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AIS 199 JB: Indigenous Governance, Jodi Byrd

53380 |  11:00 -12:15 p.m. |  TR  |  1112 FLB | 3 Hours


Long before Europeans arrived in the Americas, indigenous peoples had vast cities and diplomatic networks that stretched across continents and oceans. They also had extensive governmental practices and philosophies that served as inspiration for an Enlightenment Europe seeking to redefine power and citizenship through democratic participation. Over the course of the semester, we will be tracing some of those indigenous governmental traditions, discussing their continued importance to contemporary political issues, and imagining other possible forms of government that indigenous articulations of kinship and sovereignty might inspire. The course is looking for CHP students interested in innovating models of leadership grounded in responsibility to land, history, and social justice, and class discussions will provide an interdisciplinary approach to politics and governance by bringing music, art, literature, and performance into conversation with the ethics of sustainability, linguistic and cultural survivance, and alternatives to nation-state economies.

Instructor: Jodi Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies and English. She has taught courses on cultural studies, literature, and politics here at the University of Illinois and at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.


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

40336 |  12:00 -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: Darrel J. Kesler is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois where he spent a career studying reproductive biology, zoology, bioethics, and biotechnology. He is completing a book on Sexual Animal Diversity. 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). 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.


ANTH 267 H/AFST 267 H: Memoirs of Africa, Alma Gottlieb

55862/55877 |  10:30 -11:50 a.m. |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


If you've read little or nothing about the continent that is the cradle of humanity, this course will offer you a user-friendly introduction to Africa, which is so often (mis-) represented in stereotypic terms in Western mass media. The texts are a set of beautifully written memoirs written by African men and women (about their experiences growing up and living in various regions of Africa--and in some cases, as adults in Europe), sometimes written in conjunction with a Western visitor to the continent. In looking back at their engagements with Africa, the authors of these books weave individual, society and history in complex tapestries, affording multiple windows into what might appear as distant historical eras and cultural settings, making the exotic approachable while still retaining a sense of the extraordinary. In encountering these works, the class offers you approaches into the lives of individuals whose political leaders may make newspaper headlines but whose own daily struggles and joys alike are largely invisible to the wider world.
Readings: We'll read a few essays and articles as well as the following books:

  • Camara Laye, Dark Child
  • Bernard Dadié, The City Where No One Dies
  • Buchi Emecheta, Head above Water: An Autobiography
  • Marjorie Shostak, Nisa: The Life and Words of a Kung Woman
  • Mark Mathabane, Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
  • Hans Lans, ed., The Story of My Life: South Africa Seen through the Eyes of Its Children

Instructor: Alma Gottlieb is a cultural anthropologist who has lived for long periods of time in Ivory Coast (West Africa), mostly with the Beng, a minority ethnic group. She has written an ethnography of Beng religion and society (Under the Kapok Tree: Identity and Difference in Beng Thought); has co-authored (with Philip Graham) an award-winning memoir of her stay among the Beng (Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa); and has co-authored (with M. Lynne Murphy) a Beng-English Dictionary. She has also co-edited two collections of essays: with Thomas Buckley, the award-winning volume, Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation, and with Judy DeLoache, A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies. Her latest book is The Afterlife is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa. Her main interests are in Africa; indigenous religious traditions; gender roles and ideologies; cultural constructions of the body; ethical aspects of field research; ethnographic writing as a genre; and the experiences of children cross-culturally. Her current research is with Cape Verdeans (both on and off the islands) who have Jewish ancestry. Gottlieb has appeared many times on the "Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers" and has won the Graduate Mentor Award from the Graduate College at UIUC.


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.


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.


ART 199 TK: Understanding Visual Culture, Tom Kovacs

31410 |  9:00-10:20 a.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


ART 199 TK, Understanding Visual Culture is a course based on methodology that allows one to recognize and understand the meaning of a wide range of visual images generated in western and in some non-western cultures. Methods used in reading visuals include semiotics (the study of signs), and the application of personal, aesthetic, historical, cultural, technical, ethical, and critical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and writing in the application of these perspectives in the viewing of art, design, film, and other visual material in order to recognize visual statements in a broader context, and thus gain a better understanding of what they mean. Class topics include the physics and psychology of visual perception and the basics of visual composition, the understanding of time and space in still and moving images, the process of visual persuasion in advertising and politics, visual humor, the art of information design, the art of protest, as well as body language as a cultural code used in film, theater, dance, and in everyday human interaction.

