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AIS 199 CHP: Red and Black: Studies in American Indians and African Americans, LeAnne Wilson

53933  |  2:00-3:15 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course uses literature and history, legal documents, short essays, and plays to investigate the politics of race, gender, and genocide applied to American Indians, and African Americans. Students will explore ways in which the two cultures share a colonized history in America, and the different strategies African Americans, and American Indians use to survive and reestablish their cultures. Major themes to be investigated are 1) "borders and captivity," 2) "identity chosen versus identity imposed," 3) "ethnic cleansing versus slavery," and 4) "freedom and sovereignty." Students will engage in discussions and write a series of short papers around the four themes. The final project for the course is to develop four ten-minute plays from the texts to be performed the last week of the semester.

Instructor: LeAnne Howe (Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and English) is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction, plays and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian experiences. Her short fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Callaloo, Story, Yalobusha Review, and Cimarron Review, and elsewhere, and has been translated in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark. She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Writers Residency, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her publications include Shell Shaker, which received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation, Evidence of Red, which won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry in 2006 and the Wordcraft Circle Award for 2006, and Miko Kings: An American Indian Baseball Story. Howe is the screenwriter for the 90-minute PBS documentary Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire and writer/co-producer of the documentary Playing Pastime: American Indian Fast-Pitch Softball, and Survival. Howe has read her fiction and been an invited lecturer in Japan, Jordan, Israel, Romania, and Spain. She is Founder and director of WagonBurner Theatre Troop and her plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York City, New Mexico, Maine, Texas, and Colorado. Her most recent one-woman show titled Choctalking on Other Realities premiered at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in January, 2009.

Semester Texts Indians at Hampton Institute — Donal Lindsay Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom - -Tiya Miles Black, White, and Indian -Claudio Saunt Shades of Freedom — Leon Higginbotham Like a Loaded Weapon — Robert A. Williams Paradise — Toni Morrison Miko Kings: An American Indian Baseball Story- LeAnne Howe


ARCH 199 CHP: Experiencing Architecture, James Warfield

36839  |  3:00-5:00 p.m.  |  TR  |  315 THBH | 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. Note: Due to the nature of this course, in that the times depend on field trips, this class will vary in length between 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours. For this reason, please ignore the time listed in Timetable of 3:30. The class will begin at 3:00 and end any time between 4:30 and 6:00pm, depending on the field trip during a particular session.

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.


ARCH 199 KH: Exploring Architecture Kevin Hinders

54216  |  2:00-3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  17 THBH | 3 Hours


This course seeks to introduce students to the role of the architect in the creation of the built environment. The course has three interactive areas: site visits to selected structures and spaces; readings and lectures; and creative spatial design which allows students the opportunity to explore the design process. This course is planned for non-majors interested in the built environment. The class will meet twice a week. The first class period will be a visit to a work or works of Architecture on or around the UIUC campus and surrounding area. Visits will address a variety of issues as they affect the design process. These issues inevitably determine architectural form. They include such varied phenomena as structure, cultural values, traditions, innovations and mechanical systems, to name a few. The second class period each week will involve learning more about the design process and will allow for exploration into the creative, synthesis process.

Instructor: Kevin J. Hinders, Associate Professor in Architecture has taught at the University of Illinois since 1990. He has taught at every level in the graduate and undergraduate design studio curriculum. He is a practicing Architect and Principle at PREPA.R.E., Inc. His research interests are in urban design and digital technology and the design process.

Evaluation Evaluation of work done during the semester must be considered in a very positive sense. It is essential to your understanding of the quality of work achieved by all students, and to know how each of you are progressing in your understanding of the built environment. Your instructor will attempt to provide you with the most accurate appraisal of your work. You must also become capable of judging the relative merits of work produced in the studio and to establish your own high standards for excellence. Critical self evaluation is ultimately achieved through an intense process of trial and error, critique and discussion. Although you are not expected to be aspiring architects for this course, one of the goals of this course is to give students insight and understanding of the design process.
The evaluation process should include reactions by design instructors, fellow students, and interested parties. Both objective and subjective evaluation are valid and important. Be attentive to what others are telling you.... Remember that one of the most critical abilities of a good designer is being able to absorb others' reactions to one's work. Try to understand others observations, and use the information to make appropriate modifications to your work. Through your response to criticism and evaluation you will develop the maturity necessary to make better qualitative judgments about thinking, communication, and design.

