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ANSCI 110 B:Life with Animals and Biotechnology, Darrel Kesler

40336  |  12-1:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Animal Sciences 110 is a discussion/dialog course that explores animal life and the role of animals within society and in the advancement of biological technology. The course focuses on how animals influence global development of agriculture, medicine, and industry. Topics that will be covered range from animal differentiation and thinking, sex and reproduction, discoveries in life sciences, biotechnology industry and business, and biomedical contemporary/contentious issues. Students will be engaged in the learning process by actively discussing, questioning, and analyzing issues, ideas, and systems, solving problems by using thinking skills, and challenged to critically and creatively think and apply and use information. The course is general education certified in natural sciences and will provide a comprehensive and global perspective that both majors (students in life sciences) and non-majors will find valuable and enjoyable.

Instructor: Professor Kesler has taught courses on reproductive biology and biotechnology at the University of Illinois since 1977. In addition to teaching and conducting research at the University of Illinois, he was a biochemist for Abbott Laboratories, Inc. and developed a human pregnancy test while at Abbott. Also, he has consulted for several pharmaceutical companies, published more than 500 scientific articles, been awarded three patents, given testimony to the U.S. Senate, and had his research as the focus of a "60 Minutes" television program. Dr. Kesler has been listed on the University of Illinois "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students" over a hundred times and has been awarded several teaching awards including the Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and highest teaching award at the University of Illinois (Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching). He is a member of the College of ACES Academy of Teaching Excellence and has professorial rank in Veterinary Clinical Medicine as well as in Animal Sciences. Dr. Kesler's research emphasis is on infertility, reproductive technologies (including IVF and ET), synchronization of ovulation, contragestation, embryonic signaling and maintenance of pregnancy, androgen-induced sexual dimorphism, and controlled release and drug delivery systems. He has given lectures and traveled to Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Philippines, Egypt, Korea, and South Africa. Dr. Kesler was also awarded the Thorn BioScience Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Veterinary Field by the Controlled Release Society and the Paul A. Funk Award for Outstanding Achievement and Major Contributions to the Betterment of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Systems.


ARCH 199 1:Experiencing Architecture, James Warfield

36839  |  3-4:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  315 Temple Buell Hall, Eagles Nest | 3 Hours


This course is based upon a number of analytical exercises and seminar sessions that follow visits to selected quality works of architecture. It is grounded in the belief that, like theater or music or art, works of architecture are never fully understood until experienced first hand. Space, movement, light, form, materials, craft, and structure, the major conceptual components of architecture, can best be discussed only after being experienced. Similarly, issues relating to cultural values and needs of the people who designed or built the work can more fully be understood as well. This course, specifically planned for non-majors, will meet twice per week. The first class period each week will be conducted as a visit to a work of architecture on campus or in the Champaign-Urbana community selected 1) for its holistic quality as an architectural work, and 2) for its clarity in demonstrating an architectural principle, e.g., architect Jack Baker's Erlanger House as an excellent example of interior/exterior spatial concepts, or the Assembly Hall as an example of structural clarity. The second class each week will be held as a seminar. In addition to focusing upon quality local works, the class will take two field trips: one to Springfield, Illinois to see the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the second to Columbus, Indiana to view the works of other modern masters such as the Saarinens, Birkerts, Pelli, Roche, Pei, Barnes, Weese, Gwathmey, and many others. Each student will keep critical field notes at all sites visited and will prepare four analytical presentations.

Instructor: James P. Warfield, ACSA Distinguished Professor in Architecture, is an architect and educator who has taught at the UIUC School of Architecture since 1972. His built works include numerous schools, churches, multi-family residences, commercial offices and recreational facilities. He has taught design studios at every level of the undergraduate and graduate program. His research, which focuses upon vernacular architecture and design projects of international scope, has been conducted at sites around the world including Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, China, Malaysia, Nepal, Spain, Turkey, New Guinea, Tunisia, Mali, Tanzania, and Egypt.


ART 199 RD:Expressive Painting and Drawing, Robin Douglas

12115  |  1-3:40 p.m.  |  MW  |  232 Art & Design | 3 Hours


This course explores the various concepts and media in painting and drawing. Charcoal, pencil, and ink drawings will be created on a variety of paper and grounds. Students will execute concept sketches as well as finished pieces. Painting exercises will include experimentation with acrylic, water color and various media. All levels and backgrounds are welcome in this course. Students will be asked to respond to a variety of subject matter, real and imagined. Energy and individual expression will be expected. Group and private critiques will be the method of evaluation. Museum and gallery visits along with artists' studio visits will serve as venues of inspiration. A final exhibition of student work will be held near the end of the semester with an invited opening.

Instructor: Robin Douglas, Administrative Coordinator in the School of Art and Design, has taught at the University of Illinois since 1979. She has taught studio art courses, as well as lecture courses and has taught in the Campus Honors Program since 1988. Robin is recognized consistently as an outstanding teacher at the Urbana-Champaign campus. She has served on numerous University, College, and School committees and served as a University senator with appointments to the subcommittee for Student Conflict Resolution. She is affiliated with the Krannert Art Museum and the Spurlock Museum. Many of her art works, both painting and fiber, have been placed in private and public collections. The Beckman Institute houses one of her paintings.


