IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Staging History in Modern Drama

English professor Claire Gleitman is teaching a seminar focusing on 20th and 21st century plays about how the human past is represented.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. This seminar focuses on a number of modern and contemporary playwrights, and one screenwriter, whose work explores whether it is possible to look backwards at the past and reconstruct it fully, feelingly, accurately and objectively (terms, we will find, that often prove to be at odds with one another).

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.My classroom style is entirely discussion-based; I do not lecture, and I hope for active participation from all students.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “‘…everything is mixing the same way, all the time, irreversibly…./Oh, we have time, I think/….till there’s no time left.’ Sorry to be cryptic: that’s a line from one of the plays we’ll read together.  Students in the seminar will come to understand what it means and how it applies to all of our plays and also – well – to everything.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Do the reading regularly and carefully, come to class prepared to express your ideas but also willing to have your mind changed by the ideas of others, and you’ll have a positive experience in this course.”

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Political Economy of Healthcare

Maybe you’re considering learning more about health care in our modern society and how it affects our daily lives? Not sure what you might be in for? Look no further!

While focused on the United States, the course will include frequent comparison and evaluation of health care politics and policies in other wealthy nations. The course will explore the evolution of health care policy in the United States. The sources of the extremely high cost of health care in the U.S. will be a major concern of this section of the seminar. Health care issues also involve what are often referred to as the culture wars. The ongoing battle over the mandatory inclusion of contraception in health care plans in the United States is an example of this phenomenon and will be included in the course.

Some of the books in the course will include:

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IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Literatures of the Security State: Privacy, Surveillance, and Modern Culture

anna-barriball_300.jpgWe’re kicking off seminar spotlights for Fall 2016! Check back regularly for information on all the seminars in the fall from the professors themselves. First up is English professor Chris Holmes is teaching a seminar on if privacy still exists using literature, discussions and film.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. There are 4million cctv cameras watching the city of London 24/7—does privacy still exist in any practical sense?

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.We will have intense conversations and Socratic debates driven by a focus on literary and cinematic arts.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? I hope students leave my class with an understanding of literature as a counter-culture to the ideology of surveillance of everyone, always.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Always be aware of what underlying power structures determine who is the watcher and who are the watched.”

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Franz Kafka, The Trial

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Julio Cortézar, “Blowup”

George Orwell, 1984

Patrick Flanery, I Am No One

Dave Eggers, The Circle (excerpts)

Alan Moore, Watchmen (graphic novel)

J.M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K

 

Films:

Blow-Up, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (1966)

Grey Gardens, dir. Albert Maysles, et al. (1975)

The Lives of Others, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)

The Conversation, dir. Francis Ford Coppola (1974)

Citizenfour, dir. Laura Poitras (2014)

 

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IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College

Professor James Pfhrem is bringing back the Cultural Encounters seminar, which is a great option for all students but especially first-years who haven’t had as many opportunities to experience IC in its fullest.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. We’re going to immerse ourselves in the wonderful cultural goings-on around campus.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Dynamic, interactive teaching style that depends on students’ sharing their knowledge and experiences.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? An awareness and respect for just how many wonderful culturally artistic things that IC offers.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Don’t be afraid to expose yourself to things you traditionally haven’t liked.

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Numbers in the News

Our final seminar spotlight of this semester will be Numbers and the News, the 1-credit seminar offered by Tom Pfaff himself! Learn more about it below.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. Using numbers to help understand the world.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Keeping the classroom engaging through discussion and challenging questions.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?Quantitative information is there to help tell stories and shouldn’t be ignored.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Keep challenging yourself with ideas that you are uncomfortable with.”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: South Asia: History, Politics and Culture

Professor Raza Rumi is teaching a course next semester focusing on the culture and exploration of South Asia. Learn more below!

Describe your seminar in one sentence. “This course will familiarize students with the histories, politics and cultures of South Asia.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Using an array of sources – folk cultures, the arts and selected texts – students would study the region and its myriad historical and contemporary dimensions.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?Students would be more familiar with the region and the contemporary trends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?You should be prepared to undertake selected readings, watch many videos and listen to some amazing music from the region.”

Want to know more?Selected musical performances, films including mainstream cinema and documentaries, dance, television and theatrical productions, visual narrations of art and architecture will be shown and discussed in the class.”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Living Well in the 21st Century, The Good Life – Individual Choices towards a Sustainable Future

Check out Environmental Sciences & Studies Professor John Hopple’s 1-credit course on living sustainably through Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life! Learn more below:

Describe your seminar in one sentence.This seminar will explore the various ways in which we can live more sustainably by maximizing our quality of life while minimizing the negative impacts of our actions on the environment.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.This course is about great ideas. Class format will most often be lively discussions of fascinating and thoughtful readings.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? If we accept the premise that the status quo is unacceptable in terms of our relationship with the environment then we need to make some changes in the way we live. There are a lot of really creative solutions to our problems and they don’t necessarily require that we deny ourselves in order to achieve them.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Business as usual will not cut it in the future. We will have to find new ways to tackle old problems if we want to survive as a species. That doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice a high quality of life in order to live in balance with our environment. But it does mean we need to be creative and imaginative in searching for better solutions to current problems.”

Want to know more? “The text for the course will be Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life. The book is about a 20th century couple and their experiments in sustainable living. There will also be additional readings, videos, podcasts, online readings etc. drawn from a variety of sources including many on the most up-to-date approaches to living in balance with the environment.”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.