Spring 2018 Honors Courses

ANTH 199 HS1: Peru Heritage Course & Study Tour, Helaine Silverman

67697  |  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  |  T (April 3, 10, 17, 24)  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours

Around the world, countries exploit their past for the purpose of building national identity and promoting themselves for tourism. That past is defined as “cultural heritage.” These political and economic projects have repercussions in domestic policy and international relations as well as on the ground both for archaeological heritage management and the communities living at or in proximity to these important places. We explore these issues in Peru at Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lima, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cuzco, home of one of the greatest ancient empires ever to have existed and now a renowned tourist mecca and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Machu Picchu, the famous “lost city of the Incas” also a World Heritage Site; and Lima, the modern capital city of the country whose historic downtown district is itself a World Heritage Site. The framework of this course is explicitly anthropological, which is to say an expression of a social science perspective in a non-Western, developing country. The course is conducted briefly on campus to orient students to the problems and key relevant literature and then intensively in Peru. This course will contribute to making UIUC students global citizens. The course will meet in the Honors House Classroom from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on April 3, 10, 17 and 24. The class will then travel to Peru from May 14-25, 2018.

***There is a $3500 study abroad fee associated with this course***

***This course has been petitioned for general education credit and was approved by All Colleges for Social and Behavioral Sciences credit***

Instructor: Dr. Helaine Silverman (Department of Anthropology) is an archaeologist who conducted many years of fieldwork in Peru. Her current research addresses the fascination ancient civilizations hold for the general public, and the role archaeology plays in countries with monumental pasts in terms of national identity and tourism. She has appeared on the “Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers” many times, including for CHP courses, and has won the Anthropology Department’s awards for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher. Among her publications is an edited volume called The Space and Place of Death. In it she discusses contemporary cemeteries in Lima, Peru as a reflection of Peruvian history and issues of social identity.

ARCH 199 DAY: Daylighting, Architecture & Health, Mohamed Boubekri

67522  |  9:00 – 10:50 a.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours


This is a lab/discussion type of course where students will learn about the basic principles of the use of natural light (daylighting) and how daylight impacts visual comfort and building occupants health and wellbeing. We will use the building occupants are the primary focus in this course in terms of success or failure of an architectural design solution. To do so, the course will be based on a series of lectures, round table discussions led by students focusing on daylighting strategies and how daylight informs health and wellbeing of building users. Topics to be discussed are light and circadian rhythm, sleep disorders, vitamin D, and daylighting and human performance. Another portion of the course is lab-based in which student will design a small building (e.g. small office or small town library, etc.) with a sub-focus on daylighting computer and scale model simulation.

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

Instructor: Professor Boubekri earned his Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University in 1990. His work focuses on sustainable architecture and the intersection of the built environment and human health. Through numerous publications, two recently published books, he explores the impact of the lack of daylight inside buildings on people”s health, behavior and overall well-being. More generally, his work also examines the relationship between architectural design, sustainable technologies and building energy/environmental performance.

ARCH 199 DDF: Architectural Design & Digital Fabrication, Erik Hemingway

67520  |  12:00 – 12:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  17 Temple Buell Hall  |  3 Hours

This course focuses on constructing digital components and the creation of artefacts. Interpreting the term “artefact” to mean not only the physical 3D component, but also the elaboration of study of its details.

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

Instructor: Erik Hemingway is an Associate Pofessor of Design in the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. With over two decades of design experience as Principal of hemingway+a/studio, his projects have been recognized in such publications as architecture, Architectural Record, Dwell, Global Architecture and *surface. Before coming to Illinois, he has taught design at the University of California at Berkeley, Lawrence Technological University, and Louisiana State University as the Nadine Carter Russell Endowed Chair.

His academic studios are engaged with design competitions as a medium of entrepreneurial critical practice and material experimentation. As the Faculty Sponsor for his student”s design work, they have resulted in fourteen recognitions for global issues ranging from the United Nations on Aging, Barcelona Collective Housing, Steel Design, Preservation as Provocation, Socio Design Foundation, Architecture that Reacts, and a Modular School for Burmese Refugees. Two built projects from his seminar material work, mundane [UPGRADE] were published in Exploring Materials by Princeton Architectural Press.

ART 199 BT2: Design in Glass: Glass Fusing Basics, Billie Jean Theide

12125 |  9:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.  |  TR  |  Arch 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 hand building, 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.

