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Special Course Offerings - Spring 2015

ASC 001 – Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century Academy

Instructor: Professor, David Ball, Department of English

Description:   The information age presents four-year higher educational institutions with an unprecedented era of disruption and change, one that has generated both panic and possibility in academic and media accounts of contemporary US colleges and universities. This four-week course will explore several case studies of some of the most trenchant of these issues, as well as the responses institutions, administrators, faculty, and students themselves have begun to formulate to address them. Potential topics include:

Ÿ The Tension between Instrumental Learning and the Liberal Arts

Ÿ Issues of Access, Equity, and Success for Students and Faculty

Ÿ Title IX and Sexual Violence on Campus

Ÿ Digital Learning, For-Profit Education, and the Seminar Room of the Future

Potential readings include these authors:

Christopher Newfield, Derek Bok, Stefan Collini, Marc Bosquet, Andrew Delbanco, William Bowen, Marybeth Gasman, John Thelin, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Armstrong & Laura Hamilton, Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa, Daniel Chamblis & Christopher Takacs, Ann Mullen, Sara Ahmed, Sheila Slaughter & Gary Rhoades

Our classes will be structured as conversations rather than lectures and your critical engagement with our readings is both welcome and encouraged.

Dates: Mondays - April 6, 13, 20 & 27

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

COST: $100.00


ASC 002 – Framing Culture: What We Learn about America from American Art

Instructor: Professor, Rachael Z. DeLue, Department of Art and Archaeology

Description:   This lecture series explores how pictures created by Americans from myriad backgrounds and in all periods played an important role in the formation of American culture, history, and identity.  The four lectures will survey material from the earliest European encounters with the New World to art-making in the present day.  The lectures will also consider how art, although a direct participant in American culture and history, differs in essence and effect from other media, such as writing, and how this distinctiveness compelled Americans to understand pictures as a unique and vital expressive mode.            

Dates: Fridays – March 27, April 10, April 17, April 24

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

COST: $100.00