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ARCH 199 KH: Exploring Architecture, Kevin Hinders

55437  |  3:30-5:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  315 THBH | 3 Hours


This course seeks to introduce students to the role of the architect in the creation of the built environment. The course has three interactive areas: site visits to selected structures and spaces; readings and lectures; and creative spatial design which allows students the opportunity to explore the design process. This course is planned for non-majors interested in the built environment. The class will meet twice a week. The first class period will be a visit to a work or works of Architecture on or around the UIUC campus and surrounding area. Visits will address a variety of issues as they affect the design process. These issues inevitably determine architectural form. They include such varied phenomena as structure, cultural values, traditions, innovations and mechanical systems, to name a few. The second class period each week will involve learning more about the design process and will allow for exploration into the creative, synthesis process.
Evaluation: Evaluation of work done during the semester must be considered in a very positive sense. It is essential to your understanding of the quality of work achieved by all students, and to know how each of you are progressing in your understanding of the built environment. Your instructor will attempt to provide you with the most accurate appraisal of your work. You must also become capable of judging the relative merits of work produced in the studio and to establish your own high standards for excellence. Critical self evaluation is ultimately achieved through an intense process of trial and error, critique and discussion. Although you are not expected to be aspiring architects for this course, one of the goals of this course is to give students insight and understanding of the design process. The evaluation process should include reactions by design instructors, fellow students, and interested parties. Both objective and subjective evaluation are valid and important. Be attentive to what others are telling you. Remember that one of the most critical abilities of a good designer is being able to absorb others' reactions to one's work. Try to understand others observations, and use the information to make appropriate modifications to your work. Through your response to criticism and evaluation you will develop the maturity necessary to make better qualitative judgments about thinking, communication, and design.
Attendance: You are expected to be responsible for all material and assignments discussed during formal studio meetings. If, for any excused reason, you are unable to attend, written confirmation should be given to your instructor. Three (3) unexcused absences will cause the lowering of one letter grade for the course. Repeat: on the third absence, the grade will be lowered. Six (6) unexcused absences will constitute a failure in the course. Make-up assignments for unexcused absences may be given by the instructor at the instructors discretion. Three (3) unexcused late arrivals to studio class time will be considered as one unexcused absence. Due dates and times for studies and final presentations of design work will be strictly adhered to. Work up to 24 hours late shall be lowered one full letter grade. Work more than 24 hours late will receive an "EX", but will require completion to receive a final course grade.
Seminar/Studio/Readings: As outlined above, the course will revolve around site visits, seminar discussions and a design project. Participation in all three aspects is important and will ensure the quality of the course for all involved. Additional course readings are available to those interested in independent study. Occasional readings will be required- these assigned readings must be noted and ready for discussion on assigned days.

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


ANTH 224 H: Tourist Cities and Sites, Helaine Silverman

46124  |  1:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  113 Davenport Hall | 3 Hours


This course focuses on tourist cities and tourist sites. 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 Egypt becoming particularly popular among the upper classes in the second half of the nineteenth century into the early twentieth. With technological advances (trains and steam ships, automobiles, planes and jets) 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. 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; openness about sharing ideas with classmates and the professor. The professor will contribute her own experiences and excitement.
Assignments: (evenly spaced throughout the semester) travel memoir, film critique, travel scrapbook, marketing campaign, a project. There are no exams.
Readings: a selection of articles on e-reserve and several books (adventure, non-fiction, fiction) including: Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (originally 1948); 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).
Syllabus: The professor is happy to provide a tentative syllabus for this course to any interested student during this registration period so that you can decide if the course is right for you. To request a syllabus e-mail the professor at: helaine@illinois.edu.
Films: We'll watch clips from various movies relevant to travel and tourism, ranging from funny to deadly serious. These include: 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.

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 four books and numerous articles, and edited six volumes. On campus she is Co-Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices.


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  |  11:00 a.m.-12:20 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 15 years we have gone from knowledge of only 8 planets around only our Sun to more than 490 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.


