Spring 2014

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American Studies (AMST)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Art (ARTH)
Asian Studies (ASIA)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
Classics (CLAR)
Communication Studies (COMM)
Computer Science (COMP)
Dramatic Art (DRAM)
Economics (ECON)
Education (EDUC)
English (ENGL)
Geography (GEOG)
Geology (GEOL)
German (GERM)
History (HIST)
Information and Library Science (INLS)
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
Marine Sciences (MASC)
Mathematics (MATH)
Music (MUSC)
Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)
Political Science (POLI)
Psychology (PSYC)
Public Policy (PLCY)
Religious Studies (RELI)
Romance Languages and Literatures (ROML)
Sociology (SOCI)
Statistics and Operations Research (STOR)
Special One-Time Opportunities

American Studies

AMST 53H The Family and Social Change in America
HS, CI, NA
W, 4:00-6:50PM
Robert C. Allen

Robert C. Allen is the James Logan Godfrey Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Director of the UNC Digital Innovation Lab, and Co-Principal Investigator for the Mellon-Foundation-funded Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative. From 1987 to 1999, he was Director of the University Honors Program.  His work in the emerging field of digital humanities has earned him the American Historical Association’s Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, and the C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities at UNC. He has published widely  in the fields of American cultural and media history (8 books, more than 40 book chapters and articles). In 2011 he received the Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Inspired by successful television program, “Who Do You Think You Are?” and the popularity of such online genealogical resources as Ancestry.com and Family Search, millions of people are taking advantage of billions of digitized public records and publications (census enumerations, city directories, newspapers, military records, etc.) to become online historical detectives.  Some are also becoming 21st century family “kinkeepers”: combining digital resources with local archival resources (including the Southern Historical Collection and North Carolina Collection at UNC and State Archives in Raleigh), family memorabilia from “the bottom drawer of grandma’s dresser” and recordings of family stories to create multimedia family archives, which can be shared with far-flung extended family members and passed down to future generations.  This course unfolds the process and materials of genealogical research to larger historical issues and contexts; explores how family history can personalize and localize social, cultural, political, and economic history; and asks how the question “Who do you think you are?” can become the basis for examining “Who do we think we are?” as a diverse national culture.  Participants will research and document the history of (at least!) the last four generations of their biological/cultural families; gather (and preserve) family history materials from living family members; and explore the complexities of family history in relation to gender, race, and ethnicity.  In addition to learning more about your own and your family’s history, we will use the tools and resources that have revolutionized genealogy and family history to ask new questions about the social and cultural history of “ordinary” people in North Carolina over the past 150 years.  In the process, participants will also gain valuable experience in using digital technologies to gather and represent historical data; using public records and other primary documents; conducting oral history interviews; and constructing historical narratives.  This course benefits from and is designed as an introduction to the work of the UNC Digital Innovation Lab, a campus-wide interdisciplinary center for project-based work in the digital humanities, based in the American Studies Department.

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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 51 Environmentalism and American Society
SS
TUTH, 3:30-4:45PM
Dorothy Holland

This seminar uses films and ethnographic case studies to examine the social and cultural roots of environmental issues of our day. Working sometimes in groups, sometimes alone, students will learn to take an anthropological approach to US environmental struggles by studying the clashing cultural meanings and moral stakes of the conflicts for activists versus those of the people and organizations they seek to change. We will delve into energy and climate change, food and farming, consumerism, the role of corporations, and environmental justice.  A question, which recurs throughout the semester, is:  Why do some people become active in environmental struggles while others seem to have no interest?  Students will participate in engaged discussions and organized debates and write short essays to develop their understanding of seminar issues. Ultimately the seminar aims to help students better understand the environmental challenges facing the country, the cultural and social frameworks within which they are rooted, and the motivations/understandings that draw citizens into active response to such concerns.

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ANTH 63 The Lives of Others: Exploring Ethnography
SS
TUTH, 11:00-12:15PM
Townsend Middleton

Townsend Middleton is a political anthropologist of India and South Asia. His work focuses on movements for ‘tribal’ recognition and autonomy in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling, India. He teaches and writes on a variety of issues including: identity politics, the state, and post/colonialism in South Asia and beyond.

Can we truly access, understand, and represent the lives of others? In this class, we will take on this question by taking up the practice of ethnography: a research method consisting of entering into a community, interacting with its members, observing social life, asking questions, and writing about our findings. Turning to anthropology and the growing number of disciplines using ethnography today, we will examine the ways ethnographers work to understand the people they work with. Over the semester, we will explore the method by becoming ethnographers ourselves. You, the student, will accordingly venture into the social world to conduct research on a topic and with a community of your choosing–thereby giving you first-hand knowledge of what it means to translate their worlds into your words. These are skills of social understanding that should serve students across their academic careers and beyond.