Attendance You are expected to be responsible for all material and assignments discussed during formal studio meetings. If, for any excused reason, you are unable to attend, written confirmation should be given to your instructor.
Three (3) unexcused absences will cause the lowering of one letter grade for the course. Repeat: on the third absence, the grade will be lowered. Six (6) unexcused absences will constitute a failure in the course.
Make-up assignments for unexcused absences may be given by the instructor at the instructors discretion.
Three (3) unexcused late arrivals to studio class time will be considered as one unexcused absence.
Due dates and times for studies and final presentations of design work will be strictly adhered to. Work up to 24 hours late shall be lowered one full letter grade. Work more than 24 hours late will receive an "EX, but will require completion to receive a final course grade.

Seminar/Studio/Readings As outlined above, the course will revolve around site visits, seminar discussions and a design project. Participation in all three aspects is important and will ensure the quality of the course for all involved. Additional course readings are available to those interested in independent study. Occasional readings will be required- these assigned readings must be noted and ready for discussion on assigned days.


ART 199 JS: Artists and Computers, Joseph Squier

40484  |  4:00-6:40 p.m.  |  R  |  336E Art & Design | 3 Hours


This seminar-format course will provide students with an overview of how emerging digital technologies are affecting contemporary artistic practice. Particular emphasis will be given to the visual arts and network-based technologies. What is the relationship between art, society, and technology? How do artists serve communities? How are emerging digital art genres different from what has come before? How are they similar? These are some of the questions that this course will engage. We will view and discuss a range of electronic web-based artworks on a regular basis. Reading, writing, and informal classroom discussions will be a weekly component of the course, augmented by lab demonstrations that acquaint students with tools used by contemporary electronic artists and designers. Students will receive a very basic introduction to Flash and will be asked to complete two creative projects. There is a $95.00 facility fee for this course.

Instructor: Joseph Squier is a Professor and the Associate Director of the School of Art & Design, where he co-founded the New Media Program. He received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. Professor Squier's early World Wide Web art site, called "The Place," received critical praise both in the United States and abroad, and was featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wired magazine, and Print magazine. PC Magazine designated "The Place" as one of the top 100 sites on the World Wide Web. It was eventually acquired by the Walker Art Center, which houses one of the most prestigious collections of web-based art in the world. Professor Squier has exhibited work at numerous international venues, including Paris, Berlin, Zurich, London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, and New York. He is a University Scholar and a Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, two of the highest distinctions awarded Illinois Faculty, and also works as an Associate Provost Fellow. His most recent creative endeavor is as a founding editor of the literary/visual arts magazine Ninth Letter and a related website, ninthletter.com.


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

31434  |  2:00-4:40 p.m.  |  T  |  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. There is a $50.00 materials fee for this course.

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 150th 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 & H2: Stars and Galaxies, James Kaler

H: 39750  |  9:00-9:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  134 Astronomy Bldg | 3 Hours

H2: 54886  |  11:00-11:50 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.


BADM 199 CHP/IE 199: Computer Simulation, Richard Engelbrecht-Wiggans

53818/20426  |  12:30-1:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  BIF 1029C | 3 Hours


Computer simulation together with the raw computational power of modern personal computers now makes it possible to create a laboratory in which we can see randomness in action, explore the foundations of statistics, and gain experience with interpreting data. This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and techniques of computer simulation; students will learn how to simulate a variety of deterministic and stochastic systems using Microsoft Excel. At the same time, the course will introduce students to a variety of simple, common random processes, including, specifically, statistical sampling and inference. A major focus of the course will be on the intersection of these two areas, namely on using computer simulations to gain basic insights into random processes and to discover the basic concepts of statistics. The course does not presume any prior study of statistics and presumes only minimal specific prior computing experience. This course will meet in a computer lab. Classes will include a combination of demonstrations by the instructor and collaborative hands-on exercises. Students will finish and/or expand on the class exercises for homework and projects.

