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

39451  |  12:00-1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Animal Sciences 110 is a discussion/dialog course that explores animal life and the role of animals within society and in the advancement of biological technology. The course focuses on how animals influence global development of agriculture, medicine, and industry. Topics that will be covered range from animal differentiation and thinking, sex and reproduction, discoveries in life sciences, biotechnology industry and business, and biomedical contemporary/contentious issues. Students will be engaged in the learning process by actively discussing, questioning, and analyzing issues, ideas, and systems, solving problems by using thinking skills, and challenged to critically and creatively think and apply and use information. The course is general education certified in natural sciences and will provide a comprehensive and global perspective that both majors (students in life sciences) and non-majors will find valuable and enjoyable.

This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: 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). 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/ART 199 JS: Artists and Computers, Joseph Squier

30366 |  9:00-11:40 a.m.  |  F  |  336E Art and Design | 3 Hours


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

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


ART 199 RD2: Expressive Painting and Drawing, Robin Douglas

46634  |  2:00-4:40PM  |  TR  |  107 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  |  11:00-12:20 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.


CPSC/ABE 199 CHP: Agriculture & The Environment, George Czapar

53000  |  2:00-4:50 p.m.  |  M  |  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. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences.

Instructor: Dr. George Czapar is the Director of the Center for Watershed Science at the Illinois State Water Survey. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Crop Sciences. 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. Dr. Czapar received the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement and the College of ACES Award for Excellence in Teaching & Outreach.


CWL 395 NB2: Literature and War, Nancy Blake

50461 |  9:30-10:50am  |  TR  |  215 Davenport Hall | 3 Hours


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

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


ECON 101 1, Introduction to Economics, Paul Magelli

34026 |  2:00-3:50pm  |  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. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Social Sciences.

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 CH2: American Literature & the Legacy of Slavery, Justine Murison

57256 |  9:30-10:45am  |  MW  |  113 English Building | 3 Hours


Slavery and the Civil War changed the course of American literature, just as they did the nation at large. Much of the literature written before, during, and after the war debated and continues to debate the historical legacy of slavery and the meaning of the war. April 12, 2011 marked the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War and thus this is an apt time to revisit the era and consider how slavery and emancipation — and the war fought about them — shaped American culture. We will first read a variety of literature written in the antebellum era and during the war (including by such authors as Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, and Louisa May Alcott) and then turn to important eras since in which the historical memory of antebellum slavery and the Civil War was formulated: the rash of fiction about the antebellum era in the 1890s, Hollywood films from the early twentieth century like Gone With the Wind, and contemporary documentaries, fiction, and films about the meaning and legacy of slavery and the war. This course will emphasize active participation in classroom discussions, drawing upon the course readings, research assignments, and even our location in Illinois, the "Land of Lincoln." Both slavery and the Civil War are perennial topics of public interest, and I therefore welcome students to bring their own investments and enthusiasms to the course, but no prior knowledge of Civil War history is required. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Literature & Arts and Cultural Studies: US Minorities.

Instructor: : Justine S. Murison is an assistant professor in the English department. Her first book, The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2011. It explores the political, literary, and religious quandaries posed by studies of the nervous system in the nineteenth century. She is currently at work on a series of essays on Civil War and Reconstruction literature. For every semester she has taught at Illinois, she has been listed on the List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, four times with an "outstanding" distinction. She was also nominated for the English department's Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007 and 2009.


ENGL 199 CHP: Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities, Catherine Prendergast

39024  |  11:00-12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  59A English Building | 3 Hours


Think you're normal? Guess again! One of the key insights of disability studies is that "normal" doesn't exist, except as an artfully constructed category. The academic study of disability has forged new understandings of human diversity, dependency, ability, and inclusion. In this course we will read texts that approach disability as a social designation of identity and an embodied experience, and then turn our focus to study disability at the University of Illinois. Our campus has a distinguished history as an early site of disability activism as well as a current commitment to disability rights. Students will have the opportunity to build on the work of previous Campus Honors Programs students who have published their research on the relationship between disability and admissions, fraternities, the lives of women, and the lives of veterans (conducted in an earlier version of this course). Because this course will coordinate with the Ethnography of the University Initiative, current students will have the opportunity to present their work at EUI's cross-campus conference, and publish their work (either under their own name or a pseudonym) in IDEALS, Illinois' digital repository of student and faculty work. Because it is in the spirit of both disability studies and EUI to conduct research that can improve the institution, the major project for this course will be a research paper that concludes with recommendations to the Campus Honors Program and the University of Illinois as to how the campus can be a more accessible and inclusive to students with disabilities. By the end of this course, you should feel as if you have had an impact on the U of I. Note: This course would be of particular interest to pre-med and pre-law students as we will be discussing issues pertinent to those fields, including eugenics, euthanasia, medical ethics, civil rights, "ugly laws," and the insanity defense. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Historical & Philosophical Perspectives and Cultural Studies: US Minorities.

