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Spring 2021 honr seminars

An HONR Seminar is a small, co-created, multidisciplinary, rigorous, enriched course that leverages a captivating topic to cultivate in talented students the critical reflection proficiency, intellectual and creative courage, and ethical awareness they will require in order to become impactful and responsible leaders in their fields.

HONR208D — Insect Biodiversity: The Good, The Bad and The Weird
William Lamp

The rich diversity of insect life continually captures the imaginative mind, from Charles Darwin to modern naturalists and scientists alike. Think of colorful, charismatic butterflies pollinating native plants. Now consider how these graceful creatures are closely related to mosquitoes, insects that serve as a nuisance at best and transmitters of devastating disease at worst. Insects profoundly shape our world, for the good, bad, and downright weird. This seminar, designed for students of any major, will celebrate the dominance and incredible variety of insects on our planet, as well as their value to society as providers of ecosystem services. In addition to discussions, we will use the Entomology Teaching Lab to illustrate and explore the diversity of insects and their ecological functions. Also in the lab, we will examine samples collected from streams and wetlands, and observe the behaviors and interactions among insects. Collecting insects around campus will also allow us to assess the diversity of life in local habitats. Discussions will focus on sustainability, and the role of conservation and restoration to ensure the future of insects (and us) on our planet.

HONR208I — Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions
Mark Wellman

This course provides an overview of the concepts, approaches, and vocabulary of evidence-based management (EBM) and provides an understanding of how experts in many disciplines can employ evidenced based decision making. EBM is an emerging movement in business to explicitly use the current best information in management decision making with special emphasis on relevant scientific findings and unbiased organizational facts. The course stresses how individuals practicing EBM learn how to rethink their approaches to data and knowledge in order to make more effective decisions. Why do smart managers make flawed decisions? Why do managers keep believing they have made the right choice, even with disastrous results staring them in the face? Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions will address how evidence-based management and other decision-making tools can be used to uncover hidden assumptions in the corner offices of great corporations.

HONR209G – Elements of Drawing for Non-Majors
Patrick Craig

Students must pay a $40.00 studio lab fee for this course.
This is a foundation level course on the theory and practice of drawing. Various traditional and non-traditional media techniques include line, painterly materials, color, digital photography, and collage. Theories and principles of composition, form, and space preside over the course. Subject matter and content vary, embracing still life, human form, complex interiors, and personal photography. The course also aims to improve discourse and critical thinking in drawing and art. While intended for non-majors, the curriculum prepares the student for further study in studio art if desired.

HONR218T – Political Theater: On Stage and in Washington
Nelson Pressley

How can theater effectively respond to political events? Can playwrights still attack through fiction, as Arthur Miller confronted McCarthyism via The Crucible? Are fact-based documentary styles more viable in a “fake news” world? This seminar takes account of current headlines and examines a shifting range of styles of political theater.

HONR229R — Short Texts, Great Ideas: The Essay Form
Gregory Bucher

The essay, a brief exploration of an idea, phenomenon, or topic, has become more important than ever as online content from blog posts to magazine articles has predisposed us toward shorter pieces that get to the point quickly and effectively. In this course we will consider forerunners by an ancient Greek skeptic, a tenth-century Japanese lady in waiting, and a fifteenth-century French nobleman before turning to a series of monumental modern examples. Besides polishing our reading skills, we will also practice writing, and learn the basics of pitching an idea to an editor so that students can become active participants in public discourse.

HONR229Z — Trickster, Slacker, Clown, Fool: Fiction Seminar and Workshop
Thibault Raoult

What makes a slacker a slacker? What enables a trickster to bend the rules and rewrite history? And how might comedy be best suited to dealing with the mess of our world? TRICKSTER, SLACKER, CLOWN, & FOOL: FICTION SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP examines and explores four hilarious, explosive, frustrating, and (ultimately) generative archetypes in fiction. Reading and analyzing texts such as John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard, and Renee Gladman’s The Activist (as well as many others), Honors students in TSCF will trace the outlines and inner workings of characters that risk, to paraphrase the Tao Te Ching, doing nothing in order to accomplish everything. The other major course component asks students to write a short work of fiction that takes up and extends one or more of these archetypes. We will then workshop these stories in the context of the literature we’ve analyzed. Throughout the course we will turn to theatrical, musical, and visual works— ranging from Amy Schumer to Andy Warhol, from Cindy Sherman to Sex Pistols—to see how the TSCF wavelength operates in other media. By semester’s end students will have a new method and theoretical lexicon with which to critique art and literature, which will serve students in their further studies and creative practices.

