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African Drumming and Dance
Whitehead, Baruch

ICSM 10500 - 27
CRN: 22001
ICSM: African Drumming/Dance
TR 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course 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 Album
Reed, Alex

ICSM 11000 - 02
CRN: 21695
ICSM-HNR: The Album
MWF 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

For over sixty years, albums were to music what novels are to literature: the site of major statements, expression, and experimentation. But we live now in a moment of change when it comes to how we listen to music, how we use sound, how we understand physical objects and technology, and how we relate our individual and collective identity to aesthetic taste. Using a variety of case studies, this class studies the album as both an artifact and an idea(l), asking what it reveals (or hides) in culture, and listening through contexts of history, gender, race, and technology to hear the message of this medium. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Honors Program.

Are You Your Data? Machine Learning and Ethics
Thomas, Matt

ICSM 10500 - 18
CRN: 21676
ICSM: Are You Your Data
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Machine learning has become present in many aspects of our lives - both digital and in the real-world. Despite this, machine learning remains a black box to most people. In this course, we’ll discuss what machine learning is, how it is being used in the world, the ethical implications of these uses, and you’ll be able to build your own machine learning models to see these ideas in action.

The Astounding Chemistry of the Senses
Hunting, Janet

ICSM 10500 - 37
CRN: 21851
ICSM: Astounding Chemistry
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course is designed primarily for students that have chosen to major in areas other than science and will serve as an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry. The course will be a theme-based approach to the subject, using topics such as color, medicine, warfare, food and drink as backdrops for the material. There will be an emphasis on problem-solving, and the tools and methods that scientists use to study chemistry will be discussed in a variety of contexts. Students will be encouraged to make connections between chemistry and their everyday lives, and to make educated decisions based on the availability of reliable data. There will also be a significant integrated lab component, shaped around the course material. The first several weeks of the course will include coverage of the “fundamentals” in chemistry and organic chemistry.  Students will need these basic tools to understand material covered in the subsequent topic-based units.

Biochemistry of Bread
Ellis, Jamie

ICSM 10500 - 05
CRN: 21662
ICSM: Biochemistry of Bread
TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Bread is a simple staple with a significant role in daily life as well as secular and religious traditions from western Asia through Europe. In moving from a chalky and bland grain to the flavorful variety of foods, we are making a phenomenal leap in transformations requiring water, heat, and physical manipulation. This course will explore the biological molecules and chemical transformations behind methods that are hundreds of generations old. We will explore kitchen techniques and put family recipes through the scientific method. Readings will combine textbook excerpts as well as news articles. Though not a cooking class, in-class exercises and homework will include many hands-on and a few edible experiences.

Building Nature
Salomon, David

ICSM 12000 - 01
CRN: 21680
ICSM-IS: Building Nature
TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course studies the architectures – both physical and mental – where humans and non-humans intimately co-exist with one another. These include spatial structures such as greenhouses, orchards, laboratories, parks, markets, and mines, with an emphasis on (and visits to) local Ithaca examples. It also includes conceptual structures such as ecology, the Anthropocene, and post humanism. These literal and discursive frameworks will be assessed for the level of regeneration, inclusion and exclusion - of species and social groups – present in each. This will be done by drawing local examples using analog and digital drawing techniques. It will also be addressed via the design of small scale architectural elements (e.g. fences, gates) made of found, recycled, and repurposed natural and industrial materials, to be placed in IC’s Natural Lands as part of the program’s caretaker initiative. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the School of Humanities and Sciences Innovation Scholars program 'Rebuild Better.' There is still room to be accepted onto this special program! The deadline to be considered for program admission is Friday, July 23, with full details available through the Innovation Scholars pages.

Collage, Drawing and Mixed Media
Drix, Pamela

ICSM 10500 - 30
CRN: 21945
ICSM: Collage,Drawing,Digital
MW 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

How does art transform experience and inspire emotional responses? In this course we will come to understand the many ways that art-making can be transformative. Students will explore ways of making from analog to digital, including drawing, collage and digital montage. Students will draw from observation, draw as a way to respond to real world experience and as a way to slow down and appreciate what we so often take for granted. Using collage techniques, students will create new hybrid entities and surreal images by combining bits and pieces of found objects. The digital project will utilize Photoshop to manipulate photographed images, and the final project will combine all three processes. In addition, students will research how contemporary artists use these methods, and present their research to the group. Get ready to experience the power of creative making.