Instructor: Richard Engelbrecht-Wiggans earned a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University 1977/78. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1980, and is currently IBE Distinguished Professor of Business Administration. His research focuses on the design of auction markets. His new CHP course is the culmination of three decades' experience in teaching computer simulation and quantitative methods.


CLCV 220/CWL 220 CHP: The Origins of Western Literature: Roman Comedy and its Influence, Ariana Traill

33445/33449  |  11:30-12:30 a.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


The comedies of Plautus and Terence, who wrote in late 3rd—mid 2nd centuries Rome, had an enormous influence on Western literature. The stock devices and character types these authors perfected — the mistaken identity plot, the clever servant, the braggart soldier — are still familiar today. Their plays have been adapted and translated by innumerable playwrights from late antiquity to the twentieth century. We will be studying some of their most influential plays and adaptations from the Renaissance to the Restoration period (1660-1700). All readings are in English. Our central question is "What did each playwright take from his models, what did he change, and why?" We will distinguish universal elements that translate across cultures (e.g., mockery of marriage, exuberant comic language, tricksters and dupes) from aspects that change to reflect contemporary politics, social climate or religious beliefs. As we learn about the conventions within which these authors worked, we will ask how they each managed to be creative within these, as they reinvented old comedies to express new ideas and to capture the spirit of their time and place. This course will develop your skills in close reading, comparing and contrasting, and researching, developing and presenting a literary argument. You will learn about the life and works of Plautus, Terence, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Molière, Dryden and Shadwell, as well as conventions governing the theater of their day and select critical approaches to, and interpretations of, their work. Secondary readings will invite comparison with other comic traditions, including film.

Instructor: Ariana Traill (B.A. University of Toronto 1991, Ph.D. Harvard 1997) is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Classics. Her research areas include Greek and Roman comedy, women in antiquity and the reception of ancient comedy, and her interests lie in literary criticism, social history and ancient dramaturgy. Her work focuses on close readings of Greek and Latin texts in their historical and cultural context with a view to recapturing the range of meanings available to their original audiences. She is the author of Women and the Comic Plot in Menander (Cambridge, 2008). Current projects include a commentary on Plautus' Cistellaria and several reception studies (Shakespeare, Dryden). She has published on such topics as Roman haruspicy, Attic law, the Latin elegiac reception of Menander, and a Plautine treatment of Sappho fr. 31. She has taught for six years at the University of Illinois.


CWL 199 ET: Renaissance Humanism, Emile Talbot

14538  |  3:30-4:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course explores how Renaissance humanists enabled western thought to transition from a medieval view of the universe to a modern one. We'll explore how the notion, first expressed in the Italian Renaissance, that humanity has no fixed properties and is free to choose its own nature, led to an important rethinking of human autonomy and potentiality. We will read and reflect on the works of five writers (Erasmus, More, Rabelais, Montaigne, Bacon) who within the space of about 100 years, from the early 1500s to the early 1600s, set in motion a process that would transform the way we think about virtually every aspect of human existence. We'll explore these new modes of thinking both within the contexts in which they arose and as issues that still resonate today. No previous background is required for this course, which will introduce students to important philosophical, theological, ethical, and political theories and explore as well changing concepts of women, marriage, education, geography, colonization, war, and science.

Instructor: Professor Emile Talbot, who received his doctorate from Brown University, has extensive experience in teaching French literature, culture, and intellectual history. He has published widely in these areas in the United States, Canada, France, and Switzerland. His most recent book is Reading Nelligan (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002). Professor Talbot is a past editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Québec Studies, and a current or past member of numerous editorial boards. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Camargo Foundation (France), and is the recipient of numerous awards, including from the government of France.


ECON 101: Introduction to Economics, Paul Magelli

30006  |  11:00-12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  119 DKH | 3 Hours


The field of economics in general terms has two distinct areas of study: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. This course will focus on Microeconomics which exams the "smaller"–individual consumers and producers and how they make demand and supply decisions under market conditions varying from competition to monopoly. As an Honors course, additional attention will be given to "the science of the start-up"–the process that individuals who start their own business.

