ARCH 199 DDF: Architectural Design & Digital Fabrication, Erik Hemingway, Ph.D.
67520 | 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. | MWF | TBA | 3 Hours
This course focuses on digitally laser cutting architectural components of an existing prototype, and the making of a chip board artefact. Interpreting the term “artefact” to mean not only the physical 3D component, but also the elaboration of the personal interpretation of the students in the study of its details. No prior experience in laser cutting is necessary as the process of the semester allows for experimentation with small chip board assemblies, culminating with the final semester outcome in 9 x 12 x 1.5 inches.
***This course will not be petitioned for general education credit this term.***
Instructor: Erik Hemingway is an Associate Professor 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 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 students’ 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 were published in Exploring Materials by Princeton Architectural Press.
ASTR 350 CH: The Big Bang, Black Holes, the End of the Universe, Brian Fields, Ph.D.
42850 | 10:00-10:50 a.m. | MWF | TBA | 3 Hours
Cosmology is science on the grandest of scales. It is one of the hottest areas of research today, weaving together a wide range of disciplines, including observational astronomy, astrophysics, relativity, and the physics of elementary particles, and quantum gravity. We will study the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe, and the scientific tools used to study these issues. Topics include aspects of special and general relativity; curved spacetime; the Big Bang; inflation; primordial element synthesis; the cosmic microwave background; dark matter and the formation of galaxies; observational evidence for dark matter, dark energy, and black holes–including supermassive black holes that lurk at the hearts of most galaxies including our own. Credit is not given for ASTR 350 if credit in ASTR 406 has been earned.
***This course will not be petitioned for general education credit this term.***
Instructor: Brian Fields is a professor of Astronomy and of Physics at the University of Illinois, and a member of the Illinois Center for the Advanced Study of the Universe. He is fascinated by the “inner space/outer space” connections that link the science at the smallest and largest scales. His research studies the highest-energy sites in nature–the big bang, exploding stars (supernovae), and high-energy particles in space (cosmic rays)–where nuclear physics and elementary particle physics play a central role. He enjoys using the Universe as the “poor person’s accelerator” to probe high-energy physics that is far beyond the reach of terrestrial experiments.
CHP 199 ON: Immigration: A Global Phenomenon with Local Implications, Gioconda Guerra Perez, Ph.D.
67744 | 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. | MW | TBA | 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 will be petitioned for general education credit for Cultural Studies 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 444: Archaeology of Italy, Brett Kaufman, Ph.D.
40328 | POT A |11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | MW | TBA | 3 Hours
This course explores the archaeology of Italy within the contexts of both Graeco-Roman civilization and the geopolitics of the Mediterranean Basin. Politics and foreign relations, economy, religion, art, architecture, technology, environment, music, and other cultural hallmarks will be studied as they relate to the development of Roman culture, a culture with such a powerful legacy that it still reverberates today. Beginning with the development of complex society in the Bronze Age, and continuing into the Iron Age and study of the Etruscans, the course will cover the evolution of the Roman Republic and its eventual domination over Carthage and other competing states for control of the Mediterranean. The archaeology of Italy is unique in that with its soldiers, farmers, traders, craftspeople, and authority figures the material culture of the Roman Empire extends far beyond the Italian Peninsula. The mechanics of imperial control will be investigated across the territorial holdings of the Principate in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East.
***This course fulfills general education credit for Humanities – History & Philosophy and Cultural Studies – Western.***
Instructor: Brett Kaufman is an assistant professor in the Department of the Classics, joining the Illinois faculty in 2018. He is an archaeologist specializing in the Mediterranean and Near East, ancient engineering and design, the formation and maintenance of sociopolitical hierarchy, and reconstructing ecological management strategies of ancient and historical societies. He has directed or supervised archaeological excavations in Tunisia, China, Italy, Israel, and New York. He received a BA from Brandeis University, and a MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining UIUC Classics, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University and a faculty appointment at the University of Science and Technology Beijing where he still maintains a visiting affiliation. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
CWL 189: Literatures of the Islamic World, Eric Calderwood, Ph.D.
73174 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | TR | 212 Honors | 3 Hours
This course will offer students a broad and wide-ranging introduction to the history and cultures of the Islamic world through an exploration of major literary and cultural works from the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Europe, South Asia, and the United States.
