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Aesthetic Resistance: The Arts and Social Change
Prabhakar, Vinita

ICSM 10800 - 06
CRN: 20753
ICSM-WR: Art and Social Change
TR 2:35pm–3:50pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 07
CRN: 20754
ICSM-WR: Art and Social Change
TR 4:00pm–5:15pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course will focus on three primary questions: How does Art reflect the social, cultural and political climate of its time? In what ways are the Arts used as a platform for social change? Beyond affecting individuals, or even groups, does Art, in fact, have the power to affect real social change – change that might be reflected in policy and governance at the community, local, state, and/or national level? Since “Art” is a broad, dynamic and permeable term, this course will focus in particular on Visual Art, Literature, Music, and Film, from the mid 20th Century to the present, and will journey across cultures, countries, genres and styles. Our inquiries will explore the role of artists in cultivating social change, how Artists, Writers, Musicians and Film Makers have historically responded to the call for social change and how they have catalyzed social change, and how they invoke new social imaginations. Attention will also be given to defining and understanding the lines between art and propaganda. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Argentine Tango for Social Justice: A History of Sexism and Whitewashing and 21st Century Efforts to Empower Women, LGBTQ, and BIPOC Communities of Tango
Silva, Mary Lourdes

ICSM 10800 - 08
CRN: 20755
ICSM-WR: Argentine Tango
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 09
CRN: 20756
ICSM-WR: Argentine Tango
TR 2:35pm–3:50pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

In this course, you will learn about the culture, history, music, and dance of Argentine tango. Tango has its roots in African rhythms and customs. The mass immigration of Europeans to Argentina during the second half of the 19th century led to a cultural melting pot where music, dance customs, languages, and social norms gave birth to this popular dance still celebrated worldwide. The evolution and transformation of tango ran parallel to historical political socio-economic shifts that shaped the identity and purpose of tango. Part of our readings will explore the Queer Tango Movement of the 2000s and the Feminist Tango Movement of the 2010s. Moreover, we will learn about the racist roots of tango and scholarly efforts to underscore the contributions of Black musicians and dancers during its nascent beginnings. And last, we will explore anti-racist approaches to build a diverse inclusive community. As a writing course, you will examine the connections between racist sexist ideologies and practices in tango with racist sexist ideologies and practices in dance, music, theater, film, sports, chess, video games, for instance. You will be encouraged to write about any form of creative expression that empowers you and builds connections with others to form a diverse inclusive community. Lastly, as a writing course, you will examine common misconceptions about writing and develop a reflective critical writing practice. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Benjamin Franklin and the American Dream: An Inquiry into Our Founding Values
DiRenzo, Anthony

ICSM 10800 - 12
CRN: 20759
ICSM-WR: Benjamin Franklin
TR 8:00am–9:15am, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 13
CRN: 20760
ICSM-WR: Benjamin Franklin
TR 9:25am–10:40am, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course will explore the life, career, and legacy of Benjamin Franklin, the most popular of America’s founders and the original American success story. The youngest son of a poor candle maker, Franklin began his career as a printer and bookseller. By improvising a broad education and capitalizing on a gift for words, he became a successful editor, publisher, entrepreneur, inventor, scientist, legislator, and ambassador. His strategies for communicating intelligently and effectively in the academy, the marketplace, and the assembly remain fresh and instructive, and the problems and paradoxes of the intellectual, commercial, and political worlds that formed him still shape our capitalist democracy. But although his face is printed on the $100 bill, is his vision of the America Dream now bankrupt? Through reading, writing, and discussion, we will consider different answers. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Contemporary American Controversies
Kowalczyk, Nick

ICSM 10800 - 16
CRN: 20763
ICSM-WR: American Controversy
TR 9:25am–10:40am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 17
CRN: 20764
ICSM-WR: American Controversy
TR 10:50am–12:05pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course allows students to research, discuss, and write about several of the controversies currently embroiling and dividing the United States of America. Examples include: 21st Century White Supremacy, Policing in America, Mass Incarceration and the U.S. Prison Industry, Heteronormativity and LGBTQ+ Rights, Intersectionality & Gender Equality, Guns in America, The Future of the Economy, Conspiracy Theories & Far-Right Extremism, and Income Inequality, among other topics. Students will complete individual and group assignments, including an annotated bibliography, a group presentation about a current controversy, and an academic paper, among other tasks. In addition, students will demonstrate the skills of college-level research, reading comprehension, source analysis, and clear writingThis course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Fantasy, Fandom and Fans
Warburton, Jaime

ICSM 10800 - 10
CRN: 20757
ICSM-WR: Fantasy, Fandom, Fans
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 11
CRN: 20758
ICSM-WR: Fantasy, Fandom, Fans
MWF 1:00pm–1:50pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

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, Star Wars, 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; technological, fiscal, and legal concerns; 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. Research projects can also include created fan film/art/writing. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Illuminati (not) Confirmed: Exploring the World of Conspiracy Theories
Marcus, Joan

