Fall 2014 Ithaca Seminars

Fall 14 ICSM Alphabetical Listing

This section provides a listing of all Fall 2014 Ithaca Seminars.

African Drumming & Dance
Baruch Whitehead
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10521-08     MWF 1:00-1:50, M 12:00-12:50

African Drum & Dance Performance Practices is comprised of three performance components - drumming, singing, and dance. Students have the opportunity to explore first-hand the exciting traditions of West African music by investigating specific musical types, styles and traditions on "authentic" African musical instruments. Social functions and analytical study of dance movements in ritual, ceremonial, religious, and recreational contexts are also investigated.

The African Press
Matt Mogekwu
Theme: World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10562-02     TR 1:10-2:25, W 12:00-12:50

This seminar focuses on the nature of the press in Africa especially as it operates within the global information and communication environment, examining, in particular, the complex issues  of power,  technology and the economy and their connectivity and interrelatedness in  the continuing attempt at fashioning a new world information order. Students will be expected and encouraged to examine/analyze selected press systems and interrogate the enduring notion of the press as a crucial tool in effective governance. What social, economic and political factors make the press effective in some parts of the world and not in others? Students should begin to see the world beyond their own national perspective, and an appreciation of how the press functions in other parts of the world will contribute to this broadened perspective. It is hoped that at the end of the seminar, students will be able to understand and explain the place of the press in global politics and international understanding and cooperation.

Coming of Age in an Age of Limits
Michael Smith
Themes: Quest for a Sustainable Future, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10595-01        TR 8:00-9:15, M 12:00-12:50

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.

Amazon Drones & Google Glass
Jim Stafford
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10822-03        TR 9:25-10:40, F 12:00-12:50

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 and only available for Musical Theatre Majors.

Art After Warhol
Paul Wilson
Themes: Identities and Quest for Sustainable Future; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10579-01        MWF 10:00-10:50, F 12:00-12:50
Course #10579-02        MWF 1:00-1:50, F 12:00-12:50

Paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, canvases covered with silkscreened dollar bills, films of people sleeping – the art of Andy Warhol (1928-87) questioned the relationship between art and capitalism.  This course will examine both his art and the myriad influences it has on a wide array of visual culture today – from the paintings of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to reality TV.  It will pay special attention to how artworks reflect and shape our ideas of the self in a society defined by an overconsumption of both images and natural resources.

Becoming Boys and Girls in School: Gender, Sexuality, and Education
Sherry Deckman
Themes: Identities and Power & Justice; Perspective: Social Sciences
Course #10571-01        MW 4:00-5:15, F 12:00-12:50

This course explores both the role of gender and sexuality—including intersections with other identity markers such as race and class—in shaping young people’s schooling experiences, opportunities, and outcomes, and the role of schooling experiences in shaping young people’s notions of gender and sexuality. In many ways, the course is about the “hidden curriculum” of heteronormativity, or the subtle practices in schools that privilege heterosexual, gendered identities and ways of being.  As such, students in the course will apply the concept of the hidden curriculum to the study of gender and schooling in order to understand why and how boys and girls experience schooling differently and also why and how heteronormative schooling detrimentally impacts not only lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students but all students.

Beyond Dilbert's Cubicle: Thinking outside the box to find meaningful work and create a good life
Granger Macy
Themes: Identities and Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10577-01    MWF 9:00-9:50, M 12:00-12:50
Course #10577-02    MWF 11:00-11:50, W 12:00-12:50
Course #10577-03    MWF 3:00-3:50, F 12:00-12:50

This course is focused on an exploration of the confluence of philosophy and scientific findings in order to develop an understanding of the meaning of 'the good life' (eudaemonia). We will start with a reviewing a brief history of work life attitudes and trends including a study of work and leisure options in the modern world focusing on the effects of technology, globalization, and diminishing resources. The course will also help students to reflect on preferred life, career, and educational choices in pursuing their individual interests and skills.

Collage and Assemblage: The Construction of Meaning
Carla Stetson
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10521-07     TR 4:00-5:15, F 12:00-12:50

What makes an artwork original or new? Who defines what is trash, junk, or the readymade sculpture? In this course we will discuss the ways artists transform found materials in collage, photomontage, assemblage and sampling. Many contemporary artists utilize a “cut and paste” aesthetic and we will investigate the manifestations and meanings created when parts and pieces of the “real” are incorporated into new work. Through lectures, films and reading you will discover how collage and assemblage practices started, and then you will research how contemporary artists use these methods, and present your research to the group. You will create three large-scale art projects both in two and three dimensions, and play some of the games the surrealists used to stimulate the imagination. 