Instructor: Paul Magelli as Scholar-in-Residence at the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri advises the Foundation on the development and implementation of initiatives to advance entrepreneurship training and knowledge, including efforts at American colleges and universities. He is the founder and executive director of Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, Magelli held a number of positions at the University of Illinois, including assistant dean of the MBA program, assistant and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and associate dean and director of budgets. He has also been dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University, vice president for academic affairs at Drake University, president of Metropolitan State College of Denver, and president of Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. At Illinois, he authored the competitive proposal that won a grant of $5 million to create the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He developed and teaches a course in the Foundations of Entrepreneurship and continues to teach macroeconomics (from time to time). Magelli earned bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Illinois and holds an honorary Doctor of Law, honoris causa, from the University of Bristol, U.K., where he helped establish the Bristol Enterprise Centre. He has been a Ford Foundation Fellow and has served as president of the National Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.


ENGL 101 CHP: Introduction to Poetry, Bruce Michelson

44038  |  3:30-4:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


English 101 is normally a course in "methods of detailed reading and analysis essential to an understanding of poetry." This CHP section, however, is a class for intelligent adventurous civilians — students who are not planning on a major in literature — as well as people who might actually grow up to be English scholars. Instead of fixating on "detailed reading and analysis" our attention will be focused on what poets and poetry can give us , and the various roles that verse has played in the cultural history of the West. Why did people ever read poems and listen to poems voluntarily, before the advent of high school and college English courses and AP exams? What crafts or qualities have distinguished poems from other kinds of writing? What important changes have there been in the very idea of a poem, in the audience that poems are for, in the processes or rituals of reading and listening? We will talk about bards, poet laureates, "mad" hermits, wandering minstrels, clerics, revolutionaries, tenured professors, farmers, rappers, slam poets — every variety of poet and poem we can think of together. We will practice the arts of contemplation, of freewheeling conversation, and of writing. One basic objective will be to come away with a heightened sense of the possibilities of the English language, and strengthened powers of expression — skills that can serve you well if you never crack a collection of poems again. Requirements: there will be several short papers, developing into two longer ones. You will write, revise, expand, and improve as a writer.

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.


GEOL 118 CHP: Natural Disasters, Chu-Yung Chen

51455  |  2:00-3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  258 NHB | 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.


HIS 295 B: History of Global Warming, Lillian Hoddeson

30364  |  2:00-3:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


The so-called "greenhouse effect," which enabled the evolution of life on earth by allowing sufficient warmth to develop, has in recent decades caused widespread alarm because temperatures are now increasing rapidly enough to cause change (e.g., rising sea levels and polar ice cap contraction) that threatens the continuation of life as we know it. This new course, offered as an interdisciplinary seminar, examines the gradual construction and acceptance of the notion of global warming over the last half century. The course asks, among other questions, why it has taken so long to recognize the contributing role of human activities such as burning fossil fuel. We will consider what the best steps are to minimize the dire consequences of global warming. The most important task for students will be a research project focusing on a chosen scientific, social, historic, or political aspect of global warming. There are no prerequisites for this new course. There will be a number of visitors to the course, including the leading history of science Spencer Weart, author of The Discovery of Global Warming, the main text in this course.

Instructor: Professor Hoddeson, the Thomas Siebel Professor of History of Science at the University of Illinois has been teaching in the Campus Honors Program since 2003. She began her career as a physicist, but after several years of teaching physics at Columbia and Rutgers, she realized that her passions lie in history of science. She then studied with several eminent Princeton historians, including Thomas S. Kuhn, and switched fields. Her books and articles treat the building of the atomic bomb, megascience in particle physics, the invention and impact of the transistor, the history of solid-state and particle physics, the history of the University of Illinois, the life and science of John Bardeen. Her most recent book is: Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience. One of her earlier books was the basis of the PBS documentary, "Transistorized!" She is presently at work on a book about the decline of the Superconducting Supercollider and another on the life of a self-educated inventor Stanford Ovshinsky whose contributions are aimed at solving significant social problems, including global warming.