Instructor: Tom Kovacs is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota Duluth having headed graphic design programs at both universities. He is a practicing professional artist and designer of books, posters and magazines for numerous clients including the National Council of Teachers of English, General Motors, and The United States Information Agency. He exhibited his work in galleries in the United States, Poland, Hungary, and Japan. While at Illinois, Professor Kovacs was recipient of a UIUC Undergraduate Instructional Award for course development, appointed to the UIUC Center for Advanced Study for research in computer imaging, and received the UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Teaching.


ARTS 260 M1H: Basic Photography, Linda Robbennolt

31266 |  1:00-3:40 p.m.  |  MW  |  315 Art & Design | 3 Hours


This course is a basic introduction to photographic images and their levels of meaning. Students will need a digital camera of some sort (from a cell phone to a SLR!) to begin collecting image data banks. Course emphasis will be focused on the reading and construction of images as a visual language. Students are expected to pay the lab fee required of all students taking photography. Needed materials will include a digital camera, an external storage device for images, per print costs when printing in the digital print lab and approximately $15.00 out of pocket for silver paper and the construction of pinhole cameras.
Class Requirements:
Creative energy and ideas apparent in your projects and your participation in labs and critiques.
Five projects to be completed on time and presented in critique, in person.
Attendance is mandatory for all critiques. Grades reduced for class absence and late assignments.
'A' work requirements:

  • creative problem solving
  • craft (technique)
  • work ethic (more than the first and obvious solution to the problem)
  • participation in critique
Final grade will be an average of the project grades. The final (fourth) assignment will carry two grades, one for the work print crit, and one for the revised, finished project. Semester long class participation and attendance will also affect final grades.
Materials fee $110.00

Instructor: Linda Robbennolt is an Associate Profess of Photography in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois. She has taught, lectured, and exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work is housed in major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Brooklyn Art Museum in New York City, Centro Colombo Americano in Colombia, South America, and the Polaroid Collection of Offenbach, Germany among others. Her work is published in textbooks on Photography, and her name is consistently found in the "Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers" at the University of Illinois. She is a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Scholar, and has been a finalist for a Luckman Teaching Scholar.


ASTR 122 H Stars and Galaxies, James Kaler

H: 39750  |  9:00-9:50 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.


CHLH 250 A2: Health Care Systems, Susan Farner

56208  |  2:00-3:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  114 Huff Hall | 3 Hours


This course is intended to introduce students in various fields of study to issues and problems in the organization and delivery of health services. We will consider a variety of issues that influence health care including ecological, medical-cultural, organizational, economic, and political — in the context of the United States in the 1990s and into 2010. The focus of this class is on the United States health care system as it currently exists. Emphasis is placed on assessing the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of the system and examining the organizational, professional, economic, and political trends that have altered this system in recent decades. Topics covered in the course include the organization of medical care in the United States, utilization of medical services, financing of health services, quality of medical care, health personnel, consumer participation, Medicaid, Medicare, and other government health programs, competition and regulation, health care reform, alternative and emerging systems of care, international comparisons, and future trends and directions.

Instructor: Susan Farner, PhD, MT(ASCP) Dr. Susan Farner is an instructor in the Kinesiology and Community Health Department at the University of Illinois at the Urbana-Champaign campus. She has 28 years of experience as a medical technologist with an emphasis in microbiology. She is on the Board and the Policy and Legislative Committee for the Illinois Rural Health Association. She has worked with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford in the Rural Medicine area examining access to health care and health literacy in underserved rural populations in Illinois. Susan Farner has also received a grant from the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society to prepare future health care providers to work in the health care system. Dr. Farner received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2006.


ECON 101, Introduction to Economics, Paul Magelli

30006 |  11:00-12:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  4001 BIF | 4 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.


CANCELLED ENGL 199 CHP: Literature And Opera, John Frayne

40419 |  10:00-11:50  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Opera is a unique combination of music, drama and stage spectacle. In the long history of this genre, we have a precious treasure of beautiful music. But opera depends on story lines, and many of the greatest operas are based on famous plays and novels. This course studies the process by which significant works of literature are turned into great operas. We will begin with two classic comedies by Beaumarchais, which were turned into Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville," and Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro." Later we will go on to such classics as Bizet's "Carmen" and Puccini's "La Boheme." Many Shakespeare plays have been turned into operas, and we will study Verdi's famous opera based on "Othello." The basic concepts about opera as an art form will be reviewed as the course progresses. We will watch in class video productions of the operas under study. Usually, the students attend a live performance given by the Opera Program of the UIUC School of Music. This coming fall that opera will be Verdi's great success "Rigoletto." No technical knowledge of music required. Written work will include quizzes, two longer papers, an opera review and final exam.

