Fall 2015 Ithaca Seminars

Fall 15 ICSM Alphabetical Listing

This section provides a listing of all Fall 2015 Ithaca Seminars.

Adventures in History
Pearl Ponce
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 23287 ICSM 10522-01, MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Adventures in History: This class investigates what it means to do history: what is history about, what historians actually do, what kind of materials they work with, who determines what “history” is, how history is constructed, and the many forms it takes. This class will culminate in the creation of an original work of history: a documentary film, public display, written account, or other form according to student interest. No background in history is necessary and all majors are welcome. Your grade will be based on class participation, 2-4 short papers, a presentation, and the final project.

Amazon Drones & Google Glass: Technology and Life in the Year 2050
Jim Stafford
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22950  ICSM 10822-01, MWF 02:00 PM-02:50 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Students will study current technology in order to predict future advances and applications of that technology. Students will question the effects of emerging technology on medicine, ethics, space exploration, communication and communities.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Animal Imagery: Literature, Human Nature, and the Animal World
Julia Cozzarelli
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 23726 ICSM 10512-05, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

The course will examine representations of human nature and its intersection with the animal world in written works, supplemented by film and art, and with a focus on literary works originating in Italy.  It seeks to address the questions: What do our interactions with, and interpretations of, the animal world tell us about who we are?  How do we, as human beings, distinguish ourselves from the animal world? Students will explore the "animal" side of human nature; how the animal world has been used to define and differentiate humankind; and examinations of how perceptions of, and interactions with, the animal world have changed through different historical periods. Course content will range from medieval to contemporary works from a variety of perspectives (literary, historical, journalistic, philosophical, anthropological, etc.).

Because I'm Happy
Rachel Gunderson
Theme: Identities and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 23828 ICSM 10577-01, MWF 01:00 PM-01:50 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23829 ICSM 10577-02, MWF 03:00 PM-03:50 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This seminar explores the concept of happiness through cultural definitions of happiness and theories of positive psychology as they apply to personal lives. Key influences on one's level of happiness will be examined, for example, the power of social connection, finding meaning and purpose in one's life, and giving to others. This course also identifies factors that hinder the pursuit of balance and happiness, such as stressful life events, mental illness, distorted thought patterns, and materialism in which students will learn how to manage and reframe thinking. Participants will be introduced to stress management techniques, therapies, and incorporate a service learning project to practice the theories discussed.

Before Race: Hierarchy and Power in Ancient and Classical Worlds
Jason Freitag
Theme: Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23290 ICSM 10541-01, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course will examine a variety of discourses on difference in the ancient, classical and pre-modern periods.  The main objective of the seminar will be to introduce students to the long conversation regarding distinctions between human groups, in the absence of the concept of “race” as we know it in the present day.  The course will look to cultures as diverse as caste society in ancient India, aristocratic indulgences in the code of Hammurabi, ideas of order and servitude in the classical Greek world, and the issues of the chosen people in the Hebrew Bible and the community of the faithful in the Christian New Testament.  Students will also review of the emergence of the concept of race in the 15th century and beyond  in the study of race and racism in the modern period.  In all cases, students will explore important aspects of the idea of difference as they developed globally in conversations regarding identity, power, social status and civilization.

Chemistry and Humanity: How Chemistry Changes Human Experience- from Ancient History to Modern Times
Anna Larsen
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Natural Science
CRN 23279  ICSM 10506-01, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, W 12:00-12:50 PM

This course is designed for students that have chosen to major in areas other than science and will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry, as well as societal applications of chemistry.  Students will be considering topics such as art, sustainability, medicine, warfare, food and others.  There will be an emphasis on active problem-solving and the tools and methods that scientists use to study chemistry will be discussed in a variety of contexts and applications. Students will be encouraged to make connections between chemistry and their everyday lives and specific areas of interest, and will develop skills to make educated decisions based on the availability of reliable data.

Children's Inquiry: Agency and Learning in Childhood
Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson
Theme: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 23727 ICSM 10514-03, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Students in this course will explore their own values, beliefs and behaviors related to children’s inquiry by reflecting on their own experiences as child learners, reviewing texts that provide research and theory-based findings about childhood and learning, viewing films that offer alternative perspectives on children’s opportunities for learning, and participating in discussions and written experiences that prompt students to reveal how their own understandings and experiences compare to those of other students and to the children whose lives are reflected in course resources. Students will also analyze how social class, race, language, and other social structures influence the contexts and consequences of children’s inquiry.

Coming of Age in an Age of Limits?
Michael Smith
Theme: Quest for a Sustainable Future; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23109 ICSM 10552-01, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Since the late 18th century, the economic system (and really, therefore, everything else) of the Western world has been based on the principle of growth without limits.  When this idea of growth became harnessed to fossil-fuel energy sources, life on earth was utterly transformed.  During the past 200 years it has often seemed as if unlimited growth were possible.  Yet the earth is essentially a closed system, and the laws of physics and ecology demonstrate that limitless growth is a very problematic idea.  This course will draw on a variety of readings from philosophy, history, ecology, economics, and popular culture to explore the evolution of the idea of economic growth, the ways that people have dissented from this idea, and the costs and benefits of living in a world where growth is an article of faith.

Contemporary European Cinema
Andrew Utterson
Theme: Identities and A World of Systems; Perspective: Creative Arts, Humanities

CRN 22636 ICSM 10596-02, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course will explore contemporary European films and filmmakers, considering questions of cultural identity in the context of national cinemas and the political and other systems that define today’s Europe, a collective union (geographical, political, economic, etc.) of diverse nations. Films and filmmakers will be considered in national and transnational contexts, mapping the cultural and other boundaries of an evolving Europe and related conceptions of European, Europeanness, and in turn European cinema. 

Contemporary Sublime
Sarah Sutton
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 23288 ICSM 10531-07, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
How do we maintain a balance of mind, body and spirit in the constant face of the unknown? This is one of life’s most unavoidable challenges. Notions of the sublime, as expressed through art, is one way that both individuals and societies attempt to experience and understand the unknown. This class will explore how the experience of the ‘unknown’ has changed in the digital age, and how that has influenced artists. We will use the language of drawing, painting and collage to explore what seems un-representable, evasive and unknowable in our contemporary world.