ART 199 KG1:Rigidity and Flexibility in Japanese Arts/Culture, Kimiko Gunji

31434  |  2-4:40 p.m.  |  TU  |  Japan House | 3 Hours


The types of arts introduced in this class are Chado: the Way of Tea, Kado: the Way of Flower, Shodo: the Way of Calligraphy, The Sodo: the Way of Kimono, Kado: the Way of Poetry, and Jindo: the Way of Human beings. As I have listed, many of the Japanese traditional arts have "do," as their suffix. "Do" is translated as "Tao" in Chinese. In Japanese, it is translated into "the path" and connotes that it is an infinite, unlimited path, yet it is the constant goal of spiritual yearning and striving. Thus, it should be noted that traditional Japanese arts place the emphasis on spiritual attainment more so than technical attainment, and require actual practice or direct experience to gain insight. Therefore, in this class, students are not only required to read textbooks and other materials, but also have hands-on experiences with various time-honored Japanese arts. My hope is that students will learn the importance of rigid discipline and basic principles; and, thus, eventually, they will be able to apply those principles to their own specialized fields and life.

Instructor: Kimiko Gunji is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design and Director of Japan House at UIUC. A full professor at the Ikenobo Ikebana School in Japan, she also holds the highest degree in Japanese Tea Ceremony and a teaching certificate from Hanayagi School of Classical Dance. She received her B.A. degree from Fukuoka Women's College in Japan and both M.A. and M.S. degrees from the U. of I. Professor Gunji has offered numerous lecture-demonstrations and workshops on dance, flower arrangement, and tea ceremony for colleges, universities, and various other organizations throughout the U.S. She was an invited participant in Austria's World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia for her web site. In addition, she has been awarded several artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan presented the International Culture Award, its highest honor, to Professor Gunji for being influential in spreading the knowledge of the traditional costume of Japan and in the development of the Kimono culture and the traditional Japanese culture. She was Assistant Director for International Affairs of the Campus Honors Program and led the Intercultural Study tour to Japan four times. On March 31, 2004, she received the Commendation in Commemoration of the 150 th Anniversary of the United States-Japan Relationship from Foreign Minister of Japan, Jyunko Kawaguchi. On June 3, 2004, she also received a "Certificate of Thanks" from Sen'ei Ikenobo, 45 th Generation Headmaster of the Ikenobo Ikebana School. Both awards recognized her contribution to promote and strengthen the ties of friendship and goodwill between the U.S. and Japan. She also received the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2003; The Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching, 2003, an award presented annually by the Campus Honors Program; and The "Senior 100" Faculty Award, presented by the University of Illinois Alumni Association.


ASTR 122 H:Stars and Galaxies, James Kaler

39750  |  9-9:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  134 Astronomy Bldg. | 3 Hours


This course is an introductory survey of the Universe beyond the Solar System. It will include the natures of the stars, their births and deaths, neutron stars and black holes, the Galaxy, the natures of other galaxies, and cosmology — the examination of the structure and evolution of the Universe at large. Emphasis will be placed on the origins of the Universe and of the stars around us, including our own Sun, to show the ultimate origins of our Earth. The course will also stress the nature of astronomical research as well as its historical and current significance. The course material is similar to that covered in regular Astronomy 122 sections except honors students will cover it in greater depth and probe individually into specific aspects under the guidance of the instructor. Nighttime observation sessions are required.

Instructor: James B. Kaler earned his Ph.D. at UCLA. His research area involves the late stages of stellar evolution, specifically the subject of planetary nebulae, celestial objects preceding stellar death. He has held Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liege in Belgium and the University of Mexico, and has been an associate in the University's Center for Advanced Study. He writes for several popular astronomy magazines, appears frequently on Illinois television and radio, and maintains a variety of educational web sites. Among his books are "Stars" and "Cosmic Clouds," published by Scientific American Library, "The Little Book of Stars" by Copernicus, and "Extreme Stars" by Cambridge. His latest book is "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars," published in 2006.


ASTR 350 CH:Introduction to Cosmology, Joe Mohr

51316  |  10-10:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  134 Astronomy Bldg. | 3 Hours


Introduction to the study of the formation and evolution of the Universe. This course will begin with a review of the observations that support the Big Bang theory and will then move to an introduction to the theoretical framework for understanding gravity and our expanding universe. The last section of the course will include a discussion of forefront cosmological experiments and attempts to address the nature of the dark matter and the dark energy. We will focus on fundamental concepts like expanding space-time at an introductory level and the application of the scientific method to understanding the Universe on the largest scales. Homeworks will draw upon students' knowledge of algebra; familiarity with calculus will be helpful but is not required.

Instructor: Joseph J. Mohr is a Professor in Astronomy and in Physics and a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1995, spent time in postdoctoral research positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago and joined the U. of I. faculty in 2000. He works at the interface of theory and observation, and his research is in the area of cosmology and structure formation. A special focus today is on understanding the accelerating expansion of the Universe. Currently, he has leading roles in collaborations that are operating a large new microwave telescope at the South Pole and a building a massive new optical camera and supercomputing enabled data management system that will be deployed on Cerro Tololo in Chile and at NCSA in Urbana, respectively . These two projects, the South Pole Telescope and the Dark Energy Survey, will survey large fractions of the observable Universe, creating snapshots of galaxies and large scale structures as they appeared over the past 10 billion years. These surveys will vastly improve our understanding of how structures like clusters of galaxies formed and evolved, and they should lead to a dramatically improved understanding of the cause for the cosmic acceleration.


ATMS 202 A:Societal Impacts of Weather and Climate, Donna Charlevoix

49493  |  1-1:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  106B3 Engineering Hall | 3 Hours


Recent climate and weather events — such as Hurricane Katrina and global warming - have impacted all aspects of U.S. and global society. This class will take a closer look at such events from both the physical perspective (how these events develop) and the social perspective (the impacts they generate). Class discussions will be centered around the 2007 hurricane season as well as other salient atmospheric issues such as global warming and climate change. We will examine how these events impact the social, economic, political, and environmental structures of the United States. Past, current and potential future policies will also be investigated to determine their role in how impact has evolved in recent history.