Instructor: John Frayne has taught literature, film and opera courses in the English Department for over four decades. A life-long music lover and record collector, he has been an opera host at WILL-FM since 1985, and a music critic of the C-U News Gazette for over 20 years. He has successfully taught "Literature and Opera" as a Campus Honors Course several times.


GEOL 118 CHP: Natural Disasters, Chu-Yung Chen

51455  |  11:00-12:20 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.


HIST 252: The Holocaust in the Modern World, Peter Fritzsche

56012 |  4:00-5:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course will examine how twentieth-century intellectuals, writers, and historians have tried to make sense of Nazism, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust in the last seventy-five years. We will look at the nature of support National Socialism garnered in German society, the role of anti-Semitism in Germany and in Europe generally, and roles of perpetrator, bystander, and victim in the Holocaust and in other genocides. The class will also explore how the Holocaust has changed the way we look at the contemporary world. Current and historical events look different in the light of the Holocaust and the Holocaust looks different in light of these reexamined histories. Along the way, students will gain primary knowledge about the rise of Nazism and the origins of the Holocaust, become more alert to problems of the interpretation of extreme events and varying angles of perspective, and they will gain a fluency in assessing genocide in wider contexts. The course is both about events in the past and about how those past events change the way we as global citizens assess ideology, perpetratorship, and victimhood and our ability to represent, compare, and contrast. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, to write three short papers (4-5pp each) spread out over the course of the semester, and to prepare a modest "capstone" research paper (10pp). Please have read Guenter Grass novel, "Crabwalk," for the first day of class.

Instructor: Peter Fritzsche, a 1986 Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, but an Illinois native, has been a professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois since 1987. He is the author of numerous books in German and European history including Reading Berlin 1900 (1996), Germans into Nazis (1998), Stranded in the Present: Modern Time and the Melancholy of History (2004), Nietzsche and the Death of God (2006), and Life and Death in the Third Reich (2008). Fritzsche is a former Guggenheim and Humboldt fellow, and he is also a proud veteran of CHP, having taught courses with the program since the late 1980s.


CANCELLED HIST 295 A: Immigrant History & Biography, Dorothee Schneider

43871 |  1:30-2:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 4 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.


LING 240 B: Language in Human History, Hans Hock

40360  |  1:00-2:20 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/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


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.


RLST 104 ADW/ASST 104 ADW: Asian Mythology, Raj Pandharipande

38453/38455 | 9:00-9:50 a.m.  |  TR  |  114 Smith Memorial Hall | 3 Hours

55916/55917 | 12:00-12:50pm  |  R  |  212 Honors House


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 for 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.


THEA 199 CT: Currents in Contemporary Theatre, Tom Mitchell

35252  |  12:00-12:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  3601 Krannert | 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 A: Biocomplexity, Bruce Fouke

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


A progressive new integration of the natural and life 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 Life-Earth 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, animals and microorganisms. Two primary biocomplexity themes will be explored during the semester, followed by an intensive field experience in Yellowstone 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. We will then look at the ancient fossil record of microbes on earth, which is directly linked to the search for extraterrestrial 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. This second 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 a four-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 and investigated.

Instructor: Bruce W. Fouke, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology (http://www.geology.uiuc.edu/~fouke/) the Department of Microbiology (http://mcb.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/1186) and the Institute for Genomic Biology (http://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) composition and bioenergy consequences of the deep subsurface microbial biosphere in the Illinois Basin. 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, the Department of Energy and NASA.


