Explore topics such as:
A. America in the Middle East, 1776-Today
B. Patronage in Renaissance Florence
C. Movies in Time
D. Contemporary Short Story and the Gothic Tradition
E. Great Books anthology: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler.
F. Jazz History-Through the eyes of a jazz artist
G. Practical Communication for All Majors
H. Fixing our Schools
America in the Middle East, 1776-Today
Dr. Harvey Rosenthal, 1870:250-001, T TH 11:00-11:50 AM, HC 083
Today, the United States is extensively and profoundly involved in the Middle East. The war in Iraq, the terrorist threat, and the quest for dependable sources of fuel permeate the media and direct the national agenda. A source of religious inspiration for millions of Americans, the Middle East has also become a source of American fears. Through the three themes of power, faith and fantasy, we will try to explain America’s role in this region. By explaining these themes and reconstructing the history of America’s relationship with the Middle East we can facilitate a deeper understanding of this part of America’s past. Today, this understanding is a must for Americans.
Patronage in Renaissance Florence
Cheryl Anne Morris,
1870:250-002, M W 1:10-2:00 PM, HC 082 or
1870:250-005, M W 12:05-12:55 PM, HC 082, or
1870:250-006, M W 2:15-3:05 PM, HC 082
This colloquium will focus on Florence in the 14th to the beginning of the 16th century. Rather than a survey of Florentine Renaissance history, the course will examine a selection of artists and their works, the economy, and the roles of the patriciate and the church in patronage of the arts. Cultural changes in these years and the attitudes and values that shaped them resulted in changes in social and political institutions. We will study the significant role of these institutions and individuals as patrons and creators in the most important treasures of Florentine Renaissance art.
This is a course for nonspecialists, one that takes a look at the connection between the art of Florence and the varied political and cultural aspects that surrounded the creation of them.
MOVIES IN TIME
Sarah Akers, 1870:250-003, MW 12:05-12:55 PM, HC 092
This course will examine several motion pictures, ranging from the silent film era to the present day, all of which are based on actual historical events or subjects. We will compare the content of the films with the established facts, and discuss how a work of art (such as a film) can either enhance or diminish our knowledge of history.
Contemporary Short Story and the Gothic Tradition
James Kagafas, 1870:250-004, W F 12:05-12:55 PM, HC 083
This Humanities Honors Colloquium explores the relevance of 18th Century Gothic in 20th Century literature with an emphasis on the short story. Particular attention is paid to the American Southern Gothic of Faulkner, Oates, McCullers, Capote and others. Students will explore other avenues of the Gothic tradition, including Gothic art, architecture, music, and contemporary film. Requirements include reading assignments and analyses of short stories, and a student project to be presented to the class at the end of the semester.
Seven Deadly Sins Sampler
Dr. Schlemmer 1870:250-007, M W 8:50-9:40 AM HC 083
Pride. Envy. Anger. Sloth. Greed. Gluttony. Lust. They are fun, yet pitfalls. We struggle against them but also celebrate them in everyday life. How did these common, ordinary feelings come to be considered sins? This list of human failings has persisted throughout the ages. In this course, you will have a chance to examine this list of human failings and how they affect lives from an ethical and moral point of view.
Text: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler, Great Books Foundation, August 2007.
Note: A new, unmarked textbook is required.
Jazz History-Through the eyes of a jazz artist
J. Augustine, 1870:250-09, M 3:20-5:00 PM, HC 082
Jazz was by far, the most significant musical form to emerge during the 20th century. There are qualities that separate the performance from inspired to mundane - a transformation that involves an arrangement of music which then transcends to creative improvisation. These elements will be examined in detail in order to elevate the listeners' ability to comprehend this great art. This premise creates an environment for in-depth discussion regarding the rhythm, harmony and stylistic variations of all facets of jazz music.
Practical communication for all majors
M W11:00-11:50 a.m.Smilek Honors Complex 092
This course will teach students that regardless of their major or intended career that Communication has an important place. The course will teach students how to properly communicate in several different contexts, all of which will directly relate to their everyday lives and potential careers. Students will complete a variety of projects where they will put into practice the specific skills that are being taught in the classroom.
Fixing Our Schools: A personal, literary, and social journey into the future.
M W4:25-5:15 p.m., Honors Complex 0xx
The course begins with a view of the personal, social, emotional, and political relationship between the citizens of this country and their schools as viewed through student experiences and a variety of media including film, the Web, and print. This will be followed by encountering ideas and projects that point towards the future of the public and non public school system in America. This section of the course will include active experiences in model programs that point to the future.