HONR238R – Terrorism
Howard Smead

Manchester Arena. Pulse in Orlando. Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Fort Hood. Mumbai. San Bernardino. Hebron. Oklahoma City. Beirut. Tokyo. Political and religious fanatics, suicide bombers, mass murder, fear of flying, fear of foreigners, fear of public places. Welcome to the world of modern terrorism. No part of the world is immune, no humans are safe. Terrorism is a shared nightmare. This course explores this global phenomenon, its nature, causes and consequences. The subject matter might not be for everyone, but it is for those determined to understand this vast, complex problem and how to fight it.

HONR239B — New York City and the American Dream
Ingrid Satelmajer

If you cross a street in New York City, who will you be when you get to the other side? Does the city change who you are––and how do the ambitions and fears that you bring to it alter what already is there? As the most populous U.S. city since the 1790 census, New York City long has held out something that distinguishes it from other places: jobs, refuge, skyscrapers, consumer fantasies, theater, and companionship. How have those promises changed? How often are they fulfilled? And what stories do people then tell about advancement––or disappointment––for immigrants, migrants, thrill seekers, and the city's "old guard"? From the belief that one can advance "from rags to riches" to warning cries about the city's false promises, New York City literature helps us consider how we live in the worlds that we build. We'll read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and graphic novels as we explore two central questions: what is a city? And: what is the American Dream?

HONR239C – The Creative Process in Dance
Sara Pearson

Einstein wrote, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious; it is the source of all true art and science” and “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Are you ready to dive into the unknown? To discover and unleash your inner Einstein through the language of dance? To develop your unique creative voice and vision? If you are, this class is for you! Explore your creative process through the language of modern experimental dance and physical theater, practicing different approaches to inspiration, experimentation, research, movement vocabulary, and structure. Synchronous classes will be movement based, supported by weekly YouTube viewings and discussions of cutting-edge dance, theater, music, and visual artists.

HONR239G — We, the Readers: American Literature for an American Democracy
Robert Chiles

According to legend, when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he remarked: “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” Four decades later, publication of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle caused such a storm of public indignation and political posturing that it inspired several pieces of major legislation and spurred a new phase of the Progressive movement. Indeed, many of the great works of American literature were at heart political. Whether satires or parables, patriotic allegories or biting social critiques, many important and well-loved novels had a significant political message and impact. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the question of political literature within the context of the evolving American democracy, considering selected works of literature as primary documents to gain insight into major themes, trends, and ideas in American political history. Combing the contextualizing instincts and documentary inquiry of historical methodology with the literary analysis of English literature and American studies, this course, through a thorough scrutiny of these books and their historical settings, will assess how contemporary Americans understood and reacted to important controversies and how major political issues were interrogated and contested at the intersection of policy and culture.

HONR239K — The Multicultural Metropolis
Brittany Wong

Within the next half century, the U.S. will become a majority minority nation. Caught in the crosshairs of this shift, cities have become, more than ever, zones of interaction and encounters with cultural and political difference. The terrain of today's multicultural metropolis presents both challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, increasing interethnic and intercultural mixing has led to conflicts, contests, and clashes over urban space and residents' rights to and in the city. On the other, today's multicultural urban landscape also raises the possibility of more equitable and inclusive urban spaces that can foster a greater respect and tolerance for difference and new ways of living together and sharing space in the city. This course will address trends driving immigration and the increasing ethnic diversity in cities and draw on theories of equitable and inclusive cities, multicultural and intercultural planning and design, and the politics of difference to explore its attendant challenges and opportunities. It will examine strategies for dealing with conflicting uses and users and fostering spaces that meet the needs, preferences, values, and meanings of different ethnic and cultural groups through the design of the built environment and urban policy.

HONR239Q — Visual and Verbal Representation in Art: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting
Jason Kuo

Credit only granted for HONR239Q or HHUM205.
The Chinese artistic tradition carries a key concept called sanjue, “three perfections,” which refers to works of art that synthesize three separate media—poetry, calligraphy, and painting. In this course, students will examine the cultural, historical, and theoretical issues that characterize the complex relationship between word and image in Chinese art and culture. Using the same tools and materials utilized by Chinese poet-artists, students will practice Chinese calligraphy and make their own works of art in which word and image are combined for personal and artistic expression. Students will also design and write a curatorial statement of their own digital 3-D exhibitions of the works of art in the mode of shituyu, a “painting of poetic ideas” which demands viewers (and readers) to traverse between the “three perfections” of sanjue, thereby enriching their aesthetic experience. This course provides excellent opportunities for students to examine the nature of art, the notion of mimesis in aesthetics, and the fundamental question of validity of interpretation in the humanities, while obtaining valuable skills in critical judgement, creative problem solving, and learning about aspects of curating works of art.