Conflict Resolution
Chris Langone
Theme: World of Systems; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10564-04    TR 5:25-6:40, W 12:00-12:50

Throughout our lives, we will encounter various forms of conflict: perhaps an internal self-conflict about the path to chart for our futures; or an interpersonal conflict with a roommate, family member, or significant other; or sometimes an institutional conflict with a landlord, creditor, or law-enforcement agency. This seminar will examine conflict prevention and resolution in a variety of contexts, with specific attention given to practical skills such as listening, negotiation, persuasion, mediation, and consensus building. Both formal and informal systems will be examined, including: comparative legal systems, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and ombudsmen-type procedures. Students will engage in role-play exercises, journaling and self-reflection, and scholarly analyses. Explicit attention will also be paid to the unique conflicts students transitioning to college often confront.

Contemporary European Cinema
Andrew Utterson
Themes: Identities and World of Systems; Perspectives: Creative Arts, Humanities
Course #10596-02     TR 1:10-2:25, W 12:00-12:50

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. 

Creativity & Mindfulness
Mary Ann Erickson
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10583-01     TR 8:00-9:15, F 12:00-12:50

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 and the Arts
Sara Haefeli
Themes: Identities and  Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course # 10574-01     TR 10:50-12:05, M 12:00-12:50

The purpose of this course is to: explore the philosophies connected to creativity, imagination, and art; discover the nature of creativity and the habits and environments that promote creativity; experience art as a fundamental human need; enjoy the inter-relatedness of the arts and the relationship of the arts to all other human activities (social, scientific, education, technical, etc.); develop critical skills to enable the discrimination between art and ruse; develop excellent written and aural communication skills.

Creativity in the Making: Thought, Language & Human Expression
Cathrene Connery
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspectives: Creative Arts, Social Science
Course #10528-01        TR 8:00-9:15, M 12:00-12:50

What is language? Are algebraic equations really sentences? How does 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.   

Designing Compelling Presentations
Dennis Charsky
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10521-01     MWF 3:00-3:50, W 12:00-12:50

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.

Devi: Power and Narrative in Hindu Goddess traditions
Angela Rudert
Theme: Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspectives: Humanities
Course #10532-03       TR 8:00-9:15, W 12:00-12:50

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
Course #10521-05     TR 4:00-5:15, F 12:00-12:50

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.

Entrepreneurship and Capitalism
Alan Cohen
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and World of Systems; Perspective: Social Sciences
Course #10597-01      MWF 9:00-9:50,    M 12:00-12:50
Course #10597-02      MWF 11:00-11:50, W 12:00-12:50

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.

Environmental Politics through Film
Tom Shevory
Themes: Power and Justice and Quest for Sustainable Future; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10590-01     TR 8:00-9:15, F 12:00-12:50

This course draws upon my experience as codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. As with the festival, the course questions a narrow definition of “environment” and considers the connections between power differentials, human rights, economic inequality, and the environmental crisis. Thus, we begin the course with a reading of Shellenberger and Nordhaus’s controversial paper declaring the “death” of environmentalism, and some critical reactions to it. The course then extends into a wide variety of topics that consider explicit and implicit connections between the humans and the social and natural systems that we inhabit. These include “wilderness” protection, food production and consumption, labor issues, global economic growth, climate change, drug policy, human rights, and public health. Each week includes a film screening, followed by lecture and discussion organized around supplementary readings designed to illuminate the issues raised in the films. In a number of cases, we will use Skype to connect with film directors, who will be available to answer student questions.

Essence and Existence: Narratives of Discovery, Recovery and Enlightenment
Jerry Mirskin
Theme: Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspectives: Humanities, Creative Arts
Course #10835-01           TR 4:00-5:15, M 12:00-12:50

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.

Exile and Migration in the Spanish-Speaking World
Maria DiFrancesco
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10512-01     MWF 9:00-9:50, M 12:00-12:50

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.

The Faces of Identity and Silkscreen Printing
Susan Weisend
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10511-02     TR 1:10-2:25, M 12:00-12:50

Visual art has been used as a means of exploring the concept of identity throughout human history. The silkscreen print packs a punch as a visual statement in contemporary culture, particularly as a means of expressing themes of identity. Students in this course will study the historical and cultural context of screen printed images while engaging in the hands-on printing of a series of silkscreen projects. We will concentrate on three aspects of identity exploration: the narrative image, the portrait, creating a sense of place.

