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ABE 199 CHP: Water in the Global Environment, Prasanta Kalita

55376  |  4:00 - 5:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  AESB  |  3 Hours


Water in the Global Environment" proposes to enhance students' understanding and appreciation of the impact water has globally, including various cultures around the world. Students will be encouraged to step outside their traditional thinking and become knowledgeable about how water availability and quality affect the day to day lives of people. Without water, or suitable water, cultural infrastructure is destined to fail. Water is arguably the most precious resource in the world, and the fact that it is non-renewable provides additional value that students will become well versed in. Water quality and its impact on global environment will be explicitly covered. Students develop in-depth analyses of case studies, which will examine the historical and current water-related issues and the solutions utilized to tackle the issues in various parts of the world (i.e., Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, South America, USA). This course's goal is to not only educate students on one of the most important and critical areas of concern in the world today, but to motivate them to use enhanced knowledge to make an impact both locally and globally.

**All Colleges (as of March 30) have approved this for Physical Sciences AND Non-Western. ***

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Instructor: Prasanta Kalita is a professor and division leader of the soil and water resources engineering program in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and an assistant dean of research in the College of ACES. His research focuses on hydrology, watershed quality, modeling erosion and sediment control, and he was recently honored at the 2013 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Meeting as an ASABE Fellow.


ARCH 199: Architecture and Innovation, Kevin Erickson

66914  |  11:00 - 12:20 p.m. [changed April 1]  |  MW  |  ARCH 102A  |  3 Hours


We are surrounded by design everyday - both good and bad - this course will delve into the world of architecture and design looking at how we shape the built environment and how it shapes us. Through a series of lectures, readings, workshops, fieldtrips, and design exercises students will investigate everything from small-scale, commonplace objects to buildings to the design and planning of large cities. During the semester, topics such as: design and innovation, what makes good design, and the history of our built environment, will challenge students to think about the world around us through a new creative lens.

The goal of this course is to give students a basic understanding of our physical world, its materiality, and how things are made but more importantly provide them with knowledge, tool sets, and critically thinking necessary to design and create for our future. The process of design and making is quite rewarding and students will be asked to engage in this through two design exercises during the semester. This process will involve articulating a clear concept, developing that concept through sketches, drawings, models, prototypes, and other visual representations. Technologies such as computer modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing, and robotics will used to help realize student projects.

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Instructor: Professor Erickson studies digital fabrication and designing at 1:1 scale. Employing CNC routing, modeling, and other prototyping processes, he explores relationships between three-dimensional space and two-dimensional media. His efforts are often put toward competitions, lately including the Omotesando Fashion Museum and the urban SHED competitions, for which he was one of three finalists.


ART 199 GDC: Experiments in Painting and Collage, Glen Davies

31410  |  9:30 - 11:20 a.m.  |  TR  |  330 ADB  |  3 Hours


In this course we will explore the use of materials, both traditional and unconventional, as a way of increasing the scope of our visual language.

Just as the manipulation of paint and the exploration of its many properties helps to reveal something about ourselves and the world, combined materials, found objects and collaged sculptural forms provide another essential arena to examine.

The choices we make in combining materials forces us to examine the many aspects of content and metaphor. These key concepts will be our focus here.

***All Colleges except ENG (as of March 30) have approved this for Lit & Art. Not approved for students in ENG.

**Additional fee is required for this course.**

Instructor: Glen Davies attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was influenced by the homegrown pop genre imagism. This helped set the stage for his recurring art themes: spiritual conflict, grotesque figural fantasies and complex psycho-dramas. After spending time traveling with circuses and carnivals, Davies worked as a billboard artist and sign painter before opening a mural painting business. After completing a BFA at Drake University and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Davies has divided his time between studio pursuits and a variety of alternative employments, including circus/carnival showpainter, sideshow banner artist, professional muralist, curator, and educator. Visiting artist and lecture duties have taken Davies to numerous colleges, universities and museums.