**This course has been approved by campus for general education credit for Non-Western Cultures and Humanities: Literature & the Arts**
Instructor: Eric Calderwood is an Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative & World Literature. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011 and taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the faculty at UIUC in 2014. His teaching and research explore the history and cultures of the Mediterranean world, with a particular focus on cultural relations between Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East. He is the author of a book on colonial Morocco. He is currently finishing a second book on the political uses of the past in contemporary Mediterranean culture. In addition to his scholarly work, he has also contributed commentary and essays to such venues as NPR, the BBC, and Foreign Policy.
ECON 103 CHP: Macroeconomic Principles, Stephen Parente, Ph.D.
62176 | 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. | MW | TBA | 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 credit for Social Sciences.***
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: Black Culture and the Great Migration, Christopher Freeburg, Ph.D.
57256 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | MWF | 212 Honors | 3 Hours
Between 1916-1960, African Americans ﬂed the American South and populated Northern cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York, and Chicago. This geographical movement produced an explosion of art, music, and literature that became a crucial part of American culture. But why did African Americans move in such numbers over decades? Visual art, music (blues, jazz, gospel etc.), as well as literature ﬂourished during this period but how did these burgeoning art forms reﬂect dreams fulﬁlled and deferred in these bustling American cities? This course takes up these questions by examining the changing economic, legal, and social conditions of the Great Migration, the art cultures this migration produced, as well as the monumental efforts American social scientists undertook to try to understand these massive changes in American cities. This course is interdisciplinary. We will analyze a variety of source materials including but not limited to: musical performances, poetry, ﬁlm/documentary, newspapers and academic scholarship.
***This course will be petitioned for the general education requirement for Advanced Comp, Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Studies, and Humanities & the Arts.***
Instructor: Christopher Freeburg is currently University Scholar and Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of the prize-winning book Melville and the Idea of Blackness (Cambridge UP, 2012), Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life (University of Virginia Press, 2017), and most recently, Counterlife: Slavery after Resistance and Social Death which is forthcoming from Duke University Press December 2020. Chris has published essays and reviews in American Literary History, South Atlantic Quarterly, and collections such as Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Grey Poet. He’s currently working on a new book on black cultural traditions called “The Book of Black Culture.”
ENVS 101/NPRE 101, AL1 &AY1: Introduction to Energy Sources, Daniel Andruczyk, Ph.D.
34678/34625 | Lecture 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. | MWF | TBA
34671/34625 | Lab 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. | T | 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 this course with Physical Sciences and Quant Reasoning II general education credit.***
Instructor: Prof. Andruczyk is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering and is in charge of the HIDRA device at the University of Illinois. Previously he was a Research Engineer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Labs from 2012 – 2014. He currently is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions, a multidisciplinary center at the University of Illinois. Prof. Andruczyk conducts research into plasma edge studies and PFC materials as well as research related to manufacturing in the semiconductor industry. Prof. Andruczyk has previously worked as a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald where the W-7X Stellarator is being built. He has extensive expertise in plasma diagnostics including the development and running of diagnostic He beams and has installed two on H-1NF Heliac in Canberra, Australia and the WEGA Stellarator in Greifswald, Germany.
EPSY 199A: Understanding Adolescent Development Through Middle Grades Fiction, Chris Napolitano, Ph.D.
46232 | 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. | TR | 22 EDUC | 3 hours
Is adolescence inevitably a period of “storm and stress?” Are all adolescents bound to rebel against their parents, challenge social norms, and engage in problem behaviors? In this class, we complicate popular (and inaccurate) perceptions of adolescence. Students will complete this course with an understanding of the dynamic changes that take place during adolescence across four core developmental concepts: identity, autonomy, intimacy, and achievement. We explore each of these concepts along three core tracks: (1) deeply debating contemporary theoretical and conceptual work; (2) unpacking contemporary empirical research; and (3) closely reading popular middle grades fiction novels written for adolescents. This seminar also presents a unique opportunity for students to interview active middle-grades fiction writers during seminar meetings to better understand how they integrate adolescent concepts into their books. To conclude the seminar, students will link information from theories and research by selecting a middle grades (or young adult) fiction book and leading a discussion on that book’s core adolescent developmental concepts and the contemporary research. In addition to these learning goals, students will also complete coursework designed to sharpen various academic and professional skills. Assignments will involve presenting, writing, discussing, and integrating knowledge across several disciplines. In short, active participation in this course will provide students with a modern view on adolescent development, how it is studied, and how it is shaped into evocative and educational fiction for adolescents themselves.