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

54976  |  2:00-3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  2001 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 approximately 75% of the U.S. economy and is the source of employment, compensation and benefits, and meaningful work for the majority of employed citizens. Business also provides the goods and services that underpin the American standard of living. 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. Business is an institution we cannot live without but with which it is sometimes difficult to live. 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 their career choices. This will be accomplished by looking at business through many lenses, including:
Descriptive: What is a company, an industry, the private sector? Why do they exist, how do they form, and how do they operate? Critical: What have been the major issues about business that have attracted public attention throughout American history? Why? How have they been addressed? How have they evolved? What are the alternatives, if any, to business as we know it as a societal institution? Artistic: What do literature, drama and film have to say about business and people in and affected by business? This is a rich vein of material that will help students integrate the liberal aspects of their education with an important American institution. Practical: How do the tens of millions who work and earn their living in the private sector use it to their advantage and/or cope with the particular character of the American business system? How, to what extent and with what consequences do they adopt and adapt to its requirements and values? What is the role of government in enabling the business system to function while helping protect society from errors, excesses and fraud?

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 bachelors 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.


ECON 101 1: Introduction to Economics, Paul Magelli

34026  |  2:00-3:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  3015/3017 BIF | 4 Hours


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

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


ENGL 199 CHP: Coming to America: Literary and Visual Representations, Cristina Stanciu

39024  |  10:00-11:20 a.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


"We are a nation of immigrants" is perhaps one of the most widely used sentences to define American identity. Most of us can trace our ancestry through different parts of the world, through one or several generations, and this cultural and ethnic affiliation often strengthens our sense of belonging. Although this popular phrase suggests a seemingly unproblematic relation of immigrants to America's "golden door"–while also erasing the history of slavery and the genocide of many Native American tribes–this door has not always been open. Racism, nativism, and economic depression closed it from time to time, thus determining the country's racial make-up and gradually altering the meanings of the "American Dream." This course will focus on the emergence of an immigrant literary tradition in the US, from the end of the nineteenth century to the present, in film and a variety of literary genres, from the autobiography to the novel, the short story, and the poem. The theme of our course, the immigrant experience, also guides some of the questions we'll ask throughout the semester: How do immigrant writers construct or imagine the immigrant self in these works? How does the immigrant imagine America in a new language? How does the immigrant writer in the US imagine or re-imagine the "Old World"?

The course will emphasize discussion and active participation. The diversity of the University of Illinois will allow us to evaluate these narratives in light of experience–our own, our parents, and people we know. Some of the possible texts include works by immigrant prisoners at Angel Island, and by writers like Emma Lazarus, Sui Sin Far, Leonard Q. Ross/Leo Rosten, Abraham Cahan, Claude McKay, Salom Rizk, Carlos Bulosan, Bharati Mukherjee, Junot Diaz, Luis Alberto Urrea, and others. In addition, we'll read several legal documents that will help us understand the legal ramifications of the American "immigration problem" over the last century. We'll also watch and discuss films, from the silent Emmigrants Landing at Ellis Island to Martin Scosesse's Gangs of New York and Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melchiades Estrada.

Instructor: Cristina Stanciu will join the CHP as a post-doctoral instructor for Spring 2011. She has published several articles and book reviews on Native American and immigrant literary and cultural productions, and she is the recipient of local and national fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute fellowship (2010), and a HASTAC scholarship at the University of Illinois (2010-2011). She has appeared on the University's List of Excellent Teachers for courses in the Department of English and the American Indian Studies Program, and she is excited to join the Campus Honors Program in the Spring of 2011.


ENVS 101/NPRE 101, AL1 (Lecture) & AYI (Lab/Disc) Introduction to Energy Sources, David Ruzic

34678/41173 (Lec)  |  3:00-3:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  TBD | 3 Hours

34671/34625 (Lab/Disc)  |  10:00-10:50 a.m.  |  T  |  203 Nuclear Engineering Lab |


Energy is an exciting and far-reaching topic to study because it affects everything you do from social activities to scholastics. This course is fun and stimulating. There is a demonstration or field trip every day, including a tour of the University's power plant and nuclear reactor. The course examines energy technologies and their environmental significance from a simple elementary approach which presupposes no prior scientific or technological background. All present and potential future energy sources are studied, including fossil fuels and solar, hydro, wind, and nuclear power. Energy-related incidents will be studied with emphasis on their environmental, economic, and social consequences.

