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Fall 2018 Seminars 

HON 201 The Individual and Society
Instructors: Madeleine Arseneault (Philosophy) James Schiffer (English), Hamilton Stapell (History), Patricia A. Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors), & Vicki Tromanhauser (English)
GE Requirement:  Humanities (HUM)

Investigates the relationship between the individual and society through discussion of the philosophic, literary, and historical aspects of major texts.

HON 371 Education Across Borders
Instructor: Susan Books (Secondary Education)
GE Requirement: World (WRLD)

Exploration of the culture and history of selected non-Western countries - initially, China, South Africa, and Afghanistan - and of how the cultural/historical context affects schooling in these countries, past and present.

HON 375 Doing Race, Class & Gender
Instructor: Anne Roschelle (Sociology & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
GE Requirement: Diversity (DIVR)

Using feminist and racial-ethnic theories we will analyze how gender, race, and class oppression shape the experiences of women and how we, as agents of social change, can translate these theoretical insights into methodological strategies.

HON 393 Visualizing Myth in Ancient Greece and Rome 
Instructor: Keeley Heuer (Art History)

Classical art and Greco-Roman mythology are inseparable. During the 8th century B.C., ancient Greeks began visually depicting recognizable mythological figures in various media, which in turn led to an obsession in the following centuries that continued in the Roman world. More than a collection of tales derived from a tradition of oral storytelling, myth reinforced social values, explained the workings of the natural world, formed a collective identity among large groups of people, provided historical roots, and inspired poets, philosophers, and playwrights. This course will discuss the representation of a wide range of Greco-Roman gods, heroes, and monsters as well as their characteristic attributes and respective stories. Students will explore how mythological imagery in Greek and Roman art served as political propaganda and allusions to contemporary historical events. Illustrations of myths will be compared to the surviving literary record to discuss issues such as the preservation of alternative forms of narratives, individual artistic license, and the reconstruction of long-lost texts, including epic poems and plays.

HON 393 Evolution and the Human Condition
Instructor: Glenn Geher (Psychology)

The implications of Darwin's ideas for what it means to be human cannot be understated. Over the past several decades, evolution-based scholarship has shed light on all facets of the human experience, including religion, education, politics, warfare, the arts -- and more. This class will be a journey into what it means to be human -- consistently focusing on the evolutionary perspective. Implications for societal policies will be discussed.

HON 393 Urban Ethnography in the Global South
Instructor: Melissa Rock (Geography)

 This course will engage with urban ethnography to investigate urbanization in the global south. We do so by first learning why and how researchers use ethnography and qualitative methods to study urban socio-political and cultural changes associated with processes of economic development, modernization, and urbanization. We will then delve deeper into case studies (in China, Egypt, South Africa, and Costa Rica) by reading detailed ethnographic scholarship that sheds light on both the research process as well as the insights gleaned through such intensive and intimate explorations of urban change at the local level. Throughout the course, the content we cover will examine contemporary urbanization in a global setting - paying attention to the intersection of numerous global and local forces (political, economic, historic and cultural) that shape the form, function and feel of cities in the global south. Throughout the course, we will critically investigate how various demographics within these locales experience and navigate (Adapt to or resist) the dynamically changing city spaces and the social formations to which they give rise.

 

 

Spring 2018 Seminars

HON 201 The Individual and Society
Instructor: James Schiffer (English)
GE Requirement:  Humanities (HUM)

Investigates the relationship between the individual and society through discussion of the philosophic, literary, and historical aspects of major texts.

HON 303 Education and Poverty
Instructor: Sue Books (Teaching and Learning)
GE Requirement: Diversity (DIVR)

This course offers an interdisciplinary exploration of poverty -- its causes, consequences, representation in public discourse, and complicated relationship to schooling.

HON 316 Debates in U.S. History
Instructor: Patricia Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors)
GE Requirement: United States Studies (USST)

An exploration of selected and pivotal topics in the history of the United States from the colonial period through today. Politics, economics, society, and culture will be examined focusing on primary source documents and images.

HON 377 Cigarettes and Nylons - Postwar Realities in Occupied Germany After World War II
Instructor: Vanessa Plumly (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
GE Requirement: Humanities (HUM)

Scholars from various disciplines seek to reevaluate neglected discourses on the Nazi past. The suffering of women as victims of rape, hunger and prostitution has become a contemporary focus in World War II studies.

HON 393 Free Speech in America
Instructor: Robert Miraldi

For citizens, journalists and democracy, the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and press, insuring that information will be available. And yet, there are limits to the kinds of speech that is allowed, even in a free society. This course will explore those limits while explaining the role information plays in a democracy, analyzing how America regulates speech, and underscoring the fierce controversy that surrounds most free speech questions. It will also tie many free speech questions to larger issues in American culture. Thus, the course has elements of media studies, law, journalism, political science, history, and sociology.

HON 393 The Literature of Witness
Instructors: Jan Schmidt (English) & Heather Hewett (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

This course will explore modes of witnessing through examining both first- and second generation Holocaust texts as well as works from other global sites of conflict and genocide as they create an aesthetics of moral imagination, social and political protest, and personal and collective resistance. The course will examine how artists treat human rights and social justice issues, trauma, and atrocity as well as protest genocide and violence occurring in a Holocaust and post-Holocaust, global world. Themes examined will include human rights abuses (slavery, colonialism and apartheid, incarceration and detention, political repression and torture, genocide, conflict, gender-based violence, social and economic deprivation); the representation of pain; resistance; and redress and reconciliation. In addition, the course will examine dimensions of the artistic process of witnessing (including such concepts as witness and testimony, memory and countermemory, and postmemory) as well as aesthetic and theoretical questions about this form of literature. The course will include a range of genres and texts (oral testimony, memoir, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and film) as well as theoretical and critical perspectives drawn from various disciplines including Memory and Trauma Studies, Holocaust Studies, Human Rights Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and literary criticism.

HON 399 Thesis/Project Preparation
Instructor:  Patricia Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors)

This course provides support for Honors students who are preparing their thesis or project. Students will refine a research or project topic; develop a thesis statement; identify and evaluate sources; construct an annotated bibliography; receive feedback from peers; and employ communication strategies for working with faculty mentors.