Finally, in groups and think tank sessions, students will develop a blueprint for schools of the future, where all students are educated in a meaningful and productive way.
As a result of this course, student -will understand what schools do right and where and how schools fail; -will develop ideas on how to fix schools for their children and neighbors; -will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as reading, writing, and speaking skills.
The course includes a poetry workshop and an end of course reflection and celebration.
Life’s a Bit: The Speed of Information Distribution and Its Impact on Your Life
T TH 9:55-10:45AM, Honors Complex 082
Only thirty years ago, the personal computer found its place on corporate desks. Fifteen years ago, the Internet emerged as a generally useable information highway. Ten years ago the iPod was released. We take science and technology and their positive influences for granted. We want to do things better, faster, and smarter. We expect instantaneous results. This course is an exploration into information, reality and technology across multiple disciplines. How do we know when information is authentic? How do social networks change our view of issues? What will the information environment look like in the future? In-class discussion and activities will explore these topics.
Required Text: The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves, W. Brian Arthur, ISBN-13: 9781416544050
The Sociological Imagination
Weds. 3:20-5:00, March 13 to May 8 (2nd Eight Weeks)
In this colloquium we will explore the ways in which developing a strong sociological imagination (being able to understand how our personal lives are connected with larger social forces) enhances our understanding of the world in which we live. In the process, we hope to increase our freedom to act as we choose, rather than being controlled by forces that we previously could not even perceive. We will apply the sociological imagination to help us make sense of shocking world events, such as the participation of U.S. soldiers in torture in Iraqi prisons, as well as the more mundane events that shape our everyday lives.
Social Movements: Civil Rights, Anti-War, Equal Rights for Women
Dr. Stanley Akers,
1870:360-001, T TH 11:00-11:50 AM, HC 82 or
1870:360-003, T TH 8:50-9:40 AM HC 082
In this colloquium we will examine the theory of social movements in modern US society and focus on the Civil Rights, Women's, and Anti-War Movements. Our objective is to examine the role of movements in formation of public policy and the interaction between movements and their impact not only on the society of the time, but their role in creating conditions which require further action in the 21st Century.
Human Rights: What, Whose, and Why Are They?
1870:360-002,M W 9:55-10:45 AM, HC 083
What are your rights –and other people’s rights? What are rights’ limits? How did the idea of rights get invented? Which rights are more important: economic, social, political, or civil rights? Rights issues affect each of us every day as students, citizens, drivers, workers, bosses, and in almost every other role in our lives.
Through reading, discussion, video, and guest speakers, this course examines how rights have developed and how they work—or fail to work. The textbook is the paperback Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew Clapham, published by Oxford University Press in 2007.
The Role of The Mass Media in Shaping Public Attitudes and Opinions
Dr. Stanley Akers, 1870:360-004, T TH 12:05-12:55 PM, HC 082
This colloquium will focus on the role of the mass media, particularly television and the Internet, in shaping public attitudes and opinions, and by extension public policy. We will examine such events as the Army-McCarthy Hearings, the Kennedy Assassination, the Vietnam War, notable criminal cases and terrorism coverage with a view to understanding how public perception is shaped and acted upon politically.
Shaping a Generation: The Baby Boomers and U.S. Popular Culture
Sarah M. Akers, 1870:360-005, M W 3:20-4:10 PM, HC 083
or 1870:360-008, M W 2:15-3:05 PM, HC 083
In this colloquium, we will examine the fifteen years of U.S. history following the Second World War. This period was seminal in forming the attitudes and values of the generation known as the Baby Boomers who form the country's current leadership - political, economic, religious and cultural. We will make this examination primarily through the prism of U.S. popular culture.
Dr. Harvey Rosenthal
1870:360-006,T TH 2:15-3:05 PM, HC 083
The American story is not a story ofpeople but of the many peoples that forged a composite nation and state. For 400 years, and for a wide variety of reasons, peoples of nearly all races, ethnicities, continents and cultures sought out America's shores. They settled, built and merged to create a new culture. This course tells the migrant's story, the process of transformation from immigrant to American; our story. It is not always glorious but it is always interesting and topical. Today, again, this process is under examination by government, the press and thinkers at all levels. The future shape and content of our republic is in the making. Be an informed part of the adventure.
