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

59019  |  11:00 - 11:50 am  |  MWF  |  313 Mumford Hall  |  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 focuse on population growth, income growth, technological change and natural resources as cental 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.

***Campus has granted general education credit for this course: Social sciences AND non-western.***

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.


ART 199 RD 2: Expressive Painting and Drawing, Robin Douglas

46634  |  2:00 - 4:30 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  |  9:30 - 10:50 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.

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

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.


ART 199 BT2: Design Through Craft Practice, Billie Jean Theide

12125  |  9:00 - 11:40 am  |  MW  |  Art East Annex 221  |  3 Hours


ART 199 BT "Design Through Craft Practice" introduces students to the elements, principles, and processes of design. Students will investigate basic design concepts in four three-week workshops in craft/material studies. Design strategies will be introduced via a survey of basic techniques in metalworking, glassmaking, bookmaking, ceramics, and fiber.

Course topics include point and line, pattern and repetition, symmetrical and asymmetrical organization, texture and relief, and color applications. Students will be introduced to basic jewelry making skills such as sawing, filing, sanding, piercing, texturing, riveting, and pagination; the cutting, fusing, and slumping of sheet glass; case-bound bookmaking; and basic ceramic handbuilding, decorating, and glazing processes.

The course will include fieldtrips to the studios of practicing craft artists and visits to Krannert Art Museum and local art galleries.**There is a course materials fee for this course.***

Instructor: Professor Billie Jean Theide is Chair of the Metal Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2010, Professor Theide received one of five campus awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching presented by the Provost's Office. She is the recipient of a 1984-85 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and 2005-06, 2001-02, 1998-99, 1988-89 and 1992-93 Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Her creative work in metal has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the American Craft Museum in New York, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana, Umeleckoprumyslove Museum (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Prague, Czech Republic, Sanford M. Besser Collection in Santa Fe, and Sonny and Gloria Kamm Collection in Los Angeles. She is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.


AIS 199 VD: Introduction to Global Indigeneities, Vince Diaz

51503  |  9:30 - 10:50 am  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


The pairing of the concepts "global" and "indigenous" would appear to many to be an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. If "globalization" at the end of the 20th and start of the 21st centuries signals profound changes in demographics, digital technology, the environment, cultural homogeneity, the "indigenous" might evoke the opposite: the past, purity, fixity, tradition. Reflective of a turn in American Indian Studies' vision towards Indigenous Worlds in the US and beyond, this seminar will offer new and provocative ways to rethink both the social, cultural, and political life of "native" peoples and "advanced technological" societies entering the 21st century. We'll do this through attention to three interesting pairings that meld deep tradition and modern life for contemporary American Indians and Pacific Islanders: cars and canoes, sports and warfare, films and spirituality.

***Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives AND Cultural Studies: Non-Western have both been granted by all Colleges for this course.***

Instructor: Vicente Diaz is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology, with affiliate status in History and Asian American Studies. Originally from Micronesia (Guam, Pohnpei) in the western Pacific Island region, Diaz brings scholarly and personal experience and background to this course as a cultural historian who is also a former jock, a traditional outrigger canoe sailor, and digital media producer. Prof Diaz is author of Repositioning the Missionary: Rewriting History, Catholicism, and Indigeneity in Guam (University of Hawaii Press, 2010), the Principal Investigator of the Digitally Archiving Ancient Futures: The Virtual Canoe, Voyage, and Atoll Projects at UIUC, and is a Faculty Member of the UIUC Athletic Board.


CPSC 199 CHP: Agriculture and the Environment, George Czapar

53000  |  2:00-4:50 pm  |  M  |  N107 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.

*** Life Sciences AND Natural Sciences & Technology: Physical Sciences general education credits have been granted for the All Colleges except LAS and AHS. LAS and AHS have granted credit for Life Sciences only.***

Instructor: Dr. George Czapar Associate Dean in the Colleges of ACES and Director of University of Illinois Extension. He is an Associate Professor in 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.


CANCELLED: CWL 395 NB2: Literature and War, Nancy Blake

50461  |  11:00 am - 12:20 pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


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

***Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts AND Literature & Arts and Cultural Studies: Western have both been approved by all Colleges for this course.***

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  |  2:00-3:50 pm  |  TR  |  206 DKH  |  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.

