September 26, October 3, October 10
Make-up - October 17
Monday, September 17
Climbing the Walls
Josh Solomon, Assistant Director of 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.
Crash Course in Jazz Appreciation
Kara Rusch, DJ/artist/music critic
Interested in Jazz but always felt you needed to "understand" it in order to appreciated it? Don't be intimidated. A crash course in Jazz appreciation will be offered here. With toes tappin' and head bobbin' we'll chronologically explore Ragtime, Traditional Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop and beyond. We'll hear the sounds and learn some history of one of America's greatest artistic contributions to the world: Jazz. We will also heavily focus on Jazz treatments of well known Pop songs and talk about cover songs.
Economics and Public Policy: What Every Voter Should Know
Margaret Blume-Kohout, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Many students new to economics think it's just about business decisions and maximizing profits. While it's true that understanding economic principles is important for business success, the field of economics is much broader, offering tools and models that can help individuals, nonprofits, and governments make better decisions to improve social outcomes. This seminar will introduce you to some of the wide range of topics and problems economic analysis is good for, with particular focus on understanding effects of public policies. Some specific questions we'll consider include: Why did Obamacare require everyone to carry health insurance? What happens when states raise the minimum wage? Is free public higher education a good idea? Why does the government subsidize scientific research and the arts? Students are encouraged to bring their own current public policy questions for us to tackle, as well.
Food: People & Planet
Pamela Gramlich, Program Coordinator for Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Food plays an important role in our personal, societal and planetary health. This class will explore how food access, production, waste, new technology, cultural values, and nutrition play a role in creating a sustainable future. The course will also examine the role that current agricultural threats, such as climate change, play in global food security. Participate in this interactive seminar to get a better understanding of the relationships among people, the planet, and food.
Ooze and explode: driving volcanic eruptions
Alison Koleszar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology
Volcanoes sculpt the landscape, influence the climate, and can even change the course of civilizations— but what drives volcanic eruptions? Kilauea has oozed enough lava this year to fill 180,000 Olympic swimming pools, while Indonesia’s Merapi spews ash four miles into the air. Volcanic disasters captivate us in the news, in movies, and in the records of human history. In this seminar we’ll explore the processes that initiate volcanic activity, discuss where volcanoes are located (and why), and simulate a variety of volcanic eruptions.
So, what does the American School have to do with Citizenship?
Brenda Sanya, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Often times, when people think of the history schooling and education in the United States, we think of the charming Little Red Schoolhouse and analyze the successes and failures of the American school based on our own perspectives and experiences. However, if we ask: “what has been taught, to whom, when, why, and how?” historical records reveal that schools in the United States are much more than the romantic imagery of the Little Red Schoolhouse. Throughout history, the American school—the actual schoolhouse and the dynamic process of teaching and learning—have been at the heart of questions of citizenship, political and cultural debates on rights, and a fundamental measure of American conceptions of progress. This seminar will focus on three snapshots in time to understand how various segments of the American population have been impacted by schooling, education, and major educational movements. You will learn how to read and analyze primary documents, to understand the distinction between schooling and education, how larger cultural, political, historical, and social forces shape schools and students, and the role of schools within the United States.