September 28, October 5, 12
Make-up October 19 Registration Deadline:
Tuesday, September 20
Hispanic Language, Literature, and Culture
G. Cory Duclos, director, Keck Center for Language Studies
This course will look at the culture of Latin America and Spain through the lens of literature. Works will be read in translation, but we will also note some of the linguistic elements of the original texts. This course will complement students' study of Spanish, but no prior language knowledge is necessary for the course.
Visualizing the Universe
Joseph Eakin, senior director, Colgate Visualization Lab
We will start off exploring the origins of the universe and end up with our solar system. Each session will comprise of a vis lab show and interactive demos. The first week we will look at the forces behind the big bang and the universe. The next week we will explore our local universe and our solar system. The final week we will look at leftovers of the solar system by exploring comets, asteroids, and meteoroids.
Modernist Poetry and the Rethinking of the Human
Michael Coyle, associate professor of English
This seminar will explore poetry by some of America's most important modernist poets, such as Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Wallace Stevens, or Mina Loy. Each of these poets struggles to come to terms with what it means to be human, and to give form to human experience. What makes this struggle "modernist" is twofold. First, pursuing their work in the wake of Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud, these poets endeavor to find both meaning and truth but do so knowing these two things are not necessarily synonymous. Second, knowing that meaning and truth are not necessarily the same thing leads them to the conviction that experience can only by modeled in aesthetic terms. Students should leave this seminar with a clearer understanding of not just what these poems mean but also how they mean. You will also have begun thinking about why poetry matters--not just in the terms of the poets we read together but also on our own.
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.
Music Appreciation: Crash Course in the Cover Song
Kara Rusch, DJ/artist/music critic
Class will be devoted to comparing covers of songs to the originals we all know and consider the definite version—but is it? We will listen to different treatments and arrangements of Classics and hear a range from listenable to far out groovy and strange. This course will mainly be centered in Jazz, Blues and Pop but expect a dip into many genres including Cabaret, classical and Hip-hop. If you love music this class is for you.
Why One Should Google Thyself
Matt Hames, communications strategist
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 brands as you prepare to graduate from high school. In this course you'll learn how the internet already creates your personal brand - and how to take more control over it.
This course is only open to juniors and seniors.