Creativity & Mindfulness
Mary Ann Erickson and Brad Hougham
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 22628 ICSM 10583- 01, TR 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
What does it mean to “be creative”? What does it mean to “pay attention”? We will explore the related concepts of creativity and mindfulness from a variety of perspectives, including history, psychology and sociology, and explore applications in fields such as business, education, and the arts. In addition to reading and writing, we will practice both creativity and mindfulness in class and hear from a variety of guest speakers.

Creativity in the Making: Thought, Language & Human Expression
Cathrene Connery
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts, Social Science

CRN 23108 ICSM 10528-01, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
What is language? Are algebraic equations really sentences? How do the gestures of a hula dance or steps in an Irish jig tell a story or issue a warning? Do painters and sculptors communicate in a silent language? What do musicians dream about when asleep? Where do artists, inventors, and thinkers get their ideas? How might we emulate the sensibilities and processes of innovators? This interdisciplinary course explores these interesting questions by investigating the relationship between thought, language, and human expression in society. Students will discover how they know what they know and why they express understandings through individually selected and culturally-specific modalities. They will examine the nature of creativity through seminal texts and research findings from semiotics, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and sociology as well as the primary source material, biographies, and artifacts of creative thinkers. Drawing on the example of these case studies, students will explore their own meaning making processes, engage in project work to develop their own linguistically diverse vocabularies, while exploring the power and potential of human expression to inspire and cultivate a more equitable, fair, and humane society.   

Death of Nature: Mourning Environmental Losses
Nancy Menning
Theme: Quest for a Sustainable Future and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 23280 ICSM 10507-01, TR 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Our capacity to address present and pending environmental challenges may depend on how adequately we have mourned the ecological losses we have already sustained. Students will explore how religious traditions around the globe have constructed and conveyed historically-conditioned cultural wisdom and culturally-specific practices for mourning and memorializing human deaths. Students will learn about five of these traditions – West African (Dagara) funerals, Tibetan Buddhist sky burials, Jewish kaddish, Shi’ite Ashura, and Franciscan Transitus – and draw analogies from these examples to the challenge of mourning and remembering “natural” deaths, such as the death of pets, loss of the family farm, extinction of species, and the “death of nature” due to anthropogenic climate change.

Designing Compelling Presentations
Ari Kissiloff
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 22452 ICSM 10521-04, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Designed just for first year students, this course will focus on analyzing content from a variety of disciplines in order to evaluate presentations that convey information in a compelling manner. Students will analyze presentations from academic, business, and mass media contexts to identify forms and techniques that make for successful presentations. Students use critical and imaginative thinking to create multimedia that utilize visual and message design and performance principles to effectively achieve their goals. (This section will share a Wed noon hour with Dennis Charsky's ICSM10521-01.)

Designing Compelling Presentations
Dennis Charsky
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 22439 ICSM 10521-01, MWF 03:00 PM-03:50 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Designed just for first year students, this course will focus on analyzing content from a variety of disciplines in order to evaluate presentations that convey information in a compelling manner. Students will analyze presentations from academic, business, and mass media contexts to identify forms and techniques that make for successful presentations. Students use critical and imaginative thinking to create multimedia that utilize visual and message design and performance principles to effectively achieve their goals. (This section will share a Wed noon hour with Ari Kissiloff's ICSM10521-04.)

Devi: Power and Narrative in Hindu Goddess traditions
Angela Rudert
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23289 ICSM 10532-02, TR 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 22492 ICSM 10532-03, TR 09:25 AM-10:40 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Divine feminine power (shakti) has stood the test of time in the Indian subcontinent. Theology of the Goddess has thrived, transformed and expanded over the course of known history. We will study mythological conceptions of Shakti through a variety of human-created media: literary, oral, and other artistic expression. Narratives of goddesses, taken from classical Sanskrit hymns, folkloric traditions, iconography as well as film and other contemporary media, will be our primary source material in this introduction to the Divine feminine power in Hindu Goddess traditions.

Dialogue on Design
Kurt Komaromi
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 22454 ICSM 10521-05, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Explores how design informs the environment we live in, the products we buy, and the dialogue we create with other human beings. Focuses on an appreciation of modern design in the fields of architecture, industrial design, and graphic design. Students gain an understanding of the creative process by examining the work of iconic figures such as Louis Kahn, Richard Neutra, Dieter Rams, Jonathan Ives, Steve Jobs, Paul Rand, and Milton Glaser. We learn that design encompasses both the aesthetic and the functional, connecting art and commerce, and elevating the human spirit along with the bottom line. We discuss principles of design, reflecting on how design thinking can be applied in our lives to achieve our creative potential and succeed in our chosen academic discipline.

Disability Identity and Policy
Jennifer Tennant
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 23285 ICSM 10514-02, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Students in this course will look at the importance of data collection and how perception of one’s own identity affects how one is measured in data sets. Some question that will be discussed: What is disability?  How is it influenced by the environment? How is disability measured in socio-economic datasets, and how has that measurement changed over time? What does the data tell us about employment, program participation (SSDI, SSI, Veteran’s disability program etc.), housing etc? What has been the effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act? How do accommodations affect disability status and various outcomes?

Entrepreneurship and Capitalism: On Innovation, Enterprise and Democracy
Alan Cohen
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and A World of Systems; Perspective: Social Sciences

CRN 23033 ICSM 10597-01, MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23034 ICSM 10597-02, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23297 ICSM 10597-03, MWF 08:00 AM-08:50 AM, M 12:00 PM -12:50 PM

This first-year seminar will explore the evolution of entrepreneurial capitalism, from the early modern period to today, and analyze its impact on Western culture, politics, and society, particularly in the United States.