Fantasy, Fandom, and Fans: Exceeding Our Own Lives
Jamie Warburton
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Creative Arts
Course # 10811-01  MWF 3:00-3:50, M 12:00-12:50

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.

Farm to Fork: Exploring Food Practices & Policies
Barbara Adams
Theme: Quest for a Sustainable Future, Perspectives: Humanities
Course # 10842-02      TR 8:00-9:15, W 12:00-12:50
We all eat, every day – and this personal, life-sustaining practice is the subject of ubiquitous public discourse, on topics from cooking shows to salmonella scares, from obesity statistics to cultural taboos, from migrant labor to genetically modified organisms. This course invites students to better understand and help shape that conversation. We’ll analyze and critique popular media representations of contemporary food issues, using both public media and scholarly sources to write informed arguments. Emphasis will be placed on choices and consequences, as well as on the sustainability of healthy practices ­– individually, locally, and globally. Students will help choose the topics for all essays, and their focus may be social, economic, political, and/or environmental.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Katharine Kittredge
Themes: Identities and Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10576-01     TR 10:50-12:05, W 1:00-1:50

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
Themes: Power and Justice and Quest for Sustainable Future; Perspective: Natural Science
Course #10589-01     MWF 3:00-3:50, M 12:00-12:50

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 and You
Jake Brenner
Theme: World of Systems; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10564-05     MWF 3:00-3:50, F 12:00-12:50

Globalization might be the phenomenon that defines our era. It ranks among the dawn of agriculture and the industrial revolution in the way it has reorganized society. This course deals objectively with globalization as a phenomenon that is underway whether we like it or not. It takes a geographic perspective, illustrating how globalization plays out in dramatically different ways for different people in different places. The course also deals with our reasons for judging globalization as good or bad.  It will help students understand their role in the numerous interacting systems of globalization.

The Golden City: The Rhetorical Construction of Classical Athens (Honors Course)
Robert Sullivan
Theme: Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities
Course #11042-01        MWF 9:00-9:50, W 12:00-12:50

Students will read, discuss, and respond to primary texts by historians (Herodotus, Thucydides) philosophers (Plato), rhetoricians (Lysias) and literary figures (Homer, Aristophanes). The seminar will attempt to engage Classical history as a place of contestation and struggle, and furthermore to see those struggles as reoccurring themes in the democratic experience. A rhetorical perspective on history sees human events as being marked by contingency and controversy. This course then is not simply a survey of masterpieces or set of signposts on the road to modernity but an entry into the historical spirit of controversia. A rhetorical approach to Classical artifacts moves into the foreground the rich political, social, and cultural contexts that underlie the Greek’s historical and aesthetic self-portraiture. Accordingly, we will re-engage the disputes that vitalized Athenian life - and in doing so may well come to see the contemporary American experience through a radically different lens. Prominent within this discussion will be engagement with the questions of distribution of power within a nominally democratic polity, the role of women, slavery, the writing of history, criminal and civil redress, democratic totalitarianism, and democratic imperialism.

Great Mysteries of Humanity
Michael Malpass
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10524-01     MWF 11:00-11:50, W 12:00-12:50

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
Themes: Mind, Body, and Spirit and Quest for a Sustainable Future; Perspectives: Humanities, Social Science
Course #10587-01    TR 1:10-2:25, F 12:00-12:50

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
Hongwei Guan
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Social Sciences
Course #10514-06     TR 8:00-9:15, M 12:00-12:50

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.

Heroes and Villains in Popular Culture: The Thin Blue Line
Adam Walden
Themes: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10871-01       MWF 3:00-3:50, W 12:00-12:50

Through the lens of popular culture and current events students will engage in analysis and reflection on what constitutes positive, socially benefiting behaviors, what constitutes negative, socially degrading behaviors, how the two are connected, how lines separating them can be blurred, and how these things affect our socially constructed realities and perspectives of the nature of good and evil.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

History of Secrets
David Brown
Theme: World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10562-01      MWF 3:00-3:50, F 12:00-12:50

For thousands of years, people have tried to keep information secret. Sophisticated techniques have been created in order to hide messages from unwanted eyes. We investigate the history of writing secret messages; this is the study of cryptography. We learn how mathematics is the basis of secret message writing and uncover the espionage history of intelligence gathering. We focus on key moments when cryptography changed history, including the breaking of the Enigma machine in World War II, continuing through the Cold War, and on to Internet commerce. 