Instructor: Catherine Prendergast, Professor of English, specializes in rhetoric, language, literacy, and civil rights expressions. She received her BA in English literature from Columbia University and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her 2003 book, Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v. Board of Education, won four national awards. She is a Fulbright scholar and a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Literary Disability. She has taught at the University of Illinois since 1997.


ENVS 101/NPRE 101, AL1 (Lecture) and AY1 (Lab/Disc): Introduction to Energy Sources, David Ruzic

AL1-Lec

34678/41173  |  3:00-3:50pm  |  MWF  |  112 Chem Annex | 3 Hours

AY1-Lab/Disc

34671/34625  |  10:00-10:50am  |  T  |  105 NEL


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. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Quantitative Reasoning II and Physical Sciences.

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.


HORT 100 H: Introduction to Horticulture, Robert Skirvin

34164 |  10:00-10:50am  |  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  |  1:00-2:20pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This class is all about speech — speech inside the classroom regarding speech occurring outside the classroom. The idea is to have a rich dialogue in class, a marketplace of ideas, about a subject of concern to every citizen in a democracy: what are the purpose, tradition, limits on and meaning of free speech? Too few people know and understand the value of free speech, much less are able or willing to defend it when under attack, as it often is and no doubt will be during the course of the semester. Free speech is exercised all around us, but too often it is taken for granted. Not that long ago, much of what we say today was punishable, and the First Amendment needs advocates who will keep us from returning to the Dark Ages of the mid-20th Century. By the end of this course, you will have a richer appreciation of the struggle for free speech and the ongoing debate, including recent controversies regarding violent videogames, hate speech, and the effects of pornography on women and men. You will have the intellectual tools to construct arguments regarding the scope and purpose of free speech, because that is what you will be doing in class. In addition to reading a variety of free speech cases, 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 have been as varied as the First Amendment rights of rappers, Internet neutrality, or whether body piercing constitutes protected speech. The class has appealed to students from all disciplines, from engineering to music to psychology, in large part because every discipline relies on speech and free speech issues abound, whether those in the discipline realize it or not. So if you have ever sent a text message or read a blog, this class is about you.

Instructor: Steven Helle has received the campuswide award for outstanding undergraduate teaching at the University of Illinois on three separate occasions. In 1998, he was named national Freedom Forum Journalism Teacher of the Year. The last time he taught this Honors course, students rated him 4.9 on a 5.0 scale on course evaluations, and he has been named by his students to the campus List of Outstanding Instructors all but three semesters since 1980. 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 websites: https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/steveh/www/ https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/steveh/www/altvita.htm


LAW 199A: Current Issues in Law, Tom Ulen

31785  |  2:00-3:20pm  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


This course will explore several important legal issues of the day. After an introductory section on the U.S. legal system, we will turn our attention to discussing some or all of the following issues: the First Amendment and hate-speech codes, criminal justice policy and the death penalty, the relationship between the law and a nation's economic development, cognitive and social psychology and the limits of law, and affirmative action. We will have a number of guest speakers and some field trips to acquaint you with the law and with lawyers. Students will be expected to make brief presentations during class on the legal background issues and to write a research paper.

