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Spring 2023 Advanced Honors Seminars

HON 202A75: Interdisciplinary Investigations

Indivisible, with liberty and justice...for some

Cristina Prestin-Beard; Family and Consumer Sciences

Section 1: 1st 8 weeks of the semester; Mondays and Wednesdays; 11 - 11:50 am; Honors Program Building 113
Section 4: 2nd 8 weeks of the semester; Mondays and Wednesdays; 11 - 11:50 am; Honors Program Building 113

This seminar digs into juvenile (in)justice, the treatment of inmates and mental health concerns, re-entry and recidivism, and the disparities based on socioeconomic status and race. Additionally, we will explore the current and historical implementation of correctional control across the United States (i.e. solitary confinement, capital punishment, dungeon cells, wrongful conviction).

Section 2: Renaissance Florence

1st 8 weeks of the semester; Mondays and Wednesdays; 3 - 3:50 pm; Honors Program Building 114
Dr. Joe Matson; School of Music

This interdisciplinary seminar is centered around Renaissance Florence, a time and place of tremendous significance. Imagine a city where Leonardo da Vinci paints, where Donatello and Michelangelo sculpt, and where Brunelleschi builds the largest brick dome in history. Imagine that the local politicians include Dante and Machiavelli, and the local math teacher is Galileo. Imagine a family so wealthy that when the daughter gets married (to the future King of France), they finance the invention of opera to celebrate. This is Florence in the Renaissance. Leading figures of the Florentine Renaissance were curious and well read; they tended to develop their interests in many areas, not just one. Following their example, we will pursue our subject not from a single perspective but instead through the intersecting and overlapping disciplinary lenses of history, art, cooking, geography, music, sports, literature, politics, science, and philosophy, among others.

Section 3: Deliberation for Democracy

1st 8 weeks of the semester; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 - 1:50 pm; Stevenson 136B
Harriett Steinbach and Christine Bruckner; Center for Civic Engagement

Overcoming political polarization and divisiveness in the U.S. will take the knowledge, skills, and courage of many individuals. This seminar will provide an in-depth experience participating in and learning to facilitate controversial conversations. In addition to becoming a powerful contributor to democracy, individuals with these transferable skills can apply them in many settings and leverage them in any career path.

HON 202A76: Innovation and Inquiry

We hope to offer a section of Innovation and Inquiry in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024.

HON 202A77: Leadership in Action

Section 1: Leadership in Social Movements

1st 8 weeks of the semester; Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3 - 3:50 pm; Stevenson 350A
Paige Buschman; Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development

The Leadership in Action seminar encourages students to identify and analyze effective qualities of successful leaders and to learn about their own strengths as leaders. In this seminar, we will explore, through mixed media, the diverse leadership styles of leaders and organizers of social movements (including the Civil Rights and Queer Liberation movements, among others), and reflect on effective strategies of leadership that we share with these leaders and can continue to implement in future leadership roles.

HON 202A78: Culture, Context, and Identity

Deafness in Literature and Film

Dr. Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh; Special Education

Section 1: 1st 8 weeks of the semester; Mondays and Wednesdays; 2 - 2:50 pm; Fairchild Hall 0322C
Section 2: 2nd 8 weeks of the semester; Mondays and Wednesdays: 2 - 2:50 pm; Fairchild Hall 0322C

The goal of this seminar is to explore how literature, film, and media portray people who are deaf and hard of hearing through the guidance of a deaf faculty member. Through an in-depth analysis of culture, language, and disability, you will both analyze various forms of media, as well as apply such knowledge to your major area of study. Be prepared to watch movies, read children's books, and potentially learn some sign language along the way.