The Human Genome: The Promise and the Perils
Maki Inada
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Natural Science
Course #10513-01     TR 1:10-2:25, F 12:00-12:50

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. 

Jazz in Society
Michael Titlebaum
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10511-01        TR1:10-2:25, F 12:00-12:50

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.

Language Matters: Exploring Linguistic Systems
James Pfrehm
Theme: World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10562-03     MWF 9:00-9:50, F 12:00-12:50

Language is one of the most intricate innate systems of humankind. Speakers navigate this system, in large part, unconsciously. However, the endeavor to understand this complicated system of sounds, rules, and meaning has occupied thinkers for thousands of years. In this course, students will explore language matters--from how it works in the brain to how we use it in the social world—and consider why language matters.

Learning Disciplines: Music, yoga, study and the delight of work
Lee Goodhew Romm
Theme: Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10531-02        TR 1:10-2:25, M 12:00-12:50

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 and attendance of 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.

Lies, Cheats and Plagiarisms
Thomas Girshin
Themes: Power and Justice and World of Systems; Perspective: Creative Arts and Humanities
Course #10861-01     MWF 11:00-11:50, M 12:00-12:50
Course #10861-02     MWF 9:00-9:50, M 12:00-12:50

According to Ian Leslie, we are “born liars.” We are a “cheating culture” says David Callahan. Jonah Lehrer recently made headlines for plagiarizing himself. It seems that duplicity is everywhere, breaking scandals followed by confessions to Oprah. These issues are especially relevant when it comes to student writing, as students are often asked to present themselves as credible authorities on subjects they are only beginning to learn. This course considers some of these popular perceptions of representation, as well as issues of trust and transgression. We will trouble the popular idea that these textual practices are evidence of moral corruption.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Life before Birth
Tatiana Patrone
Theme: Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10532-01     MWF 11:00-11:50, F 12:00-12:50

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’.

The Lure of the Mysterious, the Strange, and the Deeply Weird
Mary Beth O'Connor
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10822-02     MWF 3:00-3:50, M 12:00-12:50

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 old, The Twilight Zone, and newer, Dexter, The Walking Dead, and others; phenomena like spiritualism, haunted houses, UFO sightings, freak shows, 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, with a partner, 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: World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10862-01        MWF 3:30-3:50, M 12:00-12:50

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
Course #10523-02     TR 9:25-10:40, F 12:00-12:50

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.

Mummies, Gladiators and the Enslaved: Revealing History Through Skeletal Analysis
Jennifer Muller
Theme: Power and Justice; Perspective: Natural Science
Course #10543-02     MWF 9:00-9:50, M 12:00-12:50

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.

Music Phrases Through the Ages
Deborah Rifkin
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10521-06     MWF 2:00-2:50, W 12:00-12:50

This seminar will introduce the tools for analyzing and understanding musical phrases. In addition to developing skills to model and describe small music forms, students will explore how music is a product of its time and culture by comparing it to other contemporaneous art forms such as painting, architecture, and literature. We will study several different styles of music, including classical, folk and popular music from 1650 to the present. Students will learn how to describe and discuss their aesthetic experience.

Opera and Revolution
Brian DeMaris
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and Power and Justice; Perspectives: Creative Arts, Humanities
Course #10584-01     TR 10:50-12:05, W 12:00-12:50

Students will learn about opera and history by analyzing operas based on revolution in its various forms and investigating the historical events on which they are based. Class discussions, written assignments, exams and a creative final project will provide a vehicle for students to respond to the works and formulate their own opinions on the issues presented. Sample studies include: Beaumarchais’ Figaro Trilogy and the social conflicts of 18th Century Europe, the American and French Revolutions, and the Age of Enlightenment; Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the philosophical and political unrest of 19th Century Europe, the Industrial Revolution, Wagner’s influence in cinema, philosophy and politics; Verdi and his operas as related to political and social reform, human bondage and exile, Nationalism, Fascism and the Risorgimento; Philip Glass’ Portrait Trilogy, which depicts revolutionary individuals in religion (Akhenaten), science (Einstein), and politics (Gandhi), as portrayed by Glass during the Vietnam War and Cold War; and John Adams' ""CNN Operas"" (Death of Klinghoffer, Nixon in China and Dr. Atomic) and the portrayal of contemporary conflicts in opera today.