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ANTH 89H Special Topics: Saving the World? Humanitarianism in Action
SS, GL
MWF, 2:00-2:50PM
Peter Redfield

Peter Redfield is a cultural anthropologist interested in ways science, technology, and medicine operates outside the developed world. A one-time cartoonist, he survived education at Harvard and UC Berkeley and taught at Deep Springs College, UCLA, and Johns Hopkins before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill. He has conducted research in French Guiana, Uganda, and South Africa, as well as several countries in Europe, and recently published a book on the organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

What happens when people try to “do good,” especially at a global scale? In this seminar we will explore international aid, with an emphasis on its medical end and the set of organizations and institutions that exist to offer assistance to people suffering from disaster, endemic poverty, and health disparities. The current aid complex includes a wide variety of forms and activities, from large bureaucracies to tiny NGOs, massive health campaigns to lonely clinics. We will approach this phenomenon from the critical and comparative perspective of anthropology, focusing on actual human practice. Which forms of suffering receive international attention, and which do not? How do money and services flow and stop relative to inequality? What range of outcomes do different aid projects produce?

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ARTH

ARTH 61 Introduction to African American Art
VP
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
John Bowles

Associate Professor John Bowles received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2002 and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. He is an historian of African American art, who works from the assumption that art plays an important role in determining how we see ourselves as morally responsible individuals. In his research and teaching, he attempts to convey the urgency of art by addressing moral and political dilemmas we would often rather ignore. He has published articles and art criticism in various journals and has recently completed a book that examines the work of artist Adrian Piper. He is currently writing a book that explores how African American artists have engaged simultaneously with modernism, globalization and diaspora from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s until today.

Focusing on the Carolinas, this seminar explores the many ways African Americans have used art to define themselves and their communities. We will ask how art has been used to maintain cultural traditions, shape American culture, and build political solidarity from the era of colonialism and slavery to the present. We will study the cultivation of artistic practices from Africa; African American painters, sculptors, and craftsmen who earned national reputations for the quality of their work; artists who re-imagined and redefined African American identity through art; and artists throughout the 20th century who represented the daily lives and hardships of rural and working-class blacks. Students will visit campus museums and archives, and conduct original research using regional sources. Persistent questions throughout the semester will include, How does the art of African Americans in the Carolinas provoke us to question our own identities and roles within the region, and what is the contemporary role of art in shaping public discourse?

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ASIAN STUDIES

ASIA 56H Writing Women in Modern China
LA, BN
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Robbin Visser

Robin Visser (Ph.D. Chinese literature, Columbia University, 2000) teaches courses on Chinese literatures, cinemas, urban studies, and environmental studies.  Her current research is on Sinophone environmental literature.  Recent publications include a translation on Taiwanese women filmmakers (in Chinese Women’s Cinema, Columbia UP, 2011) and an essay on Chinese virtual media (in Spectacle and the City, Amsterdam UP, 2012).  Her book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke UP, 2010), analyzes urban planning, fiction, cinema, art and cultural studies in the People’s Republic of China at the turn of the 21st century.

In “liberating” the nation through establishing the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Chairman Mao famously declared that, “women hold up half the sky.” The Chinese Communist Party considered the elevation of women one of its achievements. After the Party initiated capitalist economic reforms in the 1980s, however, women may have lost ground.  The evolution of women’s status provides a fascinating perspective on China’s past century of modernization, and insight into its development in the twenty-first century.
This seminar analyzes the rhetoric of gender in Chinese literature during various stages of feminism: Late Imperial (1890-1911), May Fourth Era (1915-1925), Leftist (1930s-1970s), and Capitalist (1980s-present).   Students read (in translation) Chinese fiction and essays, discuss ideas of gender, liberation, and literature, and learn to write short position papers and a research paper.   No previous knowledge of China is required.

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ASIA 61 India through the Lens of Master Filmmakers
VP, BN, CI
TUTH, 12:30-1:45PM
Pamela Lothspeich

Pamela Lothspeich grew up in Fargo, but came to Carolina via Iowa City, India, Seattle, New York, Chicago, East Lansing, and the Bay Area.  Her Ph.D. is in Comparative Literature (Columbia University 2003), but she enjoys teaching courses about all manner of subjects related to South Asia.  When not teaching, she writes about the continuing appeal of India’s great epics in modern literature, film, and theater.  Her first book, Epic Nation: Reimagining the Mahabharata in the Age of Empire, discusses how Indian writers retold stories from the great epic in ways that often covertly expressed nationalism and resistance to the British.  Her second book project is about a modern Hindi epic commonly known as ‘The Radheshyam Ramyana’ and its use as a script in a style of folk theater called ‘Ramlila’.

Many people know that India is famous for its extravagant Bollywood musicals with elaborate song-and-dance routines.  But less people know that there is also a tradition of art films in India.  In this course students will have the opportunity to experience some of the great films by directors like Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, Ismail Merchant/James Ivory, and Deepa Mehta.  Students will also be introduced to important themes in South Asian culture and history over the past 200 years, as well as some of the formal elements of filmmaking to help them better ‘read’ and appreciate the text of film.  There will be weekly film screenings and reading assignments on Indian cinema, South Asian culture, and film theory.  Some of the topics to be considered in the course include British colonialism, Mughal culture, gender issues, language issues, village life, Indian traditions and modernity, terrorism, and communalism.

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CHEMISTRY

CHEM 70 You Don’t Have to be a Rocket Scientist
PL
TUTH, 2:00–3:15PM
Gary Glish

Science as presented in the mass media is often shallow and misleading. Critical evaluation of news reports and claims by politicians, although daunting for the non-scientist, is not difficult if a few basic principles are applied. The underlying theme of this seminar is the development of the basic tools for critically examining information from, or flaws in, news reports and popular science writing.  Additional readings by and about scientists are designed to present scientists and science in a more intimate context. The assigned books may include: Cantor’s dilemma by Carl Djerassi; “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman; and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig.

