Courses

Fall 2022

Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Recent Advances in Computer Vision
Computer vision is a rapidly-evolving field, with technological innovations enabling societal impact, and societal needs fueling innovation. We select a few advanced computer vision topics to explore, focusing in particular on the robustness, transparency and fairness of computer vision systems. Students are expected to routinely read and present research papers, with special attention on developing excellent oral and written scientific communication skills
Instructors: Olga Russakovsky
Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Understanding Large Language Models
Large pre-trained language models have utterly transformed the field of natural language processing in the last 3-4 years. They form the basis of state-of-art systems and become ubiquitous in solving a wide range of language understanding and generation tasks. This course aims to cover cutting-edge research topics centering around large language models. We discuss their technical foundations, emerging capabilities, fine-tuning and adaptation, theoretical understanding, system design, as well as security and ethics. Students are expected to routinely read and present research papers and complete a research project at the end.
Instructors: Danqi Chen
Advanced Topics in Computer Science: Verification and Synthesis
This seminar explores research advances in automated reasoning with applications in formal verification and synthesis. We study recent papers from a variety of application domains - networks, distributed systems, systems-on-chip, machine learning. Students are expected to lead some class discussions and do a class project of their choice.
Instructors: Aarti Gupta
African American Literature: Origins to 1910
This course tracks the evolution of Black literature and literary culture from the mid-18th century to the early 20th. Moving across a range of genres - from poetry to drama to fiction - and mediums - from the periodical to the bound novel - we will interrogate the relationship between literary form, aesthetics, and cultural politics, while developing a deep understanding of the emergence of an African American literary tradition.
Instructors: Autumn Womack
African American Studies and the Philosophy of Race
This course introduces students to the field of African American Studies through an examination of the complex experiences, both past and present, of Americans of African descent. Through a multidisciplinary perspective, it reveals the complicated ways we come to know and live race in the United States. Students engage classic texts in the field, all of which are framed by a concern with epistemologies of resistance and of ignorance that offer insight into African American thought and practice.
Instructors: Eddie Glaude, Imani Perry
African-American Literature: Sites of Memory: Black Archives in Theory and Practice
Silences, blind spots, absences: institutional archives are often characterized by what they stifle, obscure, or lack. So what kind of work is done by Black archives, which do not take their institutional presence for granted and often take shape in extra-institutional sites? In this survey of Black archival thought, we identify the practices that writers, artists, and scholars have used to create their own sites of memory and meaning-making. Through discussion and Special Collections workshops, we investigate how Black archives urge a rethinking of our ethical, epistemological, and affective relations to historical and documentary evidence.
Instructors: Kinohi Nishikawa, Autumn Womack
Algorithms and Data Structures
This course surveys the most important algorithms and data structures in use on computers today. Particular emphasis is given to algorithms for sorting, searching, graphs, and strings. The course concentrates on developing implementations, understanding their performance characteristics, and estimating their potential effectiveness in applications.
Instructors: Gillat Kol, Dan Leyzberg
America Then and Now
This course introduces students to methods of American Studies through discussion of some of the signature ideas, events, and debates in and about America's past and present. It presents students various scholarly approaches to historical and mythic manifestations of America from local, national, and global perspectives and considers the historical and cognitive processes associated with the delineation of America. The course examines a wide range of material and media from the point of view of multiple fields of study.
Instructors: William Gleason, Monica Huerta, Shamus Khan
American Deaf Culture
This course explores the history, culture, and language of the Deaf in the United States. The first part of the course focuses on the history of Deaf people in the United States. The second part discusses various aspects of Deaf culture: language, literature, art, politics, etc. The third part critically examines different issues facing Deaf people here in the United States and around the world. These issues include audism, linguicism, ableism, intersectionality, disability rights, bioethics, and education. No American Sign Language knowledge required.
Instructors: Noah Buchholz
An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences I
An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and computer science. This year long, four course sequence is a multidisciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: COS: O. Troyanskaya; EEB: J. Akey; LSI: B. Bratton, J. Gadd, A. Mayer, Q. Wang; MOL: E. Wieschaus, M. Wuhr; PHY: T. Gregor, J. Shaevitz. Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session.
Instructors: Joshua Akey, Thomas Gregor, Joshua Shaevitz, John Storey, Eric Wieschaus, Martin Wühr

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