Pop Culture as Text
Katie Marks
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10812-05     TR 4:00-5:15, W 12:00-12:50

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, World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #11870-01     MWF 10:00-10:50, W 12:00-12:50

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
Mara Alper
Themes: Power and Justice and Quest for Sustainable Future; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10588-01     TR 1:10-2:25, W 12:00-12:50

Understand water sustainability issues through an interdisciplinary approach to topics from the personal to global level. Emphasis is on the complex interrelationships of water for individuals, cultures, countries and the global environment.

Punk and the Making of Self
Alex "Smith" Reed
Themes: Identities and Mind, Body, and Spirit Theme; Perspectives: Humanities, Creative Arts
Course #10578-01          MWF 3:00-3:50, F 12:00-12:50

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. 

"Reel" Sports, "Rite" Sports: What the Movies Taught You About Sports
Stephen Mosher
Theme: Power and Justice; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10544-01     TR 2:35-3:50, F 12:00-12:50

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, and Spirit and World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities, Social Sciences
Course #10599-01    TR 4:00-5:15, F 12:00-12:50

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, and Spirit Theme; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10582-01        MWF 10:00-10:50, W 12:00-12:50

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.

Scandal: Gender, Reputation, and Politics in Modern Europe
Karin Breuer
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10512-05       MWF 9:00-9:50, F 12:00-12:50

This course will examine the impact of personal scandals and flouted gender norms on public life in Europe from the Reformation to the collapse of communism in Europe.  In particular, we will discuss supposedly transgressive historical figures (including Anna Bueschler, Anne Boleyn, Benedetta Carlini, Catalina de Erauso, Marie Antoinette, Lola Montez, and Wallis Simpson) and their depictions in primary sources such as autobiographies, letters, and caricatures. In so doing, we will achieve greater understanding of social mores and political change in modern European history.

The Seven Deadly Sins
Brendan Murday
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10512-04     MWF 11:00-11:50, M 12:00-12:50

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
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10512-02       TR 4:00-5:15, M 12:00-12:50

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 his phrase has since become true in another sense: Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters, the distinct artistry of his language, and his conception of what it means to be a human performer in the theatrum mundi (‘theatre of the world’) continue to shape the politics, educational experience, and cultural identities of people living in the United States. This seminar aims to develop answers to two overarching questions: first, what is it about Shakespeare’s art that so often inspires self-identification and self-reflection on the part of readers and spectators? And secondly, why have Americans so often resorted to Shakespeare when conceptualizing and reinforcing their national, racial, ethnic, and cultural identities? To better answer these questions, we will need to consider a set of related issues: why, for instance, has Shakespeare become so ingrained a part of American education? Does engaging with his art make us more ethical people or better citizens? In what ways has Shakespeare been appropriated during ideological conflicts such as the war to end slavery, or contemporary struggles for civil rights? Should Shakespeare be considered ‘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? Three major plays will serve as our primary texts for exploring these questions—Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Tempest; we will also examine adaptations in other media, including poetry, popular music, Hollywood and documentary film, the graphic novel, and live performance.

Short Stories on the Screen
Eleanor Henderson
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspectives: Creative Arts, Humanities
Course #10825-01     MWF 8:00-8:50, F 12:00-12:50
Course #10825-02     MWF 9:00-9:50, F 12:00-12:50

Since the dawn of Hollywood studios, filmmakers have looked to works of fiction to reinterpret for the silver screen. Often, these works are novels - regarded by many as the literary equivalent of the feature film. But more and more, short stories - despite their size - are serving as the basis for full-length film adaptations. What qualities make the short story an ideal inspiration for film? When a story is adapted into a movie, what narrative challenges does it pose? And what responsibilities does a filmmaker have to preserve the author's original vision? In this course, we will examine a number of short stories and their film counterparts, seeking insight into the craft of storytelling and its role in our culture. 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 Social Construction of Childhood: The Young Mind, Society, and Meaning-Making
Cathrene Connery
Themes: Identities and Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10573-01     CRN 23264     TR 1:10-2:25, M 12:00-12:50