ARTD 209 KG1: Rigidity and Flexibility in Japanese Arts/Culture, Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

54029  |  1:00 - 3:40 pm  |  W  |  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.

***Campus has granted every section of this course with general education for Non-Western.***

**Additional fee is required for this course.**

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Instructor: Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud is an associate professor and the former program chair of graphic design program of the School of Art and Design. She participated in the graphic design program for 13 years. She was an art director and one of the originators of Ninth Letter Literary and Arts Journal and website which has been graced with design awards from the AIGA, SPD, UCDA, TDC and from the Red Dot International Design. Her design work has been published in Print magazine, How, Step Inside Design, 365: AIGA Design Annual, Creative Quarterly and many others. She has been studying the Urasenke Way of Tea since 1990 under various teachers. She has earned the Wakindate level as an intermediate student in the Urasenke Foundation. She has been teaching university courses for Japan House for the past 7 years. For the last 5 years, she has been the full-time Director of Japan House.

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.


BADM 199 CHP: Business as a Force in American Society, B. Joseph White

53818  |  6:00 - 8:20 p.m.  |  W  |  3063 BIF  |  3 Hours


Business is comprised of companies, industries, and the privately owned commercial sector of the American economy. Business is a major institution and powerful force in American society. It accounts for about 70% of the U.S. economy and is the source of employment, compensation and benefits and meaningful work for tens of millions of employed citizens. Business provides the goods and services that underpin the American standard of living.

With business's benefits come many consequences. The American form of capitalism is relatively hard-edged and offers exceptional personal opportunity for high achievement and wealth creation. It also entails job insecurity, income inequality, and environmental strain. Healthy pursuit of self-interest sometimes morphs into greed, entitlement and corruption.

Opinions run strong among Americans about business as an institution. Some love it, others hate it and many are ambivalent. Opinions wax and wane depending on the times and recent events.

The purpose of this course is to challenge and enable students in CHP to think about business in a holistic and analytical way and to develop opinions about business issues in a thoughtful, fact-based manner. The course will also help inform students' thinking about career choice. These goals will be accomplished by looking at business through several lenses, including descriptive, critical, artistic and practical.

The first six weeks of the course are devoted to conceptual material, company case studies and short lectures. The remainder of the course is devoted to sessions co-created by each student with guidance and feedback from Professor White. Students select a topic of interest from a menu, write a brief presentation prospectus, then develop and deliver a professional quality presentation.

Performance evaluation and grades in the course are based on participation, presentation and related paper, and final essay exam.

***All Colleges (as of March 30) have approved this for Social Sciences. ***

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Instructor: B. Joseph White is President Emeritus of the University of Illinois and James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership in the College of Business. He has served as a university president, dean of a leading business school, director or trustee of private sector companies and non-profit organizations, and an executive on both Main Street and Wall Street. He earned his bachelor's degree at Georgetown University, an M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many articles on business and a book, The Nature of Leadership.


CMN 220 CHP: Communicating Public Policy, Grace Giorgio

54930  |  2:00 - 3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  1068 Lincoln Hall  |  3 Hours


Place-making is a complex and contested practice with ramifications for our social, cultural, political, and economic experiences. Drawing from the social science disciplines of history, geography, and communication, CMN 220: Communicating Public Policy: Our Cities/Ourselves introduces students to how public policy, the decisions we make and how we communicate them, affects the places in which we live. Grounded in the theories and practice of argumentation, persuasive writing, and debate, the course examines rural, urban, suburban communities as well as college towns, and how public policy local, regional, and federal has contributed to the making of such communities. The course asks students to reflect on where they live, have lived, and hope to live, while considering how their own expertise and interests can be brought to the public policy table of community development and enhancement. Thus, CMN 220 takes students out of familiar territory into new places, places they may not have considered as important or relevant to their lives, but as they will learn, are connected to their fields of study as well as to who they are and who they want to become. CMN 220 culminates in a public project of small group problem solving. Students will join together to tackle a problem facing a real community and write a public policy proposal and present it to the public via a podcast or other multimedia format of their choice. In this sense, the work done in this class extends beyond the classroom and into the public realm.