ICSM 10800 - 02
CRN: 20749
ICSM-WR: Conspiracy Theories
MWF 9:00am–9:50am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 03
CRN: 20750
ICSM-WR: Conspiracy Theories
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Conspiracy theories abound in our time as they have throughout history, from the claim among ancient Romans that the emperor Nero faked his own death, to the “birthers” who believe President Obama was born abroad, from Pizzagate and chemtrails to vaccine tracking chips. In this class, we will take a deep dive into some of the most provocative conspiracy theories to learn where they came from, why people believe them, and whether there is any truth to them. By examining phenomena such as the 9/11 controlled demolition theory, the Roswell UFO coverup theory, and many others, and by exploring the psychological states that lead to logical gaps and faulty conclusions, you will hone your critical thinking skills and become a more informed citizenThis course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Language in Cultural Context
Graham, Megan

ICSM 10800 - 24
CRN: 20771
ICSM-WR: Language in Context
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Students will discuss and compare perspectives on the interplay between language and culture while developing their understanding of American college culture. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement. It is designed for international students and registration for this course is allowed only through special permission.

Narratives of Mental Illness
Henderson, Eleanor

ICSM 10800 - 14
CRN: 20761
ICSM-WR: Narratives of Mental
TR 9:25am–10:40am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

From the Greek tragedies to Hamlet to The Bell Jar, “madness” has been one of the most persistent and mysterious subjects of literature. In recent years, revolutions in medicine as well as in memoir, film, and television have brought even more attention to mental illness, as we are regularly exposed to both real and invented characters with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders. Who do these narratives serve, and how? Do they destigmatize or sensationalize? How are the best stories of mental illness crafted? Can story ever bring order to the chaotic experience of the disordered mind? Through a broad survey of narratives—on the page and on the screen, both classic and contemporary—we will study the evolution of representations of mental illness, and with it, our cultural understanding of the mind. As a first-year seminar, this course will emphasize the mental health challenges of transitioning to college. As a writing course, it will ask students to perform research, make arguments, and write personal essays as a means of both studying and practicing the craft of narrative. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Popular Culture as Text
Marks, Katie

ICSM 10800 - 04
CRN: 20751
ICSM-WR: Pop Culture as Text
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 05
CRN: 20752
ICSM-WR: Pop Culture as Text
TR 2:35pm–3:50pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

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 fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

The Science of Fiction: Evolution, Cognitive Science, and Stories
Wang, Jack

ICSM 10800 - 22
CRN: 20769
ICSM-WR: Science of Fiction
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 23
CRN: 20770
ICSM-WR: Science of Fiction
TR 2:35pm–3:50pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

Why are human beings the “storytelling animal”? How are we evolutionarily adapted to producing and consuming stories? What can brain science tell us about our passion for narrative, and what do narratives tell us about how the brain works? Through an exploration of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and other fields, especially as they apply to literature, television, and film, this course will explore fundamental questions about why we love stories. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Spoken Words
Quan, Amy

ICSM 10800 - 20
CRN: 20767
ICSM-WR: Spoken Words
MWF 9:00am–9:50am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

ICSM 10800 - 21
CRN: 20768
ICSM-WR: Spoken Words
MWF 10:00am–10:50am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

From TED talks to spoken word, political speeches to scholarly presentations, this course will examine, research – and produce – writing intended to be heard as well as read. Our course material will be drawn from classic and current radio commentary, political and academic writing, videos, speeches, and even the occasional blog. Similarly, writing assignments will cross a range of genres and media. As this course also satisfies the Academic Writing requirement, students will be engaged in formal research on topics of their choosing. In addition, students will be asked to keep a notebook of informal writing. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Writing and/with Anxiety
Delaney, Susan Adams

ICSM 10800 - 01
CRN: 20748
ICSM-WR: Writing Anxieties
MW 4:00pm–5:15pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

According to a national survey published in February 2019 by the Pew Research Center, anxiety and depression rank as one of the top concerns for US teenagers. Numerous reports—including this one—assert that anxiety is on the rise among college students. But what do we mean by “anxiety”? What feelings and experiences are encompassed by this term? What is the relationship between writing and anxiety? This course will begin by examining how anxiety is depicted by students, professors, and administrators, and the assumptions at work in those depictions. We’ll explore the obstacles we face as writers along with strategies for working through them. Finally, students will analyze and enter a conversation related to learning and mental health, composing a researched academic argument. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Writing and Performing Culture: Musical Arts Traditions in Global History
Sirohi, Priya

ICSM 10800 - 15
CRN: 20762
ICSM-WR: Writing & Performing
TR 9:25am–10:40am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Writing and Performing Culture takes an in-depth look at how performed music and drama genres around the world, in any medium, offer windows into global histories and cultures. This course is designed to be a cross section of writing studies, critical theory & cultural, art, and history. We will use musical arts – dramas, operas, musicals, movies, and other performances – as cultural artifacts through which we might re-envision and refine our line-level and project-level writing, but also as a topic worthy of complex and sustained analysis. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.