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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. 

 

Fall 2017 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 202 Work
Instructor: Susan Books (Secondary Education)
GE Requirement: World (WRLD)

Learning to do a job is one thing; learning to appropriate and affirm meaningful work for oneself is another. A focus on the broad concept of work invites consideration of a range of conceptual and policy-related questions.

HON 393 Humans at Play
Instructor: Douglas Maynard (Psychology)

Humans have played ever since there were humans, and play is certainly older than humanity. Play is now a serious subject of study with the recent emergence of game studies as a field, gamification is shaping our work and personal lives, and the video game industry is now purportedly larger than the movie industry. But what exactly is play and why do we do it? What functions does it serve? How does it impact our psychological states and interpersonal relationships? How do contextual factors such as culture and technology impact how we play? In this course, we will explore play from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, anthropology and sociology.

HON 393 Inequality and Human Health
Instructor: Kenneth Nystrom (Anthropology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies)

This course focuses on discussing the biological consequences of social inequality from a biocultural perspective. The biocultural perspective considers biology and culture to be deeply connected and so our discussion will focus on how sociocultural and political-economic processes affect human biology and specifically how these variables influence health experiences. We examine how political and economic stratification affect the adaptive repertoire of the poor, racialized, and socially marginalized. The biological consequences of inequality include a wide-range of health indicators including trauma, infectious disease, malnutrition, osteoarthritis, exposure to environmental toxins, and lower birth weight. Further, evidence of inequality can manifest in activity patterns and workload stress as well as the postmortem treatment of the dead. The discussion will range widely in terms of time period, drawing on prehistoric, historic, and contemporary case studies and world region, from our own backyard here in the Hudson Valley to the coastal desert of prehistoric Peru. This course seeks to underscore the value of anthropology as a holistic and singular discipline (with many subdisciplines). As such, we combine theoretical perspectives and methodologies employed by cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology.

HON 393 How Administrative Agencies Became the Fourth Branch of Government, Tension, and Dynamism
Instructor: Judge Robert Weisel

Administrative Law is a body of law governing how executive branch agencies make, implement and enforce policy. The field of Administrative Law is continually expanding and we are impacted by administrative law in our day-to-day life. For example, we interact with people who interpret and make administrative decisions on a daily basis. Administrative agencies are now considered to be a "virtual fourth branch" of government. This "branch" is a hybrid in nature; it has rule making authority (like a legislature), adjudicative authority (like a court), and enforcement authority (like the executive). Administrative Law is one of the fastest growing areas of law. The chief reason is simply that more experts in administrative law are needed to help various public and private organizations comply successfully with all the legal requirements attached to the growing number of regulations as well as their complexity. What has remained constant is that Administrative Law is designed to act as a road map, in theory, on how to properly follow the law, once enacted by a legislature. In reality, regulations not only attempt to settle disputes but cause disputes as well. In order to move our country to "a more perfect union", political conflicts arising in the context of regulation have pressed constitutional, as well as administrative claims, such as discrimination in the hiring and firing of government employees and the scope of protection for social welfare clients. Promoting diversity is one of the the major focuses of Administrative Law. We will explore how agencies through regulation seek to promote due process of law in new, challenging areas of law involving, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities and Gender Equality. We will investigate how administrative agencies respond to the great issues of the day, such as immigration and environmental protection, trying to calm the waters but many times roiling the waters even more. We will discuss basic principles of administrative law. We will read some of the seminal cases in Administrative Law and in the process, learn how to brief a case.

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.