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Spring 2015 Lecture List

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Courses just added for Spring 2015 (as of 12/22/14)

ENG 222 – Shakespeare to Sherlock

Description: What makes "fanfiction" different from Shakespeare basing his plays on sources, or House turning a Victorian detective into a doctor in West Windsor? What can amateur, unauthorized stories about other people's characters do for readers and writers that paid, official culture can't or won't? We'll be reading a lot of fanfic and looking at cultural uses of adaptation and appropriation such as TV shows, web series, and avant-garde poetry.

 

EEB 341 - Water, Savannas, and Society: Global Change and Sustainability in Africas Hallmark Ecosystem

Description: Savannas have played an important role in shaping human societies, including our evolution as a species. That role will grow, as savannas must be increasingly harnessed to meet growing demands for food, fuel, and fiber. Starting with a primer on savanna ecology, this course will examine the ecological and societal issues surrounding our use of African savannas. A key focus will be to explore tradeoffs between agricultural development, ecosystem services (e.g. carbon storage), biodiversity, and existing livelihoods, how those tradeoffs can be optimized to achieve sustainability, and how climate change will complicate such efforts.

 

HIS 344 – The Civilization of the High Middle Ages

Description: In lectures, to provide my interpretation (and a conspectus of differing interpretations) of the civilization of Western Europe, 11th-14th century; by the readings, to introduce students to the variety of surviving sources; through the paper, to give students a taste of doing medieval history.

 

NES 321 – Iranian since the Revolution

Description: This course examines the formation and development of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution. It considers, in particular, how the Iranian regime has adapted to changing domestic and international economic, social and political conditions and sustained itself enface grave social and economic challenges and international isolation. Topics of Discussion include: Social Movements and Political Reform, Clerical Opposition and Dissident Theology, Changing Interpretations of Religious Law, Missed Opportunities in US-Iran relations, Iran's role in the Middle East, the nuclear question.

 

POL 344 - Black Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Description: This course focuses upon the evolution, nature, and role of black politics within the American Political System, in the post- civil rights era. The concern is with black people as actors and creators and initiators in the political process. Specifically, this course will examine various political controversies that surround the role of race in American society. These controversies or issues, affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. Thus this course will assess and evaluate the contemporary influence of race in each of these domains while also exploring their historical antecedents.