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ACE 251 H: World Food Economy, Alex Winter-Nelson

59019  |  11:00-11:50 (Lecture)  |  MWF  |  134 THBH  |  3 Hours


This course examines the rapid changes in the global demand, supply, and distribution of food and how those changes impact people around the world. The course uses basic economics concepts to explore factors that are driving changes in food markets and affecting food security, nutritional health and other factors. The class focus on population growth, income growth, technological change and natural resources as central factors affecting the food economy. We will look at how countries use food policies to ensure food security and the role of international markets in balancing supply and demand. Through the course students are expected to develop facility with some important economic concepts, gain factual knowledge about the global food system, and become familiar with some research methods on applied economics.

An introductory class in economics such as ECON 102 or ACE 100 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for the course. You should be somewhat familiar with Excel or be willing to spend some extra time familiarizing yourself with the program. This course satisfies the general education requirements for Cultural Studies: Non-western AND Social Sciences.

Instructor: Professor Alex Winter-Nelson has served on the faculty of the Center for African Studies and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since 1992. He completed his PhD in applied econimics at the Stanford University Food Research Institute and has worked extensively on issues of agricultural and rurual development in Africa. His research focuses on the rural poor and examines the impacts of agricultural and market interventions on poverty and welfare among vulnerable households. He has recently studies the impacts of different initiatives for reducing poverty in Ethiopia and is now inititating research on the impact of an anti-povety effort in Zambia. Winter-Nelson is co-author of the recetly published Atlas of World Hunger (University of Chicago, 2010) which documents the geography of hunger as well as its underlying causes and presents the Hunger Vulnerability Index as an alternative and improved mechanism for tracking the hunger problem. In addition to his research, Professor Winter-Nelson teaches development economics and serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Illinois program in Agricultural and Applied Economics. He was recognized as a Teacher Fellow by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agricultaure (NACTA) in 2011 and received a Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.


Cancelled: ARCH 199 KH: Architecture and the Built Environment, Kevin Hinders

55437  |  2:30 pm - 4:50 pm  |  TR  |  TBA  |  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.


ART 199 RD2: Expressive Painting and Drawing, Robin Douglas

46634  |  2:00 pm - 4:40 pm  |  TR  |  224 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.


ART 199 TK: Understanding Visual Culture, Tom Kovacs

48918  |  10:30 am - 11:50 am  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


ART 199 TK, Understanding Visual Culture is a course based on methodology that allows one to recognize and understand the meaning of a wide range of visual images generated in western and in some non-western cultures. Methods used in reading visuals include semiotics (the study of signs), and the application of personal, aesthetic, historical, cultural, technical, ethical, and critical perspectives.

Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and writing in the application of these perspectives in the viewing of art, design, film, and other visual material in order to recognize visual statements in a broader context, and thus gain a better understanding of what they mean.

Class topics include the physics and psychology of visual perception and the basics of visual composition, the understanding of time and space in still and moving images, the process of visual persuasion in advertising and politics, visual humor, the art of information design, the art of protest, as well as body language as a cultural code used in film, theater, dance, and in everyday human interaction.

General Education credit: Historical & Philosophical Perspectives and Cultural Studies: Western

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


ARTH 249 JG: American Visual Humor, Jennifer Greenhill

58718  |  10:00 am - 11:20 am  |  MW  |  319 Art & Design Bldg.  |  3 Hours


"The most pervasive trait in the American national character is jocularity," declared the Norwegian-American Columbia College professor H. H. Boyesen in 1893. Despite the pronounced heterogeneity of U. S. culture, a "reckless determination to be funny" appeared to unite Americans of all walks of life. We in the twenty-first century know well the desire to strike the funny bone; this course looks back to the period when humor first became central to American senses of self, the nineteenth century. By looking at a range of material–including cartoons, film, public monuments, comics, paintings, literature, and theatrical performances–we will develop languages for analyzing humor across media and explore how humor operates as cultural practice both in the past and the present. The course works to isolate specific comic styles (such as deadpan, burlesque, and so on) as it moves chronologically through the history of American humor, focusing on important (but sometimes forgotten) works, events, and critical debates. There will be at least two field trips: a trip to observe a stand-up comedian at work and a visit to an area museum, possibly the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artists, writers, and performers considered: P. T. Barnum, Charlie Chaplin, John Haberle, Winslow Homer, Henry James, David Claypoole Johnston, James Russell Lowell, Winsor McCay, William Sidney Mount, Thomas Nast, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Lilly Martin Spencer, Mark Twain, Artemus Ward, and Walt Whitman, among others.