LING 240 B: Language in Human History, Hans Hock

40360  |  10:00-11:20 a.m.  |  MW  |  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/CS 199: Hypergraphics, George Francis

51385  |  3:00-3:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  102 Altgeld Hall | 3 Hours


This lab/tutorial course is an introduction to mathematical visualization with computer graphics. For example, students learn how to build, place, move and deform objects in 3 and 4 dimensional Euclidean and non-Euclidean spaces. Lessons on chaos, fractals, strange attractors, and other exotica illustrate the idea of a dynamical system which students will meet (or already have met) in their math, science, or engineering courses. The course welcomes all motivated students whether they are total novices in graphics programming, experts in OpenGL, or something in between. There are no prerequisites beyond a lively interest in exploring mathematical ideas with real-time interactive computer animation. Required work is carefully tailored to the interest and experience of the individual student, and pitched just above what the student thinks she is capable of. Each student will complete a project whose proposed content and difficulty is negotiable. Initially, programming novices will work with VPython (google it) to get a feel for a graphics oriented computer language. They will then be exposed to other graphics languages (Java and C++) for comparison. Students will have the opportunity to learn LaTeX with graphics, if they wish. Intermediate programmers may advance through the syllabus at their own, accelerated pace. Expert programmers are encouraged to develop a substantial research plan early on. All students complete several minor and one major project. Grades are based, non-competitively, on the timely completion of the contracted semester project. Please see http://new.math.uiuc.edu/math198

Instructor: George Francis received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1967 and joined the UIUC faculty in 1968. His research papers are in low-dimensional topology, geometry, analysis, statistics, and control theory. In addition to courses in these fields, he has taught logic, mathematical biology, and catastrophe theory. Professor Francis' work on descriptive topology, The Topological Picturebook (1987), has been translated into Japanese and Russian, a paperback edition appeared in 2006. He is professor in the Campus Honors Faculty, and in the Beckman Institute, where he works in the CUBE/CAVE/CANVAS virtual environments of the Integrated Systems Supercomputing Applications, where he collaborated with computer artists and graphics programmers on virtual reality exhibits at SIGGRAPH, SuperComputing, and Alliance conferences, the Hayden Planetarium, and at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin. During the past decade he directed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at the NCSA and in the Mathematics Department. These provide an opportunity of CHP students to work with students from other universities, and with researchers in the Math Department, the Beckman Institute, the NCSA, and Wolfram Research, and present their work in the Beckman virtual environments.


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

47745  |  9:00-9:50 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.


PHIL 101 H1: Introduction to Philosophy, Robert Cummins

54266  |  1:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


The course is divided into four sections: (i) Philosophy of Religion - The nature and justification of religious belief, (ii) Ethics - the nature and justification of morality, (iii) Theory of Knowledge - how do we justify our beliefs about the external world, other minds, the past, scientific theories? (iv) Philosophy of Mind - Are persons simply material things? Are minds just computers? Does disembodied existence make sense? Emphasis throughout will be on learning to critically analyze and assess basic concepts and convictions, and to articulate positions and arguments with clarity and precision. There will be four take home examinations, each worth 22.5% of your grade. 10% will be passed on class participation. Boarderline cases will be decided by trends: an upward trend will move you up, while a downward trend will move you down. The examinations will be posted on the web site on the class schedule. With the exception of the final, they are posted on a Friday day, and due a week from the following Monday. All exams must be submitted electronically through TurnItIn, a service that scans for plagiarized material. There is no text for this course. All of the readings are available online, and may be accessed by clicking the links on the Lecture Schedule portion of the course web page.

Instructor: Robert Cummins is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy. His research focuses on the nature of the mind: what kind of thing or process the mind is, how we can learn about it, how it evolved, and, especially, how it represents the world in the service of adaptive behavior and thought. He is the author of The Nature of Psychological Explanation, Meaning and Mental Representation, and Representations, Targets and Attitudes, all from MIT Press. A collection of his articles on mental representation entitled The World in the Head is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. In addition to courses in the philosophy of mind, Prof. Cummins enjoys teaching introduction to philosophy as well as the history of early modern philosophy (Descartes to Kant), and the evolution of mind (taught jointly with Prof. Denise Cummins in Psychology). This summer, he will be offering a course called "Minds, Brains and Computers" which focuses on the idea that we have minds because brains are biological computes of some sort. Professor Cummins has received support form the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities for research at the interface between philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan, and has taught at Johns Hopkins, UIC, the University of Colorado, the University of Arizona, MIT, and the University of California at Davis before joining the faculty at UIUC.


