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

55437  |  2:00 pm – 3:20 pm  |  TR  |  315 THBH   | 3 Hours


Arch 199 will present Architecture and the Built Environment (including interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning) while concentrating on place making. The components emphasized are the interdependent aspects of culture: design, economics, politics, technology, phenomenology, and tectonics. Therefore this course is built upon the belief that context forms the basis of design and that culture forms the basis of context.

Students will participate in three related aspects of this course: first, a set of guided lecture/walking tours includes venues (such as the campus infrastructure and building mechanical systems, University of Illinois Campus ‘culture’ walks, visits to downtown Champaign , Urbana and Campustown, graveyards, Erlanger House, gardens, etc.). Each visit will have a concentration while also discussing the interdependence of aforementioned components. Students will keep a journal/blog of brief personal observations for each excursion; second, students will read and discuss primary and secondary source texts (including Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino); These first two aspects form the basis for personal investigations/design inquiries. Three design exercises at three different scales introduce students to the (architectural) design process where synthesis of information is required to make creative, artistic work, primarily in model form (no previous modeling experience necessary).

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved by AHS (12/3/15), EDUC, FAA, ENG, LAS, and ACES at this time for Literature and the Arts AND Cultural Studies: Western. All other Colleges are still pending approval at this time. ***

Instructor: Kevin Hinders is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture. He is the Chair of the Urbanism Program and Coordinator of the Chicago Studio, a graduate studio of the Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA) which affords students a one semester opportunity to live, work and study in Chicago. Hinders has taught design studios at every level of the ISoA curriculum. He also teaches an Urban Design Theory seminar, Professional Development course, and a Campus Honors Program offering. Hinders is a partner in the firm PREPARE, Inc. which provides architecture, structural engineering and educational services. Research interests include urban design and the design of the built environment and the architecture of Rome, Italy.


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.***

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

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.


CPSC 199 CHP: Agriculture and the Environment, George Czapar

53000  |  2:00 – 4:50 pm  |  M  |  Mumford 51  |  3 Hours


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

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges (as of Dec 3, 15) for Life Sciences AND Natural Sciences & Technology: Physical Sciences. ***

Instructor: George Czapar is Associate Dean and Director of University of Illinois Extension and an Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in agronomy from Iowa State University. His research and Extension programs focused on interdisciplinary projects that address the environmental impacts of agriculture, especially related to water quality. He was the leader of a Strategic Research Initiative in water quality for the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR) and he helped establish the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (C-BMP). He previously was the Director of the Center for Watershed Science, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute and Water Quality Coordinator for University of Illinois Extension.

Czapar teaches in the Campus Honors Program and has been named to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” numerous times. He also received the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement and the College of ACES Award for Excellence in Teaching and Outreach.


CHP Seminar 395A/396A: The Mind Sciences and Cultural Response, Bruce Michelson

31307/46862  |  3:30 – 4:50 pm  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


This capstone seminar is intended to be a lively, informed conversation about the cultural impact of recent theorizing about the brain, the mind, and the self. We are all supposedly living in The Age of the Brain -- and because you’ll spend much of your life in this turbulent time, this course can help focus our attention on how we got here, where we are, and where we might be going. CHP 396 is the Advanced Writing version, requiring a bit more writing and revision (a sequence of short papers); the sections will meet together as one class and discuss the same documents and trends. Reviewing influential theories about consciousness and the nature of identity from around 1800 to the present, we’ll talk about how those theories have turned up in ‘high’ and popular culture over the past 150 years: in fiction, poetry, plays, films, TV shows, games, and mass-market commentary.

As the semester unfolds we will move into wilder territory. We’ll look at expository and imaginative writing by contemporary researchers at the center of the neuroscience revolution (Antonio Damasio, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, Oliver Sacks), and responses by contemporary humanists and culture-critics who feel the challenge and pressure of these new formulations. Together we’ll chose new and recent mass media texts (Inception? Ex Machina? Dollhouse? Caprica? Minority Report? --we’ll make these choices in class in the opening weeks), and argue about the implications of these new ways of constructing, defining, reducing, or replicating human identity.