Instructor: Donna Charlevoix joined the Atmospheric Sciences faculty as a lecturer in 1997. Prior to coming to UIUC, she taught at San Francisco State University. She instructs both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, is the Director of Introductory Courses, and conducts science education research. She is a recipient of both the Campus Award and LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has been repeatedly named to the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent. She is actively involved in the university SoTL initiative, LAS College Teaching Academy and the OIR Classroom Technologies User Group and serves on several University academic committees for the University. She is also co-author of an undergraduate textbook Severe and Hazardous Weather (Kendall/Hunt, 2005) which is currently used by over 60 universities.


CI 199 CHP:Exploring Contemporary Social Issues Through Children's Literature, Bonnie Armbruster

51260  |  12-1:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This Honors course examines contemporary issues affecting the lives of children and youth in the U.S. as portrayed in current children's literature [primarily Young Adult (YA) literature]. Issues such as prejudice/discrimination, violence, teenage pregnancy, sexual identity, self-image, child abuse, and emotional problems are explored through extensive reading, a variety of writing genres (research, creative, reflective), and intellectually stimulating discussion. Through the literature and additional self-directed inquiry, students will confront issues they have probably never encountered in school or in their personal lives. Students will grapple with questions such as the statement such books make about our culture, the implications of these issues for their future lives as citizens and parents, censorship and First Amendment rights as they pertain to some of these books, and the role such literature might play in American schools.

Instructor: Professor Bonnie Armbruster is a Professor and Associate Head for Undergraduate and Certification Programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the College of Education. She teaches methods courses in elementary reading and language arts and graduate courses in reading and writing across the curriculum and children's literature; she has also taught several Discovery courses. Professor Armbruster's area of specialization is reading in the content areas, or reading to learn. Her recent publications have focused on reading standards and on scientifically based research in reading.


ECON 101 1:Introduction to Economics, Ralph Husby

30006  |  1:30-3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  Location TBD |


Economics 101 is a combined micro-/macroeconomics course: an introduction to the principles of microeconomics (about 6 weeks) and macroeconomics (about 9 weeks). Microeconomics deals with the individual unit in economics such as the consumer, the firm, etc., and will include the theory of consumer behavior, profit maximization of the firm, supply and demand, and price determination in competitive and non-competitive markets. Macroeconomics is a study of the economy as a whole, particularly its "health." This section of the course will include discussion of the determinants of the nation's output (GDP), unemployment, inflation, economic growth, Classical and Keynesian economics, the banking system, the Federal Reserve System (central bank), how the government influences the economy, monetary and fiscal policy, federal deficits, trade deficits, and international trade. The course will include both lectures and active learning.

Instructor: Professor R. D. Husby has received a Bachelors degree in mathematics from Southern Methodist University and Masters and Ph. D. degrees in economics from Cornell University. His research and teaching interests have been primarily in the fields of macroeconomics and the economics of poverty. He spent a year and a half working for the federal government as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow in Washington, D. C. Although spending the bulk of his career at UIUC, he has also been a visiting professor at Arizona State University and St. Olaf College. Dr. Husby's macroeconomic theory of the nonlinear consumption function has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and other publications.


ENGL 199 CH1:Literature and Opera, John Frayne

40419  |  10-12:00 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course will offer an introduction to the delights of opera as a dramatic and musical form. Our approach will be through the literary sources of the opera, from novel or play or story, then into the written libretto, and finally into the wedding of words and music in the final fusion of music and drama. Given this approach, we will study operas based on major works of literature such as Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" (both based on Beaumarchais's plays), and an adaptation of a Shakespeare play (Verdi's early masterpiece "Macbeth" ). This semester we will look at operatic adaptations of Goethe's famous play "Faust". We will study at least five operas, and more if time allows. The class will attend a performance of the opera "Carmen" by Bizet which is being offered by the University of Illinois Opera Program during the Fall semester, 2008. Aside from reading and discussing the original works of literature, we will use recordings of the opera as well as video/film versions of performances of these works. When multiple video versions of these works are available, we can compare the different ways these works are realized on the stage. On the assumption that many students will be new to opera, we will begin with an overview of basic concepts about arias, ensembles, types of voices, kinds of recitative, the basic genres: opera seria, comic opera, grand opera, and the major periods of this now 400 years old art form. The classes will be mainly discussion. There will be reports by seminar members as well as short written papers leading up to a longer end-of-semester project. There will be quizzes and longer exams, and a take-home final.

Instructor: John Frayne has been teaching at the University of Illinois since 1965. He has mainly taught courses in Modern British Literature as well as Film Courses. In the past he has taught courses on Opera and Literature, and in the past decade he frequently offered courses on adaptations of great British novels into films. He has co-edited an edition of W.B. Yeats's "Early Articles and Reviews" in the series "The Collected Edition of the Works of W.B. Yeats" (Scribners), which appeared in the spring of 2004, and articles on the opera librettos of W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. In 1978 he began reviewing local opera performances for WILL radio, and since 1990 he has been a music reviewer for The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette . Since 1985, he has been a weekend classical music announcer for WILL-FM, where he hosts on Saturday Classics by Request and Afternoon at the Opera and on Sunday a concert series featuring local orchestras and ensembles called Prairie Performances. He has frequently taught evening non-credit courses as well as Elder Hostel courses on film studies as well as novel/film adaptations. This course, Opera and Literature appeared on the Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers for Spring, 2002.