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CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

PLAN 52 Race, Sex, and Place in America
SS
MW, 3:30-4:45PM
Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen joined City and Regional Planning in 2006 and is a faculty member in the Housing and Community Development specialization. The overarching theme within her research agenda involves equity within the social and physical world. She combines her background in sociology and urban planning to understand how planning processes and public policies reinforce disadvantages or create opportunities for underserved populations. Her body of work includes research on: contemporary immigration policy, affordable housing policy, residential preferences and segregation, growth management, urban sprawl, and the relationship between urban design and mobility. Dr. Nguyen was selected to be a Faculty Engaged Scholar and in that role she works with the Department of Community Development in Durham to help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods. As an engaged scholar, she is committed to connecting her students to service learning opportunities within the community and incorporating current planning dilemmas facing local communities into the classroom.

This seminar will expose students to the complex dynamics of race, ethnicity, and gender and how these have shaped the American city since 1945. It will examine both the historical record as well as contemporary works of literature and film to probe the ways race and ethnicity have contributed to the culture of urban life in the United States. It will also explore the different ways women and men perceive, understand, occupy and use urban space and the built environment. Drawing upon the scholarship of several disciplines (urban planning, ethnic studies, sociology and American history), the seminar will examine a broad spectrum of topics, including the social construction of race, the creation of the underclass label, residential segregation, the significance of Hurricane Katrina, sexual identity and space, and immigration. The last portion of the course will focus on planning and policy tools that have the potential to alleviate racial/ethnic and gender inequality in space.

Students may also register for this course under WMST 51.

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PLAN 53 The Changing American Job
CI, NA
TUTH, 12:30-1:45PM
Nichola Lowe

Nichola Lowe received her Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT in 2003. She joined the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC in 2005 as a specialist in workforce and economic development. Through her teaching and research activities at UNC, she explores the role that community actors and coalitions play in guiding processes of local and regional economic and workforce development. Her research not only raises questions about the impact of local support systems on business performance and success, but also the degree to which community actors can shape business practices in ways that reflect higher-order development goals and values.

What will the U.S. labor market look like when first-year UNC students graduate four years from now? How will employment opportunities differ from those facing their parents and relatives a generation or two ago, or even those of recent college graduates? This seminar explores these questions by looking at the changing nature of the American job and the transformative forces—from global trade and outsourcing to corporate restructuring, deregulation and new skill demands—that have influenced this change in recent decades and have added to economic insecurity in recent years and in the aftermath of the “Great Recession.” We will consider how these forces are experienced differently by urban and rural residents, by men and women, and by members of different socio-economic and ethnic groups, including native-born and immigrant workers. We will also consider local and regional strategies for helping workers adapt to this changing economic environment. Class discussions and small group activities will help students think about the larger economic and policy implications of U.S. labor market restructuring. Through a series of research-backed “jobsblogs” and with help from career advisors, students will also reflect on how the forces behind this change might affect their own career goals and advancement opportunities.

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PLAN 57 What is a Good City?
SS
MW, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Nikhil Kaza

Nikhil Kaza is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and he also teaches in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a faculty fellow at the Institute for the Environment, fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, and a research fellow at the Center for Community Capital. His research seeks to analyze the motivations and plans of multiple intentional actors endowed with limited capabilities, imperfect foresight and distributed authority in urban settings. Lately, he has been studying these issues in the context of local energy planning.

A city is many things to many people. It is a place where business is conducted; it is a seat of power; it is where people live and make lives.  It is also the place that corrupts migrants. It is a pantheon of great buildings as well as vast slums. Social and technological innovations are pioneered in cities due to innumerable and happenstance interactions; at the same time, anonymity and alienation are common themes in a city dweller’s life.  To understand a city, much less to fashion a good city, we need a kaleidoscope of view points.  After studying the forces that have produced the urban landscapes, we will explore the city from the normative perspectives of urban historians, planners and architects, social scientists, social critics, and futurists, as a way for each student to develop her/his own perspective about what a “good city” might be.

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CLASSICS

CLAR 50H Art in the Ancient City
VP, BN, WB
TUTH, 11:50AM-12:15PM
Donald Haggis

Donald Haggis studied Latin, Greek, and Classical Archaeology at the University of Minnesota. He conducted his Ph.D. coursework in both the Department of Classical Studies and the Center for Ancient Studies, where he developed an interest in Aegean state formation and the use of intensive archaeological survey to explore cultural dynamics on a regional scale. His current research interests include settlement structure in the Aegean; the archaeology of Prepalatial, Protopalatial and Early Iron Age Crete; and the development of early cities and small-scale states on Crete after the abandonment of Bronze Age palatial centers (ca. 1200-600 B.C.).

This course offers a comparative perspective on the archaeology of ancient Egypt, Bronze Age Greece and Crete (3000-1100 B.C.), and the classical Greek world (800-100 B.C.), exploring the public art produced by these early Mediterranean societies: the Bronze Age palaces of the Aegean, the territorial state of ancient Egypt, and the classical city-states of ancient Greece.

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES

COMM 61 The Politics of Performance
VP
MW, 5:00-6:15PM
Angeline Shaka

Angeline Shaka is a lecturer in American Studies and in the Performance Studies Strand of the Department of Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from University of California Los Angeles’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. Trained as a choreographer, dancer, and dance scholar she is very interested in what we can learn through embodied practice.