ART 103 CH: Experimental Materials in Painting, Glen Davies

67643  |  9:30 – 11:20 a.m.  |  TR  |  330 Art & Design Bldg  |  3 Hours

In this course we will explore the use of materials, both traditional and unconventional, as a way of increasing the scope of our visual language. Just as the manipulation of paint and the exploration of its many properties helps to reveal something about ourselves and the world, combined materials, found objects and collaged sculptural forms provide another essential arena to examine. The choices we make in combining materials forces us to examine the many aspects of content and metaphor.

***This course is approved for Humanities: Literature & the Arts**

***Additional fee is required for this course.**

Instructor: Glen Davies attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was influenced by the homegrown pop genre imagism. This helped set the stage for his recurring art themes: spiritual conflict, grotesque figural fantasies and complex psycho-dramas. After spending time traveling with circuses and carnivals, Davies worked as a billboard artist and sign painter before opening a mural painting business. After completing a BFA at Drake University and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Davies has divided his time between studio pursuits and a variety of alternative employments, including circus/carnival show painter, sideshow banner artist, professional muralist, curator, and educator.

ASTR 330 CH: Extraterrestrial Life, Leslie Looney

48580  |  8:30 – 9:50 P.M.  |  TR  |  124 Observatory  |  3 Hours

More than half of all Americans believe in aliens, but what do we really know about ET life? In the last 15 years we have gone from knowledge of only 8 planets around only our Sun to nearly 1500 planets around many suns. In the near future, NASA will have missions that may find signs of life on Titan, under the oceans of Europa, evidence of life on Mars, or even imaging of Earth-like planets around nearby stars. In this course, we will examine the current status of one of the ultimate questions (“Are we alone?”), and perhaps raise some new ones. We are searching for signals from ET today, but if we do detect a signal what do we do? Why do “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?” What are the problems with interstellar travel? The class will dive into many fields ranging from cosmology to anthropology with a little science fiction thrown in for fun and speculation.

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

***Section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

Instructor: Leslie is a professor of Astronomy. With an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering and Physics, he has worked as a system engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the Space Shuttle’s digital processing system (i.e., computers, interfaces, and software)– launching shuttles. Afterwards in 1998, he obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Leslie’s main research topic is the early stages of star formation. In particular, he studies the circumstellar disk surrounding young protostars; these disks are thought to be the natal environment of planets. He’s discovered many new worlds and new stars. As protostars form in dense clouds of gas and dust, Leslie uses some of the world’s most sensitive telescopes operating from infrared to millimeter wavelengths.

ATMS 120 CHP: Severe & Hazardous Weather: High Impact Meteorology, Eric Snodgrass

67647  |  11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  136 Burrill Hall  |  3 Hours

Over the last 40 years, high impact weather events, like hurricanes, droughts, floods, severe storms, blizzards, and ice storms have built up a $1.3 Trillion price tag in the US. Nearly all aspects of our human existence are shaped by the climate we live in, and our industries, financial institutions, and businesses must continually protect themselves against weather risk. From the energy sector, to agriculture, insurance, re-insurance, tourism, retail, and transportation – weather is crucial part of every decision these sectors of the US economy make

We will learn about weather risk and discover together how the atmosphere can boost profits or destroy an operation. For example, a late spring and cool summer can cause the stock price of Coca-Cola to drop 5%. A major landfalling hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico causes huge spikes in US gas prices. A severe ice storm over the northeast US will cause Generac stock (a company that makes generators) to soar on huge sales. A drought in the central US during summer can rack up a multi-billion dollar insurance bill as US crops fail to meet yield expectations. A forecast of a cold air outbreak can cause the market price of natural gas to spike two weeks before the cold air ever enters the US. A major landfalling hurricane can displace millions of people and force hundreds of thousands of people to rebuild their lives. And, these are just a few examples from the US – we will investigate weather risk all over the world. In addition to all of these topics, we will learn how a change in the global climate will shape weather risk in the future as our population climbs toward 10 billion people. The aim of this course is increase your knowledge and awareness of high impact weather events. We will learn how to forecast them and predict reactions to them across multiple sectors of our economy. We will discover valuable data sources and analyze them together to seek solutions to help mitigate weather risk.