CHP 396 A: U.S. Cultures and Economies in Contemporary Film, Andrew Isserman

30026 |  1:00-2:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  19 THBH | 3 Hours

           |  5:30-9:20 p.m.  |  T  |  134 THBH


The plan is simple. Every Tuesday night we watch two films in comfortable Plym Auditorium, every week you write a one-page essay, and Mondays and Wednesdays we meet in seminar. Through the films, essays, and discussions with your classmates, you learn about the United States, yourself, and your values. You become a more complete human being and a better writer. TRAVEL. This course will take you cross country and across social barriers. You'll make memorable friends and unforgettable stops in big cities and small towns, farms and inner-city neighborhoods, Indian Country, and the Mississippi Delta. You might live in a subway tunnel in New York City, thwart a rural development plan in New Mexico, try to hold on to the family farm in Iowa, protect your turf in Los Angeles, be taught to use the colored drinking fountain in Mississippi, file a sexual harassment suit in Minnesota, smuggle immigrants over the border from Canada, organize a union in Alabama, try to do the right thing on the Pine Ridge Reservation, slug Ludacris in Memphis, flee rural Mississippi for the good life in Detroit, watch your best friend get killed, go to prison several times, struggle with your heritage, and flee Chicago for a better life in rural Mississippi. PURPOSE. Like many great journeys of discovery, this one is purposeful. With the movies, your classmates, and your own writing challenging the truths you hold and the assumptions you make, you will learn about yourself and this country. You will:

  • discover regional cultures of the United States, the opportunities their economies offer, and the choices people have and make,
  • appreciate the roles of culture, geography, history, tradition, and values in public policy problems and solutions,
  • pursue justice, beginning by trying to define what would be just in the complex situations you witness,
  • observe how government affects people's lives, through action and inaction, and consider whether better ways exist,
  • be an engaged intellectual, articulating and clarifying important issues of our society and grappling with wicked problems and complex questions that have no easy answers,
  • experience the teaching power of films and stories and use your stories to help others understand the world,
  • lift the blinders of social segregation and self-censorship that have limited your personal development and confront your own beliefs, values, and fears, and
  • write and hone your ideas in animated discussions with your travel companions, learn how easily you can be misunderstood, and become a better writer, reader, and listener.
When our road trip is over, you will see our nation, our peoples, our history, and yourself differently, more completely, and uniquely–in ways no one can predict. FILMS. Our travel guides, often young filmmakers, are skilled at creating a sense of place and drawing us into poignant struggles of life–survival, identity, love, fairness, prejudice, tradition, family, and community. The films were strongly applauded by Roger Ebert, designated New York Times Critic's Picks, and/or recommended enthusiastically by previous students. Nevertheless, many of the films had very limited distribution. The following illustrate the range of movies we'll watch: New York and LA The Visitor (2008), Chop Shop (2007), Hard Candy (2006), Mary Full of Grace (2004), In America (2003), American History X (1998), Chinatown (1974) Rural America Into the Wild (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007), The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Junebug (2005), Tully (2002), Boys Don't Cry (1999) Indian Country Frozen River (2008), Skins (2002), Smoke Signals (1998), Map of the Human Heart (1993), Thunderheart (1992), Powwow Highway (1989) Black America Precious (2009), Trouble the Water (2008), The Great Debaters (2007), Hustle & Flow (2005), Down in the Delta (1998), Once Upon A Time . . . When We Were Colored (1996), Boyz n the Hood (1991) Asian Diaspora The Namesake (2006), Man Push Cart (2005), Saving Face (2004), Maryam (2002), Better Luck Tomorrow (2003), Snow Falling on Cedars (2000), Mississippi Masala (1992) El Norte Real Women Have Curves (2002), Bread & Roses (2001), Traffic (2001), Lone Star (1996), Mi Familia (1995), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) Mining and Industrial Towns Empire Falls (2005), North County (2005), Margaret's Museum (1997), Silkwood (1983), Norma Rae (1979), Harlan County USA (1976) WRITING. Your essays are an essential part of the course, as important as the films in helping you and your classmates discover the USA. Robert Frost, Leo Tolstoy, and leading contemporary writers and artists will teach you. No research or readings are necessary to write your essays, but occasionally helpful short stories will supplement the films. Every few weeks you will revise your essays in response to the instructor's comments, class discussions, and your growing sense of good writing. When the course is finished, you will have a wonderful self-portrait for you and your descendents to treasure decades from now.

Instructor: Andrew Isserman is Professor of Regional Economics and Public Policy, with appointments in the Departments of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning and in the Institute for Government and Public Affairs. He has been on the Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses, including every time he taught this course, and he has directed a National Science Foundation Site for Research Experience for Undergraduates. He does policy research for numerous federal government agencies. His 2009 journal articles focused on why some rural places prosper and others do not, ethanol and the local economy, and the rural role in national value chains. Before you were born, he received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


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. 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.