**This course satisfies the ADVANCED COMP gen ed** ***All Colleges (as of March 30) have approved this for Social Sciences. ***

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Instructor: Dr. Giorgio has been teaching in the Department of Communication since she arrived on campus as a graduate student in 1995. In 2001, she began teaching fulltime for the University, developing and teaching courses in gender communication, public policy and sustainability, and the geography of culture. Dr. Giorgio began teaching for Campus Honors in the fall of 2012, launching a course on place making, Communicating Public Policy: Our Cities/Ourselves (CMN 220). In 2013, Dr. Giorgio received the Chancellor s Undergraduate Teaching Award. In the fall of 2015, she received two Provost Office grants to develop and launch Writing Fundamentals, an online, interactive grammar program for Illinois writing courses. Her research interests include an experimental use of qualitative research methods to investigate the intersection of self, culture, and the public sphere. Dr. Giorgio also directs Oral and Written Communication (CMN 111/112) and manages her department s teaching internship. She serves on undergraduate distinction projects, oversees independent studies and internships. Her film production background has helped her guide students with making public projects such as videos, podcasts, and performance installations.


CWL 395 NB2: Literature and War, Nancy Blake

64894  |  11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


How do humans imagine one of their most characteristic and most controversial activities: war? Do descriptions of aggression and of trauma define fundamental values for most human society? How do we interpret the gap between the official heroic virtues recognized by a people and the disillusionment experienced by individuals who have lived through the horrors of warfare? This course will consider some of the various depictions of battle chronologically, beginning with Homer's Illiad (8th C BC) and Sun Tzu's The Art of War (6th C BC) and ending with contemporary texts. We will also travel across cultures in an attempt to understand the uses, philosophical, imaginary and symbolic of conflict.

***All Colleges (as of March 30) have approved this for Literature and the Arts AND Western. ***

Instructor: Nancy Blake is a professor of Comparative and World Literature, Cinema and Media Studies, Women and Gender Studies and an affiliate of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Campus Honors Program. She is also a trained psychoanalyst who taught in France before joining the University of Illinois. She has regularly been recognized on the ICES list for courses taught for the Honors Program and for her undergraduate and graduate courses.


ECON 102: Microeconomic Principles, Martin Perry

63021  |  5:00 - 6:20 p.m.(updated: April 20)  |  TR  |  106 David Kinley Hall  |  3 Hours


This course focuses on the fundamental concepts and analysis of microeconomics, including supply and demand, the price mechanism, costs and revenues, theories of the firm, market structures, factor and resource markets, market failure and the impact of government in promoting economic efficiency. The course examines economic decision-making by individuals and firms and encourages students to apply microeconomic tools to current economic policy problems and issues such as pollution, rent controls, farm subsidies and welfare policies.

Upon completion of the course, a student will:

  1. Have a strong foundation in the theory and concepts of microeconomics
  2. Make connections between real world and academic economics
  3. Understand the relationship between conceptual and pragmatic applications of economics to the economic behavior of the "representative" individual, product, firm, market, price, etc.
  4. Learn how to apply the tools of micro theory to policy problems and issues such as global warming, pollution, health care, and government subsidies.

***Campus has granted every section of this course with general education credits***

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++You will not receive additional CHP credit for ECON 102 (or ECON 103), if you have had another ECON 102 section (or same for ECON 103). ++

Instructor: Martin Perry is Department Head and Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Perry specializes in the antitrust analysis of mergers and vertical restraints.

Before joining the University of Illinois in 2011, Dr. Perry served as Professor of Economics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey since 1989. In addition, Dr. Perry held positions in research groups at Bell Telephone Laboratories and Bell Communications Research; has visited the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania; and is a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Economic Analysis in Barcelona, Spain. During 2004, Dr. Perry served as the Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission. In that position, he worked on the investigation of the merger between Cingular Wireless and AWE Wireless.