***This course has been approved for Physical Science and Quant Reasoning II gen eds***

***Section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

Instructor: Eric Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each year, he guides over 1800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He teaches advanced courses on General Physical Meteorology (ATMS 201), Meteorological Instrumentation (ATMS 315), Economics of Weather (ATMS 491) and supervises numerous Capstone Research projects. Snodgrass also teaches ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Environmental Sustainability Program. He advises all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (~100 students) and supervises graduate teaching assistants and master”s students. He serves on numerous committees and boards on campus including the Provost”s Teaching Advancement Board (Chair), Student Sustainability Committee and the Provost Task Force on Improving Large Enrollment Courses. Snodgrass” research initiatives focus on K-12 science education as well as weather forecasting applications in financial markets. He is the co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistics, LLC. which is a private company that provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather sensitive financial institutions. Recently, his company has merged with Agrible Inc., a precision farm management and predictive analytics company, where he is also co-founder and senior atmospheric scientist. He has recently been awarded the LAS Teaching Excellence award, the Campus Teaching Excellence Award, and the Campus Teaching Excellent Award in Online and Distance Education. Also, his online version of ATMS 120 was awarded the 2012 “Best Online Course” from the University Professional Continuing Education Association (a national organization. Currently, his research efforts focus on weather risk involving land-falling tropical cyclones and global agricultural yield projections.

CHLH 199 RAN: Behavioral and Environmental Determinants of Obesity, Ruopeng An

67719  |  12:00 – 1:20 p.m.  |  MW  |  209 Huff Hall  |  3 Hours

In only three decades, obesity has evolved from what was seen as a minor issue which concerned only a few endocrinologists intrigued by the manifestations of the condition to a leading public health concern in the U.S. and worldwide. Traditional perspectives focused on individual choice and responsibility for unhealthy lifestyles such as overeating and sedentary behavior, whereas increasing attention has been shifted to the environmental determinants of obesity”the physical, social, political, and economic conditions where people are born, live, work and age that impact their waistline.

The aim of this course is to provide an overview on the behavioral and environmental determinants of the obesity epidemic. The course adopts a population perspective and draws from a large pool of studies at the frontier in obesity research. Students are expected to be constantly challenged and stimulated to exercise and sharpen their critical thinking skills through exploring and discussing complex issues, controversial topics, counterintuitive conclusions and conflicting evidence.

Instructor: Dr. Ruopeng An is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2013. Before that, he worked as an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation since 2008 and obtained his PhD in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in 2013. In 2014, Dr. An received the Glenn A. Gotz Award in Economics Analysis from the RAND Corporation, and was twice the recipient of the RAND Impact Award in 2009 and 2011. Trained as a health policy analyst, Dr. An has strong quantitative analysis skills in the field of applied microeconomics, statistics, econometrics, and spatial analysis.

CHP 199 ON: Immigration: A Global Phenomenon with Local Implications, Gioconda Perez

67744  |  12:30 – 1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors  |  3 Hours

The course will provide a historical perspective on the issue of immigration and discuss immigration to the US and its historical implications (voluntary immigration, involuntary immigration, forced immigration). We will study the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) from 1790 to 2017 and review some immigration laws and policies, as well as current immigration policies and how Non-US citizens are affected, Immigration issues in the context of K-16, Refugees and Asylum and DACA/undocumented immigrants will also be studied.

***This course was petitioned for general education credit and approved by all colleges for for Cultural Studies Non-Western or U.S. Minority Cultures credit.***

Instructor: Born and raised in Panama, Gioconda joined La Casa in August 2013. Before joining La Casa, she served as visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast (IUS), School of Education and as Socio-Cultural specialist for the New Neighbors Center at IUS. She has taught courses on Multicultural Education, Current Social Issues in Education, and Intercultural Relations. She has developed and delivered professional development/workshops on issues related to institutional barriers affecting Latino/a college students; undocumented/DACA students: policies and practices; as well as intersectionality & identity. Gio has also developed curricula for K-12 schools to work with Latino families and English Language Learners (ELL). She has provided professional development for K-12 teachers on issues related to ELL and Latino/a students and their cultures. She received a M.A in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development both from the University of Louisville. She attended the Universidad de Panam”, Panama where she studied Journalism. Her professional and personal interest has been finding ways to help Latino students to achieve higher education.