What is “childhood?” How does our society conceptualize the physical, emotional, social, and behavioral experience of the young? Do Americans possess a distinct perspective about childhood and, if so, does such a viewpoint align with the sociopolitical and cultural-historical realities that actively shape our nation’s youth? How is childhood experienced by children themselves? In what ways might we more appropriately understand and respect the social development of consciousness, diversity of ways youth come of age, and appropriation of cultural tools that signal emergence into 21rst century adulthood? This interdisciplinary course will explore these critical questions by addressing a series of contemporary topics, seminal texts, and related research from history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, education, and the law. Students will examine competing perspectives on how humans understand and shape childhood as a distinct time period, and critique how these perspectives influence our understandings of the relationships between culture, development, and learning. Students will analyze the implications of these perspectives on their own childhood socialization and education; on the learning, development, and identity construction of children in modern society; and on the values that guide the policies, decisions, actions, and allocations of individuals, social systems, and institutions that impact children in the 21st century.

Social Media and You
Kyle Woody
Themes: Identities and World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10581-01     TR 1:10-2:25, F 12:00-12:50

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: World of Systems; Perspective: Social Science
Course #10564-01        MW 4:00-5:15, W 12:00-12:50
Course #10564-02        MW 5:25-6:40, W 12:00-12:50

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.

Supermoms and Freeloaders: Myths and Realities of Economic Opportunity
Shaianne Osterreich
Themes: Identities and Power and Justice; Perspective: Social Sciences
Course #10571-02        TR 1:10-2:25, M 12:00-12:50

The primary goal of this class will be to provide students with tools to help cultivate their desire to critically think about society. To be specific, students will investigate what it means to have economic power in capitalism - what is it and how do you get it?  Students will explore how economic bargaining power in households, the workplace, and consumer environments both reflect and affect racial, ethnic and gender identities and hierarchies.

Teenage Wasteland (Honors Course)
Bruce Henderson
Themes: Identities; Inquiry, Imagination and Innovation; Perspective: Humanities
Course #11070-01     TR 1:10-2:25, W 12:00-12:50

"Dystopic" refers to narratives that imagine a world that is not only "imperfect," but typically in a state of decay, chaos, or dissolution, often as a result of a natural disaster, a human corruption of the world, an epidemic, or a major global conflict of some kind. While there have been dystopic narratives probably as long as people have been telling stories to try to make sense of what is wrong with the present state of the world and to predict possible or likely trajectories for times to come (the Fall from Eden, the Flood, the myth of Prometheus, millennial panics, the Rapture, 2012 to name a few of the most familiar ones), recent years have shown a dramatic increase in literary fiction that uses dystopic plots and themes, and, interestingly enough, as noted in an article in The New Yorker about a year, a large number of them have featured "young adults" (from tweens to adolescents to those in their early twenties) as central characters and have been written with such readers as central audiences (though adults have eagerly followed them, as well). This course will trace the course of dystopic young adult narratives, following a basically chronological structure, looking back briefly at dystopic themes in some classic children's fantasy novels from the "Golden Age" of children's literature to a handful of defining dystopic novels (which do not necessarily focus on young adults, but which establish major traditions in dystopic narrative as a genre) and then survey dystopic narratives about/for young adults from the 1950s to the present day. Many, if not most, dystopic narratives fit within the popular genres of "science fiction" or "fantasy," though we will read at least one novel that looks at the "real world" (i.e. one locatable in the real geography and history of the United States) as a "dystopic narrative."

Telling True Stories: The Art of the Essay
Nick Kowalczyk
Themes: Identities and Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10870-01     TR 8:00-9:15, W 12:00-12:50

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.

[THIS TITLE HAS BEEN CENSORED]: Understanding language in a post-racial world
Derek Adams
Themes: Identities, Power and Justice Theme; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10570-01    TR 1:10-2:25, M 12:00-12:50

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
Course #10812-02     TR 8:00-9:15, W 12:00-12:50
Course #10812-06     TR 1:10-2:25, W 12:00-12:50

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.

Understanding a Visual Language in Film and Other Media
Changhee Chun
Theme: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10521-02     TR 4:00-5:15, M 12:00-12:50

In this seminar, we will examine different visual languages using significant films and other media representative of important historic and contemporary ideas and movements. Screenings and readings guide discussions and analysis geared toward providing familiarity with a broad range of visual language styles and connecting them to larger questions of culture production and artistic expression.

