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.
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.
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?
Section 1: The Wonderful World of Color
Tuesday& Thursday 4-5:15PM, Jan. 21 - Feb. 20
Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Luke Keller
Section 2: Lost in Space
Tuesday& Thursday 4-5:15PM, March 18 - April 17
Instructors: Gordon Rowland & Ali Erkan
Section 1: A Nation in Pain
Monday/Wednesday 4-5:15 , Oct. 21 - Nov. 18
Instructors: Katherine Beissner & Hormoz Movassaghi
Section 1: Revelation and Revolution: Insights from Within and Without
Instructors: Katherine Beissner & Luke Keller
Section 1: Cycles: What's In and What's Out?
Instructors: Barbara Adams & Mead Loop
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
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
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
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