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ANTH 103 H: Anthro in a Changing World, Alma Gottlieb

50091  |  9:30-10:50 a.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


  • When did coffee become yuppified, and what does that say about class in America?
  • Why do we wear watches, and what happens when we don't?
  • What can an anthropological approach teach us about drug culture in inner cities?
  • Why do so many girls (still) want to look like Barbie?
  • How do people in the Ukraine understand contamination after Chernobyl?
This course introduces an anthropological perspective on life. As we will discover, there's nothing anthropologists can't study as long as humans have something to do with it, from environmental degradation to Mickey Mouse. Taking a series of compelling readings about places from New York to Bali, this course will teach students "how to think like an anthropologist." Along the way, we'll see unexpected connections between the local and the remote. If most of the clothes we wear and the foods we eat are, in one way or another, produced halfway around the world, can we afford not to understand the daily practices of people whose lives inextricably link to ours? In this special honors section of ANTH 103, a small seminar format will allow an individualized and project-based approach to understanding the human condition in all its joys and complications.
This course fulfills the following General Education Requirements:
  1. Cultural Studies: Non-Western/U.S. Minority Culture(s)/CNW - Non-Western Cultures
  2. Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Culture(s)
  3. Social & Behavioral Sciences/SBS - Social Science

Instructor: Professor Gottlieb is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted long-term fieldwork in Côte d'Ivoire among the Beng people and has recently begun a new project working with Cape Verdeans of Jewish heritage. In her research and writings, Professor Gottlieb has explored a range of human issues especially oriented around religion and gender. Her first book, Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation, was listed as one of the Best Anthropology Books of the Year by Choice for 1988 and later won the Most Enduring Edited Collection award from the Council for the Anthropology of Reproduction; a memoir of fieldwork she co-authored with her husband, Philip Graham, Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa, won the Victor Turner Prize in Anthropology. Recently she has published two books on infancy and parenting: A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Seven Societies, and The Afterlife Is Where We Come from: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa. On our campus, courses taught by Professor Gottlieb have often been listed in the campus listing of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students--including CHP courses, ANTH 262H and ANTH 267H.


ANTH 224 H: Tourist Cities and Sites, Helaine Silverman

46124  |  2:00-2:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Tourism, in its modern Western iteration, is closely associated with colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism. Beginning in the seventeenth century the sons of the European elite, notably the British, made a lengthy "Grand Tour" of the continent as part of their cultural and educational training. In the nineteenth century wealthy young women, appropriately chaperoned, set off as tourists as well. As empires grew, so did opportunities for tourism. With technological advances the mass movement of people was facilitated, opening up travel to the middle classes both nationally and internationally. Today the tourism industry is global in scope, transnational in economic organization, and still strongly colonialist in cultural practice. This course is a critical examination of travel, tourism and tourist places in their social, political, economic, and physical ("built environment") aspects over time and across the world. We draw on perspectives from anthropology, architecture, landscape architecture, art, advertising, geography, history, cultural studies, and literature. We'll watch clips from various movies relevant to travel and tourism, ranging from funny to deadly serious: Death on the Nile; WestWorld; Viva Las Vegas; A Room With A View; If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium; The Year of Living Dangerously; The Devil and Miss Jones; Shirley Valentine; Lost in Translation; In Bruges; Scenes From A Mall; Murder on the Orient Express. Students should bring to class: recollections of their own travel experiences in the U.S. and abroad (if applicable); a sense of adventure and curiosity; willingness to read; a desire for incisive discussion in class (this is not a passive learning course); openness about sharing ideas with classmates and the professor. The professor will contribute her own experiences and excitement.
Graded Assignments: a travel memoir presented in class as a PowerPoint; several written film critiques; a marketing campaign for a country or non-U.S. city presented in class as a PowerPoint; an end-of-semester project written up as a 10-page paper and presented in class as a PowerPoint. There are no exams. Students must participate in class discussion in order to receive an A grade, regardless of assignment grades.
Readings: a selection of articles on e-reserve and three wonderful books: Paradise News by David Lodge (Penguin, 1993); A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000); The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage, 2003). Our textbook is Tourists and Tourism, edited by Sharon Bohn Gmelch (Waveland, 2004).

Instructor: Dr. Helaine Silverman (Department of Anthropology) is an archaeologist who conducted many years of fieldwork in Peru. Her current research addresses the fascination ancient civilizations hold for the general public and the role archaeology plays in countries with monumental pasts in terms of their national identity and tourism. In May 2005 she led the CHP study tour to Peru. She has appeared on the "Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers" many times, including for CHP courses, and has won the Anthropology Department's awards for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher. She has written numerous articles, four books, and edited eleven volumes. On campus she is Co-Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices (CHAMP).