Everyone will write three essays that build upon one another to produce an extended, adventurous final paper (with plenty of commentary and assistance from me) that you’re confident about and that aligns well with your own interests within this broad subject. There will also be short quizzes (to assure that people are keeping up with the readings and coming to class ready to talk), and a final exam. This is not a course in literature; it’s an experience in thinking, speaking, and writing about challenges that face us all.

***CHP 396 (46862) is for advanced comp GEN ED credit.***

Instructor:Bruce Michelson is Director Emeritus of the Campus Honors Program and Emeritus Professor of American Literature. His books include Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution, Literary Wit, Mark Twain on the Loose, and Wilbur's Poetry. He was Fulbright Professor of American Literature {University of Antwerp) in 2014, and a contributor to The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity and the Age of the Brain (University of Michigan Press, 2012).


CHP Seminar 395C: You Can’t Say That! (or can you?), Steven Helle

31308  |  2:00-3:20 pm  |  MW  |  212 Honors  |  3 Hours


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

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

***You cannot enroll in this course if you have previously taken Prof. Helle’s JOUR 199 class***

Instructor: Steven Helle has received the campus-wide award for outstanding undergraduate teaching at the University of Illinois on three separate occasions. In 1998, he was named national Freedom Forum Journalism Teacher of the Year. He has been named by his students to the campus List of Outstanding Instructors all but three semesters since 1980. He also is former chair of the University of Illinois Teaching Advancement Board and of the university Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education. Helle is former head of the Department of Journalism and he has published numerous articles on communications law in, among others, Duke Law Journal, Journalism Quarterly, Chicago Tribune, Villanova Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, and Illinois Bar Journal. Helle’s most recent publication on the First Amendment involved the controversy surrounding Professor Steven Salaita. A former head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Helle is also past chair of the Media Law Committee and the Human Rights Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.


ECON 103 CHP: Macroeconomic Principles, Stephen L. Parente

62176  |  8:00-9:20 am  |  MW  |  212 David Kinley Hall  |  3 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 Social Sciences general education credit to this course.***

Instructor: Stephen L. Parente is an associate professor of economics at the University of Illinois.

Professor Parente earned his B.A. in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross in 1984 and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Since receiving his Ph.D., he has taught at Georgetown University, Northeastern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Illinois. He is an affiliate of the Center for North and South Research (CRENoS) located at the University of Cagliari, as well as the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Group based at the University of Chicago. He has served as an assistant editor for Economic Theory and is a member of the Society for Economic Dynamics.

Dr. Parente’s research primarily seeks to understand why some countries are so much richer than others. While most of his research fits squarely in the field of development and growth, some overlaps with the fields of international trade and political economy. He has written over 20 articles on this subject, many of which have appeared in the top professional journals such as The American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Economic Theory. He has also coauthored a book on this subject with Nobel Laureate Edward C. Prescott titled The Barriers to Riches, which has been translated into French, Italian and Chinese. His work is heavily cited both within academic and non-academic circles. He is listed as being in the top 5 percent of authors among 18 categories on RePEc, including distinct works weighted by impact, number of citations, and average rank score. His work has been discussed in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and The London Financial Times, and by government officials such as Singapore’s Minister of Manpower in policy speeches.


ENGL 199 CHP: American Literature and the Right to Privacy, Justine Murison

57256  |  12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


Do Americans have a right to privacy? This question has been a central preoccupation of our era. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. NSA collections of phone records. Internet ads tracking and targeting our every purchase. Indeed, it is hard to avoid the question of whether Americans have a right to privacy, and many are now wondering if there is such a thing as “privacy” left at all. This course is bookended by contemporary concerns about the right to privacy as they have come up in current legal decisions, but it returns to the era that made privacy a preeminent right and even a virtue: the nineteenth century. We will consider how a vision of the private life was constructed across the nineteenth century through the literature of the era—particularly in the most popular of genres, the novel. We will also read, alongside this literature, legal decisions on privacy (both then and now) to query further where and how to locate privacy, and how or why to value it. Along with canvassing how these issues come up in our current moment, readings will include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Jacobs, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Henry James, and Walt Whitman.