Essence and Existence: Narratives of Discovery, Recovery and Enlightenment
Jerry Mirskin
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities, Creative Arts

CRN 22637 ICSM 10835-01, TR 02:35 PM-03:50 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This class explores our human potential for personal and collective growth as represented in texts and films from popular and academic cultures.  As a writing class, we’ll practice the conventions of personal and academic writing, which involve apprehending and representing one’s own and others’ perspectives, and critically evaluating and comparing texts and perspectives.  Sample questions that may be considered: Who is the happiest person you know?  Explain their happiness from the perspective of a historical or contemporary theorist. How would a psychological analysis of Hamlet’s disposition differ from a sociological analysis?   How and why are your dreams exactly like those of others’?  What events or factors have provoked a change in your or others’ dreams or aspirations?    
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Everything I Know about Communication, I Learned from Homer Simpson
Christopher House
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23835 ICSM 10512-06, TR 02:35 PM-03:50 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course investigates the rhetorical dimensions of the longest-running sitcom in America, The Simpsons. Specifically, in this course students learn the ways in which signs and symbols influence us through a process called rhetoric. To this end, students or ‘Simpsonologists’ examine various episodes of the show to better understand the rhetorical processes by which the writers of the show seek to shape human thought and behavior. Consequently, the writers of The Simpsons aim to create alternative communicative practices in our society. Moreover, we pay special attention to the rhetoric of Simpsonology, that is, the way the Simpsons functions as both rhetoric and satire i.e., how it serves as corrective comedy to issues such as consumerism, nationality, sexuality, inequality, difference and political dysfunction.

Exile and Migration in the Spanish-Speaking World
Maria DiFrancesco
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
CRN 22445 ICSM 10512-01, MWF 9:00 AM-9:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Through the prism of literature, students will closely examine how exile, human migration and terror have been portrayed by various writers from the Spanish-speaking world. Through class discussions, writing assignments and oral presentations that are consistent with a liberal arts seminar style, we will: Broadly define the notions at play in the course (that is, exile, migration, terror); Analyze and critically evaluate how the terms “exile,” “migration” and “terror,” intersect and dialogue with each other; Consider how various social/political/cultural contexts directly shape and impact the identity of individuals who experience exile, migration and terror. As an Ithaca College Seminar, this class is also intended to immerse students in the first year college experience through reading, writing and sharing of personal experiences and experiential opportunities on and off campus.

Extraordinary Bodies: Freaks, Normals, and Everyone In Between
Rachel Kaufman
Theme: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities; Attribute: ICC Diversity

This course will investigate the ways in which institutional power structures become inscribed in our very bodies. Students will pay particular attention to how intersecting identity categories such as race, gender, and disability play into shared ideas about what -- and who -- is ‘normal.’ Investigations will reveal the historical and colonial underpinnings of contemporary movements such as feminism, disability rights, anti-racism, and LGBTQI rights. Students will explore the ways in which bodies get displayed and looked at via various visual media (tv, film, social media, advertising, etc). Students will also consider the ethical implications of writing about and bearing witness to communities to which one does or doesn’t belong. Topics the course may cover include beauty and ugliness, the medicalization of bodies, ‘staring,’ and feelings of alienation and empowerment.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Fairy Tales: The Hero's Journey
Katharyn Howd Machan
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 23286 ICSM 10521-03, MWF 02:00 PM-02:50 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Fairy tales are the maps of our psyches, the mirrors of our longings and fears. In them we find the questions and answers we need to continue the shaping of our own lives, through darkness and light, shadow and brilliant image. Our oldest fairy tales, from the oral culture, have been polished to the bone; they gleam with an intensity of truth free of specific history. Newer tales, too, their authors known and celebrated, reach to the place of magic and dream, and give us guides in delight and knowledge. This course will focus on the study of classic and contemporary fairy tales, with an emphasis on themes of self-discovery and transition/transformation. Readings will be drawn from the tales themselves, essays about them, and contemporary re-workings of them in fiction and poetry. NOTE: Writing assignments will be for new fiction and poetry inspired by the tales; this course does NOT fulfill the Academic Writing I requirement.

Fantasy, Fandom, and Fans: Exceeding Our Own Lives
Jaime Warburton
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 22586 ICSM 10811-01, MWF 01:00 PM-01:50 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In this class, we’ll explore and blog the texts that surround us, inspire us, and invite us to imagine our world more fully, such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and Star Trek; cultural markers that develop around love of sports and music; the cultural hierarchy of fandom based on religion, sports, and sci-fi/fantasy; elements of participatory culture, specifically fan fiction; and the impact of fan-based communities, both online and IRL (in real life). Students will be expected to engage in analysis of such texts in a scholarly fashion led by Henry Jenkins’ definition of the “aca/fan,” a “hybrid creature which is part fan and part academic.” We’ll emphasize written forays into fandom along with writing in response to “original” texts as we explore what drives us to imagine ourselves in universes/lives other than our own, and define the ways fandom binds together disparate parts of our lives.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Girlstories
Katharine Kittredge
Theme: Identities and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22622 ICSM 10576-01, TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM, W 01:00 PM-01:50 PM
This class looks at the way that young women’s identities emerge in response to varying social, economic, racial or cultural pressures. We will be analyzing works of fiction, autobiography, drama, and poetry, and we will also analyze visual images presented in film, television, and advertising. As students consider these stories of self-creation, they will also reflect on the ways in which they are growing and changing as a result of the opportunities and challenges of their first semester. The need to balance ones mental, physical, and spiritual needs will be an on-going theme of the course.

Global Warming, It's a Hot Topic
Nancy Jacobson
Theme: Power and Justice and Quest for Sustainable Future; Perspective: Natural Science

CRN 22633 ICSM 10589-01, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
We will explore global warming and the resulting climate change through the lens of power and justice. We will look at the power and limitations of science to explain current climate change and to predict what we will see in the future. And we will look at climate justice. Students will take on the roles of scientists and policy makers in various countries to understand the global differences in the impact of climate change and their power to prevent or adapt to it. 

Globalization, the Environment and You (Honors)
Jake Brenner
Theme: Quest for a Sustainable Future and A World of Systems; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 23304 ICSM 11073-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Globalization might be the phenomenon that defines our era. It ranks among the dawn of agriculture and the industrial revolution in the degree to which it has reorganized human life on earth. This course deals with globality as a social condition, and globalization as a set of social processes. Globality is upon us, and globalization is underway, both whether we like it or not. Globalization delivers numerous benefits, but those benefits are seldom distributed equally among the world’s people. Furthermore, the costs and benefits of globalization are borne in highly uneven ways by global and local environments. This course will help you judge globality and globalization using a social-scientific perspective. It also will help you see yourself and your actions within the context of far-reaching systems. Finally, it will help you understand the environmental costs (and perhaps also some benefits) in creating a global community. To make sense of globality and globalization, this course adopts an interdisciplinary social-scientific analytical perspective—examining environmental, economic, political, social, and cultural phenomena and processes. Further, this course takes a geographic perspective, illustrating how globalization plays out in different ways in different places throughout the world.