ART 199 RD2: Expressive Painting and Drawing, Robin Douglas

46634  |  2:00-4:40 p.m.  |  TR  |  209 Art & Design Bldg. | 3 Hours


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

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


ASTR 330 CH: Extraterrestrial Life, Leslie Looney

48580  |  12:30-1:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  134 Astronomy | 3 Hours


More than half of all Americans believe in aliens, but what do we really know about ET life? In the last 10 years we have gone from knowledge of only 8 planets around only our Sun to more than 200 planets around many suns. In the near future, NASA will have missions that may find signs of life on Titan, under the oceans of Europa, evidence of life on mars, or even imaging of Earth-like planets around nearby stars.
In this course, we will examine the current status of one of the ultimate questions ("Are we alone?"), and perhaps raise some new ones. We are searching for signals from ET today, but if we do detect a signal what do we do? Why do "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?" What are the problems with interstellar travel? The class will dive into many fields ranging from cosmology to anthropology with a little science fiction thrown in for fun and speculation.

Instructor: Leslie is a professor of Astronomy. With an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Physics, he has worked as a system engineer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the Space Shuttle's digital processing system (i.e., computers, interfaces, and software)-- launching shuttles. Afterwards in 1998, he obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Leslie's main research topic is the early stages of star formation. In particular, he studies the circumstellar disk surrounding young protostars; these disks are thought to be the natal environment of planets. As protostars are deeply embedded in the material from which they form, Leslie uses some of the world's most sensitive telescopes ranging from infrared to millimeter wavelengths, including UIUC's partnership in the millimeter telescope array CARMA.


CPSC/ABE199 CHP: Agriculture and the Environment, George Czapar

53000/53025  |  2:00-4:50 p.m.  |  T  |  W-121 Turner Hall | 3 Hours


Course will examine the effects of current agricultural practices on the environment. Discussion topics include pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, water quality, water supply, organic production, food safety, and international agriculture. This course will be a combination of lecture and student-led discussions of assigned readings. Regardless of their career paths, CHP students will likely be required to interpret and explain research results to their peers and the general public. One goal of the class is that students will be able to critically evaluate research articles and refine their opinions concerning environmental issues. Emphasis will also be placed on effective communication of technical information and enhancing presentation skills.

Instructor: Dr. George Czapar is the Water Quality Program Coordinator for University of Illinois Extension and an Extension Educator, Integrated Pest Management. He also has an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences, where he teaches and advises students in the Off-Campus Graduate Studies Program. He has been named to the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students" numerous times and has taught classes using interactive videoconferencing and online class delivery systems.


CWL 395 NB2: Eroticism East and West, Nancy Blake

50461  |  11:00-12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


The focus of this honors seminar is on the cross-cultural uses of eroticism by societies from feudal Europe with the Tristan and Isolde legend which gives enduring form to the love and death duet in the Western canon, on the one hand, to the Tale of Genji from Heian Japan, on the other, the origin of the figure of an Asian Casanova, the model for countless avatars. We will also examine the Hindu Kalinka Purana for mythological forms taken by the erotic before turning to more contemporary renditions of the themes in narrative, opera, film, plastic arts, and song.
Some of the questions we will be asking are: is there a necessary link between the erotic and the forbidden? Do comparative studies reveal any universal elements in erotic experience? What does the portrayal of passion and its fate tell us about a society's value system? Art and literature speak to us of the unspeakable in the erotic experience, which is often inseparable from the religious notions of taboo and sacrifice. Thus eroticism brings into play the very basis of the sacred and is traditionally linked to the mysteries considered fundament to each culture.
Do thinkers closer to us in time shed light on the phenomenon? According to Freud, love is a "short psychosis," while philosopher Georges Bataille defines eroticism as "assenting to life up to the point of death" and intellectual historian Michel Foucault finds that the power structures in societies do not so much repress sexuality as they make use of the energy generated by its seemingly transgressive nature in order to better control all of us.
Format and workload:
This course will be conducted as a seminar: each work will be presented by a member of the group who will lead the discussion by providing background information and a list of questions on the text. Presentation and class participation 25%. There will be one in class exam (there may be quizzes) 25%. Each member of the seminar will research an individual project which will be presented to the groups in oral form at the end of the semester. There will be an individual oral defense of the final project in lieu of a final exam during exam week — 50%.

Instructor: Professor Nancy Blake received doctorates in French and in English literature from the University of Paris. She is also a trained psychoanalyst now on the faculty of the Comparative Literature Program. Her books deal with Henry James, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and Emily Dickinson as well as contemporary French poets. She is currently working on Perversion. She has been on the list of teachers rated excellent by their students for CWL 395 and other courses.


DANCE 199 CHP: Environment and Dance Research, Jennifer Monson

40771  |  11:00-12:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  109 DAB (M) 2127 KCPA (W) | 3 Hours


Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to physical intelligences and environmental systems
This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to issues of sustainability, concepts of nature and environmental research through the lens of choreographic thinking. Together we will invigorate and re-imagine human relationships to public, urban, and rural environments through kinesthetic experiences. This course is particularly appropriate for bright students who are open to new ways of interdisciplinary thinking. This intimate seminar will encourage people to explore their own relationship to dance and choreography through an engagement with environmental theory and science research. The course will include field trips to local research sites with university researchers, dance practice, readings, writings and discussion.
Jennifer Monson uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to knowledge and understandings of our surroundings. As Artistic Director of iLAND she creates large scale dance projects informed and inspired by phenomena of the natural and the built environment. Monson is currently on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the Dance Department. She was hired through an initiative of the Environmental Council to foster sustainability across the campus and nationally.

