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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 102 Color: A History of Making and Meaning

Learn about the tantalizing history behind some of your favorite colors. Together we will travel to the lapis mines of Afghanistan in search of ultramarine blue and trek across the deserts of Mexico to find a tiny insect that fueled a global market in carmine red. We will study medieval recipes for pigments, read about the human cost and history of producing color, and discuss how this background impacts our understanding of material culture. This seminar will include hands-on instruction and assignments.