Requirements: -Four short assignments (analysis of: a political cartoon; a stand-up comedian's techniques; Mark Twain's burlesque strategies; Charlie Chaplin's short film, The Pawnshop, using Henri Bergson as your guide)
-One short essay
-A final research project

Instructor: Jennifer Greenhill is an assistant professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies affiliated with the Unit for Criticism. She just completed Playing It Straight: Art and Humor in the Gilded Age (University of California Press, 2012), the research for which informs her CHP course offering. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work and has published widely on art, visual culture, literature and, most recently, theatre. Students at the University of Illinois have repeatedly rated her "Excellent" and three times "Outstanding" for her interdisciplinary courses.


CWL 395 NB2: Madness and Literature, Nancy Blake

50461  |  9:00 am -10:20 am  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


When the Surrealist Antonin Artaud confessed "I would like to write a Book which would drive men mad, which would be like an open door leading them where they would never have consented to go, in short, a door that opens onto reality," he suggested a possibility for a revised vision of "reality." Artaud, like the other Surrealists, saw artistic expression as violent, but liberating. He would have agreed with Franz Kafka who insisted that "a book should be an axe to break up the frozen sea in us."

According to Socrates, "Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness." But if the ancient Greeks viewed madness as a source of insight, inspiration or prophecy, since it was of divine origin, they also felt that they had good reason to fear the gods and they seem to have also feared and shunned the mad.

Shakespeare, on the other hand, often seems to find madness a good source of comic relief. The fool is also licensed to tell the truth which no one else dares to even think. Perhaps Shakespeare's fool opens Artaud's door onto reality.

For contemporary philosopher Michel Foucault, madness is not an absolute; its definition changes with the needs of society and social ideologies. The way a cultural moment understands madness and reason reveals a good deal about the way power expresses itself in that world.

Some Non-Western expressions of madness serve to illustrate Foucault's thesis. Madness in Ai-Ling Chang's "The Gold Cangue," for example is the manifestation of the contradictions passed from one generation to another; as such it becomes "reason's debate with itself."

Finally, contemporary Rock lyrics seem to suggest that madness, far from isolating an individual as sacred or damned recipient of forbidden knowledge could actually serve to furnish as sense of community for young people estranged by their world. In this way, young artists today carry on the tradition of Alfred Jarry and the theater of the Absurd. Jarry has much in common with Artaud yet his form is radically different and his critique of the establishment makes use of madness an exhilarating renewal of vision.

The course will be conducted as a seminar. Each session will feature some lecture material and discussion time. Each discussion period will be led by a member of the group who will provide background on the reading and a series of questions or themes to be discussion by the seminar. (About five pages of written handout to the group).

The members of the seminar will also prepare an individual project of about 15 pages to be presented and defended in a meeting with the instructor during the exam week. There will be no exams, but there will be quizzes.

Oral participation to count 50 percent

Seminar presentation 20 percent

Final project 30 percent

his course satisifies the general education requirements: Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives AND Cultural Studies: Western


ECON 101, Introduction to Economics, Paul Magelli

34026 |  2:00-3:50pm  |  TR  |  4001 BIF (POSSIBLE LOCATION CHANGE)  |  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 general education requirements for 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.


CANCELLED: ENGL 280/GWS 280 CHP: American Women Writers, Dale Bauer

32105  |  9:00 am - 10:50 am  |  T  |  115 English Building  |  3 Hours
32107  |  9:00 am - 10:50 am  |  R  |  TBA by Instructor


This course satisifies the general education requirements: Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives AND Cultural Studies: Western.

This course examines 20th- and 21st-century US women's writing in a variety of forms, and our emphasis will be on conceptions of cultural and literary history, including style and social reform. We will focus on how a literary work is simultaneously a product of an author's imagination yet also participates in a set of historical norms, shaped by the cultural anxieties to which the author, in turn, responds. Within this critical framework, we will also be defining the vision of gender and modes animating these works. Our survey of US women's writing begins with women's writing in the 1910s and moves, decade by decade, into the present. The reading list includes canonical and noncanonical readings from various genres–poetry (Plath, Sexton, Brooks), memoir (Hornbacher, Bechdel), comedy (Jackson), radical (Le Sueur) and conservative (Gilman) novels--in order to demonstrate both formal and thematic concerns in representative women's texts.