Instructor: Jennifer Monson uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to knowledge and understandings of our surroundings. As Artistic Director of iLAND she creates large scale dance projects informed and inspired by phenomena of the natural and the built environment Her project BIRD BRAIN (2000-2011) includes the theatrical work Flight of Mind (2005) and four migratory tours: Gray Whales (Spring 2001); Ospreys (Fall 2002); Ducks and Geese (Spring 2004); and Northern Wheatears (Fall 2011). Each tour followed the migrations of animals offering performances, workshops and panel discussions on navigation, migration and conservation. In 2007 she created iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir, a yearlong research and performance practice in an abandoned reservoir in NYC. She is currently working on the Mahomet Aquifer Project in Illinois. In addition through the iLAB residency project of iLAND, Monson supports and mentors collaborative opportunities for movement based artists, scientists, environmentalists and others interested in our physical relationships to space and systems as a means to engage the public in a kinetic understanding of NYC's urban environment. Monson is currently on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the Dance Department. She was hired through an initiative of the Environmental Council to foster sustainability across the campus and nationally.


ECON 101 1: Introduction to Economics, Jose Vazquez

34026  |  2:00-3:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  G3 FLB | 4 Hours


Most people make the incorrect assumption that economics is mainly the study of "money". My primary goal in this course is to shatter this belief, then show you how economics deal with some of the most interesting and important questions for humanity. For instance, the following questions are just a few examples of the type of issues economists have dealt with during the last 50 years:
About Love and Marriage?Why is the divorce rate so high and what should we do in order to reduce it?
About the Environment ?
Why do we have so much pollution??
How much is an endangered species worth?
About Crime ?
How to tackle crime? Take a tough, head-on stance. ?
What is the economic approach to fighting crime? ?
Why is legalizing many drugs the way to go if you want to reduce crime?
About Labor Markets?
Why the Federal Minimum Wage puts people out of work??
Why so many women entered the labor force during the last 40 years?
About Freedom of Religion?
Why are people so religious these days?
About things you should be worrying about?
Why shouldn't college be a smart investment? ?
Why are the presidential candidates missing the point on college costs?
And about many other things ?
Why are vouchers the best way to finance public education? ?
Why a draft would only damage the army? ?
How to level the playing field in baseball?
We will be addressing many of these (and many more) questions during this course. My main goal is show students the way economists think and how to use this analytical system to answer questions related not only to these and other important human issues, but also to many other areas of their daily lives. After all, as you will quickly find out, I believe everything is economics! More generally, this is an introductory study of the fundamental principles of the operation of the market system. The first part of the course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of microeconomics, namely the determination of supply and demand from the perspective of the consumers (households) as well as the firm. The second part of the course will introduce students to Gross Domestic Product: its measurement and the determination of production and employment levels; the role of the government in the economy, particularly fiscal policy; the money supply, monetary policy and inflation.

Instructor: Jose J. Vazquez-Cognet, Ph.D., is originally from San Juan Puerto Rico, Jose J. Vazquez, received his Ph.D. from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001. Since then he has been a visiting assistant professor at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and at Hamilton College, in Upstate New York. His research interests are in the area of regional sustainable development and include issues related to the integration of Environmental Science and Public Policy in defining environmental problems at the local and regional levels. He teaches courses on Intermediate Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, Economic Development and Introductory Economics. Dr. Vazquez has received several research grants, including the Lincoln Land Institute Fellowship to study watershed economic development in Upstate New York. He has also published papers in Regional Development journals such as Environment and Planning and presented papers at several academic conferences, such as the Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics and the Eastern Economic Conference.


*CANCELED* ENGL 199 CHP: Literature And Opera, John Frayne

39024  |  9:00-11:00 a.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course will offer an introduction to the delights of opera as a dramatic and musical form. Our approach will be through the literary sources of the opera, from novel or play or story, then into the written libretto, and finally into the wedding of words and music in the final fusion of music and drama. Given this approach, we will study operas based on major works of literature such as Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" (both based on Beaumarchais's plays), and an adaptation of a Shakespeare play (Verdi's masterpiece "Otello" ). We will study at least five operas, and more if time allows. The class will attend a performance offered by the University of Illinois Opera Program during the Spring semester, 2010. Also, time permitting, we will attend a in theatre screening from the Metropolitan Opera. Aside from reading and discussing the original works of literature, we will use recordings of the opera as well as video/film versions of performances of these works. When multiple video versions of these works are available, we can compare the different ways these works are realized on the stage. On the assumption that many students will be new to opera, we will begin with an overview of basic concepts about arias, ensembles, types of voices, kinds of recitative, the basic genres: opera seria, comic opera, grand opera, and the major periods of this now 400 years old art form. The classes will be mainly discussion. There will be reports by seminar members as well as short written papers leading up to a longer end-of-semester project. There will be quizzes and longer exams, and a take-home final.