College Sport in the Age of Athlete Activism
Staurowsky, Ellen

ICSM 10500 - 30
CRN: 21946
ICSM: College Sport
TR 2:35 PM - 3:50 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The business of college sport is big business. In this seminar, we will be connecting the dots between past, present, and future to better understand why the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which claims to have such a commitment to athletes, is so often sued by them. The course will give a nod to NCAA history and the position of college sport within a multi-billion dollar sport entertainment industry. Through case studies, documentaries, selected readings, and guest speakers, we will look at the political and economic forces that shape the modern day college sport landscape, Ithaca’s position in relationship to the industry through an exploration of the distinction between Divisions I and III, athletes rights, fair compensation, the educational bargain, health and safety issues, mental health concerns, race and gender issues, and the central role media plays in our understandings of college sport.

Contemporary European Cinema: National and Transnational Perspectives
Utterson, Andrew

ICSM 10500 - 21
CRN: 21679
ICSM: Cont. European Cinema
MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course will explore contemporary European films and filmmakers, with a particular emphasis on national and transnational perspectives, with a view to considering but also complicating notions of nationhood and national cinemas. It will explore questions of cultural identity 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, transnational, and other contexts, mapping the cultural and other boundaries of an evolving Europe and related conceptions of European, Europeanness, and in turn European cinema, as well as a definition and critique of Eurocenticism.

Cracking the Creativity Crunch: Empowering Learning Through Experience
Vosler, Matt

ICSM 10500 - 39
CRN: 22331
ICSM: Empowering Learning
TR 2:35 PM - 3:50 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course will focus on empowering students through understanding how to best take advantage of their education and time at Ithaca College. The course will have three major components that are met to facilitate deeper learning and stronger bonds across campus. These three modules are: understanding experiential education, developing creative learning skills, and building relationships through empathy and compassion.

The Cruelty and Salvation of School: The Campus Novel
Holmes, Chris

ICSM 10500 - 22
CRN: 21819
ICSM: The Campus Novel
MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Why do we make children go to school? And after all those years of regimented, rule-obsessed classrooms, why are you so excited to come to college? This seminar explores the genre of the campus novel, a popular form of fiction that dramatizes the glory and the horror of school. In particular, we will look at how race, class, and gender affect the ways in which an individual experiences their education. We will also do some imaginative work planning our own ideal form of college education.

The Cultural Origins of Math
Weinberg, Aaron

ICSM 10500 - 24
CRN: 21892
ICSM: Cultural Origins of Math
MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The goal of this course is to reflect on and find your own answer to the questions “What is Mathematics?” and “How does it function as a cultural system?” We will, as a class, investigate the nature of mathematics by experiencing, reading about, and discussing several aspects of mathematical thinking and learning. We will use ideas from philosophy, psychology, history, sociology, and biology to explore and gain insight into math as it has developed historically, as it is taught in schools, and as it is used in society.

Dilemmas of the Future
Duncan, Craig

ICSM 10500 - 04
CRN: 21661
ICSM: Dilemmas of the Future
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Technology advances at a dizzying pace. In doing so, it creates new opportunities and benefits, but it also creates new dilemmas. Possible advances on the horizon include super intelligent machines, conscious robots, designer babies, nanoweapons, new surveillance techniques, and “deepfake” technology. This course will examine some of the ethical challenges that these forms of technology will likely create for us (both in the near and distant future) in terms of safety, social trust, privacy, fairness and equality, and human relationships. Our goals will be to envision a future in which technology enhances the quality of our lives rather than threatens it, and also to explore what steps we can prudently take here and now in an effort to bring about this future.

Disaster, Dystopia, and the End of the World
Richardson, Michael

ICSM 10500 - 15
CRN: 21673
ICSM: Disasters and Dystopias
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Warnings about, and representations of, the apocalypse or the downfall of civiliation have persisted throughout modern history. These have been particularly prevalent since the advent of the 20th century. This course will focus on literary and visual representations of the future and near future, in which modern civilization is on the brink of collapse, either due to external forces (alien invasion, catalcysmic events) or global societal factors (nuclear annihilation, ecological disasters, totalitarian governments). We will examine these representations in light of: how they function as allegories for social, political, and economic crises that mark the historical context in which they appear; how they articulate general notions of human identity and consciousness; and how they deal with various forces that shape our existence in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as technology, violence, the environment, and anxiety towards death and disease.

Fairy Tales: The Hero's Journey
Machan, Katharyn Howd

ICSM 10500 - 36
CRN: 21850
ICSM: Fairy Tales
MWF 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, F 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.