Dr. Perry has published in the areas of vertical integration, resale price maintenance, exclusive dealing, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and mergers. His current research projects include vertical foreclosure, aftermarket pricing, and applications of auction models to industrial organization.

Dr. Perry has consulted for federal and state agencies on mergers in various industrial product markets and the casino gaming market in Atlantic City. Dr. Perry has also consulted on private antitrust cases involving aftermarket pricing, exclusive dealing, price discrimination, and casino gaming.


ENGL 199 CH1: Why Do We Love Terror?, James Hansen

40419  |  2:00-2:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


Why Do We Love Terror: The literary History of a Political Idea

When the novel came into being in the in middle of the eighteenth century, its most popular genre was the Gothic the novel of horror. In fact, the modern era the era of science, reason, and democracy has been obsessed with terror, fear, and the unknown almost since it s inception. Do our notions of literary or filmic horror have anything to do with the politics of terror? If you ve ever asked why are we so obsessed with horror and fear?, then this is the class for you. Beginning with some of the early novels of Gothic horror, the course will trace out a literary, political, and philosophical history. Each unit of the course will explore how a different political/cultural concept of terror plays out in literary and filmic texts. Philosophical texts will include excerpts from Thomas Hobbes, Edmund Burke, Hannah Arendt, Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben.

Novels for the class will include Matthew Lewis s The Monk,(1794) Mary Shelley s Frankenstein(1818), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu s Carmilla (1871), H.P. Lovecraft s Call of Cthulhu (1928), and Emily St. John Mandel s Station Eleven (2015). Films will include Todd Browning s Freaks (1932), Alfred Hitchcock s Psycho (1960), Stanley Kubrick s The Shining (1980), Alejandro Amen bar s The Others (2001), and Thomas Alfredson s Let the Right One in (2008).

***This course has not been petitioned for any general education credit for this term.***

Instructor: James Hansen recently won the Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Illinois, and he has regularly been on the University-wide list of "Teachers Ranked as Excellent" by their students. Over the years, his teaching has spanned a good deal of the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has investigated a range of literary theoretical approaches. In additions to classes such as "Beckett's Late Theatre" and "The Gothic Tradition from Radcliffe to Gaiman," which relate directly to his research, James also taught undergraduate courses on conspiracy theory films and fiction, on the history of the graphic novel, and on filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan.


HIST 295A: Darwin & the Darwinian Revolution, Mark Micale

43871  |  12:30 - 1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


It is universally acknowledged today that the ideas of Charles Darwin initiated one of the most profound and provocative transformations in all of human thought, science, and culture. This is an Honors seminar about the intellectual origins, scientific content, and social, cultural, and religious impacts of Darwinian evolutionary theory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our core subject will be Darwin's life, work, and world. The course also provides a historical case study in the development and diffusion of radical scientific ideas and explores the origins of the most successful and comprehensive theory in the contemporary life sciences. We will study Darwin and several other scientists of the Victorian age, followed by an examination of their influence on such diverse cultural fields as politics, philosophy, social theory, literature, gender relations, and international affairs, as well as religion.

***All Colleges except MEDIA (as of March 30) have approved this for Historical and Philosophical Perspectives. MEDIA has not approved this course for special GEN ED credit.***

Instructor: Mark S. Micale is Professor in the Department of History, where he specializes in modern European history, cultural and intellectual history, and the history of science and medicine. After completing graduate school at Yale in 1987, he taught at the University of Manchester in Britain and then joined the U of I community in 2000. He is the author of several books dealing with the history of medicine, especially psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and modern France. Micale has won a number of departmental and campus-wide teaching prizes, and in 2012-23 served as the U of I Distinguished Teacher-Scholar. He has taught three times before in the Campus Honors Program.


