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Course Descriptions 2015-16

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Session I

Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Make-up Oct. 21
Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 23
American Tales
Lenora Warren, Assistant Professor, English

This course will examine the way in which America emerges as an idea through literary representation in the nineteenth century. Through reading short pieces of fiction and poetry, we will discuss how anxieties over slavery, capitalism, Native American removal manifest themselves in relationship to the as-yet emerging American character. Students should leave this seminar with new ideas on the place of literature in creating the idea of a nation.
Theater Play and Improvisation! 
April Sweeney, Associate Professor of Theater

This mini-course is designed to cultivate the actor’s creativity, spontaneity, and collaborative skills through theatre play and improvisation. We will endeavor to discover the “quality of play”, which at its essence is a deep sense of far reaching curiosity. The first step and one of the most important in preparing a student for the study of acting is teaching him/her how to rediscover play. “Galumphing” as noted anthropologist Stephen Miller calls it (taking his cue from Lewis Carroll) is a talent characterized in higher life forms. Play is different from game; it is the free spirit of exploration, doing and being done for its own pure joy. Process. The act is its own destination. The rediscovery of play leads to the cultivation of the imagination and the discovery of the power of one’s own creativity. Imagination is both central and crucial to the actor’s development of both body and intellect.
Project Management 101: How to Make Anything Happen. 
Phlana Tiller, Senior Program Manager, Drucker Institute

Drucker for Future Leaders aims to teach management skills to young people, who use these lessons to design community service projects. The students then develop individual self-management plans to pursue their academic and personal goals. Peter Drucker’s ‘Five Most Important Questions’ (What is our mission? Who is our customer? What does the customer value? What are our results? What is our plan?) serve as the cornerstone of the students’ management training and provide a basic framework for the management plans the students put into practice.
Going Green: At home and at school!  
John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability

In this course, we will explore the meaning and practice of environmental sustainability. We will discuss solutions for a sustainable future, exchange ideas for greener living, and participate in interactive exercises.
Environmental Justice 
April Baptiste, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program

This course will examine the definition of environmental justice. We will take a look at the ways in which different groups in US society are more exposed to environmental hazards than others and begin to understand why this phenomenon occurs. In the course we will take a brief look at history and see how history repeats itself in contemporary society. We will use video, online tools, and discussions to understand how environmental justice relates to your everyday activities.
Becoming an Ally 
Khristian Kemp-Delisser, Assistant Dean & Director of LGBTQ Initiatives

All students are welcome to take this course in order to enhance their ability to be an ally by increasing their sensitivity to and awareness of social, political and cultural aspects of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and identities. Each class session will include a brief lecture portion followed by an interactive activity designed for students to explore their own experiences and questions. Students will walk away with basic knowledge of social justice issues, and local/national resources relevant to supporting LGBTQ friends, family and classmates.

Session II

Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, make-up Dec. 2
Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct. 23
Think before you click. Media awareness in the digital age 
Daniel DeVries, Admission Marketing and Media Relations Manager

Do you know what happens when outrageous political memes or statistics are shared on social media? Are you interested in learning how users of social media unknowingly help perpetuate disinformation? This course is about media bias, primary sources, polling data prior to a presidential election, and how social media changed the news industry forever. Join us to learn how to be a savvy media consumer.
Intro to Contemporary Dance 
Tanya Calamoneri, Visiting Assistant Professor of English

This mini-course introduces students to the concepts and practice of contemporary dance. Rooted in principles of release-technique and somatic studies, training emphasizes dynamic alignment and precise movement articulation. Students will gain confidence, fluidity, and control on their movement expression. *Limited enrollment- only sign up if you can reliably attend all three classes
The Internet Revealed 
Vijay Ramachandran, Associate Professor of Computer Science

What do you think of when someone mentions the Internet? Perhaps a social networking app, searching the web, streaming music or video, or communicating with others? But how can all of these different things be associated with the same system that we call the Internet? In this seminar, we'll examine the different layers and protocols that together make possible the open-ended communications system connecting people and computers across the globe. Although we -- and most people building Internet services -- take those layers and protocols for granted, each of those components is a creative but simple solution to an important problem in the Internet's design. Through demos and other fun activities, we'll do some of that problem solving ourselves as a way of understanding how the Internet really works. No prior experience or computer skills necessary.
Dialogue and Democracy 
Ryan Solomon, Assistant Professor in Writing and Rhetoric

Democracy affirms the possibility of broad-based public participation in political decision-making, even if that isn't the reality of how democratic governance works in everyday life. This course will examine why public participation matters, as well as the challenges of making public participation work effectively in real life. This course will also explore the role of public dialogue in bringing together people from different perspectives in a way that honors democratic values. Subsequently, students will have an opportunity to participate in some hands-on dialogue activities.
Climbing the Walls 
Trevor Kreznar, Assistant Director, Outdoor Education

Have you ever wanted to climb a wall like Spiderman? Take this course and learn how to tie knots, use ropes to belay (hold) other climbers and move up the wall using good technique. This class guarantees great fun and that you will be hungry for dinner! *Limited enrollment- only sign up if you can reliably attend all three classes
African American Influence on the Transformation of American Humor 
Mel Watkins, Colgate NEH Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English

This course will provide a brief overview of the evolution of American humor and African Americans’ influence on its development. Using audio and video examples, the course will trace American humor from its backwoods and minstrel roots through vaudeville, motion pictures, and radio to the 1950s and early TV when more satiric comedy featuring social commentary surfaced. It will conclude with an examination of the humor of Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, and Wanda Sykes who emerged in the wake of Pryor’s groundbreaking comic innovations.

Session III

Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, make-up Mar. 2
Registration Deadline: Wed., Jan. 27

Session IV

Mar. 30, Apr. 6, Apr. 13, make-up Apr. 20

Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar. 18