Feasts, Famines, and Food Taboos: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives on Foodways
Turkon, Paula

ICSM 10500 - 20
CRN: 21678
ICSM: Foodways
MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
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ICSM 12000 - 02
CRN: 21681
ICSM-IS: Foodways
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Though food is a biological necessity for human survival, what, how, where, when, and who consumes it is inextricably linked to cultural traditions and environmental factors. This seminar explores the variability of food consumption behavior using both anthropological and environmental lenses in order to understand how foodways can be both reflections of social and environmental contexts, as well as tools used to manipulate them. Students will examine foodways from a variety of past and present cultures, and consider the meaning of their own consumption habits. CRN 21678 (MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM) is open to all students while CRN 21681 (MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM) is available only to those students accepted onto the School of Humanities and Sciences Innovation Scholars program 'Cultivating Eco-Friendly Food Systems.' There is still room to be accepted onto this special program! The deadline to be considered for program admission is Friday, July 23, with full details available through the Innovation Scholars pages.

Fight the Power: Black (Super)Heroes and Meta-Humans In Film & On TV
Horsley, Nicole

ICSM 10500 - 07
CRN: 21664
ICSM: Black (Super)Heroes
MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

“Why can we imagine the ending of the world, yet not the ending of colonialism?” --An ancestor. “Dear colonizer, your future is over” --An ancestor. What does it mean to be considered by the nation-state as less than human? As an ontological zero? Who has the power and privilege to be human? And who gets to be a superhero? When will Black subjects transcend concepts of nothingness? Fight the Power: Black (Super)Heroes and Meta-Humans In Film & On TV centers tropes of racialized heroes, super and meta-humans. This course is a mediation on afro-futurism and racial formations to interrogate how race, specifically the constructions of blackness inform non-white characterizations of superheroes and meta-humans. We will consider the laboring Black body foregrounded in the agency of pain and constant injury of anti-blackness. The creation of non-white superheroes and meta-humans as both embodiment and (dis)placement of past, present, and future legacies of race and racism. Films such as Cleopatra Jones (1973), Dolemite (1975), Black Panther (2018), to the most recent Netflix series: Black Lightning (2018), Luke Cage (2016) based on past comic characters demonstrate African diaspora cultural productions that disrupt our essential ideas of race, gender, and, ultimately, the human. These subjects defend and protect Black dystopian communities and futures. Engaging in imaginative practices of world-making, which acknowledges the violent imposition of colonialism, racism, gender and social inequalities.

Globalization, Environment and You
Brenner, Jake

ICSM 10500 - 32
CRN: 21994
ICSM: Global, Environment, You
MWF 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Globalization, a phenomenon beyond anyone's control, might be the thing that best defines our era, bringing benefits and risks that are unevenly distributed among the ecosystems and people of the world. This course will help you understand the environmental costs and opportunities that arise from our creation of a global society. It will help you see yourself in the context of complex human-environment systems, and critically examine globalization through social-scientific perspectives. The course uses interdisciplinary geography to explore how environmental, economic, political, social, and cultural processes make globalization play out in different ways in different places throughout the world.

Healthy Psyches, Healthy Planet
Caldwell, Kathryn

ICSM 10500 - 29
CRN: 21897
ICSM: Healthy Psyches/Planet
TR 2:35 PM - 3:50 PM, W 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
Guan, Hongwei

ICSM 10500 - 06
CRN: 21663
ICSM: Hello China
TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 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 as 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.

Homesick: Searching for Home in Multi-Ethnic American Literature
Kitano, Christine

ICSM 10500 - 23
CRN: 21820
ICSM: Homesick
MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The landscape of the United States provides ample backdrop for the multitude of writing produced in the 20th-21st centuries. But for writers who attend to characters from particular ethnic backgrounds, the United States as “home” often becomes antagonist. From mild inconvenience to outright violence, characters of color often find themselves alienated in the only “home” they’ve ever known. In this class, we’ll read a range of texts (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) to examine how non-white characters deal with alienation and displacement.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Cortes Rodriguez, Nandadevi

ICSM 10500 - 02
CRN: 21659
ICSM: Inquiring Minds
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, W 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.

In The Heights
Cremata, Radio

ICSM 10500 - 03
CRN: 21660
ICSM: In The Heights
TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The course seeks to explore the musical In The Heights and its connections to cultural diversity in a pluralistic American contemporary society. The course will balance listening, analyzing, discussing and music making: both creation and recreation of samples within the musical. In the course, students will: (1) explore, listen, and analyze the lyrics, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures of all of the songs within In The Heights, (2) explore, discuss, and reflect upon the similarities and differences across a diversity of musical genres, (3) create, collaborate, and share recreations and original works of music related to the musical. With a focus on listening, analyzing and making music, this course is designed to help students better understand cultural diversity and further develop students’ musicianships, creativities, and identities.