In this seminar students will critically examine the role of politics in performance. Students will watch live dance and theater performances on campus (The Memorial Hall Carolina Performing Arts Series, Playmakers, the Process Series of the Performance Studies program in the Department of Communication Studies), will view filmed dance and theater performances, and working singly and in groups, will create performances. Through our viewing and performance practices we will explore the role of politics in performance, the ways in which identity (individual and cultural) is represented through performance, how performers and audiences create meaning, and how the power of our performing bodies may contribute to processes of social change.

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COMM 63 The Creative Process in Performance
VP, CI, US
TUTH, 12:30-1:45PM
Madeleine Grumet

Madeleine Grumet is a professor in the School of Education and in the Performance Studies Strand of the Department of Communication Studies.  She has served as Dean of the School of Education here, and at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she worked with the arts in education programs of Lincoln Center.

Students in this seminar will attend and study the production process of multimedia, music, dance and theater performances in campus venues: The Memorial Hall Carolina Performing Arts Series, Playmakers, the Process Series of the Performance Studies program in the Department of Communication Studies, and others across campus. Students will research performance pieces, interview the performers, attend rehearsals and performances, and write essays that combine their own experiences of the performances with readings in performance studies.  Students will also create their own performance pieces as they observe the relationship of preparation and practice to the spontaneity and surprise of performance.

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COMM 85 Think, Speak, Argue
A Joseph P. McGuire First Year Seminar
Supported by the Jeff and Jennifer Allred Initiative for Critical Thinking and Communication Studies
CI
MW, 5:00-6:15PM
Christian Lundberg

Christian Lundberg is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies, where he conducts research on the public sphere, rhetoric, and contemporary American religious discourse. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s program in Rhetoric and Public Culture, and currently teaches a class in globalization and communication. One of his passions is teaching people how to debate. He coached teams at three universities to national championships in intercollegiate debate and has taught debate classes at Northwestern, Emory University, and Georgia State, as well as teaching summer workshops on debate at Northwestern, Dartmouth, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Kentucky.

This seminar helps students learn to think more critically, speak more persuasively, and argue more effectively by focusing on practical skill development in reasoning and debate. Students at Carolina learn to sharpen their thinking, speaking, and argument skills in the course of their normal classwork, but this happens more or less indirectly. This seminar will focus directly on improving each of these skills. Students will learn to think more critically by reflecting on the work of philosophers who deal with reasoning and informal logic, to speak with conviction and clarity through hands-on learning about the tradition of rhetoric, and to argue more effectively by debating the pressing issues of our day. The skills that we hone in on in this course will help students become more effective in the classroom, in their chosen vocation, and as citizens in an increasingly complex global public sphere.

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COMM 89.001 Surveillance and Society
SS, NA
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
Torin Monahan

Torin Monahan is trained in science and technology studies (STS), which is an interdisciplinary social science field devoted to studying the social ramifications of and design processes behind technological systems and scientific knowledge. His book Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity was awarded the Inaugural Surveillance Studies Book Prize of the International Surveillance Studies Network in 2011, and he is an associate editor of the leading academic journal on surveillance, Surveillance & Society. Additional areas of expertise include ethnography, criminology, and urban studies.

How are surveillance technologies altering social life in post-9/11 worlds? This course will explore this question by mapping the complex ways that technologies and societies interact to produce security, fear, control, vulnerability, and/or empowerment. Some of the areas covered include the surveillance capacities of social media, monitoring of individuals at schools and workplaces, video surveillance in public and quasi-public spaces, passenger-screening technologies at airports, and a host of other monitoring technologies throughout everyday life. Readings will be drawn from the social sciences, science fiction, and popular media. Several films will be shown to facilitate critical inquiry into the shaping of popular perceptions about the future and our role in its creation. The class is designed to give students freedom to develop and express their own ideas. The course goal is for you to cultivate a technological literacy that will allow you to analyze and critique surveillance technologies as social entities.

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COMM 89.002 Understanding Place-Rhetoric
PH
MWF, 1:00-1:50PM
Bill Balthrop

Bill Balthrop is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. His research and teaching interests include how rhetoric played an important role in the construction of both American and Southern identity, as well as rhetorical theory and criticism. His interest in the relationship between rhetoric and place emerged from an interest in US national commemoration, with a particular focus on US commemoration in Europe following World War II: how it influences commemoration up to the present and how it engages in public diplomacy in Europe.

Every moment of our lives is spent in some “place.” We live in various places; we work in places; we play in places; we remember and sanctify certain places. This seminar will explore how it is that we come to understand what and how these places are meaningful in our lives. In doing so, we will look at such places “rhetorically”—that is, how were they designed to persuade those of us who inhabit them, how we actually experience them, and how we make sense of them in terms of our individual lives as members of families, communities, and as citizens of the nation. We will seek to understand these places through readings from different disciplines, field trips to a number of sites (including the Carolina campus, Franklin Street, shopping malls, commemorative sites, and others), class discussion, short reaction papers and reports, and a group research report at the end of the semester.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE

COMP 85H The Business of Games
MWF, 10:00 – 10:50AM
Diane Pozefsky

Diane Pozefsky received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC and spent twenty-five years at IBM, where she was named an IBM Fellow. She has worked in technologies from networking and mobile computing to software engineering; she especially enjoyed working at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. She is heavily involved in encouraging students to consider careers in science and engineering. Her family includes her husband, a daughter who is an environmental specialist for the federal government , and one remaining geriatric cat. One of her passions is travel, and has visited every continent; her next exotic destination is Madagascar.

