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Course Descriptions 2014-15

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Session I

Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Make-up Oct. 22
Registration Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 18
Active Wellness
Christina Turner, MS, CES, Director of Recreation and Chair of Physical Education
Clark Room in James C. Colgate Student Union

Wellness is the active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. Students enrolled in this course will actively participate in this seminar to enlighten them on how physical wellness can influence one’s growth and development throughout a lifetime. Each class session will include a 40-minute lecture portion followed by a 60-minute activity portion.
Harnessing the Sun
Beth Parks, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Ho Science Center 238

Solar photovoltaics offer the hope that we can obtain electricity from a clean and sustainable source.  In this seminar, students will learn some fundamentals of how solar cells work and then build a toy car that's powered by a solar cell.  We'll also see how solar photovoltaics can be implemented on a larger scale and learn about New York State subsidies that can make solar photovoltaics affordable for students and their families.
The Making of the Atlantic World: Indians, Europeans, and Africans in America
Antonio Barrera, Associate Professor of History and Africana & Latin American Studies
Alumni Hall 108

This seminar examines the encounter between Europeans, Africans, and Indians during the first period of the Atlantic World, 1400s to 1650s. I will explore the formation and consolidation of the Atlantic World as a network of regions and space of exchange. I will explore such themes as European, African, and Amerindian empires and cultures, imperial expansion, colonization, navigation, and European-Indian-African relations, the transatlantic slave trade, the Atlantic economy, and Euro-American colonial societies.
Religions of the World
Aaron Spevack, Assistant Professor of Religion
Lawrence Hall 310

An exploration of some of the world's religions--including Islam, Hinduism, and Taoism--through their sacred scriptures, music, art, and literature. This course will explore how do different faiths address the big questions of life, death, and the nature of things. It will also introduce students to various ways of thinking about religion which can help avoid the pitfalls of oversimplification, generalization, and bias.
Rhetoric in Public Life
Ryan Solomon, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
Lathrop Hall 210

In this seminar, we will consider the role of public speech in democratic life. Democracy, at its best, it evokes the belief that everyone can and should participate in deciding what our shared world will look like and how we will live together in that world. Of course, the reality of democracy is a far cry from the ideal – truly democratic participation is limited by a number of constraints, from social inequality to issues of power to the fundamental fallibility of human beings. Still, despite the very real challenges presented by these constraints, democratic aspirations have been a powerful source of creating demands for inclusion, participation, and social change. The purpose of this seminar is to identify ways in which you can participate in public life and make your own voice heard on the issues that matter in your own communities. This seminar will be interactive and participatory - it will be discussion focused, with lots of opportunities for practice and experiment in public speech and deliberation.
Why one should Google Thyself
Matt Hames, Manager of Media Communications
Lathrop Hall 107

In a world where 4 million Google searches are done every minute, your digital personal brand is vital. When you go off to university, use Facebook 95% of the time, and use LinkedIn 5% (get a profile.) By your senior year, flip the percentages. Facebook can cost you a job, LinkedIn can get you a job. It isn't always that simple, but it will continue to be important to understand your digital brand. In this presentation you'll learn how the internet already creates your personal brand – and how to take more control over it. 

Session II

Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, make-up Dec. 3
Registration Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 23

Courses TBA

Session III

Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, make-up Mar. 4
Registration Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 22

Courses TBA

Session IV

Apr. 8, Apr. 15, Apr. 22, make-up Apr. 29

Registration Deadline: Thursday, Mar. 26

Courses TBA