Jerusalem: City of Faith, City of Struggle
Lesses, Rebecca

ICSM 10500 - 10
CRN: 21667
ICSM: Jerusalem
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, M 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.

Love, Grievance, and Dream: Traditional Chinese Stories in Historical Context
Lin, Zoe Shan

ICSM 10500 - 35
CRN: 22002
ICSM: Chinese Stories
TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The course will introduce students to basic themes of traditional Chinese stories from the First Century to the late eighteenth century. We will read and analyze selections of stories about men and women of various social status and occupational groups. Through lectures and class discussions, students will not only get to understand aspects of Chinese culture and values from the stories but also practice interpreting stories in their historical contexts and using stories as primary sources for making historical arguments. 

Media and Meaning
Wagner, Rachel

ICSM 12000 - 03
CRN: 21682
ICSM-IS: Media and Meaning
MWF 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course will invite students to think deliberately about the media we consume, create, and encounter. With experiential and project-based components, students will not only analyze existing media, but also produce their own projects that critique, develop, interpret, or inform others about media and meaning. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the School of Humanities and Sciences Innovation Scholars program 'Media and Meaning.' There is still room to be accepted onto this special program! The deadline to be considered for program admission is Friday, July 23, with full details available through the Innovation Scholars pages.

Molecules, Cells, and Galaxies: The Nature of Science
Keller, Luke

ICSM 10500 - 38
CRN: 21890
ICSM: Nature of Science
TR 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM, W 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.

Park Communication: Interpreting and Navigating our Nation's Natural and Cultural Resources
Kissiloff, Ari

ICSM 10500 - 08
CRN: 21665
ICSM: Park Communication
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The National Park Service encompasses 423 units across all 50 states and several US territories. They include recreational parks, museums, historical sites, protected lands; and celebrate the cultural, historical, and natural resources and their connections to U.S. history. Common to all of these are systematic signage, maps, graphic information systems, standards of video, and other multimedia presentations, as well as systems for interpretation of the resources either in the field or in a visitor center or other structures. This course will explore the history, present and future of communication and interpretation in the parks.

Phenomenology of Art
Patrone, Tatiana

ICSM 10500 - 14
CRN: 21672
ICSM: Phenomenology of Art
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

In what way do we experience works of art? What does it mean to perceive something as beautiful? Are our judgments of art-works based on taste alone, or do they have cognitive content? This course will acquaint you with some of the central concepts and issues in aesthetics – the branch of philosophy dedicated to the notion of the ‘beautiful’. We will put special emphasis on aesthetic experience from our first-person point of view: our aim will be to describe and analyze our experiences and use what we learn from this in our arguments concerning the nature, the features, and the value of various works of art.

Power and Democracy in US Government: A Mathematical Perspective
Wiesner, Emilie

ICSM 10500 - 25
CRN: 21893
ICSM: Mathematics and Politics
MWF 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

We will use a mathematical perspective to analyze a variety of components of modern election and government systems in the US, including voting procedures, votes vs. voting power, apportionment, districting. We will apply these ideas to a variety of current events: the role of the electoral college in presidential elections, NYC’s (as one example) switch to a ranked choice voting system, US Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering, the US Census and the upcoming reapportionment of US congressional seats. In the process, we will see how mathematics is a useful tool for developing logical arguments, identifying underlying assumptions, and constructing models. 

Queering Sex & Relationships
Plante, R.

ICSM 10500 - 09
CRN: 21993
ICSM: Queering Sex
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

What does it mean to 'queer' sexualities, sex and relationships? How might we study things that seem personal, individual, or private? In this class, we will take an interdisciplinary look at intimacy, love, relationships and sex. We will study and discuss things like sexual scripting, hooking up, and different forms of relationships. Class, trans/gender, identities (including asexualities), nation, and race are foundational to our work; we will have a U.S. focus.

[THIS TITLE HAS BEEN CENSORED]: Language and Hatred in a Postracial World
Adams, Derek

ICSM 10500 - 01
CRN: 21658
ICSM: Postracial World
TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM, F 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.