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

Instructor:Professor Murison has taught at the University of Illinois since 2006 and has been on the “List of Teachers Rated Excellent” for every semester she has taught. She regularly teaches courses on topics such as slavery and identity, the American novel, the Civil War, medicine and literature, and the American Gothic. Her research interests center on the relation of our private selves—including our minds, bodies, and sexual and domestic choices—to the broader history and culture of the United States. She is a faculty member in the Department of English and an affiliate faculty member with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.


ENGL 199 CH2: Great English Novels in Film and Television, John Frayne

60359  |  11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


The great works of literature have offered a rich source of inspiration for film makers over the past century. The differences between the written work and the pictorial image are great and the problems facing the adaptors of great novels are many and complex. This course will offer the students the opportunity to study in detail the literary originals and varied efforts to get the plot characters and spirit of the originals onto the screen. In studying the adaptation of such masterpieces as Tom Jones, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and Great Expectations, the students will have to sharpen their skills in analyzing literary text and film images, and the problems of depicting characters and dramatic situations on the screen will offer rich choice for student papers. Aside from papers and exams, there will be in class reports by individual students. A wide assortment of film adaptations of these novels will be shown in class sessions.

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges for Literature and the Arts AND Cultural Studies: Western.***

Instructor: John Frayne has been teaching at the University of Illinois since 1965. He has mainly taught courses in modern British literature as well as film courses. In the past, he has taught courses on opera and literature, and in the past decade has frequently offered courses on adaptations of great British novels into films. He has co-edited an edition of W.B. Yeats’ prose series, The Collected Edition of the Works of W.B. Yeats (Scribners), which appeared in the spring 2004 articles on modern Irish literature and also on the opera liberettos of W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. In 1978 he began reviewing local opera performances for WILL radio, and since 1990 he has been a music reviewer for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Since 1985, he has been a weekend classical music announcer for WILL-FM, where he has hosted on Saturdays “Classics by Request” and “Afternoon at the Opera.” Also on Saturday mornings, he hots a program of great classical recordings of the past called “Classics of the Phonograph.” He has frequently taught evening non-credit courses as well as Elder Hostel courses in the Osher Lifelong Learner Institute on opera, screen adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, and Charles Dickens, screen biographies of great composers, and the genteel British style of murder mysteries versus the “hard boiled” American style.


ESE 199 CHP: Future of Earth’s Resources, Steve Marshak

63669  |  10:00 – 11:20 a.m.  |  TR  |  Davenport Hall 121  |  3 Hours


Look around any room, and you'll see lots of "stuff," materials that serve vital purposes in your everyday life. Have you ever wondered about where this material forms, and whether supplies will last for ever? Much of this material originated in the Earth. For example: the gas burned to provide electricity came from the remains of plankton buried in a layer that once lay over 8 miles underground; the concrete came from fossil shells of organisms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago; the window glass came from sand deposited on beaches along the coast of shallow sea that once covered the Midwest; the copper wires comes from rocks formed deep beneath the volcanoes; and the water from pores between solid grains in subsurface sand. In ESE 199, we'll discuss how such Earth materials—and many others—formed in the first place, how we extract and process them, what environmental consequences result from their use, whether supplies can be sustainable, and how the discovery of resources or the competition for them can impact communities. By the end of the course, you won't take a diamond for granted, because you'll know that long before the diamond appeared in a jewelry store, its carbon atoms (formed in the core of a star) were carried from the Earth's surface to a depth of 100 miles, and then back again, that explorers had to spend years traversing frozen tundras or tropical rain forests to find the diamond, and that gem cutters had to grind dozens of facets at just the right angles to make the diamond sparkle. In sum, by they end of ESE 199, you'll understand a wide range of issues—from geological to political—that determine where stuff comes from.