Great Mysteries of Humanity
Michael Malpass
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 22456 ICSM 10524-01, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In this class we will be looking at some interesting mysteries from the annals of anthropology as well as a few from contemporary society. Some of these mysteries have explanations, and some don't. All provide lessons about the humans, both past and present. The main objective of this course is the discussion of these mysteries and how we know what we do about them.

Healthy Psyches, Healthy Planet
Kathryn Caldwell
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit and Quest for a Sustainable Future; Perspective: Humanities, Social Science

CRN 22631 ICSM 10587-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Ecopsychologists believe that humans are part of a vast interconnected system that is the natural world. Whether we feel this connection or not is of vital importance to our emotional, cognitive and even physical well-being. Moreover, western contemporary societal structures and economic philosophies often serve to disconnect us from the natural world and therefore play a role in our mental and physical “dis-ease”. The ecosystem in turn, suffers from our disconnection. Taking a primarily psychological perspective, we will explore these ideas, and critically evaluate the research literature that supports these views as well as the limitations of that research. We will look to other perspectives, finding out what poets, philosophers, ecologists and artists have to say on the subject. We’ll mine for our own insights through active learning, nature jaunts, mindful meditations, artistic immersions, lively discussions and reflective journaling (via blogs). Learning about ourselves and reflecting on our societal structures, we will apply these insights to propose solutions for helping the planet and people live in better harmony and health.

Hello China: Preparing for the Future
Hongwei Guan
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Social Sciences

CRN 23156 ICSM 10514-01, TR 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
The primary goal of this seminar will be to develop student awareness and knowledge of the Chinese culture and people. This course will examine and discuss a variety of Chinese topics, such China history, culture, health and medicine, sports, industrialization, US business relations, language, food, education and the literature and arts. Some guest speakers, group and individual student presenters and group discussions will present these topics as well as group excursions to various Chinese venues in the City of Ithaca. The goal of the seminar is also to help the student adjust to college life by developing interpersonal communication and writing skills, and gaining an understanding of various aspects of and interests in the campus community and surrounding community of Ithaca.

The House and Its Inhabitants
Nancy Brcak
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Creative Arts
CRN 23282 ICSM 10511-02, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

This is a course about dwellings, their creators, and their inhabitants. Winston Churchill once famously remarked, “We shape our buildings, and afterward our buildings shape us.”  With this thought in mind, this course will begin with an examination of some familiar examples: a unit on the American house in its many forms and the impact it has had on individuals as well as the character of the larger population. Students will then consider less well-known models from Europe, Asia, and other continents, as they have evolved over time.  These examples will include vernacular as well as architect-designed houses.  Also, there will be an “upstairs/downstairs” aspect to the study, with an examination of dissimilar socio-economic groups sharing the same dwellings, and the impact such social encounters had on those involved.

Human Hearts and Man-made Body Parts
Kari Brossard Stoos
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit and Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Natural Science
CRN 23281 ICSM 10508-01, TR 9:25 AM-10:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

In the age of modern medicine, scientists and clinicians have developed biomaterial products to insert on and in the human body with the hope to enhance both quantity and quality of life. In this course we will examine what these materials are and how they are used. We will also address the human side of this area of science/medicine. We will explore the mental, emotional, and physical challenges that individuals face when deciding to receive “engineered parts”.

The Human Genome: The Promise and the Perils
Maki Inada
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Natural Science

CRN 22450 ICSM 10513-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In 2001, the sequence of the Human Genome was completed. However, in many ways this was just the beginning. If the genome represents the words in a dictionary, the scientific community is now trying to understand the prose that is spoken to make us who we are. Based on genetic tests, we can learn our identity and diagnose disease as well as make predictions about our future health and well-being. In this course we will examine the information the human genome promises to provide and the immense impacts it carries to both you as an individual and society. We will cover topics such as gene therapy, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, forensics, personalized genomics and cancer, stem cells and cloning. Following a general introduction of the science underlying DNA sequencing and genetic engineering, we will discuss the ethical, political and sociological impact of advances in biotechnology on society today. This course is designed to help make the transition to college level learning through readings, class discussion and writing. 

Indy and Durable: Independent Media and Dependent Ecologies
Devan Rosen
Theme: Quest for a Sustainable Future and A World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23296 ICSM 10595-01, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Description coming soon.

Island Life: Biological Consequences of Human Arrival
Susan Witherup
Theme: A World of Systems; Perspective: Natural Science
CRN 23839 ICSM 10563-01, TR 01:10 PM- 02:25 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

For their size, oceanic islands harbor a large amount of the Earth’s biological diversity. Islands and their coastline habitats represent unique ecosystems with many plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth.  How and why did such biodiversity arise?  What factors threaten the survival of these species and ecosystems? This course describes how island species have evolved and considers the role that humans have played in altering island ecosystems. By studying a variety of case studies, students will analyze the impacts of non-native species introductions to islands, conservation of island ecosystems and species, and the impact of tourism on islands. 

Jazz in Society
Michael Titlebaum
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Creative Arts
CRN 22446 ICSM 10511-01, TR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

This course studies the culture in America that lead to the creation of early blues and jazz, and the subsequent development of the various strands of jazz throughout the 20th century. Students will be immersed in the first-year college experience with readings about jazz and the surrounding American culture, listening to jazz recording, attending live jazz performances, and finally writing about and sharing these experiences with the class.

Jerusalem: City of Faith, City of Struggle
Rebecca Lesses
Theme: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23293 ICSM 10570-02, 09:00 AM-09:50 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
What does it mean to live in a divided city? This course focuses on contemporary Jerusalem, using films, short stories, memoirs, poetry, and analytical articles to explore the experiences of the city’s people today. The course will investigate what it means to live in a city divided along religious, ethnic, and national lines: between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, and between and among the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious communities. The course will address how the wars of the twentieth century have affected the lives of all who live in the city, especially the 1948 war, which divided the city between Israeli and Jordanian control, and the 1967 war, which united the city under Israeli rule. The course will also address the political issues of occupation, annexation, and settlement from both the Palestinian and Israeli perspectives.