*CANCELLED* KIN 199 RM1: Exercise Psychology Concepts, Methods and Applications, Robert Motl

64933  |  12:00-12:50  |  MWF  |  393 Bevier Hall  |  3 Hours


Exercise psychology is a rapidly developing field of study. The growth of exercise psychology is witnessed by interest and research in social and health psychology as well as behavioral and preventive medicine. The growth is predicated on the staggering rates of mental illness in the United States and worldwide combined with the interplay among chronic conditions, aging, and disability. This class will address topics in exercise psychology including the epidemiology of physical activity and exercise participation, exercise and psychological consequences, and exercise adherence. This will be accomplished through lectures on concepts, class discussions on methods, and laboratory experiences on applications. The content of the course is relevant for all students, particularly those interested in the biopsychosocial scientific aspects of kinesiology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and other fields or health and medicine.

***This course has not been petitioned for general education credit for this term.***

++Unlike the non-CHP sections for this course, an additional lab/discussion section is not needed. You need only enroll with this CRN.++

Instructor: Rob Motl is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Community Health who taught undergraduate and graduate courses on exercise psychology for over a decade. Prof. Motl has received an award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and has further mentored countless students in undergraduate research. Prof. Motl systematically developed a research agenda over the past decade that focuses on exercise and health psychology for adults across the lifespan and persons with neurological diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis.


KIN 340 Sp1: Sociology & Psychology of Physical Activity, Steve Petruzzello

64961  |  1:00 - 2:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  245 AH  |  3 Hours


Social and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (KIN 340) is designed to acquaint you with how psychological and social processes and constraints influence human action in physical activity environments. The course will utilize both lecture and laboratory/discussion formats, with ample opportunity for interaction and discussion between professor and students and among yourselves. There may be occasional guest lectures. You, as the student, should feel free (and are strongly encouraged) to ask questions, take alternate viewpoints, present supportive arguments for statements, and generally make yourself a presence in the class. This cannot be emphasized enough. Keeping your insights and ideas to yourself will deprive us all of potentially illuminating, interesting, and useful information.

I believe in the following statement by Socrates: "I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think." From you I expect: (a) commitment to excellence, that is, I don t want you to overlook other important aspects of your life, but I do expect you to do work, spend the time, and do the reading and writing (and thus, thinking) necessary to be successful in this course; (b) self-motivation; and (c) initiative and critical thought. If you leave my classroom and have acquired a stronger ability to think, I will have done my job.

***Campus has granted every section of this course with general education credits (adv comp).***

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Instructor: Steven Petruzzello is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Science, Psychology of Exercise and Sport from Arizona State University in 1991. He began his career at UIUC in 1991 and has served as the Associate Head for Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health since 2011. He has also been a Research Scientist for the Illinois Fire Service Institute since 2005.

Professor Petruzzello's research focuses on determining the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of exercise in improving affect/emotion. The second line of research examines the physiological and psychological aspects of firefighting.

Professor Petruzzello has been awarded the College of Applied Health Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Award, the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and has consistently been named to the List Of Teachers Ranked As Excellent By Their Students.


MATH 199 SFH: Spaceflight, Julian Palmore

66716  |  9:30 - 10:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


The course will explore the current state of human spaceflight, starting from the early days of Tsiolkovsky and Goddard to the later years of the American Rocket Society and the German VfR prior to World War II to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs during the 1960s and 1970s and the Space Shuttle - International Space Station developments since 1980. We will study the mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry and physiology of human spaceflight.

***This course has not been petitioned for general education credit this term.***

+ Section has a least one open seat (as of August 26); please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist.+

Instructor: Julian Palmore is professor of mathematics at Illinois and teaches courses in differential equations and probability. He studied physics at Cornell University and after graduating and commissioning he was assigned to the director's office of Wernher von Braun at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. His first published paper was "Lunar Impact Probe" in the American Rocket Society Journal in 1961. At NASA he worked with Ernst Stuhlinger on systems analysis of ion rockets and participated in the Apollo program and later as a test engineer on the first stage the Saturn V launch vehicle. He left NASA in 1964 to attend graduate school at Princeton University in aeronautical engineering. He studied astronomy at Yale University, specializing in celestial mechanics, and returned to Princeton as a visiting fellow. He studied mathematics at the University of California Berkeley. In his career he has solved problems of rocket flight, celestial mechanics and spaceflight.


