Flying University Courses for Ukrainian Students

Flying University Courses for Ukrainian Students (FUUS) will assist students whose lives have been  disrupted by the war. FUUS is supported by the Kosciuszko Foundation (New York and Warsaw). 

The Kosciuszko Foundation is organizing academic courses for Ukrainian students in  humanities and social sciences. Our new project "Flying University Courses for Ukrainian  Students (FUUS)" is implemented under the FREEDOM STARTS WITH YOUR MIND program. 

The aim of the project is to support Ukrainian students who are hindered or prevented from  studying by the war in Ukraine. Online courses in English will be conducted pro bono by  distinguished lecturers from the best American colleges and university departments. Through  participation in the courses, undergraduate and graduate students can: 

- deepen their knowledge on current and academically relevant topics; - develop their skills, learn about other cultures and establish interesting relationships; - increase their competence in the use of academic English.  

The first round of courses will take place in June 2022. These will be online courses taught in  English to undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. We will  implement active working methods in groups of up to 12 students. Students will be required  to engage in class activities, analyze readings, write a short essay, and participate in  discussions. If the student meets the course requirements he/she will receive a certificate of  participation. 

You can apply only by electronic form here 

Deadline of application: May 31st, 2022 

Committee of the Flying University for Ukrainian Students project 

Grażyna Czetwertyńska, University of Warsaw, Department of Artes Liberales, President, The  Kosciuszko Foundation Poland 

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, State University of New York, Stony Brook, Department of  English 

Andrzej W. Tymowski, American Council of Learned Societies, Senior Adviser to International  Programs


WEEK 1 (June 5-11, 2022) 

Sullivan, Winnifred Fallers (Religious Studies and Law, Indiana University

The Trial of Joan of Arc - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Accused of heresy and war crimes,  she was feared by both the French and English kings. We will focus primarily on the trial of  condemnation in the context of fifteenth century religion, law, and politics, as well as later religious,  legal, cinematic, literary and political lives of Joan. Who was Joan? Who is she? Can we separate her  from the legend?  

Spodek, Howard (History, Temple University

Issues in World History - This course in world history is designed to be inclusive of all major regions and  cultures of the world - not privileging Europe, North America, and Christianity - as so often has been  the pattern. It will begin with the onset of humanity and come (almost) to the present day. The four  units focus on the emergence of humans through an evolutionary process, the emergence of world  religions, early European expeditions to China and India, finally leading to colonialization, and emerging  issues of ecological sustainability. 

Sullivan, Barry (Constitutional Law and History, Loyola University Chicago School of Law) Government Information and Democratic Government - What does it mean to be a citizen in a  democratic society, and what do citizens need to know about the government's activities to do their  work as citizens? Similarly, what government information must be made available to opposition  parliamentarians? Democratic government requires an informed citizenry and parliamentary  opposition, but no government can function with perfect transparency. We will explore historical and  contemporary efforts to accommodate these conflicting necessities. 

Glazener, Nancy (English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh) Gender and Sexuality Studies Today - This course will bring students into some key conversations in  the interdisciplinary fields of gender and sexuality studies, illuminating theoretical frameworks but  drawing on texts that are not overly specialized. The four class meetings will introduce 1) Intersectional  feminism; 2) Performativity and the social construction of gender; 3) LGBTQ, Queer, and Transgender  studies; 4) Masculinities.

WEEK 2 (June 12-18, 2022) 

Klein, Jennifer (History, Yale University

Labor History, Class Politics, and Democracy in the 20th Century U.S. - The course examines various  forms of labor organizing and the possibilities and limits of solidarity in America from the Great  Depression of the 1930s, World War II, the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement to the present.  Under what conditions did divides of skill, race, gender, ethnicity, or class become salient in various  workplaces or communities? At what moments could these divides be transcended or transformed and  for what ends? Most broadly, this course asks: have labor rights been part of broader struggles over  citizenship rights and democracy? 

Berger, James (English, Yale University

Poetry for Life in the World - In these four sessions, we will read and talk about poems that address  living in crisis, surviving, and flourishing. Two sessions will focus on war, social injustice and how poetry  can respond (and how we respond as readers). One session will focus on personal pain and  transformation. The final session will focus on happiness. Almost all the poems can be found online; I  can provide copies of the others. 

Rubenstein, Michael (English, Stony Brook University

James Joyce's Ulysses - James Joyce's 1922 Ulysses is widely considered to be the greatest Anglophone  novel of the 20th century. We will read excerpts of the novel together to begin to understand why,  focusing on its innovations of style and narrative technique, and on its use of the English language as  itself a contested zone of struggle and revolt. 

Masuzawa, Tomoko (Comparative Literature and History, University of Michigan) Making of "the West": Study in Three Acts - "The West" (or "Europe") is an entity imagined by the  people who have identified themselves with it in recent centuries. This modern imagination (1) became  conscious of itself around the 12th century when Latin Christendom absorbed cultures and knowledge  traditions from the Greco-Byzantine and Arabo-Islamic worlds: (2) took on a triumphant outlook as the Latin nations began to dominate world trade; and (3) remade the ancient Mediterranean world in its  own image. 

WEEK 3 (June 19-25, 2022) 

Roshwald, Aviel (History, Georgetown University

Nationalism in Modern History - this seminar will engage students in a broad discussion of the modern  history of nationalism, with a focus on questions such as whether modern nationalism has pre-modern  historical roots, how valuable is the distinction between ethnic and civic nationalism, and what the  roles are of historical memory and amnesia in shaping national identities. Readings will include Ernest  Renan, Anthony Smith and Ernest Gellner and others. 

