Since 2004, James has taught graduate and undergraduate courses that address the making and understanding of our image world, with emphasis on the argument that every image either reinforces or challenges the status quo. He currently teaches seminars in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College and Parsons School of Design. Syllabi and materials from selected courses are below.
An online seminar that analyzes the history, philosophy, and theory of graphic design from classical concepts to current global trends.
An examination of the line between collective identity and our interior world. Together we will develop a framework for the ways in which we define ourselves and the ways in which we are defined
A seminar taught at Bard Early College in New Orleans which encourages students to wrestle with the problems and possibilities of creating an ideal society.
What is art and why do we make it? These questions will lead us through the philosophies of the ancient world, the emergence of new technologies, mechanized wars, and personal revolutions as we watch the pendulum swing from the state to the church to the individual, leaving us in a strange new world of glowing screens.