Video gaming is a $10B industry. The business models range from free advertising-funded mobile games such as Angry Birds to the console-based behemoths like Mario and Call of Duty. Games are used for entertainment as well as training, teaching, health and social commentary. Sometimes the game is the product and sometimes it is used to sell a product. In this seminar we will look at what makes a good game and how people are making a business of gaming. During the seminar, students will learn the elements of game design, explore tools available to prototype games, and learn the basic parts of a business plan. They will be exposed to a broad range of games and to people working in the game industry.

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DRAMATIC ART

DRAM 80 Psychology of Clothes: Motivations for Dressing Up and Dressing Down
VP, CI
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
Jade Bettin

Through traditional and innovative teaching methods, this seminar will help students find ways to articulate their own motivations for dress and then apply the ideas they have discovered to the ways in which individuality as well as group attitudes are expressed through clothing.  The semester begins with the familiar – observation and analysis of clothing forms on UNC’s campus.  Small groups will present their findings to the class with an emphasis placed on not only what the subjects are wearing, but why.  Throughout the semester the class will meet “on location” wherever clothing is worn in throughout the community.  In the classroom, students will discuss readings from basic texts to create a shared vocabulary. They will also discover common (and occasionally uncommon) motivations for dress, not only in our own culture, but also in others in the world today as well as during selected historical periods.

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DRAM 85 Documentary Theatre
VP, NA, EE
MWF 12:00-12:50PM
Kathryn Williams

This seminar explores the political and social ramifications of documentary theatre in the U.S. from the 1990s to the present. We will spend the first half of the semester studying interview techniques and reading examples of documentary theatre by playwrights such as Anna Deavere Smith, Heather Raffo, and Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project. In the second half of the semester, students will investigate a local community of their choosing and create an interview-based performance as a final project. The class will perform this play for an invited audience at the end of the semester.

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ECONOMICS

ECON 53 Costs and Benefits of the Drug War
SS
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
Arthur Benavie

Arthur Benavie received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He has been at UNC since 1967. His specialty is macroeconomic theory and policy. His book, Deficit Hysteria: A Common Sense Look at America’s Rush to Balance the Budget, was written for the general public. His most recent book is Social Security under the Gun. In his former life he was a concert violinist, and playing violin is now his main avocation.

The basic question examined in this seminar will be the costs and benefits of the U.S policy of drug prohibition. Does drug prohibition decrease drug abuse? Affect violence in our society? Aid terrorism? Diminish our civil liberties? Affect the public’s health?  Corrupt public officials?  Should drugs be decriminalized or legalized and if so, how?  Should different illicit drugs be treated differently? What is the evidence in the United States and in other countries on decriminalization or legalization? Students will write a paper and present it in class, and prepare an interview with individuals who are on the frontline of the drug war, such as police or attorneys. As a seminar, classroom activity will consist of discussions and debates.

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ECON 57H: Lean Start-up—Making Your Idea a Reality in One Semester
SS, CI
TUTH, 12:30-1:45PM
Buck Goldstein

Buck Goldstein is the University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Prior to returning to the University, Goldstein co-founded Information America, an online information company which was publicly traded and subsequently acquired by the Thomson Corporation. Subsequently, he was a partner in Mellon Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mellon Bank. He is the author, with Holden Thorp, of Engines of Innovation–The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century.

Lean Start-Up. This class will combine some basic principles of entrepreneurship with the newly emerging lean startup methodology. Students will be given background on entrepreneurial thinking and a hands-on workshop involving the latest thinking in executing a successful new venture. They will then be provided with a small grant to execute their idea over the course of the semester. They will interact intensively with the instructor, outside advisors, and guest speakers, and it is hoped that some or all of the projects will become viable by the end of the course.

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ECON 89: Special Topic: History of Financial Crisis, 1637-2013
HS, NA
MWF, 10:00 – 10:50AM
John Komlos

John Komlos is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Munich (Germany). He also taught at Harvard, Duke and in Austria and Switzerland. Born in Budapest, he became a refugee during the revolution of 1956, and grew up in Chicago where he received Ph.D.s in both history and economics from the University of Chicago where Nobel-Prize winning economist Robert Fogel induced him to study the effect of economic processes on human biology. Komlos devoted most of his academic career developing this research agenda, which culminated in his founding the journal “Economics and Human Biology” in 2003.

Would you like to find out about the financial crisis of 2008? This seminar will discuss the reasons why the crisis happened, examine critically how the government responded to the crisis, and why it has been difficult for the economy to regain its pre-crisis momentum. We will also discuss the similarities between the Meltdown and other historical financial crisis. Students will gain a broader understanding of the global economy in which we live and work. In addition, the historical perspective will enable students to gain a more thorough appreciation of the challenges that lie ahead for their generation. The aim of the seminar is not to concentrate on facts but rather to comprehend the big picture of economic processes in their social and political context in a very long-run perspective. Lots of discussion, lots of audio visual material will make this an exciting way to start your college career.

