Tolley/Brown Residence halls has two floors connected to specific courses in the Global Village. Residents desiring to participate in the American Popular Culture Floor will live on the second floor of Brown Hall (Brown 2nd) and will take the class American Popular Culture class. Residents desiring to participate in the International Experience Floor will live on the second floor of Tolley Hall (Tolley 2nd) and will take one of three College Seminars related to this Floor.

American Popular Culture Floor, Brown 2nd:

First year international and domestic residents living on Brown 2nd Floor will take a four-credit course entitled American Popular Culture. Please note this class is in addition to the First-Year College Seminar Class, students may choose a seminar that appeals to them. The full description for the Popular Culture class is listed in the course catalog.

AMST 101 – American Popular Culture: 4 credits

In this class, students will contemplate what they think it means to be an ‘American’ by observing, discussing and analyzing American popular culture. By analyzing what might be America’s greatest exports (including movies, music, television, sports, or advertising) students will gain insight into the real diversity of American beliefs, values, social and economic experiences and critically evaluate the imapct of American culture globally. First-year students and INTO pathways students. CLA- Breadth: Humanities, CLA- Diversity: U.S.

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International Experience Floor, Tolley 2nd:

First year students will live on the same floor, Tolley 2nd floor and take one of three College Seminars listed below. The full course description is listed in the course catalog, scroll down to the seminar section.

CSEM 100-G01   Global Peacebuilding and Leadership

In this seminar students will learn about grassroots peacebuilding and conflict resolution efforts going on around the world. Students will be introduced to the theory and methods of conflict resolution through the examination of case studies.  Students will also build a set of leadership skills and tools by putting methods learned in the classroom into practice on campus and in the community.

CSEM 100-G02  Eataly: Food in Italian Culture

This course will examine the role that food has played in defining and shaping Italian identity and society. By reading literary texts of different genres and time periods, and by watching movies, students will learn how gastronomy and Italian arts are deeply interwoven, and how the rich Italian culinary tradition has had an impact on many different areas of study such as literature, folklore, history, anthropology and cinema. The course will also explore some areas of Food Studies like food choices, sustainability and environment, and the importance and world impact of the Mediterranean Diet and the Italian Slow Food movement.

CSEM 100-G03  Citizenship and Borders  

This course seeks to understand the changing meanings of citizenship in the contemporary world. The concept of citizenship has always defined the borders of who belongs to the nation and who is an outsider. Citizenship presumes equality of treatment but historically differential and discriminatory treatment has been an integral part of how the concept has evolved. The course will focus on the meanings of citizenship by looking at the histories of inclusion and exclusion. Citizenship has also been inextricably linked to the nation state but the global flow of people across national boundaries has unhinged this relationship. The increased acceptance of the idea of dual citizenship – citizenship of more than one country- demands us to rethink the notion of citizenship that relied on loyalty and belonging to one nation. The course engages with some of these themes by looking at concrete examples.

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