ENGL 199 CHP:Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities, Catherine Prendergast

51337  |  12:30-1:45 p.m.  |  TR  |  59A English Building | 3 Hours


Disability Studies has emerged as a field of study across several disciplines of the humanities with the common orientation of challenging the notion that disability is primarily a medical fact. Instead, scholars of disability consider how notions of disability emerge and are sustained through cultural and social processes. The study of disability, in departing from the exclusively medical model, has forced new understandings of human diversity, dependency, ability, and inclusion. In this course we will read key texts from several humanistic disciplines that approach disability as a social designation of identity and an embodied experience. Through these key texts we will examine the history, culture, poetic representations, and civic work of people with disabilities. This course will coordinate with the Ethnography of the University Initiative (www.eui.uiuc.edu). The EUI focus will allow students to use the course readings in conjunction with the university archives to explore U of I's history as an early site of disability activism–we have the oldest post-secondary disability support program in the world, the first wheelchair accessible residence halls and accessible fixed bus route–and the current culture of disability on campus. Students will have the opportunity to present their work at EUI's cross-campus conference, and can publish their work (either under their own name or a pseudonym) in EUI's digital repository of student work (housed within IDEALS www.ideals.uiuc.edu/handle/2142/755). The work produced in this course will thus contribute to the history of the U of Illinois, and the history of disability in the United States.

Instructor: Catherine Prendergast, Professor of English, specializes in rhetoric, language, literacy, and civil rights expressions. She received her BA in English literature from Columbia University and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her 2003 book, Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v. Board of Education, won four national awards. She is a Fulbright scholar and a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Literary Disability. She has taught at the University of Illinois since 1997.


ENGL 274 CHP:Literature and Society: Globalization and Empire, Zohreh Sullivan

40422  |  12:30-1:45 p.m.  |  MW  |  59A English Building | 3 Hours


This seminar will discuss the history and literature of cultures in mutually enriching contact and catastrophic collision. "Globalization" refers to the process of forging or integrating individuals and local communities into larger systems of free trade, global capital, and cultural contact. Globalization, therefore, refers not only to economics but also to human experience, to a range of historical and political events from "discoveries" of new lands to the "conquest" of new lands, from colonialism to neocolonialism, from Disney's world theme-parks to international world politics. Our use of the term suggests attention to its impact on culture and literature. The long process of globalization has led to waves of diasporas (the movement of people from their original home) which is among the most important global events of our time. We will study some of the new cultural configurations emerging out of the crucible of globalization and migration. These forces have profoundly shaped the modern world, as population, languages, power, and wealth have been redistributed in long and painful processes of conquest, exile, war, and revolution. We will consider literature and film from and about Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Middle East. We will ask who has the power to represent, shape and tell the story of others and how others‚ stories, in turn, shape our own images of the world. Texts: Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Rudyard Kipling, "The Man who Would be King," Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine, Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place, Ama Ata Aidoo, Our Sister Killjoy, Caryl Phillips, Crossing the River, Etel Adnan, Sitt Marie Rose, Ghassan Kanafani and other short story writers and poets. Course packet with essays on globalization and diaspora. Films: Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers, Mira Nair, Mississippi Masala, Stephanie Black, Life & Debt, John Huston, The Man who Would be King.

Instructor: Zohreh T. Sullivan (Professor of English) was born in Iran, studied in Pakistan, came to the U.S in the 1960s where she completed her graduate degrees, taught in St. Louis, Mo, and at Damavand College, Tehran, Iran, before she realized the pleasures and privileges of the prairie and the University of Illinois—where she has been teaching a variety of courses in British, colonial and postcolonial literatures since l972. She has won several campus teaching awards. Her publications include articles on literature, pedagogy, and the middle-east, books on Rudyard Kipling, and Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora.


GEOL 118 CHP:Natural Disasters, Chu-Yung Chen

51455  |  2-2:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  258 Natural History Bldg. | 3 Hours


This course introduces the nature, causes, risks, effects, and prediction of natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, landslides, subsidence, floods, coastal erosion, global climate change, severe weather, mass extinctions, and meteorite impacts. It covers geologic principles and case histories of natural disasters as well as human responses (societal impact, mitigation strategies, and public policy). This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Physical Sciences course.

Instructor: Professor Chen received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, and she joined the Department of Geology at the University of Illinois since then. She teaches courses in physical geology, geology of National Parks, natural disasters, geochemistry, and petrology, and has been on the campus List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent many times. Dr. Chen's research focuses on applications of petrology, trace element and isotope geochemistry to the study of chemical composition and physical processes in the earth's lithosphere, and the origin and evolution of continental and oceanic crusts. She has done extensive field work and geochemical studies of volcanoes in Hawaii and southwestern China. She has also applied trace element geochemistry on environmental problems such as the origin of mineral inclusions in coal and the sources of aerosols.


HIST 295 B:The Fear Factor: Race, Immigration, and Hunts for "Un-Americans", Mark Leff

30364  |  9-10:20 a.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This Campus Honors Program seminar explores U.S. struggles over national inclusiveness, "American identity," and the meanings and limits of "liberty" since the late 19th century. We'll approach, and seek to contextualize, post-9/11 racial, immigration, and civil liberties conflicts through an intensive analysis of a series of case studies that raise issues of citizenship, "insider" versus "outsider" status, racial hierarchy, and "subversion": the Reconstruction period (1865-1877); World War I and images of the "enemy"; the 1919-1920 Red Scare and immigration restriction; the incarceration of Japanese-Americans and other actions at odds with World War IIs reputation as The Freedom War; McCarthyism and the civil rights movement; and resentments generated by the African-American Freedom Struggle and other protest movements in the late 1960s. This seminar offers a chance to "do" history and to develop a sense of historical context by considering both historians' opposing interpretations and a range of related primary sources. In addition to exploring these sources, members of the seminar will complete a number of short and medium-length reviews and essays staking out their positions on major issues of the course.

