January 31, February 7, February 14
Make-up - February 28
Monday, January 22
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.
Priscilla Van Wynsberghe, Assistant Professor of Biology
The production and consumption of GM foods have been wrought with controversy since their introduction into the US in the 1990s. GM foods are made from organisms that have undergone genetic engineering to change their DNA. These changes can enhance the organism's ability to resist pests, tolerate herbicides, improve fruit yields or increase nutrient resistance. This course will discuss what GM foods are and how they are made. We will also examine the pros and cons of growing and consuming GM foods. In addition, students will also conduct hands-on lab experiments to investigate whether commonly consumed food products contain GM materials as predicted by their labels.
Hispanic Language, Literature, and Culture
G. Cory Duclos, Director of the 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.
Laur Rivera, Manager of the Perception and Action Language Lab
Does the environment you live in determine who you are? Why do we think, feel, and behave the way we do? Through various activities and exercises we will learn a bit about the human mind, how it works, and the effects of socialization on identity and determine how we develop social norms and what influences our society. We'll start with a very brief history of psychology, visit a few of Colgate's Neuroscience and Psychology labs, talk about Harvard's Implicit Associations Task, and as a group we'll design and run our own experiment.
True Connections - The Real, Raw, and Right Series
Dayna Campbell, ALANA Cultural Center Program Coordinator
Drea Finley, Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising and Director of First Generation Programs
This is not your typical class. This is not the type of class where you sit down to be lectured. This class is about true engagement. How well do you know the people around you? You may think you know them well, but we promise you will know them better after taking this journey with us. You will learn how to critically engage with others around issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, spirituality, ability and any of aspects of identity that make you who you are. Additionally, we will achieve these understandings through aspects of culture and food. We will cook together; while breaking bread and sharing the most salient aspects of our identities through a variety of interactive and personal activities. Join us as we keep it real, raw and right.
Women's Rights in US History
Monica Mercado, Assistant Professor of History
Women comprise over half of the U.S. population, but the stories of women's lives - their work, their families, their politics and activism, their diverse voices--do not generally comprise even half of what is taught or learned in most courses on American history. In this seminar, you will enhance your knowledge of women's roles and feminist strains of thought in the United States from the era of the American Revolution to the present day. Together, we will explore issues including race, class, education, and politics that have shaped women's lives and maintained gendered order in American society and how, in turn, women have shaped their lives in response to these issues, opportunities, and constraints. In the process, you will learn how to better read and interpret historic documents and other forms of feminist media, with a particular focus on moments when students have been engaged in struggles for women's equality.