HONR239V — Visual Storytelling
Timothy Jacobsen

This course is for non-Journalism majors only.
Students who enroll in this course will be invited to challenge themselves creatively on a visual communication level. The world we live in is becoming more and more loaded with visual stimuli. Everyone is taking photos. Everyone is shooting video clips. Everyone is uploaded and retweeting. Whether it be Facebook pop up advertisements, Instagram photos, Vine videos, selfies or video shorts, visual communication takes up a big part of our lives. A grand majority of that visual imagery is not so great. How do you make your imagery stand out? Through the introduction to a series of key visual techniques, documentary skills, compositional tools and with the use of a powerful software suite, students will learn how to shoot, edit, display and tell simple to complex stories through the use of still photos and video clips. The semester will be broken into two equal parts. The first half of the semester will deal with still photography, one the most powerful forms of communication. Weekly assignments and in class exercises will center on instilling good visual skills. You will learn how to find great images instead of snap photos. Tried and true compositional technics will be taught alongside sound documentary and ethical skills. Students will work consistently with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for photo editing and digital manipulation.

HONR248G — The Origins and Ramifications of Sex and Sexes
Eric Haag

A glance at the news shows that awareness of sex pervades human society. We argue about what it means to be male or female, straight or gay, cis- or trans-gendered, etc. We debate whether apparent sex differences are real, or are largely societal constructs. We grapple with sexual violence and harassment. We might step back, however, and ask a simple question: Why do we have sexes (and sex) at all? This seminar course will explore this question, from the earliest days of sexual reproduction in microbes to human sex differences and sexual orientation. In doing so it would span roughly two billion years, and illustrate important connections between phenomena many people would assume are unrelated.

HONR248J — A Most Human Nation
Ingrid Satelmajer

Students who have taken HHUM205 should contact the instructor for permission.
What does it mean to be represented in the national capital? This course examines the history of portraiture in Washington, D.C. We will look at depictions of national leaders and ordinary Americans and consider what public displays reveal about private lives and the condition of political structures in America. What is lost and gained when your likeness is “taken”? How important is it for portraits to be “real”? Human and civil rights struggles; virtual reality in an era of globalization, balkanization, and digital technology; surveillance and privacy rights; and concerns about the human habitation of the city all will be covered. Visual and verbal “portraits” likely will include paintings of George Washington; monuments commemorating war heroes; Depression-Era photographs; writings by Langston Hughes, Edward P. Jones, Marjorie Williams, Katherine Graham, and Anthony Calypso; scenes from movies (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Talk to Me, Shattered Glass, Selma); newspaper profiles; recent art exhibitions (“Asian American Portraits of Encounter”); and musical selections (e.g., Hamilton). Note: Credit will not be granted for both HONR248J and HHUM205.

HONR258A — Renewing the Body - the science of regeneration and immortality
Alexa Bely

Regrowing lost body parts. Defying aging. These phenomena are not just fiction – they are a reality for many animals capable of these remarkable (and enviable!) feats. Although we humans can’t even regrow a finger, some animals can regenerate every part of the body, even from a tiny fragment. And while aging and death are inescapable in humans, some animals don’t age at all and are immortal. In this seminar, we will explore the biological basis for regeneration and immortality to learn what is known, and not known, about these fascinating phenomena. Throughout the seminar, students will engage in authentic scientific practices that provide translatable skills, including evaluation of scientific data, generating hypotheses, designing experiments, scientific writing, oral presentation, and peer review. The seminar includes both individual and group projects, extensive discussion, and a supportive environment.

HONR268G — Eyes on the Sky: The Science of Birdwatching
Derek Richardson

In this course you will learn the skill of birdwatching (or "birding") and will contribute your observations to a world database of sightings that help establish trends in overall bird populations. Birding (and bird feeding) is one of the most popular pastimes in the United States, with tens of billions of dollars spent annually by enthusiasts. Birds also tell us about the health of our natural environment: by noting where birds are, and where they are absent, scientists can learn about harmful changes to our world ecosystem and how to reverse them. We can help out by becoming responsible citizen scientists. This course will feature regular field trips to observe birds in their natural habitats. No prior birding experience is needed.

