Archived list of past seminars
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50:163:361:H1  50:525:121:01 (Childhood Studies)
Vallone: Young Adult Literature
TTh 9:35-10:55, Classroom TBA
Course note: General Education: Art and Aesthetic Interpretation


50:525:109:01 (English); 50:525:152:H1 
Green: The African-American Novel
MW 2:05-3:25, CS 202
Course note: General Education: Art and Aesthetic Interpretation


50:525:119:01 (Political Science); 50:525:155:01 (EAV)
Shames: Dystopian Government
MW 9:35-10:55, Classroom TBA
Course note: General Education: Ethics and Values


50:525:120:01 (Psychology); 50:525:157:01 (PLS)
Duffy: Cosmos and Chaos: The Structures of Scientific Thinking
Fri 12:30-3:20, CS203
Course note: General Education: Physical and Life Sciences


50:525:152:H2 (AAI); 50:525:128 (Urban Studies)
Danley, Social Movements and Graphic Novels
TTh 3:35-4:55, Fine Arts 217 (Digital Studies CoLab)
Course note: General Education: Art and Aesthetic Interpretation


50:525:128:01 (Urban Studies); 50:525:162:01 (XPL)
Hoffman: Making Social Change
Tu 2:00-4:50, CS 202
Course note: General Education: Engaged Civic Learning


50:830:101:H1 (PLS)
O’Donnell: Introduction to Psychology
MW 2:05-3:25, CS 203
Course note: General Education: Physical and Life Sciences


50:988:314:H1 (DIV)
Caputo: Masculinities
TTh 11:10-12:30, Classroom TBA
Course note: General Education: Diversity


52:620:317:H1 (EAV); 52:525:300:01 (Business Elective)
Schindler: Spirituality in Business: Balancing Head and Heart
TTh 3:35-4:55, CS202
Course note: General Education: Ethics and Values


Heritages and Civilizations Classes

Note: All sections satisfy the Civilizations and Heritages requirement in the General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Business.

50:525:151 Honors Seminar: Heritages and Civilizations 
MW 12:30pm -1:50pm

Students will examine the work of creative women (writers, composers, playwrights, artists) in western culture form Ancient Greece to the the present, and determine the material conditions that made it possible (or not possible) for women to be creative. In addition, they will analyze their works in terms of genre, design, and subject matter, and interrogate the relationship between gender and art.

Vial, World Literature  
MW 2:05pm-3:25pm,

In concept, World Literature I covers great literature from the beginning of time through the (European) medieval period. That is a list impossible to condense into one semester of reading. Instead, we will read a handful of great works from around the globe to explore in some depth. Our readings will include religious texts such as the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Qur’an, heroic tales from ancient Greece and Africa, and poetry from Asia and the Middle East. Readings will be organized along thematic and genre lines—we will develop a sense of chronology and cultural context as we go. Grading for the course will be based on your engagement with the readings as demonstrated through lively class discussions and group activities. In addition, you will write two papers and a final exam.


50:840:270:H1 (HAC)
Charme, Women and Religion
MW 12:30-1:50, Classroom TBA Registrar
Course note: General Education: Heritages and Civilizations

This class looks at the ways that women have been portrayed and treated in the myths, symbols and rituals of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (with options to explore other religions as well).   We will examine how these traditions’ views of the body, nature, sexuality, the sacred, and the divine affected each others.   We’ll look at the tradition of Goddess worship that was supplanted by the major western religions and why it has enjoyed a resurgence among some people today.  We’ll discuss the question of whether elements of these religions are sexist and/or homophobic and whether they contribute to oppression of women and LBGT people.   We will consider suggestions various sources about how to make religious stories and rituals more welcoming of people regardless of gender or sexuality.


Banner, Magic and Ritual Power
TTh 11:10-12:30, 
Course note: General Education: Heritages and Civilizations

Contrary to expectation, magic is still with us–even in our technological society.  It’s found in such varied places as popular literature (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings), television (Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer) or the personal spirituality of a student who is a solitary Wiccan, designing a spell. This course will begin with issues in defining the concept of “magic.” Is magic a form of religion? Are religious rituals magical?  How do scholars approach ritual and the belief in supernatural power associated with it?  We’ll then analyze examples of magical practices in the ancient world and the middle ages (including Jewish and Christian texts).  Topics will include  magical amulets, healing rituals, curses, rituals for having supernatural dreams and visions, divination, rituals for interacting with the dead, love/sexual spells, magical words and rituals for acquiring a “supernatural assistant” (daemons, demons, angels).  After that we’ll explore modern expressions in religious traditions likes Vodou, Santeria, Charismatic Christianity, Kabbalah in Judaism and Wicca/Neo-Paganism as well as popular culture (literature, music, television, etc.)

Course requirements will include weekly reading assignments, participation in online class discussions, a term paper of 10-12 pages and an in-class presentation on a magical text.