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


*CANCELED* GEOL 104 CHP/JDB: Geology of the National Parks, Jay Bass

46221  |  1:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  258 NHB | 3 Hours

46223  |  3:00-4:50 p.m.  |  T  |  259 NHB


Why do the National Parks look as spectacular and unusual as they do? Why are most of them out west, depriving us Midwesterners of easy access? How old are they? What sorts of things should you look for when you hike around in the parks? Which parks might you be interested in visiting anyway?
There is no better way to learn some geology than via our National Park system, which includes some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes you can ever see. This course will take us on a tour through a selection of the most famous of the national parks and monuments. On the way, we will learn about how each park came into existence, and what unusual geologic conditions led to the development of these natural museums. We will also take a look at what man-made and natural threats the parks are facing, including ecological problems. In the required lab (two hours each week), you will get some hands-on experience with some of the rocks and maps of the parks. There will be a field trip (sorry, not the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone) to see some actual geology in its natural setting.

Instructor: Jay Bass has taught geology, geophysics, and mineralogy at the University of Illinois since 1984. He received his Bachelors Degree from Brooklyn College in New York, a Masters Degree in Geochemistry from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His current research involves laboratory experiments to understand the Earth's deep interior: what it is made of, how hot it is, what the conditions are like, and how this relates to volcanic and earthquake activity. His experiments involve laser spectroscopy at ultra-high pressures using diamond anvil high pressure devices, and use of synchrotron radiation at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne, IL. His interests range from near surface processes to the core of the Earth, and he has measured the temperature of Earth's center using explosive shock wave techniques.


HIST 295 A: The History of Travel, Harry Liebersohn

34137  |  2:00-3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course is all about multicultural, global encounters how Europeans and non-Europeans have met, talked, traded, fought, exchanged cultures and in other ways defined one another since Columbus. We'll look at famous explorers, but also at the beachcombers, missionaries, non-Europeans, and other men and women who have circulated around the world during the past five centuries; we'll use novels, non-fiction, movies, and original historical documents to bring their experiences to life. The course will have three parts. We'll start out by looking at early exploration in the age of Columbus. Then we'll spend time with Captain Cook and his eighteenth-century contemporaries in the South Pacific, places like Tahiti and Hawaii. Finally, in the age of the melting ice cap, we'll go to the extreme north and read about the place of the arctic in modern exploration and imagination.

Instructor: Harry Liebersohn spent last year at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey in 1996-97. His latest book is The Travelers World: Europe to the Pacific (Harvard University Press, 2006). He is a member of the History Department at the University of Illinois.


HIST 295 B: Chicago, A Social History, Jim Barrett

44278  |  12:30 - 1:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


The University of Chicago's pioneering sociologists had the idea first in the early years of this century: The city might become a laboratory in which to observe and study the process of urbanization and related problems. Nowhere else did urbanization and the other broad processes of change which have transformed life in the United States -- industrialization, social class formation, mass migration -- occur more swiftly than in Chicago and nowhere did they unfold with more dramatic results. This course employs the history of Chicago as a particularly appropriate case study of key problems in the field of social history.
The course has been designed to integrate a number of media with lectures and discussion to probe several theories of urban development and change in relation to Chicago's own growth from the mid-nineteenth century to recent years. In each of the units on race, ethnicity, class, and politics, we look at both a particularly important event or institution and at the general context: the formation of an urban African-American community through mass migration and the 1919 race riot; the rise and decline of working-class radicalism and the Haymarket tragedy of 1886; the creation of ethnic neighborhoods and inter-ethnic relations; the rise and decline of the urban political machine as a distinctive form of American politics and the election of the city's first Black mayor.
Assessment in the course is based on three elements:
• general engagement in the class, with a grade based on attendance and participation in discussions;
• a research paper based on original sources;
• and an oral presentation to the class based on this research.
The course will include a field trip in the spring to some of Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods, Hull House, Haymarket, and the model industrial town of Pullman.

Instructor: James R. Barrett is a Professor of History specializing in American labor, urban, and social history. He was born and raised in Chicago and educated in city parochial schools and at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In addition to numerous articles, his published work includes Work and Community in the Jungle: Chicago's Packinghouse Workers, 1894-1922, Steve Nelson, American Radical, William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism, and a new edition of Upton Sinclair's classic novel, The Jungle. Barrett has just finished a book on relations between Irish Americans and other racial and ethnic groups in the American city and he is currently working on Chicago: A Racial and Ethnic History. He has won an Amoco Award, the Queen Prize of the Department of History, and the Prokasy Prize of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for his undergraduate teaching and the Graduate College Mentor Award for his work with graduate students.