Jazz as a means of Social Communication
1870:360-007,TH 3:20-5:00 PM, HC 083
Jazz music became the first of popular music forms to gain academic legitimacy. This genre is one of the most interesting forms of popular American music displaying substantial technical innovations. The changes in the social environment due to this exciting art are very positive. The jazz experience by its nature, creates a forum for social interaction and cultural nurturing. This nurturing process will prepare us for a lifetime of musical development and a respect for music - the "universal language". With this in mind, we will discuss in exciting detail the synergy of this cerebral high art and the value of social relationships
Bohemians in 19th Century Paris: Manet and Monet
1870:360-009,M W11:00-11:50 AM, HC 082
After the French and Industrial revolutions, French society had changed. No longer were people tied to the classes or guilds that once defined their lives. What now arose was the Bohemia that was part of the middle class consciousness. This new personal freedom was at times supported by society and at other times feared for the instability it created. The contributions of key historical figures from Baudelaire to Zola had a political, as well as social impact on bourgeois life in Paris. It is against this background that Realism and Impressionism took root.
In this colloquium we will study the men and women whose new vision of the world breathed life into the Paris of the later nineteenth century.
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TV, Radio, Internet...oh my!
Carrie A. Tomko, 1870:360-013, TH 7:45-9:25 AM, HC 083
or 1870:360-014, TH 9:55-11:35 AM, HC 092
Communication is key in this fast-paced society with TV, radio, and the internet bringing instantaneous news, information, and entertainment. The mass media brings global topics from across the world close to home. What are the current events covered in the news? What content is shared? Beyond content, what underlying messages are generated in mass media messages?
This colloquium will engage students by examining current event coverage in conjunction with communication theories in order to critically analyze what we are seeing and hearing in the media. This course will focus particularly on issues of diversity, gender, and other controversy, and how these dynamics play out in the media. An emphasis will be placed on classroom discussion, welcoming personal opinions on TV, radio, and internet coverage of current events. Watch it! Discuss it! Be a student of the world around us!
Dr. Richard Mostardi, Biomedical Engineering
1870:470-001, 470-002, 470-003 HC 092
Tuesdays at 12:05-12:55 and as described below
This Natural Sciences Colloquium has a different main speaker each Tuesday. The speakers are drawn both from campus faculty as well as off-campus scientists. The Thursday sessions are discussion-oriented and are held in smaller sessions, either at 12:05, 1:10, or 2:15, as indicated for each of the sections, 001, 002, 003, resp.
Breakthroughs and Blind Alleys: The History of Scientific Discovery
Akers, Sarah M and Akers, Stanley, 1870:470-004,M W 1:10-2:05 PMor
1870:470-005, W F 8:50-9:40 AM
This course will seek to trace the history of medicine and science from the earliest discoveries to the most recent insights; we will also examine misjudgments, misconceptions, as well as outright fraud and quackery. In the final analysis, the development of medicine and science impacted the course of human history and civilization from the dawn of time to the present day.
Water in our environment
Dunbar, Michael, 1870:470-801,Tu 6:05-7:45 PM HC 082 or
1870:470-802,Thurs 6:05-7:45 PM HC 082
A natural resource such as water is not an individual physical entity, but rather an active system laden with meaning. Water resources are under constant stresses by environmental, political and social processes. Conservation policies and economic production are just a couple examples of processes that have an effect on water resources. Society typically expresses a level of place attachment to water resources that extends beyond their value as a commodity.
We will be exploring different issues that impact our most valuable natural resource. We will delve into why people care about water issues even though there may be no impending threat to their supply. Our discussions and debates will examine topics such as whether water is a basic right, challenges to its distribution, the environmental costs associated with meeting demand, and the outlook for the future.
The Effects of Science on Everyday Life
Dr. Christine Graor, Nursing
1870:470-007Thurs 2:15-3:45 PM HC 082
Researchers from the University and community present weekly, describing their research and discussing how science affects everyday life.
The Great Pandemics and Plagues of History
1870:470-008W F11:00-11:50 AM HC 083
1870:470-009W F1:10-2:00 AM HC 083
The Natural Science Honors Colloquium will explore the great pandemics of history and emphasize the conditions which must be met before a pandemic can occur. Since the first recorded description of the plague that decimated the Athenian troops during the Peloponnesian War to today’s H1N1, mankind has at times lived as prisoners of nature. Through readings, discussions, documentaries, guest speakers, and independent studies, students will explore nature at its most vengeful. More importantly, students will take an active role in how the class is conducted by leading discussions and sharing information through group presentations.
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