HONR268L — United States Immigration Issues
Dorith Grant-Wisdom

Issues of international migration and the integration of immigrants and refugees are among the most compelling and controversial issues in today’s world. However, the debate over immigration to the United States often ignores how current discussions are deeply rooted in century-long conversations about who is allowed into the country and what it means to be an American. This in turn generates questions such as: Who has come to the United States and why? Why has immigration been such a hotly debated topic in the past and now? What determines who is allowed entry into the country? When and why did the U.S. start building walls and banning and deporting immigrants? What were the impact and consequences of those policies? What does it mean to be ‘illegal’? What’s “new” about the new immigration to the United States? What lessons might we learn as we move forward into the twenty-first century? The purpose of this course is to provide an historical context to current debates over immigration reform, integration, and citizenship; as well as explore some of the important issues and complexities that characterize the U.S. immigration process and policies. It will also try to expose students to various policy experts (in and outside of government) and community organizations that are integrally involved with immigrant communities and the immigration process.

HONR268Z — Catastrophic Animal and Human Disease Outbreaks: What Else Can We Do To Prevent Them?
Nathaniel Tablante

Credit may only be granted for HONR268Z or ANSC277
Outbreaks of deadly diseases have devastated animal and human populations for centuries. The “Plague” of the Middle Ages, the 1918 “Spanish Flu”, smallpox, AIDS, Ebola, highly pathogenic avian influenza or “Bird Flu”, SARS, Zika virus, and “Swine Flu” are just a few examples of catastrophic and economically devastating diseases that have evolved over time. Some of these diseases have emerged or re-emerged and continue to challenge veterinary and public health experts. What makes these diseases so difficult to prevent and control even with today’s technological advances? What measures can we take to curb the spread of these diseases? Take this course to find out and help save animal and humankind!

HONR269L — [Introduction to Research] Cracking the Secrets of the Universe Using Computers: Re-discovering the Higgs & Searching for Invisible Matter-Part II
Shabnam Jabeen and Sarah Eno

Open to ALL students, including those not in the Honors program.
Students will explore the basic foundations of the scientific method and the fundamentals of scientific research, ultimately drafting a brief proposal for their own research project based on principles studied during the semester. Topics include the theory behind constructing a valid experimental hypothesis, best practices for data collection, relevant skills for modern data analysis, and scientific writing conventions. Students will learn from timely and interesting examples how experiments are designed, executed, and presented in the real-world, receiving a robust primer on the process of scientific reasoning that will be applicable to any field they choose to pursue in the future.

HONR269T — Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy toward Afghanistan
Temim Nusraty

This is a Global Classroom course.
In this Global Classroom, Honors College students at UMD and students at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul will examine the history of Afghanistan, its political figures, and the empires that attempted to rule the country. Students will also learn about Afghanistan’s turbulent modern history, including the Soviet occupation, the Afghan civil war, and the Taliban era. Students will then analyze the U.S. foreign policy decisions that followed the events of September 11, 2001. This includes key policy decisions such as how the country should be governed, the selection of Afghanistan’s leader, the role and mission of the international community, the adoption of a new Constitution, and the establishment of a new democratic system of government.

HONR278D – National Security Dilemmas
Daniel Rosenthal

A young lawyer at the CIA wakes with a jolt to a call on her cell phone. It’s 2 a.m., and Langley is calling. Something about a newspaper. She rushes out of her apartment and speeds to headquarters. Once at CIA Headquarters, she discovers that a New York Times reporter has learned about an undercover CIA informant in Syria providing crucial intelligence about the leadership of an international terrorist organization. But the asset has a dirty past: Before choosing to cooperate with the CIA, he had killed dozens of Westerners–and four Americans. The Agency is working with a terrorist who has American blood on his hands, and the Times thinks that the public has a right to know. But the story also contains top secret details that could help identify the asset, which if exposed would surely lead to the murder of the asset, thus eliminating a valuable source of intelligence for the U.S. government about the international terrorist organization, and discouraging others in the future from cooperating. National security is on the line. The life of the CIA informant hangs in the balance. The young lawyer is tasked with talking the reporter down. What arguments should she make? What questions should she ask? And what can be done, if anything, to stop the New York Times from publishing. Take this class to find out.