Instructor: Mark H. Leff is a specialist in 20th-century U.S. political and social history. He joined the UIUC faculty in 1986, and has offered earlier versions of this seminar in the Campus Honors Program, but ongoing debates over immigration and the "terrorist threat" have brought him back for more. A recipient of the Campus and LAS awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching, he was named the state's Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1998. His research interests center on public policy questions, including one book on New Deal "symbolic politics" and another in progress on the "politics of sacrifice" in wartime.


LAW 199 CS:The American Health Care System: Crisis & Reform, Bob Rich

44142  |  8:30-9:50 a.m.  |  MW  |  TBA | 3 Hours


The American health care system is crisis and is one of the most important issues facing this country. This course focuses on the problems and issues which face the American health care system. We will explore bio-ethical and public policy problems. After a brief introduction which covers the historical development of the structure and financing of the current health care system, the class will focus on the following issues: should health care be considered a "legal right" in this country, can the rising cost of health care be brought under control, how do we, as a society, respond to the problem of 47 million Americans who are currently uninsured, should the United States adopt a system of universal health care coverage in the same way that England, Germany, and Canada have, what has been the impact of managed care on the American health care system, should health insurance be mandatory in the same way that auto insurance is in most states, what will be the impact of the new Medicare reforms, and what are the prospects for health care reform in the future? In addition, we discuss critical ethical dilemmas including: the development of human gene therapy, legalization of human cloning, and the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Students will be asked to prepare two "policy analysis" papers for policy issues discussed in the class. As a final project students will prepare a "briefing book," give testimony at a mock congressional hearing, and take on the role of members of a congressional committee hearing testimony. Guest lectures will be made by policy makers and scholars who have expertise in the area we are discussing. No knowledge of political science, economics, or sociology is required.

Instructor: Robert F. Rich is Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and is a Professor of Law, Political Science, Community Health, Medical Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor in the Institute for Communications Research. He has a B.A. in Government from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He has published three books on health care policy: Consumer Choice:Social Welfare and Health Policy (2005),Competitive Approaches to Health Care Reform (1993--with Richard Arnould and William White) and Health Policy, Federalism, and the Role of the American States (1996-with William White), and is currently finishing a new book entitled: Transformed Federalism and the American Health Care System. He has taught at the U. of I. since 1986; he was previously on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University and Princeton University. In 1993-95 he was a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Special Guest at the Brookings Institution. In 2002-3, he was a Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.


LING 240 B:Language in Human History, Hans Hock

40360  |  1:30-3:00 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Whose past is it? – The uses and misuses of linguistic prehistory and archaeology in national and group self-definition and in the exclusion of others. Special thematic focus is on the "Aryan" issue in Nazi ideology, in recent ideological movements of South Asia, and in the interpretation of the "Tarim Mummies" of Xinjiang. In the course of evaluating these issues, we will also discuss the question of scientific methodology and of the responsibility of historians, linguists, and archaeologists to address misuses of their results or deliberate misinterpretations that are intended to support nationalist and racist ideologies.

Instructor: Hans Henrich Hock (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of Linguistics and Sanskrit and of the Classics and has been teaching at UIUC since 1967. His main research areas are historical and general linguistics with special focus on Sanskrit and Germanic. He did research on spoken Sanskrit in modern India (1980-81), was Fulbright Lecturer at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (Fall 1987), and an invited faculty member at the 1993 Linguistic Institute at Ohio State University. He has published, edited, and coedited six books, a large number of journal issues, and over ninety papers, reviews, etc. One of his major interests in recent years has been linguistic and textual evidence, as well as associated archaeological arguments, as regards the "Aryan" and Indus Civilization controversy in South Asia and the interpretation of the "Tarim Mummies" of Xinjiang. (He has published four papers on these issues and is working on several others.)


MATH 198 F1H:Complex Geometry, John D'Angelo

51385  |  2-2:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  141 Altgeld Hall | 3 Hours


This elementary course will reveal mathematics as both an art and a science. We will work within the realm of the complex numbers to provide beautiful new perspectives on geometry. We will develop complex numbers from the start, discuss the geometry of the unit circle to simplify trigonometry and to understand Pythagorean triples, and we will see the Fibonacci numbers at work. We will discuss how and why complex numbers arise in geometry and physics by introducing complex line integrals and their applications. Considerable emphasis will be placed on both oral and written exposition. In about half of the classes students will present solutions to the problems posed in the course. We will strive for elegance in our thought processes, calculations, and exposition. I hope to recruit a few students into the Mathematics Honors program. There is no required text. On occasion students will need to augment what is done in class by outside reading from easily accessible sources.