Instructor: David Ruzic joined the faculty in 1984 after doing post-doctoral work at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. At Illinois he has won numerous teaching awards. In 1991 he won the Everitt Award for the best teacher in the College of Engineering and the Pierce Award for fostering student-faculty relations, and in 1992 he was awarded the campus-wide Oakley-Kunde Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction. In 1996 he won the university-wide Luckman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction, and was accorded the CHP Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching in 1997. His research involves plasma-material interactions relating to fusion energy and the production of microelectronic integrated circuits.


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

34137  |  10:00-11:20 a.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


As Americans careen from hope to fear, trading accusations of Islamophobia and sinister elitism, how do we explain who counts as worthy rights-bearing Americans and who doesn't, whose words are censored, whose bodies are tortured, and whose consciences are not? This Campus Honors Program seminar explores issues of "security versus freedom" in the post-9/11 world by tracking the construction of boundaries between the enlightened "us" and the barbaric "them" in past "witch hunts" for "un-Americans": immigration and race panics in the late 19th century; images of the enemy "other" in WWI; the confinement of Japanese-Americans and other actions at odds with World War II's reputation as "The Freedom War"; the anti- communist (and anti-immigrant, and anti-gay...) scares of 1919-1920 and the "McCarthy Era"; and resentments generated by the African-American Freedom Struggle and other protest movements of the late 1960s. Were these crises of intolerance manipulated for political or economic gain, were they rational responses to real danger, or were they fundamentally "irrational"? Who were the victims and victimizers in assaults on subversive conspiracies, and how and why did the composition of these groups change? Who really has hated us for our freedoms? Students will develop and test hypotheses on the "fear factors" underlying, fueling, and countering these crises of intolerance through seminar discussion and a number of short to medium-length reviews and argumentative essays. These will draw upon sources ranging from films to a photocopied course packet that combines primary resources--news articles, propaganda posters, etc., from the time--with historians' interpretative debates to make sense of changing and contested American visions of liberty, subversion, and citizenship.

Instructor: Mark Leff, a historian of the post-WWI United States, has offered earlier versions of this seminar in the Campus Honors Program, but the toxic state of American political debate has brought him back for more. His commitment to teaching has not gone unnoticed (address complaint letters to the Carnegie Foundation and the university's award committees), and his research on public policy questions includes one book on New Deal "symbolic politics" and another in progress on the "politics of sacrifice" in wartime.


HORT 100 H: 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.


JOUR 199 CHP: You Can't Say That! (or can you?) Steven Helle

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


You will read and discuss First Amendment cases on freedom of speech and press, but the cornerstone of the course is a series of speeches on free speech topics. You will engage in two debates, present a prepared text as a speech, and prepare two speeches on free speech topics of your choosing. Topics can be as varied as the First Amendment rights of rappers, Internet neutrality, or whether body piercing constitutes protected speech. The idea is to create our own diverse marketplace of ideas, but most of all to gain an understanding and appreciation of the freedom of speech being exercised, abused and debated all around us.

Instructor: Steven Helle has been named one of the outstanding undergraduate teachers at the University of Illinois on three separate occasions. In 1998, he was named national Freedom Forum Journalism Teacher of the Year. He also is former chair of the University of Illinois Teaching Advancement Board and of the university Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education. Helle is former head of the Department of Journalism and he has published numerous articles on communications law in, among others, Duke Law Journal, Journalism Quarterly, Chicago Tribune, Villanova Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, and Illinois Bar Journal. A former head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Helle is also past chair of the Media Law Committee and the Human Rights Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.
For additional information please visit Professor Helle's website: http://media.illinois.edu/faculty/detail/steve_helle


MATH/MUSIC 199 CHP: Mathematics in Music, Matthew Ando and Stephen Taylor

55554/55552  |  2:00-2:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  5047 Music Bldg (M&F); 1164 Music Bldg (W) | 3 Hours


The interaction between music and mathematics is ancient (some fundamental discoveries go back at least to Pythagoras) and continues to the present day. (In 2006 and 2008 the composer Dmitri Tymoczko published articles in Science on "The geometry of musical chords" and"Generalized voice leading spaces"). Technology has provided new and exciting ways to explore these ideas. Professors Ando and Taylor will introduce students with some background in music and/or math to some of these interactions. The appearance of mathematical ideas in music and musical ideas in mathematics will make sophisticated concepts more concrete. Students see through the use of computer tools developed for music and for mathematics how these two communities approach similar issues. We'll learn about sound and Fourier analysis, and use computers to model the sounds of existing instruments. We'll study higher level musical ideas including notation, scales, intonation, and harmony. For some of these ideas we'll use Tymoczko's new book. The ?nal project is creative: either a musical composition or some other project linking mathematics and music (such as data soni?cation).

