Apartheid in South Africa
Ryan Solomon, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
The history of South Africa is defined by the racial legacy of Apartheid. Apartheid was an institutionalized system of racial segregation that has become infamous for the systematic nature of its racial oppression, its violence, and for the brazenness of the South Africa government in upholding Apartheid in the face of international pressure. Apartheid has come to define the social space of South Africa - Apartheid policies shaped people's identities, their social relations, where they lived and went to school, how they moved, and even whom they got to marry. This class will help you understand how Apartheid came into being, how it impacted daily life in South Africa, and how opponents of Apartheid sought to bring it to an end. Most importantly, this class will help you understand the racial justifications of Apartheid, the impact of those racial implications on everyday life, and the continuing prevalence of those justifications in various contexts, like the US, today. Hopefully by engaging with the racial legacy of Apartheid, we can learn to be more critical of continuing racial discrimination across the world.
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.
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.
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.
Museums: What they are, stand for, can do, be, and how can one/teenager get involved?
Anja Chavez, Director of University Museums
We will discuss with museum professionals, artists, students, docents, and collectors (in person and via Skype) what it means to work in museums, show in a museum, collect, and how this has changed their life and that of others. The class will involve viewing objects, visiting current exhibitions on the Colgate campus, and watching short videos that shed light on museums, museum careers. We will also explore ways teenagers are currently working in/with museums in the United States, etc. No specific skills necessary other than curiosity and a passion to explore something you may not be familiar with.
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.