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For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. to Offer New Courses in
Music, Dance, Korean and Archaeology
this Spring Quarter
Los Angeles, CA Â Tap dancing, Asian music, the Korean language, and the realm of ancient cave rituals will be explored in four new courses offered at California State University, Los Angeles, this spring quarter, which begins March 27.
ÂThe Music of Greater AsiaÂ will examine music and culture of many Pan-Asian regions including China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, Pakistan, India, Iran and Armenia. It will also explore how cultures use music as a means to advance politics and religion. Taught by Satik Andriassian, the four-unit course (MUS 454L) is open to all majors and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:50-11:30 a.m. For class location, call the Department of Music at (323) 343-4060.
ÂThe Evolution of Tap from Jig to Be-BopÂ is a historical lesson on tap dance from the 19th century to the 21st century. It will be taught by the ÂAmbassador of TapÂ Ardie Bryant, who has performed at the Disney Hall. Known as the Âinnovator of modern jazz tap,Â BryantÂs career has spanned seven decades and included performances with legendary jazz artists Duke Ellington, Nat ÂKingÂ Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. The class (DANC 454L) will meet every Friday, 1:30-4:10 p.m., at Biological Sciences 144. For details, call the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at (323) 343-4110.
ÂElementary KoreanÂ will examine the fundamental structure of the Korean language through hearing, speaking, reading and writing. The four-unit course (KOR 100A) also introduces students to the customs, culture and institutions of the Korean people. This class, taught by new part-time faculty Meena Chung, will meet every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:50-11:30 a.m., at King Hall B2005. For details, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (323) 343-4230.
ÂMesoamerican Cave ArchaeologyÂ is possibly the only course of its kind in the country exploring ritual cave use among the ancient Olmec, Maya and Aztec. As it focuses on ancient Mesoamerican religious concepts of sacred landscape, the course also debates the importance of rituals involving human sacrifice in caves. Taught by James Brady, a pioneering scholar in Mesoamerican cave archaeology, this four-unit course (ANTH 454L) will meet every Tuesday and Thursday, 4:20-6 p.m., at King Hall C4073. (The class is also available through Open University.) For details, call the Department of Anthropology at (323) 343-2440.
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