HORT 100 AE3: Introduction to Horticulture, opt. lab, Robert Skirvin

34164  |  10:00-10:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  1103 PSL | 3 Hours


This course covers the basic principles of plant growth and development as they apply to the production, marketing, and utilization of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants. This course is usually taught as a lecture (HORT 100) or discussion (HORT 100D) mode without a laboratory. For this Honors course, students will have their own lecture sessions which will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Students can sign up for an additional hour of laboratory, NRES 396. The laboratory will meet one hour per week and we will explore lecture topics in more detail and examine plant material related to the topic of the week.
The pace of the lectures will depend upon the interests and discussions of the students. Occasionally lectures will be replaced with enriched class session that will include lecture supplemented with laboratory experiences, short field trips, and special demonstrations. In addition, to gain a deeper understanding of the role of tissue culture in plant biotechnology, all students will initiate a tissue culture propagation/regeneration experiment under Dr. Skirvin's direction in his laboratory in the Madigan Biotechnology Building. Students will evaluate their experiments at intervals over the semester and present their results as a poster session for the members of the class and invited guests at the end of the term.

Instructor: Professor Skirvin has taught Horticulture for 32 years. He began his career at Purdue University and then came to the University of Illinois in 1976. Dr. Skirvin has written many scientific papers, book chapters, and has collaborated on numerous research programs. He is co-author of two plant patents. He completed two study sabbaticals, one in New Zealand where he was a Visiting Professor of Plant Breeding and another in Australia where he was a Visiting Professor of Plant Biotechnology. Dr. Skirvin has been on the University Of Illinois Incomplete List Of Excellent Teachers each semester he has taught for the past 29 years. Dr. Skirvin was awarded the College of Agriculture's Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988. He was awarded the senior teaching award for the College of ACES in 1998. He became a founding member of the College of Agriculture's Academy of Teaching Excellence in 1992. In 1996 he received the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit. In 1997, he received the United States Department of Agriculture's North Central Regional Award for Excellence in Teaching. The University of Illinois awarded him the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education in 1998 and again in 2004. Also in 1998, the American Society for Horticultural Science awarded him the ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award. In 2000 Dr. Skirvin received the College of ACES prestigious Funk Award. In 2002 he received the Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research and the American Society for Horticultural Science awarded one of his thornless blackberries, 'Chester Thornless', outstanding fruit cultivar for 2002. In 2003 the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) named him their 2003 Central Regional Outstanding Teacher. In 2006, he received the Broderick Allen Award for excellence in Honors Teaching from the University of Illinois. In 2008 the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture awarded him their highest award, The Teaching Award of Excellence. Dr. Skirvin's research deals primarily with plant improvement using non-sexual methods including the use of tissue culture. Dr. Skirvin has given lectures and traveled in France, China, Romania, Italy, Egypt, Argentina, Scandinavia and South Africa.


*CANCELED* IB 109 3A: Insects and People, May Berenbaum

34478 |  11:00 — 11:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  151 Everitt | 4 Hours  |  2:00 — 3:20 pm  |  W  |  326 NHB  |  12:00 — 12:50 pm  |  F  |  407 Morrill


This course provides an overview of the biology of members of the class Insecta (which comprises over 75% of all species on the planet) as it relates to human culture. Lectures will cover specific insects (e.g., locust plagues and insect exorcisms, lice and typhus, fleas and the Black Death, mosquitoes and malaria, "killer bees"); general topics (e.g., sex and reproduction, behavior and senses, insect partnerships, genetics, insecticides and resistance); and insects in relation to popular culture (e.g., medicine, law, art, literature, entertainment).
Honors students are required to take the weekly two-hour laboratory, which covers, among other topics: honey biochemistry, beeswax, silk, dyes, inks, predator/prey interactions, bioluminescence, edible insects, forensic entomology, aquatic insects, and Drosophilia genetics. In addition, honors students participate in a weekly one-hour discussion section, taught by the professor. These discussion sections involve a range of activities including field trips to laboratories across the university and visits with scientists engaged in entomological research in the broadest sense.
Although the in-class time commitments of this course are considerable, it should be emphasized that the out-of-class time commitments, other than studying for exams, are minimal; lab reports are completed during the lab period and review sheets provided during each lecture are provided solely for the student's benefit and are not collected or graded. There is no required reading for the course, although a supplementary text is recommended and available for use at the student's discretion. A term paper is required; however, the subject of the paper is up to the student (as long as it relates to insects) and there is no minimum (or maximum) length requirement.

Instructor: May Berenbaum received a B.S. in biology from Yale University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1980. Since that time, she has been a member of the Department of Entomology at UIUC; she is currently serving as head of the department. Her research addresses the chemical interactions between insects and their host plants and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural and managed communities. Her teaching responsibilities include graduate-level courses in insect ecology and chemical ecology as well as undergraduate courses in introductory animal biology and in entomology. Dedicated to popularizing arthropods, she has written four books about insects for nonscientists and organizes the annual "Insect Fear Film Festival" at UIUC.


JOUR 199: Blogging & the First Amendment, Steven Helle

52925  |  3:00-4:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Freedom of speech and press are abstract concepts, but it is vital that every citizen in a representative democracy not only understand these concepts, but be able to explain and defend them. Public officials at all levels of government propose regulations of expression almost daily. As Thomas Jefferson said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be." Students in this course will read numerous First Amendment cases in which freedom of speech and press were tested, and then they will be asked to put their new knowledge to work by exercising their freedom in a series of blog postings dealing with current First Amendment issues selected by each student. The blogs can cover issues as diverse as whether body piercings constitute freedom of expression, bans on pornography on military bases, campus codes on speech, anonymity on the Internet, or a host of other possibilities. By the end of the semester, students will have a much richer understanding and appreciation of their freedom. Students considering careers in law, politics, journalism or entertainment might find particular application for the concepts covered, but the course is aimed at anybody who seeks to engage in freedom of expression.