The Law & You: Famous Trials throughout History
Veronica Frösén
Theme: A World of Systems and Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities, Social Science
CRN 23295 ICSM 10594-02, MWF 03:00 PM-03:50 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

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Learning Disciplines: Music, Yoga, Study and the Delight of Work
Lee Goodhew Romm
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Creative Arts
CRN 22619 ICSM 10531-02, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Focus is the key to being in the flow. That place where your performance shifts gears and you find it easy to achieve your best. We will focus attention inward through a practice of mindfulness, yoga postures and theories in order to explore both the discipline of work and a particular focused interest of each student.  At the same time, we will study and attend four different concerts in the School of Music during which you will learn to practically apply these ideas and practices and notice learning disciplines at work in the audience and on the stage. The focus of the course is to blend a study and practice of mindfulness with attendance of live performances while paying attention to the joy of deep focus in yourself and others. You will pick your own goals and practice developing the discipline to achieve them.

Life before Birth
Tatiana Patrone
Theme: Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22463 ICSM 10532-01, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Exploration of general philosophical and ethical issues related to reproductive choices. Topics range from abortion, genetic enhancement and eugenics, to cloning, surrogacy, ivf, pre-natal testing, and ‘savior siblings’.

Look Homeward, Lookaway: Reading and Performing Fiction of the American South (Honors Course)
Bruce Henderson
Themes: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities, Creative Arts

CRN 23840 ICSM 11074-01, TR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In this course, students will read major works of fiction written by and/or about the American South, post-Civil War to the present. They will then devise and present performances based on these works. We will look at both major writers (Faulkner, Wolfe, Warren, Welty, O’Connor, Porter, McCullers, Walker) and ongoing themes (race, family, morality, economic and social class, politics).

Looking at Work in Image and Text
Catherine Taylor
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Creative Arts, Humanities

CRN 23301 ICSM 10874-01, TR 09:25 AM-10:40 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23302 ICSM 10874-02, TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In this class, students will use writing and visual representations to explore the central place of work in their lives. We will consider the topic of work in a wide range of contexts, from the work you need and/or want to do as students, to your current jobs and future careers and the way these intersect with ideas about identity, to the globalized world of work you will enter—with its histories, structures, and struggles, to scenes of local work and workers, to cultural uses of the term work to describe the art created in this class. Students will read theoretical, historical and artistic texts and will engage in observational and ethnographic work. Students will respond both analytically and creatively to readings, films, and observations through a combination of writing and visual representations. Note: while this class does not include instruction in photography or drawing techniques and no photographic equipment will provided, we will have informal discussions about these media. This course will teach central elements of analytical, academic, and creative writing.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

The Lure of the Mysterious, the Strange, and the Deeply Weird
Mary Beth O'Connor
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22462 ICSM 10822-02, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
What is it about categories of the unknown that so appeals to many of us—especially artists and scientists, perhaps? We will investigate this question through looking at television shows from the Twilight Zone to The Walking Dead; phenomena like spiritualism, haunted houses, UFO sightings, freak shows, lucid dreaming, hypnotism; essays on our views of the nature of “reality” by thinkers like Nietzsche; works of southern gothic literature and stories by Edgar Allen Poe; and various anthropological accounts of shamanism, witchcraft, and sorcery. Each student will undertake a research project and provide a presentation of his or her findings to the class. Our investigation will be grounded in an academic approach to popular and intellectual culture; that is, the focus will not be on whether such phenomena are “real” but on why they are compelling to the imagination and in what ways they inspire the production of art and knowledge. With an emphasis on critical reading and writing, this course serves as an equivalent to Academic Writing, WRTG 10600. Students will learn research and documentation methods and will be required to write and revise analytical papers.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

The Me Generation: Realities and Myths about the Millennial Generation
Mary Lourdes Silva
Theme: A World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 22467 ICSM 10862-01, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

In this course, students will learn about what scholars and researchers predict to be the next great generation--the Millennial generation.  Millennials, born between 1982 and 2003, were significant in the election of our nation’s first Black president because of their active use of social media. Corporations have redesigned their corporate structure and modified the cultural norms of the workplace because of Millennials’ proclivities toward self-management and teamwork. Educational institutions have also adapted by integrating emergent technologies and 21st century skills into the course curriculum and standards. On the other hand, major media outlets have warned Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers about the Tea Cup generation, Trophy Generation, or Me Generation: a tsunami of students and new employees who have been praised for every meager effort and never received any real criticism, a generation that feels entitled to all the privileges and amenities of prior generations without the hard work. How can both these realities against? Are there significant socio-cultural differences across the generations? How has this current generation impacted systems of politics, technology, education, and culture? This course will explore these questions, allowing students to speak with authority about their own thoughts and experiences about the Millennial generation.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Molecules, Cells and Galaxies: The Nature of Science
Luke Keller
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Natural Science

CRN 22451 ICSM 10523-02, MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
An introductory survey of contemporary natural science–primarily biology, chemistry, geology, and physics though others may creep into our discussions–focusing on the methods that scientists use to learn about nature, the relationships between science and technological advances, the nature of scientific work and knowledge, and a summary of the basic results and conclusions of scientific investigations past and present. Students in this course will develop and enrich their understanding of the physical basis of the natural sciences and associated technology, as well as the methods that scientists use to study physical and natural phenomena. Students will develop an understanding of some basic scientific principles and an appreciation for the relevance of science to society and will also develop an understanding of the methods the natural sciences use to study the physical world through observation, experimentation, evaluation of data, and development and testing of hypotheses. There is no formal laboratory component to this course, but we will be conducting simple observations and experiments periodically during class meetings to demonstrate concepts and/or initiate discussions. This is an introductory course that does not assume a lot of science and mathematics background.