CLCV 222/CWL 264/THEA 210: The Tragic Spirit, Ariana Traill

67447/67449/67450  |  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  |  MWF  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours

If you know the story of Medea, who punished her cheating husband Jason by murdering their children, you know what Greek drama is all about: oversize emotions, terrible actions, bitter consequences. It”s about people being pushed to their limits and disasters unfolding with a kind of horrible inevitability, while ordinary people, known as “the chorus,” look on in shock. If you find intense human conflict fascinating, Greek drama is where it all started. “”””””””””””” We will read plays from four famous Greek and Roman tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Seneca. Their influence on western culture cannot be overstated. These four playwrights constitute the core of surviving ancient tragedy tragedy, which inspired Renaissance drama and through it nearly all subsequent stage plays, not to mention opera, musicals, movies, television and other dramatic forms, in the Western tradition. Since the “tragic spirit” is more than Oedipal conflicts and revenge plots, however, we are also reading some spin-offs. The most famous, Aristophanes” comedy The Frogs, makes fun of the tragic playwrights. Other plays, such as Euripides” Ion, gave the tragic form a happy ending and eventually led to the development of romantic comedy under writers like Menander and his later Roman adaptors, Plautus and Terence. We will read a couple of their comedies, too. We will be examining the plays as reflections of the politics, social climate and religious beliefs of the societies that produced them. This course will develop your skills in close reading, comparing and contrasting, and researching, developing and presenting a literary argument. You will learn about the life and work of the playwrights mentioned above, as well as conventions governing the theater of their day and select critical approaches to, and interpretations of, their work.

***This class satisfies the general education criteria for a Literature and the Arts/Western Comparative Culture(s) course***

Instructor: riana Traill (B.A. University of Toronto 1991, Ph.D. Harvard 1997) is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Classics. She is also affiliated with Theater Studies. Her research interests include Greek and Roman comedy, women in antiquity, and the reception of ancient comedy. She is the author of Women and the Comic Plot in Menander (Cambridge, 2008) and co-editor of A Companion to Terence (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, with Antony Augoustakis). Current book projects include a commentary and edited volume on Plautus” Cistellaria and a translation of Menander’s Periceiromene.

ECON 103 CHP: Macroeconomic Principles Stephen Parente

62176  |  12:30 – 1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 DKH  |  3 Hours

Macroeconomics is the branch of economics that examines the aggregate behaviors of firms, consumers and government and their implications for an economy’s output, employment, inflation and interest rates. This is done within the context of business cycles, i.e., the short-run, and in the context of economic growth, i.e., the long-run. After taking the course, the student should have a thorough understanding of the data that underlies macroeconomic analysis and be able to evaluate government policies that are intended to either smooth out the business cycle or grow the economy. As an honor’s course, added attention will be given to current policy debates such as the 2007-2009 Great Recession, social security, soaring public debt, China’s growth miracle, Brexit and Grexit.

***Campus has granted every section of this course with General Education credits for Social Sciences.***

***Section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

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: Conspiracy Theory Narratives, James Hansen

57256  |  9:30 – 10:50 a.m.  | TR  |  212 Honors House  |  3 Hours

Our particular moment in history has been witness to a good deal of conspiracy theory. Nearly all of us have seen, read, and even speculated about the theories surrounding John F. Kennedy and the wave of political assassinations in the 1960s. More recently, of course, we’ve been privy to countless theories concerning terrorist conspiracies, government conspiracies, and corporate conspiracies. After all, we have grown quite accustomed to the assorted terms and expressions that accompany and inspire conspiracy theorists. But just where does spotting conspiracies devolve into full-scale paranoia? When are we correct about our suspicions and when have we gone too far? This course will explore these questions by tracing out a genealogy of literary texts that not only involve conspiracies but also the paranoid, hyper-alert experience that we might call conspiracy theorizing. By placing these texts in their respective historical contexts, we will also discuss how to become an informed, astute critical thinker without giving in to paranoia.

***This course has been petitioned for gen ed credit and approved by All Colleges but FAA for Humanities & the Arts credit***

***Section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

Instructor: James Hansen won the Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Illinois, and he has regularly been on the University-wide list of “Teachers Ranked as Excellent” by their students. Over the years, his teaching has spanned a good deal of the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has investigated a range of literary theoretical approaches. In additions to classes such as “Beckett’s Late Theatre” and “The Gothic Tradition from Radcliffe to Gaiman,” which relate directly to his research, James also taught undergraduate courses on conspiracy theory films and fiction, on the history of the graphic novel, and on filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan.

ENVS 101/NPRE 101, AL1 &AY1: Introduction to Energy Sources, David Ruzic

34678/34625  |  Lecture 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.  |  MWF  |  1024 Chem Annex  ||  Lab 34671/34625 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.  |  T  |  100H Talbot Lab  |  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: Physical Sci and Quant Reasoning II***

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

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

63669  |  9:30 – 10:50 a.m.  |  TR  |  1071 Natural History Bldg.  |  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 forever? 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 the end of ESE 199, you’ll understand a wide range of issues”from geological to political”that determine where stuff comes from.

