HON*202*001  The RISE Science Seminar [BNS]

TTH 9:00 – 10:15
Professor Graham Cousens, Department of Psychology and RISE Fellows  

Drew University is the home of the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE). RISE members have had distinguished careers as research scientists at major industrial companies such as Merck, Novartis, Schering Plough, Telcordia Technologies and Bell Labs in fields such as parasitology, microbiology, biochemistry, data analysis, drug discovery, and bioinformatics. Each year they guide Drew undergraduates in research projects in the natural sciences and mathematics. In this seminar, students will engage in readings and class discussions with RISE members, and will work independently, under the direction of a RISE mentor, on a semester long project. Through these experiences, students will develop an understanding of the nature and process of scientific discovery. The seminar will also expose students to the many opportunities for participation in scientific research, both during their years at Drew and beyond. 

HON*203*001 Social Problems – Where do they come from and how do we get rid of them?

Cross-listed with Sociology 201
TTH 11:50-1:05
Professor Kesha Moore, Department of Sociology  

Using the sociological imagination as our base, this course attempts to analyze contemporary US social problems from a critical sociological perspective. We will be raising questions about the structure of American society and how this structure influences the lives of individuals within that society.  Finally the course will look at potential solutions to such problems from a sociological perspective.

HON*204*001 Forms of Humanism: Renaissance to Enlightenment  [BH, BI, DI]

Cross-listed with Humanities 215
TTH 10:25-11:40
Professor Erik Anderson, Department of Philosophy
Professor Peggy Kuntz, Department of Art History

The Renaissance and Enlightenment, the fascinating period in European history spanning roughly the 15th through the 18th centuries, comprises an unparalleled convergence of the arts, sciences, and philosophy. With an interdisciplinary emphasis on this cultural convergence, the course will focus on key events, texts and artworks representative of the period. We will study works by, among others, Leonardo de Vinci, Caravaggio, Galileo, Shakespeare, Machiavelli and Hobbes.

HON*204*002 The Humanities and Latin America [BH, BI, DI]

Cross-listed with Humanities 236
MW 10:40-11:55
Professor Erik Anderson, Department of Philosophy
Professor Maria Masucci, Department of Anthropology

The spectacular cultural explosion that began when Europeans landed and settled in Central and South America gave rise to an ongoing cultural change and exchange. Focusing on seminal events and texts, as well as current anthropological studies, we will look at, for example, the legacy of conquest and colonialism, empire and resistance, slavery, and discourses of national foundation and modernity. The course will take the form of an interdisciplinary treatment driven by the twin points of view of anthropology and philosophy.

HON*204*003  Defining Experiences: Monuments, Memorials and Sites of Devotion
[BH, DI]

Cross-listed with Art History 310
TTH 1:15-2:30
Professor Peggy Kuntz, Department of Art History

This seminar will explore our past and present fascination with visiting sacred sites and sites of veneration, be it the tomb of St. Peter, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or Elvis Presley’s estate Graceland.  We will investigate a host of seemingly disparate yet interrelated questions.  These will include:  What constitutes a relic?  What makes a relic – for example, a saint’s bones, Michael Jackson’s fedora, or Dorothy’s ruby slippers – authentic?  What is the meaning and significance of authenticity?  What are the connections between past practices of pilgrimage for redemption and modern secular pilgrimages for personal healing and reconciliation? What are sites of memory and how are memories created, defined and revisited? How are theories and practices of the past relevant to, and manifest in, our modern society?  These questions will be approached through a series of “case studies” intended to explore the essential purpose, meaning, and significance of a host of sites and monuments as places for celebration, veneration, political unrest, and social activism.  How should we understand these sites and destinations as well as the visual culture in which they are embedded?

HON*206*001 Disability Studies [BI]

Cross-listed with History 201
TTH 11:50-1:05
Professor Frances Bernstein, Department of History

What constitutes a “disability,” physical or cognitive, and why do we see some differences as advantages and others as disadvantages? Why do folks feel uncomfortable in the presence of differing physical and mental enablements?  How were such matters viewed in other cultures and eras? We will consider questions related to this, the last great frontier of human rights thinking, by examining artistic representations and socio-cultural analyses of physical and cognitive difference. A diverse collection of written and visual sources will frame our discussions and prepare us to examine the more theoretical aspects of our construction of disability.