***Campus has granted general education credit for this course: 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 U1: Shakespeare and his Audiences, Andrea Stevens

57256  |  11:00 am - 12:20 pm  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good - in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
--Robert Graves

We all know the role Shakespeare continues to occupy within the Western canon. In this campus honors seminar, I would have us set aside Shakespeare's formidable reputation as the "greatest writer in the history of English literature" and instead concentrate on Shakespeare the actor and playwright who made his considerable living writing for the London professional theater from roughly 1580 to 1611. The city of London, Shakespeare's fellow actors, the physical spaces of the Globe and the Blackfriars playhouses, and any number of material and cultural factors–props, music, special effects, audience expectations–shaped the plays Shakespeare wrote and consequently inform the printed play editions that we now read. Our study of Shakespearean "original practices"–the key theatrical conventions and staging conditions that existed in Shakespeare's time–will allow us to see Shakespeare's plays as living documents intended for performance. Emphases will include an attention to the plays in their earliest moment of composition, rehearsal, performance, publication, and reception, as well as to the production histories of Shakespeare's plays. This focus on production history will take us from Shakespeare's time up to the present moment: that is, many of Shakespeare's plays have been in continuous production for 400 years, including recent popular film adaptations, and not just in the English-speaking West. What does this history of performance, adaptation, and revision tell us? Do the plays continue to offer us insight into the social world we ourselves inhabit? Do we find any of Shakespeare's plays to be "exhausted"?

Together, we will read Shakespeare's more canonical plays (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream) alongside his lesser-known or infrequently performed works (Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline). Nor shall we neglect those plays critics have labeled, rightly or wrongly, as "problems:" Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew. Given our emphasis on the "live-ness" of Shakespeare, there will be group excursions to local productions of the plays we study, one field trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, and one final group performance project allowing students the chance to enact their own ideal stagings of short scenes from the plays covered in the course. Secondary readings will draw from relevant studies of early modern theater history and Shakespearean original practices; works of literary criticism that had an impact on theater practitioners (for example Jan Kott's influential Shakespeare Our Contemporary, which in the 1970s pushed Shakespeare performance in radical new directions); and classics of Shakespeare criticism by A.C. Bradley, W. H. Auden, Stanley Cavell, and Janet Adelman, among others. ***For All Colleges EXCEPT ACES, LAS and ENG, this course has been granted general education credit for Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts AND for Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives AND Cultural Studies: Western. For ACES , LAS, and ENG, this course has been granted general education credit for Humanities and the Arts: Literature and the Arts AND for Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives (not Western).***

Instructor: Specializing in Shakespeare and early modern drama, Andrea Stevens is an Associate Professor of English, Theatre, and Medieval Studies. Her published research appears in such journals as English Literary Renaissance, Theatre Notebook, and Shakespeare Bulletin and in the essay collections Thunder at a Playhouse and The Effects of Performance in the Theatres of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. Her recent book Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama 1400-1642 (EUP 2013) examines a crucial aspect of the visual field of the early modern stage: the painted body of the actor. She has been nominated more than twenty separate times for the English department's Undergraduate Teaching award since her arrival as Assistant Professor in 2007 (an award given only to tenured faculty members), and has also achieved multiple starred rankings on the University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked Excellent for teaching effectiveness.


ENVS 101/NPRE 101: Introduction to Energy Sources, David Ruzic

AL1-Lec 34678/41173  |  3:00 - 3:50 pm  |  MWF  |  CA 112  |  3 Hours

AY1-Lab/Disc. 34671/34625  |  10:00 - 10:50 am  |  T  |  CA 112  |  3 Hours


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.

***Campus has granted general education credit for this course: Physcial Sci AND QR 2.***

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 - 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.

***Humanities and the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives AND Literature and the Arts and Cultural Studies: Western have both been granted for all Colleges for this course.***

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 funded project to create an aggregated virtual collection of Renaissance books Emblematica. Online: http://emblematica.grainger.illinois.edu/. Her most recently edited volumes are: The Palatine Wedding 1613. Protestant Alliance and Court Festival in the series Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Renaissanceofrschung, Vol. 29 (Wiesbaden Harrassowitz, 2014), Gender Matters. Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014, and 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"


HORT 100 H: Introduction to Horticulture, Robert Skirvin

34164  |  10:00 - 10:50 am  |  MWF  |  1125 Plant Sciences Lab  |  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 Friday 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 lectures 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.


MATH 199 CHP: Probability and the Real World, A J Hildebrand

46559  |  9:30 - 10:50 am  |  TR  |  159 Altgeld Hall  |  3 Hours


Among all mathematical fields, probability and statistics are perhaps the most relevant in the real world and the most frequently encountered in daily life, but also the most common source of misconceptions and fallacies by the general public.

In this course we will explore this subject using real-world examples taken from sports, society, and everyday life, and selected to match the interests and background of the audience. Possible topics include predictions in sports (how reliable are the weekly predictions by sports columnists on outcomes of college football games?); streaks in sports (how (un)likely is a 56 game hitting streak in a baseball season?); playoff schemes employed by different leagues (which home/away scheme is most favorable to the home team?); lotteries (should you buy a Powerball ticket when the jackpot is at record levels?); fraud detection in income tax returns and polling data using probability; and some classic puzzles and paradoxes in probability that are both fun and educational, such as Buffon's needle experiment to compute Pi, and Lewis Carroll's problem on the odds that a random triangle is obtuse.