*** This class has been petitioned for Gen Ed credits and approved by All Colleges for Natural Sciences & Tech: Physical Sciences ***

***Section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

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.

FAA 110 D: Exploring Arts and Creativity, J.W. Morrissette & Brad Mehrtens

60872  |  10:30 – 11:50 a.m. plus outside course events  |  R  |  IGPA Classroom  |  3 Hours

High and street art, tradition and experimentation, the familiar and unfamiliar, international and American creativity provide this course’s foundation. Students will attend performances and exhibitions, interact with artists, and examine core issues associated with the creative process in our increasingly complex global society. Faculty from the arts, sciences, humanities, and other domains will lead students through visual arts, music, dance, and theatre experiences at Krannert Center and Krannert Art Museum to spark investigation and dialogue.

The class meets twice per week: once a week for discussions, and a second time to attend performances and/or exhibitions at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and/or Krannert Art Museum. Event dates will vary. Admission to all events will be provided without charge to students enrolled in the course.

***This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for Literature and the Arts.***

***This section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

Instructor: Brad Mehrtens – Instructor and Advisor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Brad earned his bachelor”s in biology from Truman State University, and his master”s in microbiology from Illinois. His research interests include educational pedagogy; course design; and assessment; his advising interests include transitions for freshmen and transfer students; preparing for professional or graduate programs; understanding the undergraduate research experience; acknowledging and addressing academic or personal issues. As for hobbies, Brad enjoys acting, theatre, movies, music, and sports.

Instructor: J.W. Morrissette – Assistant Head, Department of Theatre

J.W. has served in the Department of Theatre for 21 years. He has also served as the chair of the BFA Theatre Studies Program as well as the assistant program coordinator for Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre. He earned his BFA in Acting at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and both his MFA in Acting and MA in Theatre History at the University of Illinois. J.W. has taught and directed for the past 17 years with the summer Theatre Department at Interlochen Center for the Arts, has directed and taught at Parkland College, and teaches acting, directing, and Introduction to Theatre Arts at Illinois. He has been integral in developing components for the online course offerings in the department, as well as supervising all senior Theatre Studies Thesis Projects.

FSHN 199 TFS: Taste of Food Science, Soo-Yeun Lee

65366  |  3:00 – 4:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  122 Bevier Hall  |  3 Hours

Fundamentals of Food Science course with a focus on the Sensory Science sub-discipline, in which we study the human senses and use them to analyze products. Combined lecture and experiential learning activities course devoted to 1) physiological and psychological basis of human senses and perception, 2) basic sensory methodologies in food evaluation, 3) chemistry and functionality of food ingredients, and 4) processing methods in food science. Recommended to freshmen and sophomore levels.

*** This class has been petitioned for gen ed credit and approved by All Colleges for Natural Sci & Technology/Physical Science credits.***

***Section is now full; please contact CHP staff to be added to a waitlist***

Instructor: Soo-Yeun Lee (Soo) is a Professor in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) and an Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Honors Programs for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois. Her scholarship in the area of Sensory Science has achieved recognition by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) with the Samuel Cate Prescott Award in 2011. Her research focuses on: 1) utilizing innovative sensory methodology to develop health-targeted new product alternatives, 2) determining the factors that characterizes picky eating, and 3) identifying strategies to reduce sodium in foods without compromising sensory acceptability. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and garnered over $2 Million in research grants. She has served as the Chair of the Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division of IFT, a member of the IFT Annual Meeting Scientific Programming Advisory Panel, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Food Science. Soo has been recognized as an educator with many national and campus level teaching awards, such as the ACES Funk Award for Excellence in Teaching, UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teacher Fellow Award, NACTA Teaching Scholar Award, and NIFA/USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Regional Teaching Award. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level Sensory Science courses in FSHN and ACES Honors Seminar course.

HUM 395 A: Imagining Molecular Reality, Samantha Frost & Daniel Liu

67706  |  12:30 – 1:50 p.m.  |  MW  |  212 Honors |  3 Hours

Why are some of our most important questions in life addressed and answered by recourse to the smallest, invisible particles? How is it that fundamentally invisible things like molecules come to exert such a powerful influence on our ideas about who we are, our relationship to the environment, and our treatment one another? What intellectual, religious, and political forces have shaped our ideas about atoms and molecules? And how have we learned anything about such tiny things? In this course we will study a combination of primary source texts and read the latest scholarship on the development of molecular ideas nd their influence on social and political life.

