First-Year Seminar Course Descriptions
iMe: Reinventing Yourself in the Digital Age
Have you ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, viewed cats from around the world on Youtube, or conquered a video game with online teammates? Digital technology is making it easier than ever to express yourself and communicate on a global scale. With the advent of virtual realities like Second Life, you can reach beyond globalism and enter the realm of total imagination. With all of these exciting changes, how do you navigate this new world? In this seminar we will explore technology's role in our lives. Through an interdisciplinary approach we will examine science, art and literature’s take on topics including Web 2.0, cybernetics, and virtual reality. We will look at how these topics have influenced robotics, viral videos and most importantly, you.
If I Can’t Dance - Keep Your Revolution
History is not just about important revolutions, battles, politicians and changing borders. It is also about everyday people, and what is important in their everyday lives. This course is a multicultural exploration of the simple things that give people pleasure: their dance, games, social activities, cuisine; some of the things that make a nation’s culture. We see how geography, climate, work, religion/ritual, gender, and age all have their impact on a country’s customs.This course investigates the similarities and differences between the various cultures of people around the globe. This course celebrates what Emma Goldman called everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.
Pretty or Nasty
Dr. Liz Dolci
The popularity of cosmetics has increased significantly during the 20th century in western societies -- particularly in the United States. This course will look at cosmetic usage from its beginnings 6000 years ago to the current worldwide $18 billion industry. As an introduction to our topic, the class will attend a make-up session offered by a representative from a cosmetic company. We then investigate the role of cosmetics in self image as a more comprehensive understanding of the influence of one's social environment (including the media) is developed in the course. An introduction to cosmetic chemistry will allow students to evaluate safety and ethical issues. The course concludes with a personal reflection and analysis of cosmetic usage.