Instructor: (Tom Ulen) I received my bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1968. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Seoul, Korea, from 1968 to 1970 and then studied PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics) at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, from 1970 to 1972. Next, eager to continue to avoid confronting the real world, I went to Stanford, from which I received my Ph.D. in economics in 1979. I joined the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois in 1977. The field of law and economics was so new in 1980 that it did not exist as a course in graduate school. I discovered law and economics at a conference in Miami in 1980 and was so taken by the topic that I developed a proposal for a new undergraduate course in the subject in 1981. During 1981-1982 I was a visiting professor at the Law School and Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis. When I returned to the University of Illinois, I taught law and economics as a visitor in the College of Law and continued to teach in the Department of Economics. I became affiliated with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs in 1987 and officially joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1989. I was a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai in Spring, 1989, and have also taught at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the University of Bielefeld, Germany, the University of Hamburg, the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, and the University of Ghent (where I was the Foreign Chair of Law in 2002-2003). My scholarly interests have been in the economic analysis of legal rules and institutions. I have published three books on law and economics and over 70 articles, essays, and book reviews. My textbook with Robert D. Cooter, Law and Economics, is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, and Russian. I have recently been working on the relationship between cognitive psychology and theories of human behavior as they apply to the law and have a book on that subject forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press with Russell Korobkin. I was involved in the founding of the American Law and Economics Association and hosted the association's inaugural meeting, held at the University Of Illinois College Of Law in May, 1991. During the 2000-2001 academic year I served as Chair of the UIUC Chancellor Search Committee, and in March, 2003, I was appointed a Swanlund University Professor at UIUC.


LING 199 RB: English Across Cultures, Rakesh Bhatt

52895  |  2:30-3:50pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


The specific goal of this course is to invite students to appreciate (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. This course is organized as a seminar, where readings of texts and audio-video clips will be used as starting points for discussions and interpretations of various issues introduced through the course of the semester. Furthermore, some classic works will be selected and each student will have the opportunity to pick one of them, deeply analyze it, and present the analysis to the class. The class then discusses and critiques the information presented. Finally, students will be required to write 4 response papers, one for each section (II-V), that together will highlight the value of cross-cultural study of language (English) in the understanding of the total range of human experience. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: For the colleges of Engineering, FAA, LAS, and Media: Lit/Arts AND Western or Non-Western. For the College of ACES: Non-Western. For the Colleges of Business, Education, and Applied Health Sciences: Lit/Arts, Western, and Non-Western.

Instructor: Rakesh M. Bhatt is a Professor of Linguistics specializing 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 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 working on a book-length manuscript, under contract with Cambridge University Press, on the sociolinguistic patterns of subordination of Kashmiri language in Diaspora.


PS 199 CHP: Approaches to Peace , Paul Diehl

54821  |  3:30-4:50pm  |  TR  |  307 DKH | 3 Hours


This course offers an introductory survey of the various approaches to peace. The course is organized according to the major distinction between "negative peace" (the absence of war or violence) and "positive peace" (justice, dispute resolution, reconciliation). Mechanisms to achieve both kinds of peace are explored, with special attention to their underlying assumptions about human behavior and their limitations. Although the focus is primarily directed to the international level, applications to the national and local levels are explored as well. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Social Sciences.

Instructor: Paul F. Diehl is Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science and has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois since 1989. He has an extensive record of instructional excellence, including serving as the Founding Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Academy for a decade. He also received the LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as being a four time winner of the Clarence Berdahl Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction.


CANCELLED/RLST 199 JT: Animism & Modernity, James Treat

50364  |  6:00-8:50pm  |  W  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


Ecologies of Life and Currency This is an interdisciplinary seminar exploring "animism" and "modernity" in the Anthropocene, a time of ecological crisis. What are the relations between indigenous traditions and Western innovations, and how are they related to contemporary environmental concerns? Assigned readings are drawn from representative texts covering important theories and methods in the relevant fields. Class discussions are supplemented by audiovisual materials, guest speakers, campus events, and web-based assignments. Students have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of animism, modernity, and ecological crisis; to conduct focused research on a relevant topic, theme, or issue; and to develop their critical skills for use in educational, professional, and personal settings. If destroying our environment doesn't make us happy, then why do we do it? This course addresses the cultural roots of ecological crisis through an interdisciplinary study of "animism" and "modernity" in human history. What are the relations between indigenous traditions and Western innovations, and how are they related to contemporary environmental concerns? Assigned readings are drawn from representative texts covering important theories and methods in the relevant fields. Research projects allow each participant to supplement our collective effort by exploring an individual interest in greater detail. Students have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of animism, modernity, and ecological crisis; to conduct focused research on a related topic, theme, or issue; and to develop their critical skills for use in educational, professional, and personal settings. Syllabus available at http://am12s.wordpress.com/ This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Historical & Philosophical Perspectives AND Non-Western/US Minorities.