RHET 243 CHP: Inter Expository Writing, Carol Spindel

32712  |  12:30-1:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Our primary goal in this writing workshop is to create a collaborative community of writers, readers, and editors in which each student plays all three roles. Using guided practice assignments, students will focus on developing a personal writing style and voice. Exercises started in class and revised for the following week will highlight specific craft points including elucidating character, writing dialogue, visual and sensory description, and developing voice. The techniques taught in the class are applicable to fiction, literary nonfiction, and narrative journalism. Reading for the class will include several book-length memoirs and one collection of personal essays. The notion of writer as explorer and pilgrim on a quest will frame our discussions of first-person literature. Required to successfully complete the class: participation in discussions, completion of all rough draft assignments, vigorous revision, and active participation in a final project. Writing is graded on the basis of each student's improvement over the course of the semester and credit is given for risks taken.

Instructor: Carol Spindel is the author of two books of literary nonfiction. In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove (Vintage, 1989), a memoir of living in a West African village, was named as a Notable Book by the New York Times. Dancing at Halftime: Sports and the Controversy Over American Indian Mascots (New York University Press, 2000) led to a wider understanding of the issue of Indian-based sports mascots. She received an award from the ACLU for her efforts to educate her community on this issue. Her personal essays have been published in many magazines and have been heard on WILL and on NPR's Morning Edition. She has taught creative nonfiction in the Unit One program at the University of Illinois since 1989 and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa for the past fifteen years.


SOC 396: Sociology Through Photography, Tim Liao

31139  |  3:00-5:50 p.m.  |  T  |  65 Allen Hall | 3 Hours


This course focuses on the understanding of sociological phenomena through the use of the photographic media as a primary form of inquiry. The student is assumed to have a prior exposure to sociology by having preferably taken at least one sociology course. The course offers a unique perspective on sociology by employing a means of investigation not yet commonly used in sociological inquiry and integrating the knowledge and techniques of photography with the purpose of sociological exploration. The "evolving" course requirements include several photo assignments that will together construct a coherent photo essay with a sociological focus. We will also entertain the possibility of putting together a group photo exhibition at the conclusion of the course.

Instructor: Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology & Statistics and currently serves as the head of the Sociology Department. His research interests include historical/comparative sociology, demography, and methodology. He is a former Deputy Editor of The Sociological Quarterly, (1992-2000) and the current Editor of Sage's Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series. He served on the council of the ASA Methodology Section (1998-2001) and on the council of the North America Chinese Sociological Association (2000-2002). He has been on the editorial board of Sociological Methods & Research since 1994 and on the editorial board of Sociological Methodology since 2003. He is the Chair-Elect of the Methodology Section of the American Sociology Association from August 2007 to August 2009.


CHP 395 B/CHP 396 B: Designing for Effective Change, Lanny Arvan

31625/40536  |  12:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  1025 BIF | 3 Hours