Instructor: Matthew Ando is an Associate Professor of Mathematics specializing in algebraic topology; his research lies at the intersection of topology, algebraic geometry, number theory, and string theory. In recent years he has collaborated with faculty Mathematics and the College of Engineering students to develop the first-year calculus course for College of Engineering students. For information about his work and classes, go to http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~mando/

Instructor: Associate Professor Stephen Taylor, Music Composition, has written for groups from the Chicago Symphony to Pink Martini. He is also active as a conductor with the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, and as a theorist, writing and lecturing on interactive music, György Ligeti, Björk and Radiohead.


PHIL 202 H: Symbolic Logic, Robert Wengert

35462  |  9:00-9:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House | 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 about to retire after 45 years teaching 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 presently completing a project that relates Aristotle's logic to his metaphysics by using contemporary theories of generalized quantifiers.


RHET 243 CHP Inter Expository Writing Carol Spindel

32712  | 1:00-2:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


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

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


SOC 396 TL: Sociology Through Photography, Tim Liao

55618  |  11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course focuses on the understanding of sociological phenomena 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. We will also consider a group photo exhibition at the conclusion of the course.

Instructor: Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology & Statistics and served as the head of the Sociology Department 2004-2009. His research interests include historical/ comparative sociology, collective memory, demography, and methodology. He is a former Deputy Editor of The Sociological Quarterly, (1992-2000), a former Editor of Sage's Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, and Editor of Sociological Methodology. He served on the council of the ASA Methodology Section (1998-2001) and on the council of the North America Chinese Sociological Association (2000-2002). He has been on the editorial board of Sociological Methods & Research since 1994 and was on the editorial board of Sociological Methodology (2003-2006). He is Chair of the Methodology Section of the American Sociology Association (2009-2011).


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.


****CANCELLED****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 395/396 C: Art, Experience, & Knowledge, Liora Bresler

31308/54893  |  11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  42A Education Bldg | 3 Hours


This course provides a synthesis of theoretical and autobiographical perspectives on aesthetic issues and their ramifications for the daily conduct of our lives. Drawing on the arts as important sources of knowledge and communication, the course reviews ideas from the Philosophy of Art and from various disciplines of the arts (e.g. music, dance, theater, visual arts). Starting with our own aesthetic experiences, past and present, we will reflect on the meanings the arts carry for us individually and culturally, and examine these meanings through the lenses of aesthetic theories. Part of the course assignments are attendance at theater and dance performance, as well as film viewing. These course events provide a shared experience to facilitate reflection on the aesthetic meaning of these different performances and to assess the relevance of the aesthetic theories discussed in class to these experiences.
Among the topics to be covered are: cognition and affect--positive and negative relationships; what and when is art (e.g. art as experience; art as "enlightened cherishing"; art as connectedness; art as problem solving); the meaning in diverse forms of representations; and the experience of different artistic genres.

Instructor: Liora Bresler was born and raised in Israel, where she was the director of Musical Activities in the Tel-Aviv Museum. A concert pianist, she graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music (B.A.), and studied Philosophy (B.A.) and Musicology (M.A.) at Tel-Aviv University. After she received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, she came to the University of Illinois, College of Education where she has been a full professor since 2001. She has been on the "Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers" on most courses taught and in 1991 received the Vice Chancellor Scholars' Award. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Education and the Arts. Bresler has published 100+ papers, book chapters and books on the arts in education, including the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (2007), and Knowing Bodies, Moving Minds (2004). Her work has been translated to German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew and Chinese. Bresler has given keynote speeches in six continents, and presented invited talks, seminars and short courses in thirty some countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, and America. Liora is a Professor II at Stord University College in Norway, and an Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Bresler has won the Distinguished Teaching Life-Long Career Award at the College of Education (2004), and the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the University of Illinois (2005). Recent awards include Distinguished Fellow in NAEA (2010), the Edwin Ziegfeld Award for distinguished international leadership in art education by the United States Society for Education Through Art (2007), and The Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2007).