***This course has been petitioned for gen ed credit and at this time, and has been approved by All Colleges but LAS in the Humanities & the Arts: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives and Cultural Studies: Western general education credits***


Professor Samantha Frost has a record of teaching excellence here at the University of Illinois. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois. The Lynn M. Martin Award is designated to promote exceptional achievement in undergraduate teaching by women. Furthermore, she has been included on the list of teachers ranked excellent by their students Spring 2016 (GWS 350), Spring 2015 (GWS 478/PS413), Spring 2013 (GWS 478/PS 413), Fall 2012 (GWS 550), Spring 2012 (GWS 350), Fall 2009 (GWS 550), Spring 2008 (GWS 478/PS 413; PS 377), Fall 2007 (GWS 350; PS 377); Spring 2005 (GWS 478/PS 413; GWS 350), Spring 2004 (GWS 478/PS 413), Spring 2003 (GWS 478/PS 413), Spring 2002 (GWS 350), Spring 2001 (PS 296).

Dr. Daniel Liu has held positions as teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Wisoconsin-Madison. In 2011, he was awarded an “Honored Instructor” award for undergraduate teaching. In 2015, he was nominated by his department for the university-wide Capstone Teaching Award. Liu has received the teaching training provided by the UW-Madison College of Letters & Sciences in 2010 and also “Equity and Diversity” training for graduate assistants from the UW-Madison”s Office of Equity and Diversity in 2011.

KIN 365/CHCL 365/RST 365/SHS 365: Civic Engagement in Wellness, Kim Graber

61899/62801/62832/62812  |  3:30 – 4:50 p.m.  |  TR  |  1002 Huff Hall |  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 credits 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.

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

31307  |  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.

***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.

Seminar CHP 395 B: Religion, Ethics and the Environment, Robert McKim

40547  |  11:00 – 12:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors  |  3 Hours

Is everything on earth for the use of human beings? Or is that a ridiculous idea? (Why should one species matter that much?) Should we human beings protect the earth? If so, why should we do so? And what does it mean to protect the earth? For example, does it require setting large portions of the earth aside for other species and their habitat? If so, on what scale? Does it require that we not wipe out other forms of life? What does protecting the earth mean for our impact on the landscapes around us? Do we have to choose between (a) promoting human development and feeding people and (b) protecting other forms of life and the habitat they need? If so, how is that choice to be made? Does it matter what we do to other animals? Should we hunt them for fun? Should we eat them? This course will explore various religious and philosophical attempts to answer questions such as these.

Instructor: Professor Robert McKim received his B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and his Ph.D. in religion and philosophy from Yale University. He teaches courses at all levels in Religion and in Philosophy, including courses in philosophy of religion and in environmental ethics. He has regularly appeared on the campus “Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers.” A lot of his scholarly writing, including three books and an edited volume, has been about religious diversity and its implications. Professor McKim just finished co-editing Climate Change and its Impacts: Risks and Inequalities (forthcoming Springer, 2018) with colleagues in Law, Philosophy, and Engineering. This multidisciplinary book includes essays in theology, philosophy, law, engineering, atmospheric science, urban planning, biology, and the social sciences, all probing central questions about climate change and its consequences. He is currently working on an equally multidisciplinary edited book of responses to Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical.

Seminar CHP 395 C: Evolution of the Universe from an Anthropocentric Perspective, Eric Jakobsson

31308  |  2:00 – 3:20 p.m.  |  TR  |  212 Honors  |  3 Hours

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of the universe as we know it, starting with the Big Bang. With guidance from faculty plus assigned readings, the students will learn about the Big Bang itself and the consequent expansion resulting in creation of matter, formation and evolution of stars and solar systems, formation and geological and climatic history of the earth, origin of life and biological evolution, emergence of primates, hominids, and humans, evolution of human societies from hunter-gatherer to agricultural to cities and city-state, to regional and global empires and alliances, to the Anthropocene Era in which the activities of humans will have a major impact on all other life on earth.


Eric Jakobsson is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Biophysics and Computational Biology, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience.

***Courses petitioned for General Education credit by Campus Honors Program will appear on student records around the middle of term. This will not appear at the time of registration.***

+++ Please note that campus policy restricts students from using more than 12 credits of “199” courses towards your credits for graduation. CHP allows the use of all of this type of courses towards our program requirements. You are not restricted from taking as many “199” courses as you would like; just beware of this graduation credit limit.+++