Please note the seminar structure of this course: we will all meet on Tuesday mornings, from 9-10:45, for a seminar on the literature. On Thursdays, we will work on the research for this course individually–on your own--and/or collaboratively–meeting with me in my office, depending on the week. For this course, students will write a paper that draws on all of our reading for the course. And as the final assignment, we will contribute to the Undergraduate Research Symposium by presenting your individual research projects in the collective of our class. This is a major step in producing your work for a public audience. I will show the video of the previous Honors course's presentations from Spring 2009! See me if you're interested!

Instructor: Dale Bauer is Professor of English and, most recently, is the Editor of The Cambridge History of American Women's Literature (2012). Her Spring classes have been part of the Undergraduate Research Symposium since 2008, under whose auspices her students have contributed valuable critical and scholarly work in the study of American literature. Bauer has written 3 books and edited 3 others on US women writers (Charlotte Perkins Gilman, nineteenth-century US women writers, and American studies) and has taught at liberal arts colleges and major research institutions, including UW-Madison and now at UIUC.


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  |  TBA


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 general education requirements for Physical Sciences AND Quant Reasoning II.

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.


GER 199 CHP/CWL 199 CHP: Books Matter, Book Matters, Mara Wade

58838/58839  |  2:00 pm - 3:20 pm  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


This course focuses on a wide range of approaches to books and reading, from the physical exploration of books and their tangible reality to their digital expression. By interrogating the rich cultural and technological past of the Book, this course aims to explore how we arrived at where we are at today. Because we are preparing students for meaningful lives, some aspects of which we cannot predict, the goal of this course is to show the interconnectedness of discourse and knowledge. What better place to explore this than the book? Why do we care, why should we care about books?

The course is well suited to an engaged audience of students with curious minds. Our goal is to produce ideas, lots of them. We will accomplish this by engaging with stories from many times and many places that emphasize the human need to tell its story and by doing so to make sure that human existence matters. From the sublime and existential to the nitty gritty of getting ink under your fingernails this course combines a broad range of texts and activities that interrogate the book. The course differs from other campus offerings in that it includes texts from a number of historical and literary traditions read not only as literary texts, but also as expressions of the meaning of the Book. Concurrently, we explore the technologies of the book, the economic practices of books, and their dissemination, translation, digitization, and curation. Through broad reading, diverse excursions, lively debate, and written articulation, collectively we will explore the book–one of the hotly contested artifacts of our time.

This course satisifies the general education requirements: Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts AND Cultural Studies: Western.

Instructor: Professor Mara R. Wade is in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, where she teaches courses in English and German for undergraduates and graduates. Among the recent undergraduate courses in English that she has taught are: "The Holocaust in Context" and "History of German Cinema." She is a strong supporter of Study Abroad. She has taught at a number of institutions in the US and Germany since coming to the University of Illinois, including the Newberry Library, the University of Göttingen and The Music Conservatory of Hannover, Germany, and the Duke August Library, Wolfenbüttel. She publishes on German and Scandinavian literature and culture of the early modern period, digital humanities, and gender studies. She is the PI for the NEH/DFG funded project to digitize Renaissance books Emblematica. Online: http://emblematica.grainger.illinois.edu/. Her most recently edited volume is: Emblem Digitization: Conducting Digital Research with Renaissance Texts and Images, published as a special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, 20 (2012). http://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/si-20/si-20toc.htm


HIST 295 A: War to End All Wars: World War I, 1914-2014, Peter Fritzsche

34137  |  Noon - 1:20 pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


On the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of World War I, this course will examine the origins, brutality, and legacy of the war and its political, cultural, and scientific consequences in an interdisciplinary fashion. World War I changed the face of modern civilization by uprooting its certainties and augmenting its horrors. The course will explore this break in fundamental expectation in three ways, (1) by exploring the cultural and political impact of World War I on the twentieth century; (2) by investigating the experience of the war in the years 1914-1918, from its origins to its unforeseen but deadly escalation into the most catastrophic event known until then in modern history; and (3) by analyzing the cultural artifacts by which contemporaries made sense of the cataclysm. Readings will include texts by historians such as Paul Fussell and contemporary observers (Freud) as well as novelists from Ernst Jünger to Ernst Hemingway to Pat Barker.

This course satisifies the general education requirements: Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives AND Cultural Studies: Western.