Monsters
Jennifer Germann
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Creative Arts
CRN 23283 ICSM 10511-3, MWF 9:00 AM-9:50 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Monsters inspire a number of reactions: fear, loathing, fascination and even, in some cases, desire. This seminar will explore the creation and representation of monsters in the art, visual culture, and literature of historical and contemporary Europe and the United States to understand why we have been and continue to be fascinated by monsters. Additional questions include, what is a monster? What role do monsters play in society and in representation? Has thinking about monsters changed over time and with representational mediums? How does the monster threaten individual and group identities, or counter-intuitively, help individuals and communities construct identity? How does monstrousness relate to social norms and the status of Others? In this course, we will explore the representation of a variety of monsters, including Medusa, Frankenstein, vampires, werewolves, and zombies, to consider how monsters have been imagined, the nature of identity, how identities are imagined in relation to questions of power.

The Multicultural Roots of the Games We Play
Phoebe Constantinou
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Social Science
CRN 23284 ICSM 10513-02, TR 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

A wealth of stories, rhymes, traditions and customs are contained in children’s games. This seminar examines and discusses the roots of games that children play around the world. The history, traditions, heritage, folk language, and geographic location will be scrutinized in an attempt to understand the cultural context of these games. Students would have the opportunity to analyze the origin and roots of their own traditional games. This course aims to embrace heritage similarities while celebrating cultural differences as reflected in children’s games.

Mummies, Gladiators and the Enslaved: Revealing History Through Skeletal Analysis
Jennifer Muller
Theme: Power and Justice; Perspective: Natural Science

CRN 23837 ICSM 10543-02, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23838 ICSM 10543-03, TR 02:35 PM-03:50 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Bone is living tissue. Therefore, the skeleton is an archive that records many of the events that we experience within our lifetime. The primary goal of the anthropological analysis of human skeletal remains is to “read” the evidence of these events on bone in an effort to inform our understanding of the culture of past populations. Through case study analysis, this course aims to introduce participants to the theoretical basis and methodological processes required to achieve this. The focus of this course is not solely on the biological processes that contribute to the treatment of human bodies and the skeletal manifestations of stress, but the extrinsic cultural factors that contribute to their differential expression in particular human groups throughout history. Participants learn how the integration of skeletal analysis into more traditional historical research may contribute to a fuller picture of past populations and events. The planned topics for the course illustrate how behaviors within a particular society influence the skeletal archive. Among the topics/populations considered are grave robbing, mummies, bog bodies, Roman gladiators, enslaved populations, passengers on the Titanic and the Charles Lindbergh Jr. kidnapping. Critical evaluation of the complex ethical issues associated with the study of human skeletal remains is an integral part of the course. This course is designed to immerse students in their first year college experience through discussions, writing assignments, and experiential opportunities on and off campus.

Palestine in Literature and Film
Harriet Malinowitz
Theme: Power & Justice; Perspective: Creative Arts

This Ithaca Seminar will introduce students to the history and current situation in Palestine via literature and film – and conversely, will help students to appreciate Palestinian (and Palestinian-themed) literature and film in the context of Palestine’s history and ongoing social/political struggles.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Pop Culture as Text
Katie Marks
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 22457 ICSM 10812-05, TR 10:50 AM-12:05 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

In this seminar, we will explore popular culture and its role in contemporary society. We will consider whether it reflects our thoughts and beliefs or whether it shapes them. We will also investigate how it might affect who we become as individuals. Students’ firsthand observations of, and critical thinking about, advertising, television, film, music, and social networking will play a central role in the class. 
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Power and Justice in Classical Athens (Honors Course)
David Flanagan
Themes: Power and Justice and A World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22951 ICSM 11870-01, MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Our high school courses taught us that fifth-century Athens was "the cradle of democracy," and the birthplace of Western drama. Male Athenian citizens used persuasive language to exercise power in the law courts and the Assembly. But what about those other Athenians, like women, whose voices weren't heard in those public institutions? We'll explore the Athenian discourse about justice and power by reading about the trial of Socrates and the Assembly debates over the Peloponnesian War. And we'll investigate what Greek drama might reveal about the otherwise hidden lives of Athenian women.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

The Power of Water: Sustaining our Future
Mara Alper
Themes: Quest for Sustainable Future and Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22632 ICSM 10588-01, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Human life depends on water. In this class, your appreciation for water will range from the personal to the global through the humanities, arts, and sciences. We begin with a look at water in your body, in Ithaca, and in your hometown then expand into lakes, rivers and seas on a national and global level. Our explorations will range from water you drink to dams in China to billion-year-old galactic water. Field trips to local wetlands, watersheds and green water structures along with engaging films and readings will let you see water in new ways. The key question is: How can we respect and sustain water in the global community? Although we have taken water for granted in the past, this is no longer possible.

Privacy, Property, Identity, and Fairness in the Digital Age
Luke Fenchel
Themes: A World of Systems and Power and Justice; Perspective: Social Science
CRN 23836 ICSM 10544-04, TR 06:50 PM-08:05 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

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Punk and the Making of Self
Alex "Smith" Reed
Themes: Identities and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities, Creative Arts

CRN 22623 ICSM 10578-01, MWF 03:00 PM-03:50 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In this seminar, students look through the lens of punk music and culture to explore how people create and communicate their identities.  Since the 1970s, punk has been an aggressive, opulent, and politically charged cultural force.  Having developed an anti-authority ethic and an abject aesthetic of music, fashion, and image, punk seeks to occupy an extreme, presenting a challenge to the ostensible goals of balance and moderation.  This class not only addresses punk music and culture from its classic UK/US context, but broadly explores personal and social practices of subculture and identity.  With an eye toward self-exploration, the class will learn about, creatively embody, and critique punk’s mandates as they inform past and present alike. 

The Real and the Imaginary in Popular Culture
Joan Marcus
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23300 ICSM 10822-04, TR 09:25 AM-10:40 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
In this course students will explore the variety of ways in which we negotiate the space between authenticity and imagination. They will examine popular culture artifacts in a variety of genres — novels and short stories, films, TV programs and advertisements, online role-playing games and other computer-mediated phenomena — in order to figure out how we construct reality and how we use our imaginations to reflect the real world in metaphorical terms. As such, the course addresses the issue of how we know what we know throughout the semester.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600 and only available for Musical Theatre Majors.