Instructor: UIUC Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Professor Steven Helle has twice been named one of the outstanding undergraduate teachers at the University of Illinois, as well as the national Freedom Forum Journalism Teacher of the Year. He has published numerous articles on communications law in, among others, Duke Law Journal, Journalism Quarterly, Chicago Tribune, University of Illinois Law Review, Editor & Publisher, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Bar Journal, and Villanova Law Review. Helle is past chair of the Human Rights Section Council and of the Media Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association, and is a former head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


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

53464  |  8:30-9:50 a.m.  |  MW  |  IGPA Conference Room | 3 Hours


The American health care system is in crisis and is one of the most important issues currently facing this country. Indeed, congress and the Obama administration are in very active discussions over specific reform proposals. This course focuses on the problems and issues which face the American health care system. We will explore bio-ethical and public policy problems. After a brief introduction which covers the historical development of the structure and financing of the current health care system, the class will focus on the following issues: should health care be considered a "legal right" in this country, can the rising cost of health care be brought under control, how do we, as a society, respond to the problem of 45.8 million Americans who are currently uninsured and the 20 million who are under-insured, should the United States adopt a system of universal health care coverage in the same way that England, Germany, and Canada have, what has been the impact of managed care on the American health care system, should health insurance be mandatory in the same way that auto insurance is in most states, how does Medicare and Medicaid need to be reformed, and what are the prospects for health care reform in the future? In addition, we discuss critical ethical dilemmas including: the development of human gene therapy, legalization of human cloning, and the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Students will be asked to prepare two "policy analysis" papers for policy issues discussed in the class. As a final project students will prepare a "briefing book," give testimony at a mock congressional hearing, and take on the role of members of a congressional committee hearing testimony. Guest lectures will be made by policy makers who have expertise in the area we are discussing. No knowledge of political science, economics, or sociology is required.

Instructor: Robert F. Rich is Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and is a Professor of Law, Political Science, Community Health, Medical Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor in the Institute for Communications Research. He has a B.A. in Government from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He has published four books on health care policy: Encyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009), Consumer Choice: Social Welfare and Health Policy (2005), Competitive Approaches to Health Care Reform (1993--with Richard Arnould and William White) and Health Policy, Federalism, and the Role of the American States (1996-with William White), and is currently finishing a new book entitled: Transformed Federalism and the American Health Care System. He has taught at the U. of I. since 1986; he was previously on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University and Princeton University. In 1993-95 he was a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Special Guest at the Brookings Institution. In 2002-3, he was a Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.


LING 199 RB: English Across Cultures, Rakesh Bhatt

52895  |  1:00 - 2:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  3092 FLB | 3 Hours


This course introduces students to English linguistic diversity: how this diversity comes about, its social and cultural production; what social functions do diverse linguistic forms enable; and to what extent do innovations in English language use reflect linguistic and literary creativity and expressions of solidarity and identity.

Instructor: Rakesh M. Bhatt received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois. He is now Professor of Linguistics and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) at the University of Illinois. He is a former director of the Program in SLATE and associate director of the Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois.
He specializes in sociolinguistics of language contact, in particular, issues of migration, minorities and multilingualism, code-switching, language ideology, and world Englishes. The empirical focus of his work has been on South Asian languages; particularly, Kashmiri, Hindi, and Indian English.
His study, Verb Movement and the Syntax of Kashmiri (1999, Kluwer Academic Press), was published in the prestigious series, Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. He has also co-authored another book, World Englishes (2008, Cambridge University Press). He is the author of essays in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Annual Review of Anthropology, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Lingua, World Englishes, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, English Language and Linguistics and other venues.
He is currently working on a book-length study, under contract with Cambridge University Press, on the sociolinguistic patterns of subordination of Kashmiri language in Diaspora.


LING 260 A1: Language and the Law, Doug Kibbee

46339  |  11:00-11:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Recent news headlines: "Pols say adios to bilingual reform"; "Agency workers chafe at English-only order"; "Panel reverses ruling on hate speech"; "Long Island counties violate bilingual ballot laws." This course explores the various ways in which issues of language intersect with issues of the law. We will study, through the analysis of specific pieces of legislation and specific court cases, how basic questions of the humanities and social sciences - individual freedom and group membership, the role of the state, language and culture - are reflected in public debate and public policy. Topics we will cover include: Language as a Human Right, Political Correctness and Hate Speech, Bilingual Education, Ebonics, Language in the Legal System (Right to an Interpreter, Quality of Translation, Language and Jury Selection), English-Only Rules in the Workplace, Accent Discrimination, Language and Consumer Protection, "Official English", etc.