Regardless of the students' future career path, once ensconced in their professions and then proceeding upward in their career trajectories, these leaders will likely find themselves in the position of having to redesign their organization or work group. The reasons will be varied: to introduce fundamentally new products or services, to make substantive improvement in existing practice within the organization, to accommodate structural changes that have been hoist upon them, and quite possibly many others. This course aims at providing an intellectual basis for thinking through such design. We will take a multidisciplinary approach, studying elements of learning theory of the individual, management of organizations, learning and culture change in organizations, diffusion of innovation, and the economics of institutional change. The regular work in the class includes intensive discussion and weekly reflective writing. On occasion student teams will lead the class discussion. The course will culminate with a class project focusing on effective change for undergraduate education. To make the project more real, throughout the course we will bring in Campus Experts on particular issues to be interviewed by student teams, with the rest of the class participating in the audience. Though the course is scheduled for two 110 minute sessions per week, this is a 3 credit hour course. The additional hour per week is a scheduled office hour session to be used to meet with the student teams, to train on certain functions that will make the projects successful, for students who want to have one-on-one conversation with the professor, and to allow flexibility in getting the guests to attend. There are no course prerequisites to enroll, but students should have been on Campus for at least a semester prior to taking the class. Much of the completed student work in the course will be published on the Internet. Registering in the course signifies the students agree to this stipulation. Students who want to take the course to satisfy the Composition II General Education Requirement should register for CHP 396, in which case in addition to the other course requirements students will write three longer papers: one a book review/critique of a reading the class has done, the next a scripting of a mock interview with a Campus leader, and the third an extension of the Class Project. Students who don't want Comp II should register for CHP 395.

Instructor: Lanny Arvan is an Associate Professor of Economics. He has taught courses at the graduate level and undergraduate level in Economic Theory and Industrial Organization. Recently he has taught a couple of CHP sections of Econ 101 that were well received by the students. His current position is as CIO and Associate Dean for eLearning in the College of Business. Previously he served as Assistant CIO for Learning Technologies for the Campus. A principal interest for him in his current role is how to better engage students in high enrollment courses via a combination of Blended Learning and Peer Mentoring. He writes a blog, Lanny on Learning Technology, with an international readership. He has done a variety of work for the national IT organization for Higher Education, Educause, most recently as a Faculty Member in the Learning Technology Leadership Program. He is in the process of writing a book, Guessing Games, giving his views about teaching and learning and how effective change might be implemented to embrace the approach.


CHP 395 A: Perspectives on the Environment, Colin Thorn

31622  |  2:00-4:50 p.m.  |  M  |  113 Davenport Hall | 3 Hours


The primary objective of the course is to permit students to create their own informed position on environmental issues. This objective will be pursued by undertaking a close reading of a variety of modern writings on how the environment may or should be perceived. The readings will range from classics that take strong, simple positions to those that are more nuanced. There will be no examinations in the course, rather it will be centered upon weekly writing and discussion, plus development of a term paper. The weekly writing will be in the form of a précis of individual writings and the associated discussion, that is an abstract or summary with a very limited word total. The idea is to distill the core ideas of the reading while building a professional vocabulary. Weekly discussions will vary from informal discussion based on prior reading of the assigned papers to formal debates with proposers, seconders, and discussion from the floor. A small proportion of the summaries and discussions will be group-based. The term paper will be due just before final examination week. It is to be an 8-10 page statement of the student's present personal position on environmental issues as informed by, and developed during, the course. Of necessity it will include some items where a coherent position has already been formed, but it may also contain some elements where the personal position is embryonic or inchoate. The instructor will serve as 'co-author' on individual term papers until approximately two weeks before the due date. In practical terms this means that discussion, draft editing, or any other timely assistance will be available.

Instructor: Colin E. Thorn is a Professor of Geography. He has degrees from the University of Nottingham, U.K., McGill University, Canada, and the University of Colorado. His research interests center upon the development of natural landforms and landscapes (geomorphology) in cold regions that are not presently glaciated. Pursuit of these topics has included fieldwork in sub-Arctic Canada, the Front Range of Colorado, the Jotunheimen Mountains of Norway, the Abisko Mountains of Swedish Lapland, and Arctic Finland. In addition, he has published frequently on theoretical issues in geomorphology. For many years he has also had an active interest in environmental issues, especially the conceptual viewpoints taken up by leaders in the environmental field and how the web of environmental and social problems plays out in the developing world. Interest in the developing world was stimulated by living in Zambia during the era of independence and more recent experience in Nepal, as well as brief trips to other developing countries. He has taught both Honors and Discovery courses on many occasions.


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

30026  |  9:30-10:50 a.m.  |  TR  |  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.

Documents: Aristotle Presocratic Philosophers Man and The Stars Man and The Stars II The Newtonian Moment Lives in Science The Nature of Physical Reality At Home In The Universe The Double Helix