LING 240B: Language in Human History, Hans Hock

40360  |  12:30-1:50 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. We will focus especially on the Aryan issue in three contexts Nazi ideology, current ideological movements in South Asia, and ideological interpretations of the Tarim Mummies of Xinjiang. In the course of evaluating these issues, we will discuss the question of scientific methodology and the responsibility of historians, linguists, and archaeologists to address misuses or deliberate misinterpretations of their results by nationalist and racist ideological movements.

***Campus has granted every section of this course with general education credits***

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Instructor: Hans Henrich Hock is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Sanskrit, University of Illinois. He has taught and done work in Indo-European comparative and historical linguistics with major focus on Sanskrit, as well as language and ideology. Major publications include Principles in historical linguistics (1986, 21991), Language history, language change, and language relationship (co-author with Brian D. Joseph, 1996, 22009, 3In Preparation), Studies in Sanskrit syntax (ed., 1991), An early Upani?adic reader (2007), Vedic Studies: Language, texts, culture, and philosophy: Proceedings of the Veda Section, 15th World Sanskrit Conference (ed., 2014). Honors include recognition as Vidyasagara by Mandakini, 10th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangalore (1997), election as Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (Class of 2013), and the Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal for work in historical and comparative linguistics (Asiatic Society, Kolkata, India, 2015).


MATH 198/CS 199 G1H: Hypergraphics, George Francis

51385/56131  |  MWF  |  3:00-3:50 pm  |  212 Honors House  |  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.

***This course has not been petitioned for general education credit for this term.***

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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.


RLST 199 A: The Future of Religion, Robert McKim

44278  |  3:30 - 4:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


The course topic will be the future of religion. We will look at a number of questions in this area of inquiry, including the following three. (a) Should we think of human religious inquiry as being at an early stage in its evolution? (b) Should the religions modify themselves internally in light of having more information about other religions and about secular alternatives to religion? (c) Can, and should, the religions develop in ways that would enable them to provide additional guidance to their followers, and indeed to everyone, in light of the global environmental crisis? In this third area we will assess various ideas that are associated with various religions with a view to seeing whether they are constructive or obstructive (or irrelevant, etc) when it comes to dealing with contemporary environmental problems. We will read some of the best contemporary writing in philosophy, religious studies, and theology in all three of these areas, including relevant recent writings from within some of the major global religions.

***This course has not been petitioned for general education credit for this term.***

Instructor: Robert McKim teaches courses at all levels in Religion and in Philosophy, including courses in philosophy of religion and courses in environmental ethics. His books include Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity, On Religious Diversity, and Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity (forthcoming in 2016).


SOC 396 TL: Sociology Through Photography, Tim Liao

31139 [Changed March 11]  |  2:00 - 3:20 p.m.  |  TR [changed March 11]  |  136 Armory  |  3 Hours


This course focuses on the social theory of photography and the understanding society through the use of photography as a primary form of inquiry. The student is assumed to have had some general prior exposure to social science thinking by having preferably taken at least one social science course. The course offers a unique perspective on sociology by employing a means of investigation not yet commonly employed in sociological inquiry and by integrating the knowledge and techniques of photography with the purpose of sociological exploration. The course requirements include several photo assignments and a term paper with a sociological focus using photography. We will consider the possibility of doing a group project though students will write individual papers on the various aspects of this larger project.

***This course has not been petitioned for any general education credit for this term.***

Instructor: Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology & Professor Statistics and served as the head of the Sociology Department 2004-2009 and as Acting Actor of the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies 2012-2013. His research interests include historical/ comparative sociology, collective memory, social demography, and methodology. He is a former Deputy Editor of The Sociological Quarterly, (1992-2000), former Editor of Sage's Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, and former Editor of Sociological Methodology (2006-2015).