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EDUCATION

EDUC 65: School Daze: What’s School Got to Do with Getting an Education?
TUTH, 2:00-3:50PM
Suzanne Gulledge

What does it mean to be an educated person? What function do schools serve? This seminar builds on the experiences of schooling that students bring to the university. It invites them to re-consider and de-construct what they know about education and schools as a result of those experiences. The seminar considers traditional schooling along with non-traditional and international approaches to educating youngsters. Included are provocative readings, discussions and invitations to brainstorm schooling as it relates to education. Students will be challenged to re-consider their experiences and notions about school and to examine alternatives. Students’ first-hand knowledge and experiences combined with a critical perspective will encourage innovative thinking about ways and places of learning with the aim of generating proposals for new or reformed schools and new forms of public education for the future.

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ENGLISH

ENGL 63 Banned Books
LA, US
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Laura Halperin

Laura Halperin is an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, and she is affiliated with the Department of American Studies and the Curriculum in Global Studies. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has experience teaching elementary school, junior high school, college, and graduate students. She currently is writing a book about representations of psychological, physical, and geopolitical harm in contemporary Latina literature. Her next book project will examine experiences Latinas/os have with the educational system in this country.

In this seminar, we will read Latina/o texts that have been banned in the United States; we will examine the rhetoric surrounding such censorship attempts; and we will focus on the relationship between the banning of the books and the constructions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality within the works. We will pay close attention to the themes and language within the targeted books. Indeed, the bulk of the course will consist of literary analysis. Given that some of the most commonly cited reasons for censorship attempts revolve around concerns about “excessive” or “inappropriate” portrayals of violence, sexuality, or the occult, the course will be structured around these particular polemics. In the course, we will look to the contexts surrounding the censorship of the Latina/o texts that we will read and discuss. Considering that Latinas/os now comprise the largest minority population in this country, we will ask what the relationship might be between the attempts to remove Latina/o texts from grade school libraries and classrooms and the shifting demographics in the places where these books have been removed. Students will be evaluated based on a combination of written and oral work. The seminar will be organized as a discussion course in which active participation will be key. The class will have large group and small group discussions and debates. Students will write essays during the semester, and, at the end of the semester, they will have the option of writing a research paper or putting together a creative project.

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ENGL 70: Courtly Love, Then and Now
LA, NA
TUTH, 2:00PM-3:15PM
Beverly Taylor

Beverly Taylor, Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, has special interest in nineteenth-century, modern, and medieval literature about King Arthur and courtly love. She is currently writing a book about the women of Camelot that discusses paintings and other visual art along with literature (and is also working on another book about Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning). Around these projects, she travels and takes care of peacocks, ducks, guinea fowl, two parakeets, and two Dobermans.

How have ideas about courtship changed between the twelfth-century Rules of Love penned by Andrew the Chaplain and today’s men’s and women’s magazines, or1995′s The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right? Just what was “courtly love”? And how has it influenced our own views of romance? Our readings will include literature that defined this influential concept, from The Art of Love by the Latin writer Ovid; to medieval Arthurian romances and troubadour lyrics; to Renaissance sonnets and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We will trace the influence of these traditions in works by nineteenth-century writers such as Tennyson and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and in contemporary films, cartoons, and advertisements. In the process we will be exploring the history of Western thought about gender relations, and the political and economic implications of our ideas about beauty, sex, and love.

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ENGL 71H Doctors and Patients
LA
MWF, 11:00-11:50AM
Jane F. Thrailkill

Jane F. Thrailkill swerved away from a career in health care and instead earned her Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Her interest in medicine has persisted, however: her first book studied the influence of medical ideas on American authors such as Mark Twain, Henry James, and Kate Chopin. She has worked with the Honors Program to develop a new minor in Literature, Medicine, and Culture at UNC. Her recent talk for TEDxUNC looks at the serious issue of hospital-based delirium and describes how literary study can give insight into medical problems. Dr. Thrailkill has been recognized for her commitment to undergraduate teaching by a number of university-wide teaching awards and a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguish Term Chair.

When the medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman writes that “illness has meaning,” he reminds us that the human experience of being sick involves more than just an ailing body. In this seminar we will analyze a diverse collection of writers who have taken as their topic the human struggle to make sense of suffering and debility. The seminar is divided into five units that will allow us to explore not just the medical, but the personal, ethical, cultural, spiritual, and political facets of illness. Central texts will include Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Pat Barker’s Regeneration, Alan Shapiro’s Vigil, Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych, and Reynolds Price’s A Whole New Life. We will also read shorter selections from an array of authors, including Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Susan Sontag, Audre Lorde, Atul Gawande, Art hur Kleinman, and Eric Cassell. We will draw on the many talented writers and researchers in the area for a series of guest lectures.

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ENGL 89.001 Literature of War from World War I to the 21st Century
LA, CI
TUTH, 3:30-4:45PM
Hilary Lithgow

Hilary Lithgow is interested in the value that literature can have for people in their everyday lives, and what literature might be able to show us about our lives that we might not otherwise be able to see. Hilary’s graduate work focused on Victorian and early twentieth century British literature, and on what a writer’s style tells us about his or her values and commitments. In doing that work, she got especially interested in the literature of war and the ways in which war experience shapes the writings of everyday soldiers from World War I to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; this semester’s first year seminar grows directly out of that interest. She holds two BA’s in English, one from Haverford College and the other from Oxford University, and a PhD in English from Stanford; her teaching has been recognized by multiple awards, including most recently the Joseph Flora Award here at UNC.

