught by Daniel H. Foster

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Sounds of Change: US Reform Movements through the Lester Levy Sheet Music Collection

Taught by Sam Bessen

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Jazz Lives!

Taught by Nasar Abadey

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Cold War Liberals

Taught by Mark Gilbert

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Music and Technology in the 21st Century

Taught by Thomas Dolby

1. How do computers think about music?

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2. What happens in the recording studio?

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3. Why use music in films?

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Living with Pain

Taught by Travis Rieder and Hanna Pickard

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Jane Austen of Our Times

Taught by Evelyne Ender

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Politics and Populism

Taught by Yascha Mounk

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Shock and Awe: Impacts in Space, Science, and Society

Taught by KT Ramesh

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Eating in the Anthropocene

Taught by Jessica Fanzo, PhD 

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The Art of Negotiation

Taught by Stacey B. Lee

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Preserving Integrity in Turbulent Times

Taught by Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN

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Rough Magic: Shakespeare on Power

Taught by Eliot Cohen, PhD

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Italian Style in Context

Taught by Leonardo Proietti

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Manipulating Life: The Ethics of Emerging Biotechnologies

Taught by Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH

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Fake News from the Flood

Taught by Dr. Earle Havens

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Investigating the Temple of Mut

Taught by Betsy Bryan

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