"Reel" Sports, "Rite" Sports: What the Movies Taught You About Sports
Stephen Mosher
Theme: Power and Justice; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 22459 ICSM 10544-01, TR 02:35 PM-03:50 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course is aimed at student athletes who are coping with the transition to college-level athletic competition, those students who have seen their athletic careers end in high school and those students who have limited their athletic participation to spectating but who are still deeply interested in sport in addition to the usual issues confronted by first-semester students.  Our focus will be on what our culture tells us about sports, why we believe what we believe about sports, and how we come to define ourselves as athletes.  We will examine a wide range of material including film, poetry, and fiction, as well as nonfiction writing about sports, but our primary focus will be on feature length films.  Possible topics of discussion include children’s sports, player/coach relationships, team dynamics, trash-talking, sports injuries, and gender roles.  We will also explore often unexamined claims about sport and its benefits such as “Sport builds character,” “Sport is a meritocracy,” and “Sport participation improves physical fitness and well being.”

The Rhetoric of Cybernetics
Scott Thomson
Themes: Mind, Body, Spirit and A World of Systems; Perspectives: Humanities, Social Sciences

CRN 23166 ICSM 10586-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Cybernetics is the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things.  In the mid-20th century this new branch of science captured the attention of both academics and the general public.  While the term is not widely used today the influence of the cybernetics remains profound.  This course will examine the rhetoric surrounding the origins, influence, and implications of the cybernetic revolution.  Students will examine a variety of texts ranging from documentaries and fiction to the writings of influential participants in the movement.

The Right Brain Revolution
Radio Cremata
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 22627 ICSM 10582-01, TR 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course explores current trends and emerging research in aesthetics, sociology, economics and neuroscience as it relates to the marketability and success of 21st century citizens in a new economy driven by creativity and innovation. Students will explore cognitive possibilities that help shape perspective regarding their future in the workplace. The era of left brain directed thinking that once dominated schooling and the workplace in the agricultural, industrial and information ages is becoming obsolete. The future needs right brainers with new skills/talents for a conceptual age centered on ingenuity, creativity and empathy. With a focus on right brain thinking, this course is designed to help students discover more about themselves and their creative potential.

The Science of Fiction: Evolution, Cognitive Science, and Stories
Jack Wang
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 23298 ICSM 10821-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23299 ICSM 10821- 02, TR 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Why are human beings the “storytelling animal”? How are we evolutionarily adapted to producing and consuming stories? What can brain science tell us about our passion for narrative, and what do narratives tell us about how the brain works? Through an exploration of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and other fields, especially as they apply to literature, television, and film, this course will explore fundamental questions about why we love stories.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Seeing Further: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
David Gondek & Te-Wen Lo
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Natural Science
CRN 23724 ICSM 10508-02, TR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

They started as questions, formed into hypothesis, molded into theories, and established as dogma.  This course will examine how we know what we know.  Scientific knowledge and discovery has transformed today’s society, changing how humans interact with their natural world and people around them.  Selected current topics in the natural sciences will be explored through the process of scientific discovery.  Students will develop their ability to think critically about the world around them by learning how to design, execute, and analyze scientific experiments.  This course will help students make the transition to college level science thinking and learning through “hands on” activities, readings, class discussion and writing. 

The Seven Deadly Sins
Brendan Murday
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 22461 ICSM 10512-04, MWF 11:00-11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

We will critically examine a variety of views on morality and virtue/vice by considering each of “seven deadly sins” (anger, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, and sloth). How should we characterize each of these traits? Are they harmful or “deadly”, or might we think of them as neutral or positive character traits? Is there room to take seriously a discussion of these as character defects independently of a religious view that takes seriously the concept of sin? In addition to considering these questions, we will address a host of broader questions that arise in ethical philosophy, and attempt to see how one might incorporate a theory of the deadly sins within moral theory.

Shakespeare in America
Christopher Matusiak
Themes: Identities and Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 23834 ICSM 10575-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
When James Fenmore Cooper called Shakespeare “the great author of America” he was referring to the poet’s massive popularity among American readers in the 19th century; but this phrase has since become true in another sense: Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters, the artistry of his language, and his ground-breaking conception of what it means to be a human performer in the theatrum mundi (‘theatre of the world’) continue to shape the cultural identities, politics, and educational experience of people living in the United States.  Two major questions will concern us in this seminar: first, why does Shakespeare’s art so often inspire self-identification and self-reflection on the part of readers and spectators? And secondly, why have Americans, in particular, so often resorted to Shakespeare as a means of conceptualizing their national, racial, ethnic, or cultural identities?  To better answer these questions, we will need to grapple with a set of related issues: why, for instance, has Shakespeare become so ingrained a part of American education?  Does knowledge of his art make us more ethical people or better citizens?  In what ways has Shakespeare been adapted and appropriated during ideological conflicts such as the war to end slavery, or contemporary struggles for civil rights?  Is Shakespeare ‘high-brow’ or does he properly belong to popular culture?  And is he still relevant to today’s students, given the radical challenges and opportunities they face in the 21st century?  Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Tempest will serve as our primary texts; we will also examine adaptations in other media, including modern drama, prose fiction, popular music, Hollywood and documentary film, and visual art.

Social Media and You
Kyle Woody
Themes: Identities and A World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
CRN 22626 ICSM 10581-01, TR 02:35 PM-03:50 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 23723 ICSM 10581-02, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course explores how individuals navigate and participate the world of social media. Through literature, poetry, songs, documentaries and films, students analyze their respective role within our social systems. The primary objective is recognizing that individuals belong to a many "systems," but also acknowledging the downfalls, frustrations and abuse that may occur by completing "giving into a system." The creation of "identity" and "self-reliance" are two themes that emerge from the course. The course, also, attempts to define "social media" and [indirectly] debunk the notion that "social media" is a novel creation spurred by advances in technology.

Society 2.0: Social Media
Anthony Adornato
Theme: A World of Systems; Perspective: Social Science

CRN 22441 ICSM 10564-01, MW 04:00 PM-05:15 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 22442 ICSM 10564-02, MW 05:25 PM-06:40 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course explores how social media has transformed the way people communicate and are connected as individuals, as members of communities, and as part of a larger networked society. Students will use social media tools to engage with course content. Through social media and in-class discussions, reflection and position papers, book analyses, and a research project, students will gain an understanding of how social media is impacting fields such as education, journalism, and business. The course will also examine the cultural, legal, economic, and privacy implications of our social media practices.