THEA 199 CT: Currents in Contemporary Theatre, Tom Mitchell

35252  |  12:00-12:50  |  MWF  |  3601 KCPA  |  3 Hours

Campus Honors Program course


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.

***All Colleges (as of March 30) have approved this for Literature and the Arts AND Western. ***p>

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 Seminar 395B: American and the War in Iraq: No Man s Land 2.0, Peter Fritzsche

31625  |  9:30 - 10:50 a.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours

Campus Honors Program Seminar course (First year students are restricted from enrolling in CHP seminars)


This course will examine the origins and conduct of one of America s longest wars, the military engagement in Iraq, from September 2011, to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003/04, to the beginnings of the insurgency in 2004, and to the surge in 2006 which preceded withdrawal in the years that followed. It will examine the intellectual and political framework by which the failures of the American occupation can be understood as well as the historical, geopolitical, and religious origins of both the Sunni and Shia insurgencies. A second theme will be the representation of the war: how it was conceptualized in the Bush administration, how it was reported in the media, and how it was communicated by the troops themselves. Finally, the course will zero in on the warriors themselves the small-group relations in the unit, the difficulty of identifying dispersed enemies, the dynamics of abuse and atrocity, the return home and redeployment, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

+ Section has at least one seat open (as of Aug 26); please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist.+

*** Course restricted: incoming first year students cannot enroll.

Instructor: Peter Fritzsche has taught history at the University of Illinois for twenty-five years. He has received Guggenheim, Humboldt, and NEH fellowships, has written seven books in German and European history including Life and Death in the Third Reich, Germans into Nazis, Reading Berlin 1900, Nietzsche and the Death of God, and Stranded in the Present. Fritzsche has served as chair of the Department of History and has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, including regular inclusion on the Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers. He taught several courses for CHP in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including an ACDIS-sponsored course with Jeremiah Sullivan on the United States as a Superpower and a CHP course on the Temptations of Fascism. In more recent years, he has taught two versions of a course on the Holocaust (fall 2007 and fall 2010) and on World War I (spring 2013 and spring 2014). His pedagogy emphasizes the close analysis of key texts through discussion and debate and the creation of defensible interpretations of human behavior through writing and rewriting and an empatheitc understanding of narrative, documentary, and argumentative strategies. His ultimate aim is give students confidence in speaking about the world and ultimately in judging it.


CHP 395C: Ecological Criticism, James Treat

55838  |  9:30 - 10:50 a.m.  |  TR  |  312 David Kinley Hall  |  3 Hours

Campus Honors Program Seminar course (First year students are restricted from enrolling in CHP seminars)


The scientific, political, and economic policy debates about global environmental crisis have tended to ignore its religious, historical, and literary dimensions. This interdisciplinary seminar in the environmental humanities redresses that omission by focusing attention on the emerging fields of religion and ecology, environmental history, and literary ecocriticism. What does it mean to think critically from an ecological perspective? Assigned readings are drawn from representative texts covering important developments in the relevant disciplines. Research projects allow each participant to supplement our collective effort by exploring an individual interest in greater detail. Students have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of ecological criticism; to conduct focused research on a related topic, theme, or issue in the environmental humanities; and to develop critical skills for use in educational, professional, and personal settings.

+ Section has as least one open seat as of 8/26; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist.+

*** Course restricted: incoming first year students cannot enroll.

Instructor: James Treat teaches courses on indigenous religious and ecological traditions and on the place of nature in contemporary criticism. His research focuses on American Indian ways of knowing, especially in the wake of imperial modernity. One of his recent projects is "Mvskoke Country, an award-winning monthly column on tribal traditions published in the Muscogee Nation News and archived at https://mvskokecountry.wordpress.com. Earlier in his career, Treat studied the native encounter with Christianity in the contemporary period. He is the author of Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era and the editor of three volumes of native literature on related themes. More information is available at https://jamestreat.wordpress.com.


***Courses petitioned for general education credit by CHP will appear on student records in the middle of term.***