Instructor: James Treat teaches courses on indigenous religious and ecological traditions and on the place of nature in contemporary criticism. His research and writing focus on American Indian environmental issues, especially in the context of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. Earlier in his career, he studied the native encounter with Christianity in the contemporary period. You can find more information about his work at http://illinois.edu/~treaty


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

48539  |  9:00-10:20am  |  MW  |  113 Speech and Hearing Building | 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? This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Behavioral Sciences.

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.'


CHP 395 A: Exploring the Modern City: London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Mark Steinberg

31307  |  10:00-11:20am  |  MW  |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


We will explore together the experience and meaning of the modern city through readings and discussion of new scholarship, texts from the time, literature, art, and film. Our focus will be on London, Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, times and places of great dynamism but also great suffering and anxiety. Cities have long been viewed as symbols of what humans do and make, of "civilization," and thus of what we are. No wonder so many poets, painters, historians, and cultural theorists have dwelled on "the city," especially the modern city. In this course, we will immerse ourselves in the history of these (and other) cities in order to think together about how these places have been viewed as evidence about such large questions as modernity, happiness, human nature, crime, sex, gender, and the varied meanings of progress. The scholarly studies we will read come from various disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, and art. Primary sources will range from city newspapers, to urban poetry and fiction, to modern art and photography. The course will be run as a seminar, with a strong emphasis on class discussion and writing (two short response papers; an analysis of a city novel of your choice, concerning any city in the world; and the close study of any newspaper's reporting on city life.)

Instructor: is a historian who has written about the city, labor, emotions, religion, revolution, politics, and popular and lower-class cultures, mainly concerning Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His recent books are Petersburg Fin-de-Siecle (2011), Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (2002); Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe (edited with Valeria Sobol, 2011); Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia (edited with Heather Coleman, 2006); and A History of Russia (with Nicholas Riasanovsky, 8th edition, 2010). His current project is writing a new history of the Russian revolution, and he is the editor of the journal Slavic Review. He was born in San Francisco and received his B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and his doctoral degree from U.C. Berkeley. In the 1970s, he worked in New York City as a taxi driver and printer's apprentice.


CHP 395 B: Sovereignty & Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere: Indigenous Peoples through Empires, Nation-States, & Globalization, Nils Jacobsen and Frederick Hoxie

40547 |  3:00-4:50pm (Seminar)  |  M  |  912 W Illinois St, Urbana | 3 Hours

 |  3:30-4:50pm (Discussion)  |  W  |  212 Honors House


For the last 500 years, the peoples of the Western Hemisphere have shared a common story. Disconnected from regular contact with Europe, Africa and Asia prior to 1492, this vast macro-region has been shaped by distinctive legacies produced by its indigenous past and its global entanglements. The hemisphere's story is marked by the tragedies of invasion and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the most powerful and transformative early-modern colonial empires, the precocious rise of the earliest postcolonial nation states, the emergence of a regional and global "superpower," and, with the waning of the geopolitics of the twentieth century, new imaginings of and experiments with transnational economic arrangements and citizenship. No other section of the globe has been so thoroughly enmeshed in the unfolding of modernity.

Today this "New World" remains a primary site to examine some of the most pressing sociopolitical questions of the twenty-first century: Can indigenous cultures survive–and be reconciled with–the rule of nation states founded by European settlers? How can constitutional governments withstand the challenges of human diversity and retain a sense of common identity? Can literature and other forms of expressive culture bridge differences within nations and across the region while giving authentic voice to the poor and the dispossessed? Is it possible for international economic activity all sectors and social strata within the hemisphere? Are multinational authorities–alliances of states, regional political organizations and trade associations–capable of managing environmental resources for the common good?

This cross-disciplinary seminar will explore answers to these questions by examining the experiences of the hemisphere's indigenous peoples who have dealt with invasion, conquest, exploitation, and acculturation, all while maintaining their own campaign for sovereignty and autonomy in their homelands. After five sessions traversing the grand arc of indigenous history and identity from the time of first contact with Europeans to our own time, the seminar will focus on a series of issues around and through which indigenous peoples and their interlocutors have struggled over the meaning of sovereignty and autonomy in the Western Hemisphere. Each session will address events and ideas coming from both North and South America and will strive to make sense of both the variety of local experiences and the common themes that have emerged from them."