This is a class about literature and war and what each one of these subjects might teach us about the other.  We will consider a range of war texts (including novels, poems, movies, scholarly writings and live and videotaped conversations with veterans) and our work will be oriented around one central question:  what, if anything, can a work of art help us see or understand about war that cannot be shown by any other means? A large part of our work in this course will involve close attention to the particular choices that those who write about war make in their use of language and literary form.  While attending to the crucial historical, political, technological and logistical differences among the wars we consider, we will also engage broader general questions about the nature of human beings, art, language and war.  Themes we’ll address will include:

• the place of reading and writing in the face of death
• the limits of language in the representation of combat, violence and human experience
• moral concerns about aestheticizing and possibly falsifying experience
• post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it shapes (and is potentially reduced by) self-expression and storytelling

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ENGL 89.002 Special Topics: From Page to Stage: Artistic Adaptation and Inspiration
VP, US
TUTH 12:30-1:45PM
Heidi Kim

Heidi Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on contemporary American literature, ranging from William Faulkner and Ralph Ellison to the preservation and publication of writing about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. She also works with writers and artists, serves on the advisory board of UNC’s performance workshop series (http://processseries.unc.edu), and recently hosted a conversation at UNC with post-classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider. You can often find her at Memorial Hall or local theaters!

This seminar will explore the adaptation of literary and historical materials about minority ethnic experience in the United States into performance works. We will be in dialogue with several exciting new artists whose work will be presented at PlayMakers, the Process Series, and Carolina Performing Arts. What inspires the artist? What are the ethical responsibilities of an artist in presenting these histories? How do they convey the details of an often unfamiliar history to an audience? How does the artist balance accessibility and comprehension with the presentation of a complex history? We will conduct independent research to deepen our understanding of these historical and literary sources and then compare them to the performances, focusing on narrative structure and characterization to see how the sources are taken apart and remade. Students will have the opportunity to do either creative work or research for their final projects.

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ENGL 89H Special Topics: Black Gender Studies
LA, CI, US
MWF, 10:00-10:50AM
GerShun Avilez

GerShun Avilez is an Assistant Professor of English. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies. He is a cultural studies scholar who specializes in contemporary American and African American literature and visual culture. Throughout his work and teaching, he is committed to studying a wide variety of art forms, including, drama, fiction, non-fiction, film, poetry, visual and performance art, and comic books. He is also very interested in thinking about the relevance of popular culture to the study of literature and always seeks to bring popular culture into the classroom.

This honors first-year seminar will use literature and film to explore the relationship between gender identity and racial identity with particular attention to African American and Black diasporic work. The primary goal of the seminar is to introduce students to how artists use gender and sexuality as devices for (1) social and ethical critique and (2) artistic innovation in the Black social imaginary. A set of keywords or concepts will guide our discussions: reproduction, masculinity, femininity, performance, queerness, popular culture, and transnational. These keywords will provide a language to talk about dissimilar texts and will help to illuminate sites of contention within artistic culture regarding gender expression. We will pay close attention to the place of popular culture and new media (blogs, social networking sites, music videos, etc.) in the circulation of ideas about gender. Students will gain a vocabulary for talking about gender and will become familiar with emerging and innovative artists. In addition, students will be given opportunities to enhance their writing and oral communication skills.

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GEOGRAPHY

GEOG 63 The Problem with Nature and Its Preservation
PH
MW, 2:00-3:15PM
Gabriela Valdivia

Gabriela Valdivia is a political ecologist broadly concerned with resource extraction and community development in Latin America. As the daughter of an oil geologist, she grew up in Peru listening to stories about sedimentary rocks and the changing customs of Amazonian peoples at sites of oil extraction.  Valdivia’s work asks questions about how people make sense of place and difference through the use of environments and resources. Her published work concerns oil extraction and refining in Ecuador and the boundaries between production and conservation in Ecuador and Bolivia.

This seminar explores conceptualizations of nature-society relations, considers how these meanings help create the landscapes and societies in which we live, and evaluates the implications of efforts to transform and preserve Nature. The readings and discussions will look at conceptions of nature-society relations around the world, from food production, to resource extraction, to biodiversity conservation. Through short fieldtrips, readings, writing exercises as well as class viewings and discussions, students will engage in scholarly debates and develop informed perspectives about the interdependence of nature and society.

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GEOG 89 Climate Change and the Media
PL
TUTH, 11:00-12:15PM
Erika Wise

Erika Wise’s research focuses on western North America’s climate and water resources in both recent times and in the prehistoric past. After earning a BS in Earth Sciences from UC- Santa Cruz, she worked at the USGS and later for an environmental consulting company. Dr. Wise became interested in Geography after some “odd” jobs (cooking on a dive boat, picking lychees, packing bananas) left her thinking about human-environment connections. She focused on climate-air quality interactions for her MA, then stumbled upon the University of Arizona’s world-renowned Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and became a dendroclimatologist en route to her PhD.