***This course will be petitioned for general education credits for Social and Behavioral Sciences: Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences.***
Instructor: Chris Napolitano is a life-span developmental psychologist. His primary research interest is in the development of adaptive self-regulatory action across the life span, and how to best translate this research into programs that promote positive development. His work explores how people produce their development through striving for dynamic, unpredictable goals, and is now particularly focused on the self-regulatory actions that maximize gains from unexpected, positive events and the actions that often minimize losses from expected shortcomings.
Chris was trained at Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. At Tufts, he worked on the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development and Project GPS, a mentoring-based intervention to promote adolescent self-regulation. In August 2017, he became an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology (Developmental and Counseling divisions) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich in the Developmental Psychology: Adulthood lab.
FAA 110 C: Exploring Arts and Creativity J.W. Morrissette, MFA, MA, Brad Mehrtens, M.S.
TBA | 1:30 – 2:50 p.m. | R | TBA | 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.
***Campus has granted every section of this course for general education credit for Literature and the Arts.***
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.
FIN 199: Finance for non-Finance Majors, Richard Excell, MBA
32516 | 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. | TR | TBA | 3 Hours
This class is intended to introduce the concepts of Finance to non-Business majors. The purpose of the class is to prepare students for their lives after they graduate. You will learn how overall financial markets function, looking at each asset class, which will help you as begin to save and invest for retirement. We will discuss the concepts of the time value of money and discounted cash flows—important when considering whether to pay cash or pay credit, whether to buy or to rent, and whether to borrow or to lend. Finally, you will learn to write a business plan and gain practice presenting that to potential investors.
***This course will be petitioned for quantitative reasoning general education credit this term.***
Instructor: Richard Excell is an Instructor of Finance at the University of Illinois, Gies College of Business. He has recently retired as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Wolverine Asset Management in Chicago where he ran a global equity long/short hedge fund portfolio.
Excell holds a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Accounting and Japanese Studies from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was a member of the inaugural Campus Honors Program class. He became a CFA® charter holder in 1999 while living in Singapore and became a CMT charter holder in 2018. He is on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society Chicago and serves on the Education Advisory Group and Communications. Outside of work, he is Director of the Western Golf Association/Evans Scholars Foundation and a board member of the Bright Promises Foundation in Chicago.
FSHN 199 TFS: Taste of Food Science, Soo-Yeun Lee, Ph.D.
65366 | 3:00 – 4:20 p.m. | TR | 122 Bevier | 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 will be petitioned for general education credit for Natural Sciences & Technology/Physical Science.***
Instructor: Soo-Yeun Lee (Soo) is a Professor in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) in 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.
IS 390 RGS: All in the Gutter: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Comics, Carol Tilley, Ph.D.
71623 | TR | 2:00-3:20 PM | 212 Honors | 3 Hours
Just as other forms of literature and media serve to reflect and shape our understanding of who we are, so does comics. In this course, we will explore a variety of US comics from the past 150 years—including editorial cartoons, comic strips, graphic novels, comic books, and webcomics—to gain insights on how these texts have affirmed and challenges social and cultural norms around race, gender, and sexuality. We will read and discuss comics that depicted the fight for women’s suffrage, early coded queerness, Black / Native American / Asian stereotypes, and more before moving to a discussion of more contemporary and intersectional depictions. You will learn to apply a variety of analytic strategies to engage with these comics in creative and critical ways.
**This course will be petitioned for the general education requirement for Humanities: Historical & Philosophical Perspectives and Cultural Studies: U.S. Minorities gen ed credits.**
Instructor: Carol Tilley is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences. She is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies and the Center for Writing Studies. Her research focuses on US comics, libraries, and readership in the mid-20th century. She has been a judge for two important comics awards, the Eisner and the Ringo Awards, and served as President of the Comics Studies Society. A long time ago, she was a student in the Honors program at Indiana University.
JOUR 199 SSM: Surviving Social Media, Nikki Usher, Ph.D.
51333 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | MW | 212 Honors | 3 hours
Course Description: Surviving Social Media offers students a comprehensive understanding of the role that big tech companies and their platforms and products play in daily life. Topics include hashtag activism, digital surveillance, algorithmic inequality and search bias, data privacy, monopoly and anti-trust, changes to the news industry, and the “internet yuck” of hate speech and harassment. Students will be required to take a 24-hour technology fast.
***This course will be petitioned for Social & Behavioral Sciences: Social Science and Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Cultures general education credits.***
Instructor: Nikki Usher, PhD is an associate professor in the College of Media’s journalism department, with affiliate appointments in communication and political science. Her research focuses on news, new technology, and politics. She is the author of three books, Making News at the New York Times, Interactive Journalism, Hackers, Data and Code, and the new News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism.
