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Spring 2021 Seminars 

HON 316 Debates in U.S. History
Instructor: Patricia A. 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 378 Humans at Play
Instructor: Doug Maynard (Psychology)

An exploration of play across the human lifespan in all of its myriad forms, including play's possible functions, subjective experiences, communities, and the influence of culture and technology.

HON 393 Ethical Fashion: Understanding Consumerism, Globalization, Justice & Sustainability Through Textiles
Instructor: Andrea Varga (Theatre Arts)

Utilizing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development as a framework, students will explore textile, dress and adornment history relating practices from prehistory through the present day to our relationship with textiles, consumer behaviors and sustainability. This course will allow students to understand personal choices and behavior (from understanding fibers to personal economics, and social communication, regulations and industry standards) and connect them to the globalized fashion industry. Students will explore the implications of consumer choices on the environment, people, and other living creatures by utilizing research tools and data available through organizations like Fashion Revolution and Good on You. Students will have the opportunity to empower themselves as consumers to have a voice and be a change agent by making informed choices and communicating sustainability norms to the companies that they engage with.

HON 393 Humanitarian Psychology
Instructor: Amy Nitza (Psychology)

This course will consider the contributions of psychological science to understanding and addressing humanitarian emergencies. We will explore human behavior in complex humanitarian situations, and consider such questions as: What are the root causes of such emergencies? What are the needs of the individuals, groups, and communities caught in such emergencies? How can the psychology be applied to alleviate the suffering of those caught in such emergencies? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current practices of humanitarian response and the provision of humanitarian assistance, and how can psychological science be used to improve these practices? We will explore these questions using case studies of real humanitarian crises, past and present, and a critical examination of the current literature on the topic.

HON 393 American Girls' Culture
Instructor: Susan Lewis (History)

Arguing that girls are an important subject for scholarly analysis, this course will explore American girls' culture in the twentieth century. Girls' series books (like Nancy Drew), girls' magazines (like Seventeen), girls' fashion and beauty trends (from flappers to bobby soxers to mods), music made by girls (the girls' groups of the early 60s), teen and preteen fandom (from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to Madonna), movies with girl-heroines ("The Perils of Pauline," "Where the Boys Are") TV shows geared to girl audiences (Gidget, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), girls' dolls (Barbie, the American girl dolls) -- and more -- will provide evidence of ways in which girls' culture has both empowered and limited young women's horizons. We will trace the evolution of girl power over the decades, explore diversity within girls' cultures, and consider what changed, and what stayed the same, for a century of American girls.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Seminars

HON 201 The Individual and Society
Instructors: Madeleine Arseneault (Philosophy) James Schiffer (English), Hamilton Stapell (History), Patricia A. Sullivan (Digital Media & Journalism, Honors), & Thomas Festa (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: Diversity (DIVR)

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 375 Doing Race and Gender
Instructor: Anne Roschelle (Sociology & WGSS)
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 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 Metropolis to Megalopolis: New York City Culture 1870-1930 
Instructor: Susan Lewis (History)

Between 1870 and 1929 New York City grew from a thriving metropolis to a world-famous megalopolis, and emerged as a center for international culture. This course examines the literature, fashion, visual and performing arts originating in America's premiere city, as well as the contributions of immigrants, African-Americans, women, and individuals of diverse sexual orientations to the phenomenal cultural blossoming of this period. The course will cover popular music, dance crazes, Broadway and the birth of the film industry, Coney Island, Bohemian intellectuals and arts movements, as well as the Harlem Renaissance and transatlantic modernism.

HON 393 Cherokee History, Culture, and Politics: Past and Present
Instructor: Meg D. O'Sullivan (History & WGSS)

This course examines the pre-colonization history of the Cherokees through the present moment. It will focus on cultural, social, and political history in order to understand the contemporary issues that impact citizen Cherokees. Particular attention will be given to tribal sovereignty, citizenship, gender, and race.