Instructor: Douglas Kibbee is Professor of French and Linguistics. His primary research interests are in the history of linguistic theories and how these relate to language policies and linguistic and cultural human rights. His publications include For to Speke Frenche Trewely: The French Language in England, 1000-1600 (1991) and Language Legislation and Linguistic Rights (1998). Professor Kibbee received his doctorate from Indiana University in 1979.


MATH 198 E1H: Complex Geometry, John D'Angelo

37820  |  1:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  243 Altgeld Hall | 3 Hours


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

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


PHIL 202 H: Symbolic Logic, Bob Wengert

35462  |  11:00-11:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  402 Greg Hall | 3 Hours


An introduction to proofs and models as used in perhaps the most fundamental formal system, first-order logic. Students will learn what counts as a proof (syntax) and what must be included in order to adequately present a proof. Students will concentrate even more on what makes the formal statements true (semantics) and how one could use this to show that various purported proofs do not hold. We shall spend a good deal of time translating between our formal language and our natural language.
We shall use the book by Jon Barwise and John Etchemendy, Language Proof & Logic (CSLI publications, 1999), which comes with a CD-ROM containing four computer applications - Tarski's World (Model Theory comes alive), Fitch (Get help constructing formal proofs), Boole (Makes creating truth-tables less tedious) and Submit (Sends your answers to GradeGrinder to be checked). Most exercises will be submitted over the net. These programs are wonderfully interactive and often just plain fun. The programs will also be available at CCSO sites.
Book Warning: You must, I am sorry to say, buy a new copy of the book, not a used one, since the book comes with an ID number which will be your unique number to identify you to GradeGrinder. The book is distributed by Chicago University Press.
The graded problems will constitute the bulk of your grade; there will be a mid-term and a final. Class participation will also contribute to your grade.
This course satisfies the quantitative reasoning I campus general education requirement

Instructor: Robert Wengert is in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois. He studied at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He teaches and publishes in the areas of the history of ancient and medieval philosophy, logic, and applied ethics. He has written logic software that is used in introductory courses. He has won LAS and School of Humanities teaching awards. For over twenty years he has taught sessions on "Professional Ethics" for various campus groups and for a wide variety of professional groups off campus. He has recently edited an edition of Library Trends dealing with "Information Ethics," especially as it applies to those in the library and information sciences. He is finishing up a manuscript reinterpreting Aristole's logic in a way that relates it to Aristotle's metaphysics by appealing to the use of diagrams in reasoning and to contemporary theories of generalized quantifiers.


RLST 170 A/ESES 170 A: Nature Religion, James Treat

53521/53522  | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.  |  TR  |  G24 FLB | 3 Hours


This is an introductory survey of religious traditions that locate sacred realities in the natural world, and of ecological traditions that attribute spiritual significance to nature. The term "nature religion" is an interpretive construct that guides our exploration of various movements and expressions emphasizing convergences of the ecological and the spiritual. Assigned readings are drawn from key texts in the fields of religious studies and environmental studies. Class discussions are supplemented by audiovisual materials, guest speakers, campus events, and web-based assignments. Course grades are based on class participation and two examinations. Students have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the relationship between religion and nature and to develop their critical skills for use in educational, professional, and personal settings.

Instructor: I teach courses on indigenous religious and ecological traditions and on the role of nature in contemporary criticism. In column two are links to current syllabi as well as an archive of past courses, a list of students I've supervised, and my curriculum vitae. My research and writing focus on American Indian environmental issues, especially in the context of global climate change. One of my current projects is a monthly column on environmental issues among the Mvskoke people, which is published in the Muscogee Nation News and archived at Mvskoke Country. Earlier in my career, I studied the native encounter with Christianity, addressing the broader theoretical and practical questions raised by the intersections of religion, culture, and politics in a diverse and conflicted world. In column three are links to information about my books, including selected excerpts, and to a sampling of shorter pieces that have been republished online. You can reach me by email at treaty@illinois.edu or by regular mail at the address in column four. I look forward to hearing from you!


SHS 120H: Children, Communication, and Language Ability, Laura DeThorne

48539  |  9:00-10:20 a.m.  |  MW  |  113 Speech & Hearing Sci | 3 Hours


Communication, a cornerstone of societal development, begins in the earliest years of human life. This course will focus on human communication development from infancy to early school-age, from the emergence of first words to the use of complex sentences. We will explore what's involved in learning to talk and how children accomplish this complex task in such a short time–exploring studies in behavioral genetics, neuroimaging, and parent-child interaction. We will also examine what happens when a child's language development doesn't progress as expected, that is, when children have difficulty mastering the vast complexities of language use. Specific questions to be addressed include:
What does early communication development 'look' like?
How do children learn such the complexities of language in such a short time?
Is language unique to humans?
What do you mean we all speak with an accent?
What are the neurobiological correlates of communication?
What are the implications of learning more than one language?
What is a speech-language disability anyway?
What's the role of technology in facilitating children's communication?