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges for Natural Sciences & Technology: Physical Sciences (AHS approved 1/11/16). ***

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Marshak is a professor in the Department of Geology at UIUC, and also serves as the Director of the School of Earth, Society, & Environment. Dr. Marshak's research has taken him in the field on several continents, including Antarctica. He has won both college-level and campus-level undergraduate teaching awards, received an award from that National Association of Geoscience Teachers for "exceptional contributions to stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences," and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In addition to his research publications, Dr. Marshak has authored undergraduate textbooks, including Earth: Portrait of a Planet. He also developed the Planet Earth MOOC (massive open online course), which has been viewed in over 170 countries.


ENVS 101/NPRE 101, AY1: Introduction to Energy Sources, David Ruzic

34678/41173  |  Lecture 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. MWF  |  Lab 34671/34625 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. T  |  NSRC #149; Lab TBA  |  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: Books Matter, Book Matters, Mara Wade

58838/58839  |  11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  |  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 class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges (as 1/11/16) for 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, WolfenbÖttel. 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 WolfenbÖtteler 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 a.m  |  MWF  |  1125 Plant Science 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. The pace of the lectures will depend upon the interests and discussions of the students. Occasionally lectures will be replaced with enriched class sessions that will include lectures supplemented with laboratory experiences, short field trips, and special demonstrations.

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

Instructor: Professor Emeritus Skirvin has taught Horticulture for 40 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 three 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 list of Teachers Rated as Excellent by their Students each semester he has taught for the past 38 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.


KIN 199 KW1: Physical Activity for Healthy Aging and Longevity, Ken Wilund

63739  |  2:00-3:20 pm  |  MW  |  241 Armory  |  3 Hours


It is well established that moderate amounts of physical activity improve the health and quality of life as individuals as they age. However, there is little consensus on what is the “optimal” type, volume, and intensity of exercise for older people. Indeed, some recent reports suggest that “excessive” amounts of exercise may be detrimental to the health of individuals as they age. However, what defines excessive is extremely unclear.

In this course we will explore the relationship between physical activity and health in older adults. This will include studying the underlying mechanisms responsible for aging, and the genetic and lifestyle (diet and exercise-related) characteristics of long-lived populations. We also will examine the question of what is the “optimal” amount and type of exercise for older individuals to improve their health, quality, and quantity of life, in part by reviewing literature regarding whether or not “too much exercise” can be deleterious. Potential benefits and detrimental effects of ultra-endurance events like marathons will be examined, especially as they pertain to older adults. While most of the data on this topic pertains to endurance-type exercise, we will also investigate the characteristics of older adults and “master athletes” that undergo extensive strength training.

***This course has not been petitioned for gen ed credit.***

Instructor: Ken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and PhD. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The primary focus of Dr. Wilund’s research is to examine the individual and combined effects exercise training and nutritional factors on the health and quality of life of patients with kidney failure undergoing maintenance dialysis therapy. He has an ongoing NIH funded clinical trial examining the efficacy of intradialytic whey protein supplementation and exercise training (cycling) on cardiovascular disease risk and physical function (Clinicaltrials.gov#NCT01234441). In addition, his lab recently initiated a pilot study examining the efficacy of a comprehensive social cognitive theory-based intervention designed to improve physical activity and nutrition behavior in hemodialysis patients. These projects each support the overall research goal in his lab of examining the efficacy of novel approaches for improving the health and quality of life of patients with kidney failure. Dr. Wilund has approximately 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, and the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism. Dr. Wilund also mentors approximately 30 graduate and undergraduate students each year in his research lab, and received the College of Applied Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award in 2014.


KIN 365A: Civic Engagement in Wellness, Kim Graber

61899/62801/62832/62812  |  3:30-4:50 pm  |  TR  |  1002 Huff  |  3 Hours


This course provides scholarly knowledge and practical experience related to environmental, intellectual, physical, psychological, spiritual, and social wellness. Students acquire leadership and real-world skills while working in teams to develop and implement projects that facilitate health and well-being in the population of older adults living in the community. Projects emphasize integrative learning and are showcased in both written and oral formats.