This is Your Brain Learning about Drugs: The Science and Policy Behind Drugs and Behavior
Fitzwater, Tamara

ICSM 10500 - 28
CRN: 21896
ICSM: Learning About Drugs
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Humans have a long history of using mind/mood altering chemicals for both recreational and therapeutic reasons. Some chemicals, like stimulants, can be used in an abusive manner (for example methamphetamine or marijuana), yet also have therapeutic purposes (Adderall or medicinal marijuana, respectively). Our attitudes and beliefs about drugs are shaped by our culture, society, public policy, legality issues, and personal experiences. Yet, public knowledge about what these chemicals are, how they work in our body, and what science says about their effectiveness, generally lags behind our beliefs and attitudes towards these compounds. Throughout this course we will explore both the science and our own personal values surrounding commonly used therapeutic and drugs of abuse. Starting with a perspective in psychopharmacology, we will understand how these chemicals influence biological processes in our bodies and brains. Subsequently, we will consider how laws, public policy, societal attitudes, and our own personal experiences shape our opinions of these drugs and their place in our lives. A varied collection of book chapters, popular science articles, podcasts, TED Talks, blogs, and educational materials will be used to explore all sides of these issues and challenge us to think critically about our beliefs about drug use, misuse, and abuse.

What is Latin America?: Questions, Perspectives, Ideas
Malagon, Camilo

ICSM 10500 - 11
CRN: 21668
ICSM: Latin America
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Half a billion people, over 30 countries and hundreds of different languages and cultures (though only a handful “official languages” in the countries themselves), Latin America is a diverse space of identities, histories and cultures. This course will provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region, exposing students to ways of thinking about Latin America from historical, sociological, anthropological, geographical, economic and cultural points of view. We will explore Latin America thematically, while at the same time engaging with different historical periods and sub-regions. Students will gain an introductory understanding of Latin America at the same time that they will gain some insight into the ways that different disciplines ask questions, provide perspectives and create knowledge about the region. This course will emphasize a global perspective, connecting Latin America to the world, and will look at the influence of United States and other global actors in the history of the region.

Why Your Roommate's Favorite Band Sucks: An Introduction to Musical Aesthetics
Serebryany, Vadim

ICSM 10500 - 16
CRN: 21674
ICSM: Musical Aesthetics
TR 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of writings and ideas about aesthetics, generally, and musical aesthetics in particular. After engaging with each author, students will apply the aesthetic principles to specific pieces of music, drawn from various musical canons - including commercial and “classical” music, as well as non-Western musics - with the goal of engaging with those musical “texts” more deeply and starting to develop their own thoughtful aesthetics of music.

Women Artists: Movers, Shakers, and Makers
Germann, Jennifer

ICSM 10500 - 26
CRN: 21944
ICSM: Women Artists
TR 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Women have made art and supported artists throughout history, though their activity has often been written out of the books. This course surveys the history of women as producers and participants in the visual arts and material culture. We will study artists (makers) and patrons (those who commission art and architecture, the movers and shakers) to understand the variety of roles women have taken from the Medieval period through today. Our emphasis will be on Europe and North America. Three ‘throughlines’ will link the past and the present as we consider women’s interventions in culture and how we can understand them from a feminist perspective in the 21st century.

Wonder Women: Feminist History and Feminist Icons
Kittredge, Katharine

ICSM 11000 - 01
CRN: 21694
ICSM-HNR: Wonder Women
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, W 12:00 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. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Honors Program.

World War II and America
Trotti, Michael

ICSM 10500 - 19
CRN: 21677
ICSM: World War II and America
MWF 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Nothing has shaped the place of the United States in the contemporary world more than the largest war ever fought: World War II. We will orient ourselves to our contemporary place in the world by tracing several key elements of the experience of what some have called the greatest generation. Some of those experiences were amazing: pulling out of the Great Depression, winning a war on two different sides of the world, and ending as the most powerful nation on earth. Some have haunted us ever since: nuclear arms, for example, or what Japanese internment said about us as a diverse nation. Not every element of this generation -- or any generation -- was great, and this course will celebrate and critique this huge turning point in world history and the role of the U.S. in it.

Yoga: Making Connections
Steinschneider, Eric

ICSM 10500 - 17
CRN: 21675
ICSM: Yoga
MWF 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Yoga is arguably the most successful cultural export India ever produced. Millions of people around the world practice yoga in their homes or studios, or else pay to go on expensive yoga retreats in exotic locations. Yet where does yoga come from? How are the secularized postures and breathing techniques with which yoga is currently associated related to the forms of yoga found in ancient and medieval South Asia? This course examines the history and practice of yoga as it has developed over the course of roughly two thousand years, paying special attention to its transformation in contemporary western society.