Story Telling for Social Justice
Michele Lenhart
Theme: Power & Justice; Perspective: Creative Arts

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Telling True Stories: The Art of the Essay
Nick Kowalczyk
Themes: Identities and Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts

CRN 22638 ICSM 10870-01, 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Alternately known as creative nonfiction, the so-called ‘fourth genre’ of literature is perhaps less studied than poetry, fiction, and drama, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less substantial, creative, or informed by literary tradition. This seminar will expose students to the history and stylistic techniques of the essay, a form that encompasses memoir, personal essay, magazine and feature writing, cultural criticism, argument, the lyric essay, nature writing, travel writing, and more. Focus will be placed on genre history, selected essayists, research skills, and literary craft. Students will write mostly analytic essays, but also some creative ones, too. This course is geared specifically to non-writing majors.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Trending: #IdentitiesInMedia
Michaelangelo Misseri
Themes: Identities; Perspective: Humanites

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[THIS TITLE HAS BEEN CENSORED]: Understanding language in a post-racial world
Derek Adams
Themes: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22620 ICSM 10570-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course offers a direct challenge to the popular public sentiment that we live in a post-racial society and that systematic structures of power and privilege have ceased to exist in our world. In this class, we will explore the persistent operation of systematic discrimination in the 21st century through a collection of materials – i.e. short stories, magazine covers, film, advertisements, critical essays, and websites. Our study begins from the position that certain code words and social practices have transformed overt types of discrimination into more subtle and deceiving forms of bigotry. Words like “nigger,” “bitch,” and “fag” may have fallen out of fashion, but their essence lives on in our daily interactions. We will devote a significant amount of time to assessing how our social interactions are influenced by the legacy. The nature of the material we will cover in this course is likely to cause you cognitive dissonance. This is intentional. Talking about issues of race, gender, and sexuality is rarely conducive to positive feelings. Too, the course requires your personal investment in its development, including sharing and discussing your own race, gender, and sexual orientation with your classmates. I will establish our classroom as a safe space for the respectful reception of your individual life experiences, but there will inevitably be moments when the ideas you express will challenge belief structures that your classmates invest in, and vice versa.

Tribes and Scribes
Ron Denson
Theme: Identities; Perspective: Humanities

CRN 22444 ICSM 10812-01, TR 08:00 AM-09:15 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
CRN 22526 ICSM 10812-06, TR 09:25 AM-10:40 AM, W 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
This course aims to introduce students to significant issues in the lives of American Indians in the contemporary United States, issues that illustrate the complex dynamics of the struggle for a vital American Indian future at the beginning of the second 500 years of European presence in the so-called New World. We will examine the variety and complexity of experiences comprehended under the conventional Columbian label of “Indian,” as we focus on the experiences and concerns of individual nations while also looking at expressions of a recent pan-Indian identity. The case studies that we will pursue will illuminate how enduring questions of justice, freedom, and equality grounded in our national creed are played out in the lives of the First Peoples at the beginning of the 21st century, particularly with regard to questions of sovereignty and self-determination, goals the pursuit of which set American Indians apart from other American “minorities.”
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

U.S. Politics through House of Cards
Thomas Shevory
Themes: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities, Social Science

CRN 22635 ICSM 10594, TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
House of Cards, an Emmy Award winning television series, which tracks the political career of the ruthlessly ambitious politician, Frank Underwood, raises many questions about the state of current American politics, along with perennial issues regarding the ethics of political action.  The course will draw upon the series as a starting point for considering the institutional contexts of American politics: the legislative, executive, judicial branches, and the policy-making process.  We will also discuss the influence of money in politics, the role of the press, the political party system, voting, and the meaning and obligations of citizenship.  We will draw upon political biography, comparing characters in House of Cards to actual political leaders, such as Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and former President Richard Nixon. Finally, we will consider the impact of House of Cards on how audiences think about American politics. The series is, for example, widely popular in China.

Why Are We Here? Student Culture and the Problem of College (Honors Course)
Elizabeth Bleicher
Themes: A World of Systems and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities, Social Science

CRN 22642 ICSM 11072-01, TR 01:10 PM-02:25 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
What does it mean to be educated? Are you here to get a job or to get a life? To answer these questions, we will explore competing rationales behind collegiate study and engage in advanced literary and cultural analyses. We will study historical precedents, scholarly and journalistic articles, social critiques, and fictional collegians. We will conduct primary research into youth culture, access to education, and attitudes toward education, develop rhetorical skills by sharing our findings, and write extensively across a variety of genres. Individually, you will articulate your personal philosophy of education and develop your own personal goals. Collaboratively, we will analyze the extent to which our readings and writings fit with our evolving understanding of the goals for collegiate study.

Why Are We Here? Student Culture and the Problem of College (Honors Course)
Tom Pfaff
Themes: A World of Systems and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities, Social Science

CRN 22643 ICSM 11072-02, MWF 03:00 PM-03:50 PM, M 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
What does it mean to be educated? Are you here to get a job or to get a life? To answer these questions, we will explore competing rationales behind collegiate study and engage in advanced literary and cultural analyses. We will study historical precedents, scholarly and journalistic articles, social critiques, and fictional collegians. We will conduct primary research into youth culture, access to education, and attitudes toward education, develop rhetorical skills by sharing our findings, and write extensively across a variety of genres. Individually, you will articulate your personal philosophy of education and develop your own personal goals. Collaboratively, we will analyze the extent to which our readings and writings fit with our evolving understanding of the goals for collegiate study.

Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Fantasy and Science Fiction (Honors Course)
Katharine Kittredge
Themes: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities

CRN 22641 ICSM 11071-01, TR 09:25 AM-10:40 AM, W12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Since science fiction's early days, women have used it to critique their current lives and to imagine new ways of being female. This class places the roles of women writers and female characters in fantasy and science fiction within the larger context of the United States’ concurrent waves of feminist thought and activism.  We will be considering everything from the suffragette utopia of Herland, through pulp science fiction's women warriors, second wave feminist stories, eco feminist works, and post-feminist texts including Buffy the Vampire Slayer.