Modern Science, Technology, and Human Values (STS 101H)
Mr. Leo Takahashi
This course explores how science and technology have affected the way humans think about themselves, their society, and their place in the universe. We will start with a intense effort to understand exactly what science is. We will then explore the effects that science has on us. Much reading and writing will occur, and class periods will be devoted primarily to discussions of these readings and the attendant student writings.
Physical Geography (GEOG 010H)
Dr. Matthew Grunstra
The course studies the spatial aspects of human existence, the nature of the world, and place of living organisms in it. The course is more concerned with framing questions and discussing issues than with rote memorization of isolated facts. Major topics include the atmosphere, landforms, soils, and vegetation together with their interrelationships and their relevance to life in general as well as their particular effect on human existence and activity.
The Arts: Shakespeare on Page, Stage, and Screen (INART 001H)
Dr. Kristen Olson
Shakespeare’s plays take many forms in popular culture today. From the movie industry’s adaptations and biopics to staged performances worldwide, how is it that Shakespeare still speaks so meaningfully to us? How do these various modes of artistic representation give us access and insight into Shakespeare’s ideas more than 400 years after the plays were written?
To explore this question, we will focus our attention on a small selection of plays, reading them closely, comparing film versions, and, if possible, seeing local stage productions. My hope is to build the course around plays we can attend, using honors funds to support our tickets and/or travel, depending on what the regional season offers.
As with a traditional course, we will consider aspects of language, character, genre, and performance and reception, opening possibilities for what these plays can give us in return over a lifetime of reading, playgoing, and film viewing. The honors course deepens this experience by allowing students to contribute significantly to seminar discussion by incorporating active learning to a greater degree than in the traditional Shakespeare class. Shakespeare lives in the contemporary imagination through direct experience and conversation, and these will be the focus of this seminar.
Effective Speech (CAS 100H)
Ms. Terrie Baumgardner
The honors section of Effective Speech in Spring 2012 was devoted to examining and reporting on issues related to Marcellus Shale.
After warming up with an "Exemplum" speech, featuring a story that illustrates a quotation as a way of introducing themselves, with a hint of their beliefs or values, to each other, students met in groups to brainstorm a list of Marcellus Shale topics and issues, e.g. taxation, water contamination, health hazards, job creation, mineral rights, role of local governments, infrastructural damages, etc., as well as sources, for use throughout the semester. Student then presented the following speeches:
a) Process speech on how something is done. Topics could include everything from hydraulic fracturing, leasing, worker-training, or political lobbying to visually identifying contamination, implementing a zoning ordinance, organizing a protest, or implementing a PR campaign.
b) A non-process informative speech on an object, e.g. drilling rig, contaminated well, etc.; an event, e.g. local protest or industry meeting, contamination or explosion incident, etc.; a concept, e.g. job creation, boom and bust, etc.; or a person, e.g. Tom Corbett, Josh Fox (creator of Gasland), etc. that plays or will play a role in the Marcellus Shale boom or debate.
c) A persuasive speech defending a stance on a Marcellus shale-related issue.
d) A team debate presentation on a Marcellus shale-related issue.
Introduction to Media Effects (COMM 118H)
Dr. John Chapin
For many years, conspiracy theories have been among the most popular story elements in Hollywood films. According to the "conspiracy culture," the government, big business, the church, even aliens - all of which, bundled together, comprise the ubiquitous "Them" - are concealing some of the biggest secrets in American and world history. This course explores conspiracy theories and conspiracy theory films from "The Manchurian Candidate" (1965) to "The DaVinci Code" (2006) and their impact on audiences.
Literature of the Americas (CMLIT 005U)
Dr. Robin Bower
Students in CMLIT 005, Literature of the Americas, read and interpret oral and written literature and cultural traditions from North, Central and South America. The course is organized around three cultural moments that are perceived as definitive:
- the Edenic period prior to European "discovery" and conquest
- the Colonial period, prior to and just following independence
We will consider native American oral mythologies and contemporary film as well as literary texts, popular music, and other cultural products.