Instructor: Dr. DeThorne's teaching and research interests focus on the causes of individual differences in children's speech-language abilities and the resulting implications for the treatment and prevention of communication disability. Specifically, Dr. DeThorne's research has utilized behavioral genetic designs, such as twin methodology, to examine the interplay of genetic and environmental influences. Recent recognition of her research has come from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation's New Investigator Award (2004) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations Advancing Academic-Research Careers Award (2005). Before entering academia, Dr. DeThorne worked as a speech-language pathologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD and at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. DeThorne taught at Penn State University for three years before joining the faculty here at UIUC. She was recently included on UIUC's 'Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent.'


*CANCELED* THEA 199 CT: Currents in Contemporary Theatre, Tom Mitchell

52960  |  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: Bioethics, Darrel Kesler

31307  |  12:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


A discussion-based course/seminar designed to introduce students to the ethical issues and implications associated with biological sciences. For the purpose of this course bioethics will be defined in the broadest sense. Topics will range from biomedical research and therapies, health care, biotechnology and commerce and the political arena, discrimination and eugenics, etc. The course will improve student's ability to defend an ethical position with intellectual wisdom and reasoning. The course is designed not only for students in life and biomedical sciences, but for students with a general interest in the life sciences.

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


*CANCELED* CHP 395 B: Controversial Environmental Issues, Michael Plewa

40547  |  3:00-4:40 p.m.  |  TR  |  358 NSRC | 3 Hours


The objective of this course is to enhance the critical thinking, research and communication skills of students to delve beyond the headlines on important environmental issues for the twenty-first century. The students will be given extensive reading and writing assignments, and will participate in classroom discussions, laboratory demonstrations, student projects and presentations.??
This course differs from standard environmental studies courses in that the students will be active learners and not passive participants. The course will cover three important 21st Century environmental issues: human population growth, fresh water and food.

Instructor: Dr. Michael J. Plewa has an international reputation for research and teaching in environmental and molecular mutagenesis. He has had continuous federal funding for his research programs during the 33 years that he has been with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was promoted from Assistant Professor to Full Professor at UIUC in eight years. He was named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois in 1986 for his discoveries on the ability of plant systems to metabolize environmental contaminants into mutagens and carcinogens. In 1991, Dr. Plewa was awarded a Distinguished Professor Lectureship from the University Of Manitoba Board Of Regents. In 1991, Dr. Plewa was named a Visiting Scientist at the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic and he has worked in Prague during summer break for seven years. In 1992-93 he was a Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Health for 10 months during his sabbatical year. During this time Dr. Plewa was named a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar, by the Board of Foreign Scholarships and the U.S. Information Agency. Dr. Plewa took his Fulbright Scholarship to Prague. Recently Dr. Plewa was named as a Kyoto University Scholar in the Faculty of Engineering. This award was provided by the Japan Ministry of Education and he spent from August to December 1997 conducting research and delivering lectures throughout Japan. For the 1998 summer term, Dr. Plewa was awarded a William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grant to develop a new environmental program with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In 1999, Dr. Plewa was awarded the CHP Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and in 2000 Dr. Plewa received the UIUC Campus Wide Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research. In 2003 Dr. Plewa was awarded the Alumnus Achievement Award from Illinois State University and he was Honorary Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Bradford, UK. Dr. Plewa currently teaches CPSC 432 "Fundamentals of Genetic Toxicology and Mutagenesis," CPSC 449 "Basic Toxicology" and CHP 395 "Controversial Environmental Issues." In 2009 Dr. Plewa was named a NACTA Teacher Fellow. He has been named 21 times on the "University Of Illinois Incomplete List Of Teachers Rated as Excellent by Their Students


CHP 395 C: Explorations of Sustainability, Gregory McIsaac

CRN 31308  |  4:10-5:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


As part of the new campus sustainability initiative, this course will explore the meanings of sustainability and its implications for the ways we live and envision the future of society and its relation to the natural world. We will read and discuss some of the seminal literature on sustainability and explore how the term has been understood, critiqued and used in a variety of different ways at different times and in different contexts. For some people, sustainability has simply been an opportunity for marketing or rebranding business as usual. For others, the term demands a fundamental and comprehensive reconsideration of what we mean by "resources" and how humans should conduct their lives while preserving natural ecosystem structure and functions. Students will attend and participate in a series of 10 interdisciplinary panel discussions that will explore the meanings of sustainability, and its implications for economics, property rights, land use, and related topics. (NOTE: These sessions will meet 4-6pm on Thursdays in 213 Gregory Hall, beginning February 4, 2009. All Tuesday sessions in the Honors House classroom and Thursday sessions that meet on the weeks when there are no panel discussions will be shorter in duration, 90 minutes or less.) Each student will also be required to participate in class discussions and to write three short papers on topics related to sustainability, and produce one long paper or creative project that represents a critical understanding of one or more aspect of concept of sustainability (or an alternative conceptual framework about humans and the environment), and the implications of these concepts for future policy and action.
Syllabus

Instructor: Gregory McIsaac, PhD is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. Most of his academic work focused on biogeochemisty, hydrology and the water quality consequences of alternative agricultural practices. He also co edited the book Sustainable Agriculture in the American Midwest: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future. He is also currently collaborating on an interdisciplinary project examining the sustainability and resilience of alternative infrastructure designs for the biofuels industry.