Instructor: John P. D'Angelo is Professor of Mathematics at UIUC. He received his PhD in Mathematics from Princeton University and was a Moore Instructor at MIT before coming to UIUC. He was named a University Scholar at UIUC in 1986, won the Stefan Bergman Prize in 1999 for his research in complex analysis, and won the LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at UIUC in 2005. He is currently a Kenneth D. Schmidt Professorial Scholar at UIUC. He has been named to the Incomplete List of Professors ranked excellent by their students at least fifteen different times, most recently in 2007. He has authored three mathematics books and sixty research papers. His primary research interests are in several complex variables and CR geometry. He enjoys the mathematics appearing in the financial and sports sections of newspapers and he plays the game oriental game go (wei-qi, baduk). He views mathematics as both and art and a science and loves to convey both aspects to students. In recent years D'Angelo has been actively involved in teaching in the Mathematics Department Honors Program.


MATH 199 CHP:Mathematics in Music and Art, Graham Evans

47745  |  9-9:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This is a course on the connections of mathematics with music and art. We will explore harmony [and dissonance], temperaments, and counterpoint in music. Topics in art will include frieze designs, "wallpaper patterns" -- as used by M. C. Escher, and perspective. All of these topics are directly connected with mathematics and investigating them enriches our understanding of both sides of the connection. These topics will lead to a deeper understanding of symmetry in general. We will look around to find some nearby mathematical gems such as why the square root of two is irrational [which has a lot to do with music] and the bridal veil proof of the Pythagorean theorem [which has little to do with either art or music]. There will be ample opportunity to exhibit musical and artistic skills as well as mathematical ones.

Instructor: E. Graham Evans, Jr. has been on the faculty of UIUC since the Fall of 1972. He has written dozens of articles and co-authored three books in the study of commutative rings and the solutions to polynomial equations. He won an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, which enabled him to study at the IHES in Paris in the academic year 1975-76. In the 1980's he developed and taught in-service mathematics teachers summer institutes in the mathematics department. These pioneered the use of personal computers in the mathematics classroom. He served on the Research Board of the university during the academic years '96-'97 and '97-'98. In the Fall of 1999 he assumed the position of Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematics department. He held this position until he retired in 2004. In 2002 he was awarded the Campus Honors Program Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching. He is an amateur cellist and cook.


RLST 104 ADS:Asian Mythology, Raj Pandharipande

51201/Disc. 38453/Lec.  |  3-3:50 p.m./ 9-9:50 a.m.  |  T/R  |  212 Honors House/TBA | 3 Hours


This course provides an introduction to the mythologies of Asia (i.e., India, China, and Japan). It is primarily oriented toward developing a basic understanding of the form, content, and function of Asian mythology, with additional emphasis on the study of myths as a tool for explicating and reconstructing the world view of the people in these three cultures — their cultural history, collective psyche, and religious and philosophical beliefs. Among the topics covered are myths as a semiotic system and the relevance and vitality of myths in modern times. From time to time, lecture-discussion sessions include presentation of slides and films illustrating relevant mythological concepts.

Instructor: Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande is Professor of Linguistics, Religious Studies, Sanskrit and Comparative Literature, Campus Honors program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Pandharipande holds two Ph.D. degrees--one in Sanskrit Literature, and the other in Linguistics. The primary focus of her research and teaching has been South Asian languages, Asian Mythology, Sociolinguistics, Sociolinguistic Methodology, Language of Religion, and Hinduism in India and in Diaspora. The three major languages of her research and teaching are Hindi, Marathi, and Sanskrit. She has coordinated the Hindi Program at UIUC (from 1986-2002) and taught Hindi and Hindi Literature at UUC and University of Chicago. She has published a textbook, Intermediate Hindi , Volumes I and II. (co-authored with Y. Kachru)1982, 1988. Motilal Banarsidass Publications, and her new text manuscript, Advanced Hindi (co-authored with Rajesh Kumar and Mithilesh Mishra) which is funded by the ACDS is in its final stages of completion. Professor Pandhripande has published a book of Hindi poetry, Never is a Long Time aur anya Kavitayen (A collection of Hindi poems) 1987. Banhatti Prakashan, Nagpur , India . Professor Pandharipande has published scholarly articles (over 65) in various scholarly journals, books, and encyclopedias and has delivered over 150 talks at the scholarly meetings. She was invited to teach Hindi Literature at the University of Chicago in 1999, and 2001. Additionally, she has published extensively on Marathi: (a) Marathi: A grammar of the Marathi Language . Routledge, London. 1997, (b) Sociolinguistic Dimensions of Marathi: Multilingualiam in Central India. 2003. Lincom. Munich , Germany , and (c) Prarambhik Marathi . An Intensive Marathi Course book (Manuscript). Funded by Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande ACDS, UIUC 2002. She has guided research at M.A. and Ph.D. levels in Sociolinguistics, Sanskrit, and Hindi at UIUC. Her research on South Asian languages is embedded in her research on larger cultural/religious context of South Asia. She has published a book, The Eternal Self and the Cycle of Samsara: Introduction to Asian Mythology and Religion . 1990 (4 editions). Ginn Press , Massachusetts and, she is currently preparing the final version of the manuscript, Language of Religion in South Asia: theory and practice (accepted for publication by Macmillan-Palgrave ( London ). Currently she is working on the research project on, "Transformation and Authentication of Hinduism: Language of Religion in US Diaspora" for which she is awarded a senior Associateship at the Center fro Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Pandharipande received the title "University Scholar" by the Chancellor for her outstanding research at the University of Illinois, and Harriet and Charles Luckman All Campus Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, and William Prokasy Award for the outstanding excellence in undergraduate teaching at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Pandharipande's teaching at the CHP has been highly appreciated by her students.