HONR278G — Exploring How Foreign Policy is Developed
Temim Nusraty

Developing foreign policy is a delicate and complicated matter. How does one walk this tightrope and shape the policies that govern U.S. international relations? This seminar will offer students a window into this process, focusing on the role played by the National Security Council in formulating, coordinating and implementing foreign policy. The seminar will begin by exploring the history of the Council, including the events leading up to its creation and the underlying law that established the Council. As part of this historical review, students will also examine the evolution of the National Security Council and the varying degree of influence it wielded under different administrations. Against this backdrop, students will then conduct a case study of some of the key foreign policy issues over the past 20 years in order to gain a better understanding of the National Security Council’s decision-making process.

HONR278P — Crime and Public Policy
James Lynch

This course will examine crime and public policy in the United States. Drawing on my experience as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the Department of Justice, we will address critical issues relating to crime and criminal justice policy including firearms and violence, drugs and crime, trends in crime and violence, use of “big data,” race and policing, courts and sentencing, mass incarceration and Justice Reinvestment, and offender re-entry. Special attention will be devoted to an examination of the role of research and empirical evidence in the policy and grant-making processes within the federal government. Finally, we will discuss the challenges and benefits to institutionalizing evidence-based criminal justice policy in the United States.

HONR278U — From Oakland to Wakanda: Reimagining American Public Education with Emphasis on STEM Education
Imani Goffney

This course focuses on public education in our multicultural and multilingual society. We will use the fictional country of Wakanda, the primary setting for the Marvel movie Black Panther, as a context for our investigation of equity, diversity, social justice, and urban education to supporting a reimagining of American public education. Focusing on aspects of STEM education, we will navigate through multidisciplinary lenses and foci on the current US educational system from elementary education to college. We will consider what these same structures might look like in Wakanda as a strategy to consider ways of critiquing the US public school system. For example, based on the central characters in Black Panther (T’Challa, Shuri, Nakia, and Killmonger), we will speculate on what Wakandan schools and learning experiences must be like, and compare them to the experiences of Black and Brown students here in America. We will consider a range of topics including school resources, structures, funding, and disciplinary policies, classroom structures, teaching practices and teaching quality, learning opportunities outside of schools, testing practices and requirements, curriculum and course availability, and access to college preparation resources and scholarships. This course equips students to critically examine the intersection of education, social justice, and society. Our goals are to deepen our collective knowledge of how race and culture impact learning opportunities, and develop an advanced understanding of any possible connections between the American public education system and systemic racism and structural oppression.

HONR279K — Magic, Science, and Religion
Maxine Grossman

What is religion, and how does it differ from other comprehensive formations of knowledge and experience? Modern scholars of religion are fascinated by these questions of difference and distinction. This is nowhere more evident than in Bronislaw Malinowski’s famous study, “Magic, Science, and Religion” (1926) which attempted to explore and explain the dynamics of practices and beliefs that he observed as an ethnographer in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea. The study of religion – not to mention world culture itself – has changed dramatically since Malinowski’s time, but some of his basic questions remain trenchant. Now more than ever, it is worth asking how religion works in society and what roles it can play. When is religion like a communal “science,” and when does science win out over religion? How does “magic” play out in this mix? In this course we will investigate some of the classic approaches to the study of religion, addressing such concepts as experience, altered consciousness, belief, ritual, and community. We will consider the relationships among systems of meaning-making including religion, science, and magic, and we will also ask how they work in contemporary world culture.

HONR279T: Google and Sudoku, Museums and Maps
Wiseley Wong

How does a university schedule final exams to avoid minimum conflict with students taking multiple exams at the same time? If security cameras are placed in a museum, how few can be used to cover all the rooms and hallways? How many atoms need to be removed from a molecule to disconnect it? What are the fewest colors needed to color a US map to assure adjacent states are colored differently? Amazingly, all these problems relate to an area of mathematics called graph theory. A graph has a set of points (vertices), and a line (edge) connects two points if they are related in some way. For example, if the points are airports, we can connect them with an edge if there is a flight between the two cities. By including a price for each flight (weight on an edge), if we visit multiple cities, what is the best route to take to minimize the total cost of the tickets? In this course, we look into basic properties in graphs, and convert the problem into real-life applications.

