Insight: Combining Expertise is the second of the one-credit mini-courses helping students to make connections across fields of study.

In each section of Insight, we choose a significant and current issue to explore. Invited guest experts discuss the issue from the unique perspective of their disciplines. Then we seek to draw connections among these perspectives and determine how the issue might be addressed by their combination.


Course description:

ICIC 12000 Insight: Combining Expertise

How can we combine insights from disciplinary experts to address complex issues? Guest experts from a variety of disciplines will discuss how researchers and practitioners in each of their disciplines would address a common issue. Techniques are introduced to combine their insights and lead to deeper understanding and more powerful solutions. Pass/Fail. 1 credit. No prerequisites. LA.

Spring 2015 Schedule

Section 1: The Great Escape

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:15, Jan. 20 - Feb. 19

Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Nancy Menning

It’s 2035. The polar ice caps and the glaciers have melted, and the seas have risen and destroyed the great coastal cities. Storms that are many times greater in intensity and frequency than ever before are ravaging the Earth’s surface. Food and energy sources are nearly depleted. Efforts to halt global climate change have been too little too late, and it’s worse than even the most dire predictions. Much, much worse. What can be done to save our species? It’s up to you.


Fall 2014 Schedule

Section 1: Mindfulness

Mondays & Wednesdays 4-5:15PM, Oct. 20 - Nov. 19

Instructors: Jason Hamilton & Hormoz Movassaghi

Deeply rooted in Eastern philosophy of Buddhism, mindfulness, or total focus on one's mind, actions, and present moment has received widespread attention in recent years for its positive results and potentials across a wide spectrum of fields from neurosciences and psychology, to athletic performance and chronic pain management, to leadership and creativity, among others.

CRN 23148


Section 2: The Other Side

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5:15PM, Sept. 8 - October 8

Instructors: Ali Erkan & Todd Schack

We humans tend to draw lines that define who and where we are, physically, culturally, socially, economically, and so on. The act of drawing such lines creates others—people on the other side of our lines. How do the disciplines conspire to create and define the other side?

CRN 23640


Spring 2014

Section 1: The Wonderful World of Color

Tuesday& Thursday 4-5:15PM, Jan. 21 - Feb. 20

Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Luke Keller

CRN 41760

Williams 317


Section 2: Lost in Space

Tuesday& Thursday 4-5:15PM, March 18 - April 17

Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Ali Erkan

CRN: 43439

Williams 317


Fall 2013

Section 1: A Nation in Pain

Monday/Wednesday 4-5:15 , Oct. 21 - Nov. 18

Instructors: Katherine Beissner & Hormoz Movassaghi

CNS 115

CRN 23358



Spring 2013


Section 1: Revelation and Revolution: Insights from Within and Without

Instructors: Katherine Beissner & Luke Keller


Fall 2012

Section 1: Cycles: What's In and What's Out?

Instructors: Barbara Adams & Mead Loop


Spring 2012


Section 1: Living the Good Life: But what is it?

Instructors: Nancy Jacobson & Elizabeth Simkin


Section 2: Edges and Interfaces: Defining and transcending boundaries.

Instructors: Katherine Beissner & Nancy Menning


Fall 2011

Section 1: Fit to Eat: Our Food Choices—Bananas, Bugs, and BHT

Description: This course explores the social, cultural, economic, and biological factors that influence our food choices. Why do we eat certain foods and not others? What's really edible? How do we decide what's safe, nutritious, or desirable?

Instructors: Barbara Adams, Paula Turkon


Section 2: Beauty and the Beast: Seeing Through the Eyes of Beholders

Description: What is beautiful and what is not? By whose standards? What shapes our sense of quality, leading us to appreciate some things as more deeply pleasurable, satisfying, or meaningful?

Instructors: Elizabeth Simkin, Gordon Rowland


Section 3: Local vs. Global: Which is Sustainable?

Description: Some say that globalization is the way to raise the world's poor out of poverty. Others raise doubts that globalization is sustainable and, instead, promote "going local." Who is right?

Instructors: Nancy Jacobson, Katherine Beissner


Spring 2011

Section 1: Invasion and Extension: Technology and the Human Body

Instructors: Jason Hamilton & Barbara Adams


Section 2. Water Water Everywhere? Floods in Pakistan and droughts in Africa. Climate change experts predict continued maldistribution of this vital natural resource. Even in areas with apparent access to water an important question arises—is it safe to drink?

Instructor: Gordon Rowland & Paula Turkon 


Section 4. Feast and Famine: Global Food Issues

Instructor: Barbara Adams & Paula Turkon


Fall 2010

Section 1. Designer Genes

Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Katherine Beissner


Section 2. A Nation in Pain

Instructor: Katherine Beissner


Section 3. Out of Time

Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Jason Hamilton