The basic requirements of the course include class participation prompted by the readings, one short paper (4-5pp each) on one of the supplementary readings assigned over the course of the semester, two 5-minute reports on a recovered "war document" (see syllabus), and engagement in a "debate" in a team of four classmates for the benefit of the seminar (see syllabus). A final modest "capstone" research paper (ca. 10pp) will allow students to undertake their own analyses of how the war embedded itself into a single cultural or political artifact ("Memorial Stadium," for example, or the gas mask). In this way, students will become the owners of their own interpretations. At the end of the course, students will present their research findings and suggest how those findings illuminate the broader questions under discussion.

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


CANCELLED: HIST 295 B: Music in Modern History: Music, Nations, and States in the Globalized World, Harry Liebersohn

44278  |  3:00 pm - 4:20 pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


This course will examine the changing political uses of music in the modern era. Since the late eighteenth century nationalists have used music to define national communities, while globalization has furthered a counter-movement of musical cultures that overlap, borrow and learn from each other. This course will survey both the nationalist and the cosmopolitan currents in the modern politics of music. It will also consider how technical and political factors such as the phonograph, the two World Wars, the end of colonialism and the internet have changed the role of music in public life. We will study music from many different times and places; possible musical traditions include South Asian, Chinese, Native American, Hawaiian including Western classical, jazz, Hawaiian, Indian, klezmer, jazz, and Caribbean music. The course will emphasize the development of writing skills, and students will write a research paper.

This course satisifies the general education requirements: Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perceptives.

Instructor: Harry Liebersohn is the author of numerous books and articles on travel and cultural contact between Europeans and non-Europeans. His most recent book, The Return of the Gift: European History of a Global Idea (Cambridge, 2011) is scheduled for paperback release in October 2012; a Chinese edition is also forthcoming. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton in 1996-97 and of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin) in 2006-07. He will co-direct an SIAS (Some Institutes for Advanced Study) post-doctoral seminar at the Wissenschaftskolleg/Berlin in summer 2013 and at the National Humanities Center in summer 2014.


HORT 100 H: Introduction to Horticulture, Robert Skirvin

34164  |  10:00-10:50am  |  MWF  |  1125 Plant Sciences Lab | 3 Hours
34164  |  Optional 1 Hour Lab Available


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.


LAW 199 M: The American Health Care System: Crisis & Reform, Robert Rich

31785  |  9:00 am - 10:20 am  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


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

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


MATH 199 CHP: Numbers, Scott Ahlgren

46559  |  9:30 am — 10:50 am  |  TR  |  341 Altgeld Hall  |  3 Hours


The natural numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ....... have fascinated humankind since the beginning of recorded history. Number Theory is the study of the profound and subtle relationships between these numbers. Number Theory is known as the ``Queen of Mathematics,'' and is one of the most beautiful areas in all of mathematics. The subject is famous for elegant problems which are very simple to state (for example, how many prime numbers are there?) Some of these have easy solutions which have been known for thousands of years, while others have frustrated the attempts of the most brilliant thinkers for generations. Very recently, there have been very important practical applications of Number Theory (for example, in cryptography).

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to this subject. There will be short lectures to introduce important concepts, and students will spend much of class time actively engaged in mathematics (this includes experimenting, formulating hypotheses, and proving these hypotheses). Emphasis will be placed on thinking in a way which is simultaneously creative, clear, elegant, and logical.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in mathematics. There is no formal mathematical prerequisite. The main prerequisite is an intellectual interest in math and a willingness to engage new ideas. The course is not open to students who have taken a math class at the 300 level or above (with the exception of Math 415).

The course satisfies the requirements for general education for Quantitative Reasoning 1.

Biographical sketch: Scott Ahlgren is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Professor Ahlgren's research lies in the area of Number Theory, and he has written over forty research papers. He enjoys teaching students at all levels, from high school to graduate school. In 2006 he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Bibliography: The main text for the class is the book A friendly introduction to number theory by Joseph Silverman of Brown University. The book covers many of the topics from a standard undergraduate course in number theory, but is written in such a way as to minimize prerequisites. The book is beautifully written and has many excellent exercises at a wide range of levels. The book will be supplemented as necessary.


PS 199 CHP: Approaches to Peace, Paul Diehl

54821  |  3:30-4:50pm  |  MW  |  106 David Kinley Hall  |  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.

The course satisfies the General Education requirement for 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. Paul is also Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.