HONR288O — Why Do Things Fail?
Timothy Foecke

Engineering disasters are almost never caused by a single factor. There is usually a combination of incidents and errors that accumulate in a particular sequence, until the disaster suffers a triggering event. We will examine a number of historic engineering disasters, like Chernobyl, the Hindenburg, and the Challenger explosion. There will be extensive discussions on the scientific, engineering, management, sociological and human factors that come into play. In the end, you will have developed a better understanding of what causes engineering failures, and thus hopefully develop an appreciation for the important issues and develop a mindset that is aware of the scope of thought required to avoid catastrophes in engineering.

HONR298J — A Century of Smashing Atoms: Particle Accelerators, the Engines of Discovery
Timothy Koeth

In “A Century of Smashing Atoms: Particle Accelerators, the Engines of Discovery” we will explore the evolution of the largest machines humans have ever built. Present day particle accelerators measure tens of miles in length, require the cooperation of dozens of countries to build and span multiple generations to complete, all with the singular goal to manipulate the most infinitesimal bits of matter in order to answer the biggest questions we have. The creators of these machines have persistently sought answers to the question “what are we?” These are largest machines humans have made to know themselves and to heal themselves. We will cover the science and technological development of particle accelerators from their inception to present day, in parallel we will debate the required roles genius, intuition, tenacity, and even luck of the scientists who created them. The story of the “guild of accelerator builders” is as much of a lesson in technological achievement as it is of human exploration and how discovery is achieved.

HONR299V — Climate Change, Globalization, and Infectious Disease
Jonathan Dinman

Changes in climate have always been a major driver of evolution on our planet. One such change that swept the African continent approximately 300,000 years ago led to the emergence of Homo sapiens. As we dispersed out of Africa, the first step in the process of globalization, we carried our infectious diseases with us, and expansion into new ecosystems provided opportunities for us to acquire new ones from the native fauna. Periods of geographic isolation enabled new infectious agents to establish themselves in local populations, which were then dispersed to other populations through migration and conquest. The technological advances of the past 500 years enabled the rapid mixing of human populations, exponential population growth, and the universal adoption of carbon-based energy generation and consumption. While technology has certainly improved the human condition, this comes at a cost. Today we can travel to the other side of the planet in a day, goods are rapidly moved around the globe by land, sea and air, and a warming planet all work together to enhance the spread of infectious agents. This class explores the implications of how climate change and human globalization contribute to the spread of infectious diseases, not only in humans, but also in the ecosystems that sustain us.

HONR299Y — Monsters and Racism: Contemporary Black Horror and Speculative Fiction
Sydney Lewis

This course looks at contemporary Black horror and speculative fiction as cultural texts which put into question our notions of human(e) and inhuman(e) through critiques of white supremacy and accompanying oppressions. Students will engage with literature and film by Black creators such as Jordan Peele, Toni Morrison, Jewelle Gomez, and Octavia Butler.

HONR299Z – Contemporary Voices of Africa and the Caribbean in Film and Text
Valerie Orlando

Credit only granted for: HONR299Z or FREN242.
An analysis of the works and ideas of 20th and 21st century Francophone writers and filmmakers (Africa, the Caribbean, and France).

HONR348J — Contemporary Social Issues
Howard Smead

A standoff between armed Americans and law enforcement in Oregon, mass marches about a war that ended in 1865. Senators and Congressmen who won’t speak to one another. Leaders who demonstrate little regard for truth or decent behavior. Media outlets that slant or alter the news. Enormous wealth, degrading poverty. Hatred of government, fear of foreigners, contempt for education. Censorship on college campuses, exhibitionism, mass murder, and over-stuffed jails, poor health care despite the most advanced medical science in the world. What’s going on here? Is this the price of freedom? The end of civil society? We are a nation deeply polarized on almost all pressing issues: from abortion to civil rights; from guns to privacy, from race to gender to ethnicity, from the way we worship (or choose not to) to where we live. Come join the discussion where we explore the hot-button issues plaguing our nation in an attempt to answer this question: Why have we become a nation at war with itself, at loggerheads over what the country stands for and where it is headed?

HONR378P — Elements of Music Composition for Non-Majors II
William C. Evans

Prerequisite: HONR218M. Permission of instructor required.
Did you enjoy HONR 218M? Do you want to work on next album, EP, or symphony? Then HONR 378 is the seminar for you! Working with Logic, Reason, Sibelius and Finale you will explore advanced techniques used by composers. Explore recording studio techniques and collaborate with your fellow composers in a musical laboratory setting.