SOC 396 DS:Immigrants in US Soc: Explorations & Life Histories, Dorothee Schneider

31139  |  10:30-1150 a.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Immigration has been one of the hot topics in public policy in the past two decades and this class will provide an introduction to the politics, history and sociology of immigration, past and present. The syllabus will have three major parts: The "classic" immigrant story with its emphasis on abandoning one's culture of origin and re-making oneself into a citizen of the New World will be examined first. The "rags to riches" theme of upward mobility, so prominent in autobiographical and scholarly texts during the past eighty years, will be analyzed next. Immigrants and racial segregation in the mid-twentieth century and the emergence of an anti-immigrant movement in the United States today will be important themes in the second half of the semester. The class is designed for students of any level and all majors are welcome. Because of its multi-disciplinary focus, the course readings will combine articles from scholarly journals and newspapers, fiction, sociology and history books. We will also use movies and I encourage students to use "new media" (web-sites, music) as well. Because the class will be conducted as a seminar/workshop students are expected to participate in the discussion consistently (preparation and participation will be 40% of the grade). There will be a couple of brief class examinations and students must research and write a biography paper which they will present to the class. Plenty of help and guidance will be offered on the research for this project. The required readings will consist of core texts and selections from a readings packet for sale and on reserve in the library.

Instructor: Dorothee Schneider has taught for the Campus Honors Program since 1999. A historian by training and an immigrant herself, she has published articles and books on many aspects of U.W. immigration. She is currently finishing a book on the history of citizenship and immigration into the United States during the twentieth century. Occasionally she gives tours of Champaign-Urbana immigrant neighborhoods to CHP students which include food tastings.


THEA 199 CT:Currents in Contemporary Theatre, Tom Mitchell

35252  |  12-12:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  3601 KCPA (AV Room) | 3 Hours


The theatre has undergone major changes in the last thirty years reflecting society's change. Conventional forms of storytelling have given way to fractured and reassembled forms. Kitchen-sink realism has been replaced by fantastic visions and apocalyptic angels. Middle-class white culture now shares the stage with African-American, Latino, and Asian life. This course will examine playwriting, directing, and design trends in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Students will explore how social movements have influenced the theatre, and how the theatre has impacted society. Activities will include play-readings, practical projects in staging, designing, or writing, and research into contemporary topics. Several small-group projects will involve students in creating mini-performances. Students will do a final research report on an individual director, playwright, or designer in the contemporary theatre.

Instructor: Tom Mitchell is Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Theatre Department where he teaches Acting and Directing. He has staged numerous productions in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and has been a frequent presenter to Campus Honors Program student groups. Recent productions include An Imaginary Invalid, Great Expectations, and Antigone. Professor Mitchell has directed Tennessee Williams' early plays, Candles to the Sun, Stairs to the Roof and Spring Storm. He is past chair of the Directing Symposium of the Mid America Theatre Conference and is Co-Chair of Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Tom was the chairman of the Summer Theatre Program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan where he initiated an emphasis on Contemporary Forms in Theatre. He staged two "lost" plays by Spanish playwright, Jose Lopez Rubio for the Festival Theatre in northwest Wisconsin, and the premiere production of "Meet Me Incognito" for the Metro Theatre Company of St. Louis. He has a particular interest in contemporary directors and directing methods.


CHP 395 B/CHP 396 B:College and the American Self, Bruce Michelson

31625/40536  |  3:00-4:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


(CHP 396 B Advanced Composition Option) This is an interdisciplinary seminar on the American college and university: how they came to be, how they are shaped by traditions, philosophy, administrations, and faculty — and how these communities are regularly challenged, reorganized and re-invented by their own students and the larger culture. If you're thinking of going into teaching or research of any sort, there's a fair chance that at some point you will be called on to help make important decisions about the policies and values of an American campus. But very few faculty and students really understand the history and operations of the places where they provide this leadership! Universities are fascinating places, and a key objective of this course is for you to learn a great deal more about where you are, and where you might spend a wonderful career. Because the subject is vast, we will organize it into several conversations: · How are American colleges structured, and why? How do these systems differ from systems in other countries? · What are the underlying assumptions about what constitutes a college education? How did those assumptions take shape — and what has the passage of time done to their validity? · When and how did the sciences and the technological disciplines become important college subjects in their own right? · How did women gain access to American higher education, and what was the impact on campuses when they went 'co-ed?' · What was undergraduate life at an American college like at various times in the past? · College life has inspired plays, novels, movies — even operas. What do these literary or pop-culture treatments discover (or invent) about college life that is not expressed in the catalogues or course descriptions? · How did intercollegiate athletics become so important on university campuses? What are the advantages and perils of the current situation? · As the world globalizes and minority students seek increased access to higher education, how are American colleges responding — and how should they respond? This course can be taken as either CHP 395 or CHP 396. Students seeking Composition II credit should enroll in the section as CHP 396. These sections will meet as one; the combined enrollment will be no more than 18. In either variant, students will write one brief preliminary essay early in the semester, and complete an extended research paper in two installments with guidance from the instructor. The Composition II (CHP 396) variant requires additional experience in revision and expansion of writing assignments. CHP 396 students will therefore complete four additional short essays, which will be revised and combined, in addition to the two major essays required of all students. Michelson — College and the American Self - continued Readings will include Frederick Rudolph, The American College and University: A History; Lawrence Veysey, The Emergence of the American University; Alfred North Whitehead, The Aims of Education; Wendy Wasserstein, Uncommon Women and Others; Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Essays; Michael Frayn, Copenhagen; Tom Stoppard, Arcadia; and a reading packet including excerpts from Hofstadter and Smith: American Higher Education, a Documentary History; John Henry Newman, "The Idea of a University,?? and C. P. Snow, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. We will also discuss selected films about college life, (available on DVD or VHS) to be chosen by the class. Possibilities include Old School, A Beautiful Mind, Felicity (selected episodes), maybe even a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer--but we will need to discuss these and other options thoroughly, with due regard for the tastes and age of the prof!