KIN 340 SP1: Sociology/Psychology of Physical Activity, Steven Petruzzello, PhD
72660 | TR |1:00 – 2:20 PM | 121A Freer | 3 Hours
Social and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity is designed to acquaint you with how psychological and social processes and constraints influence human action in physical activity environments. The course will utilize both lecture and laboratory/discussion formats, with ample opportunity for interaction and discussion between professor and students and among yourselves. There may be occasional guest lectures. You, as the student, should feel free (and are strongly encouraged) to ask questions, take alternate viewpoints, present supportive arguments for statements, and generally make yourself a presence in the class. This cannot be emphasized enough. Keeping your insights and ideas to yourself will deprive us all of potentially illuminating, interesting, and useful information.
I believe in the following statement by Socrates: “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” From you I expect: (a) commitment to excellence, that is, I don t want you to overlook other important aspects of your life, but I do expect you to do work, spend the time, and do the reading and writing (and thus, thinking) necessary to be successful in this course; (b) self-motivation; and (c) initiative and critical thought. If you leave my classroom and have acquired a stronger ability to think, I will have done my job.
**This course satisfies the general education requirement for Advanced Composition.**
Instructor: Steven Petruzzello is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Science, Psychology of Exercise and Sport from Arizona State University in 1991. He began his career at UIUC in 1991 and has served as the Associate Head for Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health since 2011. He has also been a Research Scientist for the Illinois Fire Service Institute since 2005. Professor Petruzzello’s research focuses on determining the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of exercise in improving affect/emotion. The second line of research examines the physiological and psychological aspects of firefighting. Professor Petruzzello has been awarded the College of Applied Health Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Award, the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and has consistently been named to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students.”
LING 199 RB: English Across Cultures, Rakesh Bhatt, Ph.D.
52895 | TR | 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. | 212 Honors | 3 Hours
The specific goal of this course is to invite students to appreciate (English) linguistic diversity: how this diversity comes about, its social and cultural production; what social functions do diverse linguistic forms enable; and to what extent do innovations in English language use reflect linguistic and literary creativity and expressions of solidarity and identity. This course is organized as a seminar, where readings of texts and audio-video clips will be used as starting points for discussions and interpretations of various issues introduced through the course of the semester. Furthermore, some classic works will be selected and each student will have the opportunity to pick one of them, deeply analyze it, and present the analysis to the class. The class then discusses and critiques the information presented. Finally, students will be required to write 4 response papers, one for each section (II-V), that together will highlight the value of cross-cultural study of language (English) in the understanding of the total range of human experience.
**This course will be petitioned for general education credits for Humanities & Arts: Literature and the Arts and Cultural Studies: Western Cultures and Non-Western Cultures (choose one).**
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.
CHP 395C: Evolution of the Universe from an Anthropocentric Perspective, Eric Jakobsson, Ph.D.
31308 | MW | 2:00 – 3:20 p.m. | 212 Honors | 3 hours
This 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.
***This course will not be petitioned for general education credit this term.***
Instructor: Eric Jakobsson is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Biophysics and Computational Biology, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience.
CHP 395A: Climate Change, Law and Health, Warren Lavey, J.D., Holly Rosencranz, M.D.
31307 | TR | 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. | 212 Honors | 3 Hours
This course addresses the greatest challenge facing all life around the globe. The focus is on the impacts of climate change, mitigation efforts, and adaptation actions. We will highlight human health threats, and study the design and effectiveness of related policies, laws, regulations, plans, and programs.
Climate change is causing substantial damages to multiple interconnected systems, including the environment, ecosystems, geological features, economies, societies, physical infrastructure, and human health. The adverse impacts on human health encompass mortality in extreme weather events, food and water scarcity, as well as increases in respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, infectious, and mental illnesses. Students will use the perspectives of law and health to analyze the policy responses to climate change by international, national, and local governments as well as private entities.
With over 60 years of combined experiences in practicing law, public policy and medicine, the instructors will tackle a wide range of multi-disciplinary case studies to train students in this critical field. Students will develop knowledge, analytical skills, and advocacy experiences which are necessary in healthcare and law as well as diverse professions and policy fields.
**This course will not be petitioned for general education credit this term.**
Instructor: Warren Lavey teaches environmental law, policy and public health. He served in the federal government, was a partner in a global law firm, and works with government agencies and nonprofit organizations on environmental projects.