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Upcoming Colloquium Courses


Love - taught by Shannon Finnegan - Fall  2016

This course explores contemporary theories about the relation of love to the brain.  We will start by reading written by medical doctors, neurologists, neuropsychologists and neuroscientists.  These works are both theoretical and practical; they attempt to show how learning about the brain can increase intimacy, forge stronger relationships of all types and help us recognize neurologically based threats and pitfalls to love.  Armed with these theories, we will read classic literature and narratives describing love and heart ache and analyze those complicated relationships using our new vocabulary.  The end goal is for all students to learn how to love better, make better relationships and, ultimately, have and lead better lives.

Making Meaning Through Our Things  taught by Professor Janet McClaskey - Fall 2016

In this colloquium, students will examine historical and contemporary artifacts such as political documents, food, poetry, clothing, video, fiction, and non-fiction from the perspectives of cultural, social, political, and personal forces that shaped each artifact.  Specific artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries will include such items as Vietnamese paintings, Romanian eggs, Indian clothing, and African children’s books.   After discussions, students will respond creatively in writing to evidence their prediction, comparison, and synthesis of primary documents with their own chosen contemporary artifacts.  For the final project, students will synthesize learning of paired historical and contemporary documents into student-created artifacts, formal research reports, and class presentations.

The Praxis of Inclusion: Engaging Power, Privilege and Oppression in Action  taught by Shanna Katz Kattari - Spring 2017        

The interactions of power, privilege and oppression impact every facet of our lives from social connections to legislative processes, relationships with customers, clients, or students to the creation of tests, measures and even urban design. This colloquium will support students in exploring their own identities, both privileged and marginalized, and in examining how our identities change how we engage with others. Learners will grapple with how to create more inclusive and supportive spaces within their own fields, and employ critical thinking to design plans of action to challenge privileges in their own areas of practice. Designed for individuals who have a basic level of knowledge regarding diverse identities, and who want to move towards the next stage in battling racism, ageism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other expressions of discrimination.

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