There will be short lectures to introduce some background and develop the underlying mathematical theory, and there will be assignments based on these lectures, but much of the course activity will be of the hands-on variety, with students working in small groups on the projects.

This course has no formal prerequisites and can accommodate a broad range of backgrounds; in particular, no prior knowledge of probability or statistics is assumed. The course has very little overlap with traditional courses in probability or statistics and can serve to complement such courses. Grading will be based on attendance, homework assignments, group projects, and student presentations.

***Quantitative Reasoning I general education credit has been granted by all Colleges for this course.***

Instructor: A.J. Hildebrand is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Illinois. He is the author of over fifty research publications, co-editor of six volumes of conference proceedings, and past Managing Editor for the Illinois Journal of Mathematics. He won an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1988 and was named University Scholar in 1990. In 2011, he received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

In his nearly three decades at Illinois, Dr. Hildebrand has taught at all levels on subjects ranging from calculus to probability, actuarial statistics, number theory, and mathematical writing. In recent years, he has been frequently teaching honors courses in calculus and fundamental mathematics to incoming freshmen. Outside the classroom, he is busy running the UI Math Contest program and guiding undergraduate research at the recently created Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL). Eight undergraduates are currently working under his direction on IGL projects in geometry, probability, and number theory.


PS 199 PD: Approaches to Peace, Paul Diehl

54821  |  3:30 - 4:50 pm  |  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.

***Social Sciences general education credit has been granted for this course by all Colleges.***

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 233 CHP: Principles of Composition, Carol Spindel

55841  |  3:30-4:50  |  MW  |  212 Campus 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.

***Campus has granted general education credit for this course: Adv Comp. ***

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.


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

48539  |  9:00 - 10:20 am  |  MW  |  121 SHS  |  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?

***Campus has granted general education credit for this course: Behav 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.'


CANCELLED: CHP 395 A: The Fear Factor and Hunt for "Un-Americans", Mark Leff

31307  |  3:30 - 4:50 pm  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


How do we understand who counts as worthy rights-bearing Americans and who doesn't, whose words are censored and activities surveilled, whose bodies are tortured, and whose consciences are not? This Campus Honors Program seminar explores the fraught dichotomy of "security versus freedom" in the post-9/11 world by tracking the construction of boundaries between insiders and outsiders, an enlightened "us" and a barbaric subversive "them" in past "witch hunts" for "un-Americans," After an opening consideration of notions of tolerance, free speech, and American citizenship/identity, the seminar takes on 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 the backlashes against the African-American Freedom Struggle and other protest movements of the late 1960s. Were these crises fundamentally "irrational," were they manipulated for political or economic gain, or were they rational responses to real dangers? Who were the victims and victimizers in assaults on "un-Americans," and how and why did the composition of these groups change? Who really has hated us for our freedoms?

Weekly brief reading/film response papers, a five-page research analysis and oral presentation, a set of midterm essays, Discussion Board participation, and a ten-page comprehensive final argumentative essay will draw upon seminar discussion, several films viewed in and immediately after the 3:30-5pm class session, a couple of short texts, and a hefty collection of source extracts that combines primary documents--speeches, polls, articles, propaganda posters, from the time--with historians' interpretative debates. While surveying the battlefield over American liberties and citizenship, and the forces that periodically arise to imperil or contaminate the fundamental principles underlying them, the seminar will construct and test our own hypotheses on the factors underlying, fueling, and countering "hunts for un-Americans." The dynamics and implications of the "fear factor" raise questions that can launch our case studies toward the broader values and debates that merit consideration in a country that almost nostalgically values the principle of free, civil discourse.

Instructor: Mark Leff is a specialist in U.S. political and social history. He's taught a number of courses in CHP and the History Department, and has received assorted teaching awards along the way. But that was then; now he's returning to the scene of the crime to pilot this subversive course.


CHP 395 B: War to End All Wars: World War I, 1914-2014, Peter Fritzsche

40547  |  2:00 - 3:20 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.

The basic requirements of the course include class participation prompted by the readings, one five-page paper on the supplementary readings assigned in the beginning of the semester, a few short oral reports, and a "capstone" research paper on a topic relating to World War I. Readings will include texts by historians and contemporary novelists and observers from Erich Maria Remarque to Katherine Anne Porter to Pat Barker.

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.


CHP 395 C: Bioethics Issues, Darrel Kesler

31308  |  12:30 - 1:50 pm  |  MW  |  TENT: 170N Wohlers  |  3 Hours


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

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