Lynch, Deidre (English, Harvard University

Frankenstein and the Rights of Monsters - why after two centuries does Frankenstein retain its grip on  the modern imagination? One answer is that Mary Shelley's story of a mad scientist and the monster  he disowns was shaped not just by the scientific ambitions of her day but also by her era's warfare and  refugee crises. In this course we'll discover that the questions that this short novel raises about political  justice and our relationships with the dead are as urgent now as they were in 1818. 

Rose, Louis (Modern European History, Otterbein University

History, Justice, and Democracy in Aeschylus' Oresteia - Aeschylus' Oresteia, the only Greek tragedy  preserved in its complete form, was written at the end of the long, violent history of reforms that produced the democratic system of justice in Athens. This course explores Oresteia as a vision of that  history, a reflection on the new meaning of justice, and a statement of the problems confronting the  survival of democracy. The class considers the continued relevance of Aeschylus for our time. 

Bohlman, Andrea (Music, UNC Chapel Hill

Sound, Music, and Political Change - this course introduces students to some of the key ways that  music and sound have shaped social movements in the past and present. Students can also expect to  gain experience talking about music from interdisciplinary perspectives as we will listen to songs,  critically discuss musicians' participation in politics, and analyze the role that sound plays in, for  example, documentary films, the global 1968, the Arab Spring, and the Movement for Black Lives in  North America. 

Flying University Faculty - lecturers 

Berger, James (Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English, Yale University) Prof. James Berger's primary research interests include: twentieth- and twenty-first-century American  literature, literary theory, disability studies, apocalyptic literature and film, neuroscience and  literature. His current research is on the representation of cognitive and linguistic impairment in  modern fiction. 

Bohlman, Andrea (Associate Professor of Music, UNC Chapel Hill) 

Prof. Andrea Bohlman studies the political stakes of music making and sound in the twentieth and  twenty-first centuries. In her work on the cultural history of music, migration and war, sound and  media studies, and social movements she is interested in the methodological challenges posed by the  study of the recent past. She weaves together archival work and ethnomusicological methods to study  musical cultures past and present, whether these are popular, sacred, art, or experimental. 

Glazener, Nancy (Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Director of the  Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh) Prof. Nancy Glazener's scholarship and teaching focus on US literature from the 18th-century to the  present and on contemporary fiction that circulates globally. Her research interests include  interdisciplinary theories of gender and sexuality, the institutional history of literary studies, ethics,  affect theory, print culture, class politics, reception theory, and the history of personhood. 

Klein, Jennifer (Bradford Durfee Professor of History, Yale University) 

Prof. Jennifer Klein's research spans the fields of U.S. labor history, urban history, social movements  and political economy. Writing about the intersection between labor politics and the welfare state,  she has focused on the history of health care policy, Social Security, pensions, collective bargaining and  New Deal liberalism. 

Lynch, Deidre (Harvard College Professor Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Harvard  University) 

Prof. Deidre Lynch's research interests include Eighteenth-century and Romantic-period British  literature and culture; theory and history of the novel; the Gothic; the Enlightenment; book history and the history of reading; affect theory; and history of English studies. 

Masuzawa, Tomoko (Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and History, University of  Michigan) 

Prof. Tomoko Masuzawa's research interests are modern European intellectual history (19th century);  discourses on religion; history of human sciences; and psychoanalysis. Her work also concerns Walter Benjamin, Emile Durkheim, Kafka and Dürrenmatt, James Hilton and Utopia, F. Max Müller, and  Jonathan Z. Smith. 

Rose, Louis (Executive Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives, Professor of Modern European  History, Otterbein University) 

Prof. Louis Rose's research interests in modern European history include Sigmund Freud and early  Viennese psychoanalysis and art history and psychoanalysts. 

Roshwald, Aviel (Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University) Prof. Aviel Roshwald's expertise is in the Middle East and North Africa. He has written on nationalism's  ancient roots and modern dilemmas, on ethnic nationalism and the fall of empires in Central Europe,  Russia, and the Middle East, and on Britain and France in the Middle East in the Second World War. 

Rubenstein, Michael (Associate Chair Department of English, Stony Brook University) Prof. Michael Rubenstein specializes in post-1945 Anglophone literature and culture; Irish Modernism;  James Joyce; Film; and the Environmental Humanities. His current project examines the figure of the  pipeline (aqueducts, transmission lines, and oil pipelines) in a selection of postwar Anglophone film and fiction. 

Spodek, Howard (Temple University, Professor of History) 

Prof. Howard Spodek's research interests are Modern India, Global Urbanization, and World History.  He has published extensively on urbanization in India and analyses of working women's organizations.  In addition, he wrote and produced the documentary film Ahmedabad (1983). 

Sullivan, Barry (Cooney & Conway Chair in Advocacy and George Anastaplo Professor of  Constitutional Law and History Loyola, University Chicago School of Law) 

Prof. Barry Sullivan has had a varied career in the private practice of law, government legal practice,  the teaching of law and public policy, and university administration. His areas of expertise include  Argument and Persuasion, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and Separation of Powers. 

Sullivan, Winnifred Fallers (Provost Professor, Religious Studies, Affiliate Professor, Law, Maurer  School of Law Co-Director, Center for Religion and the Human, Indiana University) Prof. Winnifred Sullivan is interested in religion as a broad and complex social and cultural  phenomenon, one that is deeply entangled with law. Her particular research focus is the  phenomenology of religion under the modern rule of law within a broader comparative field, including  legal anthropology, socio-legal studies, and the academic study of religion, with a view to displaying  the multiple and contending models of, and discourses about, religion there represented.

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