RHET 243 CHP: Inter Expository Writing, Carol Spindel

33664  |  1:30 pm -2:50 pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


Tales of the Quest: Writing the Personal Essay Carol Spindel

Whether you love to write or dread it, join this writing workshop and you will be part of a collaborative community taking off on a quest, a quest to understand the world by writing about it. You and your fellow students will serve in three roles -- writer, reader/listener, and editor.

Each week we write and share short personal essays in response to guided assignments. Exercises started in class and revised for the following week teach skills such as how to bring characters to life, develop a personal voice, write dialogue, and improve your powers of description. The techniques taught in the class are applicable to fiction, literary nonfiction, and narrative journalism. You can also use them to blog, improve your academic papers, or write a killer medical school admission essay.

We read several book-length memoirs and one collection of personal essays. We approach these readings as writers and mechanics of prose. We are always looking under the hood and trying to figure out how the gears and pistons make the thing go.

Required to successfully complete the class: participation in discussions, completion of all rough draft assignments, vigorous revision that results in several longer pieces, and active participation in a group project, usually a self-published anthology. 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 creative nonfiction and many essays and book reviews. She has written about life and art in Ivory Coast, West Africa, the controversy over American Indian-theme mascots, cemeteries in Paris, women's political songs in Ivory Coast, and many other topics. In 2011 one of her public radio commentaries won a PRNDI Award for Best Writing. She teaches nonfiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. For more about her work, see carolspindel.com.


CHP 395 A: Cultural Explorations with Media, Darrel Kesler

31307  |  Noon - 1:50 pm  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


This will be a provocative seminar on culture. Foundation information will be provided on culture from a global perspective. Twelve films with a significant cultural element will be viewed. Films were selected because they incite an uneasiness that fosters speculation, contemplation, and self-discovery; they will leave an indelible impression within one's memory. Possible films include Kite Runner, The Stoning of Soraya M, A Woman in Berlin, Moolaade, I Can't Think Straight, XXY, Winter's Bone, Rain, Rabbit Proof Fence, Invictus, Blood Diamonds, and The Cove. Evaluation will be based upon a weekly journal, movie reflections, and critical thinking exercises.

Instructor: Darrel J. Kesler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus. Professor Kesler has taught courses on reproductive biology, biotechnology, and bioethical issues 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.


CHP 395 B: Controversies in Contemporary Western Culture 1960's - 2012, Diana Sheets

40547  |  10:30 am -11:50 am  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


By the early 1990s, in the aftermath of the "Culture Wars," methods of evaluating literature and society had altered dramatically. Analysis had shifted from historical and literary influences to political assessments. "Manly fiction" engaged with the world became marginalized in favor of "feminized stories" steeped in identity politics and drenched in self-consciousness. During this period literature, once the crown jewel of the humanities, became increasingly irrelevant. "Controversies in Contemporary Western Culture" will examine the circumstances responsible for literature's decline, as well as the impact of feminization, politics, and memoir on the marginalization of great literature. Historical analysis, literary criticism, and fictional stories–including political narrative and memoir–will serve to illuminate the tragic plight of contemporary literature. Vigorous discussion will be encouraged. Students are expected to have differing perspectives informed by rigorous scholarship.

Instructor: Dr. Diana E. Sheets iFoundry Fellow, College of Engineering; Research Scholar, English & History Departments. Dr. Sheets has maintained an academic affiliation with the English and History Departments since 1999 and has taught in the English Department. She has a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University with honors in her minor field, Literature and Politics, which she studied with renowned literary critic Edward Said. Dr. Sheets has published two novels, The Cusp of Dreams (2010) and American Suite (2010). Since 2007 she has maintained a website, Literary Gulag, devoted to essays on literary criticism and political commentary. She is currently editing a collection of these essays for future publication. Most are also available on IDEALS, the open-access website maintained by the University of Illinois. Dr. Sheets is an expert in political narrative. She has been interviewed and quoted by Edward Luce, Washington DC Bureau Chief for the Financial Times and Will Englund, White House Correspondent for the National Journal. Dr. Sheets has had her opinion essays published in The Christian Science Monitor. Michael F. Shaughnessy, Sr. Correspondent for EducationNews.org, has interviewed her frequently. Dr. Sheets has appeared on Smoki Bacon's TV show "The Literati Scene" and many radio programs.


CHP 396 A: The Fear Factor and Hunts for "Un-Americans", Mark Leff

46862  |  3:30 pm - 4:50 pm  |  MW  |  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.

This course satisfies the general education requirements for Advanced Comp.

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.