Instructor: Bruce Michelson is a Professor of English and American Literature and Director of the Campus Honors Program. His previous books include Literary Wit, Mark Twain on the Loose , and Wilbur's Poetry ; his latest book, Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution, will be published later this year by the University of California Press.


CHP 395 A:Biocomplexity, Bruce Fouke

31622  |  3:30-4:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  3140 IGB | 3 Hours


A progressive new integration of the natural and applied sciences, called Biocomplexity, is revolutionizing our understanding of how Life has evolved and survived on an ever-changing Earth. Microbes (bacteria and archaea) are the most long-standing, abundant, and diverse forms of life on our planet, and therefore are involved in virtually all biocomplexity interactions. As a result, the focus of this class will be on microbial ecology and evolution in the simultaneous contexts of: (1) modern and ancient earth system environmental processes; and (2) the ecology and evolution of plants and animals. Two primary biocomplexity themes will be explored during the semester, followed by an intensive field experience where biocomplex interactions will be directly observed, quantified, and discussed. The first biocomplexity theme will be on the origin, ecology, and evolution of microbial life. The centerpiece for this theme will be feedback interactions amongst thermophilic (heat-loving) microbes, extreme water conditions, and rapid mineral precipitation in terrestrial and marine hot springs around the world. These analyses of the modern earth will be geologically evaluated to better interpret the ancient fossil record of microbes on earth, while aiding the search for life other planets. The second biocomplexity theme will focus on the ecology of infectious disease and the relationship of microbial ecology and evolution to climatic change and human environmental impact. The focus will be on case studies of the emergence of disease in marine coral reef ecosystems. Causal feedback relationships will be identified with respect to human activity, terrestrial disease, and global climate change on the ancient, present, and future earth. The course will be culminated with an eight-day biocomplexity field experience in Yellowstone National Park, in which the geology and microbial ecology of several thermal spring features throughout the park will be visited, investigated, and sampled as part of an ongoing biocomplexity study at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Instructor: Bruce W. Fouke, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology (http://www.geology.illinois.edu/people/fouke/index.html), the Department of Microbiology (http://mcb.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/fouke/) and the Institute for Genomic Biology (www.igb.uiuc.edu) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Professor Fouke studies complex interactions between planet Earth and the many forms of life that inhabit it. His ongoing work includes: (1) understanding and preventing coral disease in reefs of the Caribbean Sea and Indo-Pacific Ocean; (2) microbe-mineral interactions in hot springs at Yellowstone National Park and in Tuscany, Italy; (3) the last flow of water in Roman aqueducts and water works of the Baths of Caracalla and Pompeii; (4) late Cretaceous meteor cratering in the Yucatan of Mexico associated with the demise of the dinosaurs; and (5) the preservation and interpretation of dinosaur biology from the Hells Creek Formation in Montana. Professor Fouke received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York Stony Brook, and completed postdoctoral research appointments at the Free University of Amsterdam, the University of California Berkeley, and NASA Ames Research Center prior to arriving at Illinois. Professor Fouke's work has recently been highlighted in National Geographic Magazine as well as on National Public Radio, and he currently serves on science panels at the National Science Foundation and NASA.


CHP 396 A:Scientific Discovery and the Reinvention of Identity, Steve Levinson

30026  |  1:30-2:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


It is widely thought that Science is concerned only with the physical world. Yet, for the last 80 years, significant effort has been devoted to adapting the principles and methods of the physical sciences to the life and social sciences. Although this work is in its early stages, it is already clear that Science can directly address such human concerns as the nature of mental and social reality. This course examines the origins, methodology, and implications of these developing quantitative theories. Although some mathematical and scientific concepts will be discussed, prior knowledge of them is certainly not required. All such material will be carefully explained relative to the intellectual narrative. The course is primarily a history of ideas in which students of the humanities and social sciences are strongly encouraged to participate.

Instructor: Stephen E. Levinson was born in New York City on September 27, 1944. He received the B.A. degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard in 1966, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island in 1972 and 1974, respectively. From 1966—1969 he was a design engineer at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. From 1974-1976 he held a J. Willard Gibbs Instructorship on Computer Science at Yale University. In 1976, he joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ where he conducted research in the areas of speech recognition and understanding. In 1979 he was a visiting researcher at the NTT Musashino Electrical Communication Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. In 1984, he held a visiting fellowship in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. In 1990, Dr. Levinson became head of the Linguistics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he directed research in Speech Synthesis, Speech Recognition and Spoken Language Translation. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches courses in Speech and Language Processing and leads research projects in speech synthesis and automatic language acquisition. He is also a full-time faculty member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology where he serves as the head of the Artificial Intelligence group. Dr. Levinson is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a founding editor of the journal Computer Speech and Language and a former member and chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the CAIP Center at Rutgers University. He is the author of more than 100 technical papers and holds seven patents. His book, published in 2005 by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., is entitled "Mathematical Models for Speech Technology." Since joining the faculty at the University of Illinois, he has developed and taught four new courses: CAS587 (Memory and the Development of Culture and Identity), ECE/Ling 594 (Mathematical Models of Language), ECE493/Math487 (Advanced Engineering Mathematics), and CS/MCB/Neur591 (Computational Brain Theory). His name has appeared on the "Incomplete List" in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.