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

Instructor: Kim C. Graber is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and the Director of the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, her master's from Columbia University Teachers College, and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Her research interests include children's wellness, legislative policy mandates, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has published numerous articles in peer-refereed journals and books and has presented her work at dozens of national and international conferences, including an invited keynote address at the Healthy Schools Summit in Washington, DC. Recently, she co-authored a book titled Physical Education Activity for Elementary Classroom Teachers. She has served as president and secretary of the Research Consortium, president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Academy. She serves or has served on the Faculty Senate as Vice-Chair, Senate Executive Committee, University Senates Conference, chair of Committee on Committees, Provost's Council on Gender Equity, Chancellor Search Committee, Provost Search Committee, chair of the Teaching Advancement Board, Graduate College Executive Committee, Illinois Leadership Coordinating Committee, AHS Executive Committee, and chair of the AHS Educational Policy Committee. She is a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and received the 2009 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


LAW 199A: Current Issues in Law, Tom Ulen

31785  |  3:30-4:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


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

**This course has not been petitioned for gen ed credit.**

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


LING 199 RB: English Across Cultures, Rakesh Bhatt

52895  |  2:00 – 3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


The specific goal of this course is to invite students to appreciate (English) linguistic diversity: how this diversity comes about, its social and cultural production; what social functions do diverse linguistic forms enable; and to what extent do innovations in English language use reflect linguistic and literary creativity and expressions of solidarity and identity. This course is organized as a seminar, where readings of texts and audio-video clips will be used as starting points for discussions and interpretations of various issues introduced through the course of the semester. Furthermore, some classic works will be selected and each student will have the opportunity to pick one of them, deeply analyze it, and present the analysis to the class. The class then discusses and critiques the information presented. Finally, students will be required to write 4 response papers, one for each section (II-V), that together will highlight the value of cross-cultural study of language (English) in the understanding of the total range of human experience.

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges except AHS for Humanities & the Arts: Literature and the Arts, AND Cultural Studies: Western, AND Cultural Studies: Non-Western. AHS has approved this for Western credit (Dec 3, 2015).***

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


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

46559  |  4:00 – 4:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  ALT 141  |  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?); 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.

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, individual and group projects, and student presentations.

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges for Quantitative Reasoning I (as of 1/11/16). ***

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. Thirteen undergraduates are currently working under his direction on research projects in geometry, probability, and number theory.


RHET 233 CHP: Principles of Composition, Carol Spindel

55841  |  12:30 – 1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


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.


*TIME & LOCATION CHANGED* SPAN 199 G: Translating Hispanic Culture, Joyce Tolliver

63430  |  9:30 – 10:50 a.m 10:00 - 11:20 AM (Time changed October 20, 2015)  |  MW  |  1020 Lincoln Hall  |  3 Hours


Students will examine translations of Spanish-language works as translations, guided by culturally-based translation theories. We will examine translation as a practice that reflects the cultural norms not just of the culture that is represented in the original text but also of the culture of the audience for the translated text. Through their analyses of translation, students will engage more critically with Anglophone representations of Spanish-speaking populations. The skills acquired in this course will enrich students’ understanding of how translation reveals or supports cultural bases and biases of representations of other cultures in general.

*** This class was petitioned for Gen Ed credits. It has been approved for all Colleges except AHS for Humanities & the Arts: Literature and the Arts AND Cultural Studies: Western. AHS has not approved this for any GEN ED credit (1/11/16).***

++ Spanish credit can be received by working with the instructor.++

Instructor: Joyce Tolliver has been actively involved in mentoring honors students and in other teaching activities outside the classroom during her entire tenure on campus. She directed the undergraduate honors program in Spanish between 1992 and 2002, and has supervised a dozen senior honors theses and 16 James Scholars honors projects. She was named Graduate Mentor of the Year in 2000, and has directed nine dissertations and served on another forty dissertation committees. She appears regularly on the Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers for both undergraduate and graduate courses. She also served regularly as a peer mentor in the LAS Teaching Academy and has given several presentations on teaching and mentoring to the Graduate College and to the Center for Writing Studies.