The US and China in Global Perspective
Kelly Dietz
Themes: Power and Justice and World of Systems; Perspectives: Social Sciences, Humanities
Course #10594-01        TR 4:00-5:15, F 12:00-12:50

This course introduces students to some of the key issues animating relations between the United States and China today. While hot topics in the news (e.g. “China’s Rise,” climate change, cyber security, and labor conditions in iPhone factories) will be among our topics of focus, we will also focus on the news, as well as movies, tv ads and other media, to consider where our perceptions about China and the US-China relationship come from. Rather than exploring course topics from a seemingly distant position, throughout the semester we will endeavor to locate ourselves within our analysis. Thus a central question animating the course is: In what ways do our own lives intertwine with the relations between the United States and China? A related premise of the course is that it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand US-China relations without developing a global perspective on these relations. But what does it mean to have a global perspective on relations between two countries? To the extent that we are involved in US-China relations, moreover, how do we view our own lives from a global perspective? As an Ithaca College Seminar, the course extends the analysis of how our lives intertwine with broader structures and relationships to the question of what it means to transition to college. We will challenge the idea that there is a best way to succeed in college. Through sharing of personal experiences and taking advantage of opportunities on and off campus, we will work toward understanding the many ways you can create your college experience.

What was in Aristotle's Medicine Cabinet? The History of Western Medicine
Richard Schissel
Themes: Inquiry, Imagination, and Innovation and World of Systems; Perspective: Humanities
Course #10585-01     MWF 9:00-9:50, F 12:00-12:50

This seminar will examine the evolution of ideas and concepts of health, disease, and medicine through history. Beginning in Mesopotamia, we will explore how beliefs and ideas about health and the causes and treatment of disease changed through time, and how the actions of individuals and societies changed, with changes in religious beliefs and the development of science. We will begin to see how the evolution of medicine was influenced by wars, culture, geography, religion, economics, and even art. The course will explore how current ideas and practices in Western biomedicine have been built on past beliefs and practices and how different cultural beliefs shaped different medical practices. The course also is designed to help you continue to develop your verbal and written communication skills, as well as your ability to work and play well with others. Course requirements will include: two 4 page research papers, one group presentation project, four 2 page Discussion Issue papers, and two 1 page response papers. Potential topics for the research papers and group presentation project will be discussed the first day of class. All of the individual research papers, Discussion Issue papers, and written summaries of the group presentation projects will be posted on Sakai. Each student will be required to post a one page response to two of the Discussion Issue papers.

Why Are We Here? Student Culture and the Problem of College (Honors Course)
Elizabeth Bleicher
Themes: World of Systems, Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities, Social Science
Course #11072-01     TR 8:00-9:15, W 12:00-12:50

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, Power and Justice; Perspectives: Humanities
Course #11071-01     TR 9:25-10:50, W 12:00-12:50

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.

Writing (as) Technology: Identity and Inscription in the Digital Age
Susan Adams Delaney
Theme: Identities, Perspective: Humanities
Course #10812-01     TR 1:10-2:25, W 12:00-12:50

You may have heard your teachers complain that IM-speak is ruining our writing, or that short-form new media like Twitter or Facebook are disrupting our ability to read and think deeply. Of course, to borrow a popular phrase, back in the day Plato similarly complained of writing itself. Our culture takes technologies for granted; they become naturalized, assumed, almost invisible. It is only when a technology is relatively new that we pay attention to how it impacts our lives and our thinking. Yet such technologies—from the invention of the alphabet to the printing press to the personal computer—constrain and enable particular ways of thinking and communicating. This course will challenge students to consider writing as technology and writing as mediated through other technologies as they practice a range of academic and civic genres.
This course is equivalent to Academic Writing 10600.

Yes...and Realizing Self through Improvisation
Dawn Pierce and Patrice Pastore
Theme: Mind, Body, and Spirit; Perspective: Creative Arts
Course #10531-01      MWF 3:00-3:50, W 12:00-12:50

This course encourages you to ‘realize’ yourself in both senses of the word: acknowledging the self and its complex parts (mind, body, spirit); and achieving the self, through written reflection, discussion, and active exercises. We will explore the history and theory behind improvisational theatre, through analyses and discussions of texts. Ultimately, this course will lead you in the use of theatrical improvisational techniques as a creative venue for exploring and progressing toward this self-realization. In addition, you will be asked to formulate arguments, in written and oral form, about the effectiveness of improvisational techniques for your own self-realization. You will complete a field project, or final improvisational project, demonstrating the application of improvisational concepts and techniques to other situations and/or subject areas.