Instructor: Nils Jacobsen is a historian of modern Latin America, whose research and publications have focused on the Andean region (especially Peru) from the late colonial period to the great depression of 1929-32. He was trained at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. He is the author of one monograph, co-edited three books, and has published some thirty articles in journals and anthologies in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. His publications have dealt with indigenous communities, hispanic large landholders and the struggle for land in a context of a regional export boom in the southern Andes, the effects of nineteenth century liberalism on indigenous peoples, economic policies in post-colonial Peru, the political cultures of the Andean republics, and social mobilization, civil war and revolution in the context of nation-state formation in Peru. He has held post-doctoral fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and held visiting professorships at the University of Chicago, the University of Hamburg, and the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. He is currently completing a book manuscript about a revolution in late nineteenth- century Peru that was instrumental in transforming the political culture of that nation. With this work he hopes to contribute to a revision of our understanding of revolutions in the history of post-colonial Latin America."

Instructor: Professor Hoxie is Swanlund Professor of History and is an affiliated faculty member with the University of Illinois American Indian Studies program and its College of Law. Dr. Hoxie came to Illinois in 1998 from the Newberry Library where he served for fifteen years, first as Director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History and later as Vice President for Research and Education. A graduate of Amherst College and Brandeis University, Dr. Hoxie has taught at Antioch College and Northwestern University. He is the author and editor of numerous books and scholarly articles on federal Indian policy, Plains Indians, and Native American history, including A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the Indians, 1880-1920 (1984), Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America, 1805-1935, (1996), The People: A History of Native America (2007) (as co-author) and (as editor) The Encyclopedia of North American Indians (1995). His latest book, This Indian Country, will be published by Penguin in 2012. Dr. Hoxie has also maintained a prominent role as a public historian. He has served as a consultant and expert witness to the U. S. Department of Justice, the U. S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Park Service. Dr. Hoxie is a trustee of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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

46862  |  9:30-11:50am  |  TR |  212 Honors House | 3 Hours


It is widely thought that Science is concerned only with the physical world. Yet, for the last 80 years, significant effort has been devoted to adapting the principles and methods of the physical sciences to the life and social sciences. Although this work is in its early stages, it is already clear that Science can directly address such human concerns as the nature of mental and social reality. This course examines the origins, methodology, and implications of these developing mathematical theories. Although some familiarity with mathematics and physics is helpful, it is certainly not required. The course is primarily a history of ideas in which students of the humanities and social sciences are strongly encouraged to participate. Each class will consist of a short (20 minute) lecture followed by open discussion of the assigned readings. Course grades will be based on weekly one page essays on the assigned subject and a final research paper on any relevant topic. This course satisfies the requirements for General Education credit: Advanced Composition.

Instructor: Stephen E. Levinson was born in New York City on September 27, 1944. He received the B.A. degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard in 1966, and the MS. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island in 1972 and 1974, respectively. From 1966-1969 he was a design engineer at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. From 1974-1976 he held a J. Willard Gibbs Instructorship in Computer Science at Yale University. In 1976, he joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ where he conducted research in the areas of speech recognition and understanding. In 1979 he was a visiting researcher at the NTT Musashino Electrical Communication Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. In 1984, he held a visiting fellowship in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. In 1990, Dr. Levinson became head of the Linguistics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he directed research in Speech Synthesis, Speech Recognition and Spoken Language Translation. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches courses in Speech and Language Processing and leads research projects in speech synthesis and automatic language acquisition. He is also a full-time faculty member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology where he serves as the head of the Artificial Intelligence group. Dr. Levinson is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a founding editor of the journal Computer Speech and Language and a former member and chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the CAIP Center at Rutgers University. He is the author of more than 100 technical papers and holds seven patents. His book, published in 2005 by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., is entitled "Mathematical Models for Speech Technology". Since joining the faculty at the University of Illinois, he has developed and taught four new courses: CAS587 (Memory and the Development of Culture and Identity), ECE/Ling594 (Mathematical Models of Language), ECE493/Math487 (Advanced Engineering Mathematics), and CS/MCB/Neur591 (Computational Brain Theory). His name has appeared on the "Incomplete List" in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.