Climate change has been called both the “greatest hoax” ever perpetuated and the “most urgent threat” facing the world. While scientists produce volume after volume of consensus documents on climate change, the popular debate rages on, fueled by print and TV news, blogs, movies, and fiction. Experts, pseudo-experts, and casual observers debate causes, consequences, and remedies in every form of media. In this seminar, we will explore the popular debate on climate change through an examination of its presentation in the media. We will cover the scientific basis of climate change, focusing on how the science is presented, distorted, and debated in the public sphere by alarmists, denialists, and everyone in between. Through reading and writing exercises, class viewings, discussions, and presentations, students will encounter many points of view, explore a variety of media sources, and develop informed perspectives on one of the defining issues of our time.

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GEOLOGY

GEOL 71 Bones Back to Life
PL
TUTH 12:30-1:45PM
Joseph Carter

This course focuses on the paleontology of Mesozoic life, as exemplified by fossil reptiles from the Triassic of North Carolina. Students will learn about the nature and diversity of ancient reptiles, including dinosaurs, and they will collaborate in the reconstruction of one of North Carolina’s most spectacular vertebrate fossils, the Triassic rauisuchian Postosuchus allisonae. Students who choose to take the optional lab can take GEOL 159L during the second summer session.

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GEOL 76 Energy Resources for a Hungry Planet
PL
MWF, 11:00-11:50AM
José Rial

José Rial has a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Cal Tech and a MSc. in Geology from the University of Michigan. Rial’s expertise includes mathematical modeling of natural systems, seismic wave propagation and climatology. In recent years Rial’s academic interests include the role of science and scientific discovery on global environmental issues, such as global warming, climate change and policy.

The seminar first describes today’s fundamental sources of energy: oil, natural gas and coal, how and where to find them, and the latest statistics on how long the present reserves will last. We will then explore alternative energy resources and why it is so important for society to understand that fossil fuel reserves are finite, and will be depleted in 40 years (cheap oil) or in 200 years (coal). The course stimulates student participation through class debates (e.g., Can nuclear energy become a viable and safe substitute for coal?, Is the current US energy policy a threat to national security?).

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GERMAN

GERM 59 Moscow 1937: Dictatorships and Their Defenders
HS, GL
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
David Pike

David Pike received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1978 in German Studies with a minor in Russian and has taught at UNC–CH since 1980. He is the author of three books, The Politics of Culture in Soviet -Occupied Germany, 1945-1949 (1993), Lukács and Brecht (1985), and German Writers in Soviet Exile, 1933-1945 (1982). His research takes him regularly to Berlin and Moscow.

This seminar deals in the broadest possible context with two critical issues that dominated the 20th century: the rise of fascism out of the carnage of World War I and the Bolshevik revolution to which the war and Czarist Russia’s involvement in it helped contribute. As the semester unfolds, drawing on a variety of historical and documentary films, and literature (memoirs, novels), we will take a comparative look at singular personalities like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler and examine the role played by such key figures in historical events of this magnitude. Towards the end of the semester, we will glance briefly at the situation created in Western and Eastern Europe by the defeat of fascism and contemplate the origins and evolution of the cold war. We will conclude the seminar with a consideration of the dissolution and democratization of Eastern European countries, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and, against the tragic background of the past, the general prognosis for democracy in the future.

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HISTORY

HIST 51 Latin American Revolutions
HS, BN
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
Miguel La Serna

Miguel La Serna is interested in the relationship between race, culture, and political violence in 20th century Latin America. La Serna is currently working on a study that explores the ways in which MRTA guerrillas and the Peruvian state used historical memory and nationalist symbolism to promote, achieve, and thwart revolutionary change in late 20th-century Peru.

This seminar explores the problem of revolutionary upheaval in Latin American history. Students will develop their interpretive skills through a close reading of English-language primary sources from the wars of the independence to the guerrilla insurgencies of the late-20th century. The seminar begins with an exploration of the various causes, manifestations, and outcomes of revolutionary violence during the independence era (1810-1825). Students will then analyze the twentieth-century revolutions in Mexico (1910-1917), Cuba (1953-1959), and Nicaragua (1979). The course concludes with an exploration of the late-20th century guerrilla insurgencies of the Shining Path (Peru), FARC (Columbia), and Zapatistas (Mexico).

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HIST 53 Traveling to European Cities: American Writers and Cultural Identities 1830-1930
HS, NA
TU, 2:00-4:30PM
Lloyd Kramer

Lloyd Kramer’s interests focus on Modern European History with an emphasis on nineteenth-century France and French-American cultural relations. He is particularly interested in historical processes that shape personal and collective identities, including the experiences of cross-cultural exchange and the emergence of modern nationalism. Other research and teaching interests deal with the roles of intellectuals in modern societies and the theoretical foundations of historical knowledge. His teaching stresses the pleasures of reading, discussing, and writing about influential books in various eras of European history and world history.

This seminar examines two key themes in modern cultural and intellectual history: the importance of travel in the lives and cultural identities of American writers and the important role of European cities in the evolution of modern American cultural identities.  We shall focus on a historical era in which American writers were especially drawn to Europe as an alternative to the social and cultural life in the United States; and we’ll discuss how the encounter with Europe influenced these writers as they defined their national identities as well as their views of politics, social relations, gender identities, literature, art, and Western cultural traditions.  The seminar is based on the assumption that travel has become one of the most influential personal experiences in modern times.  In short, we shall explore the connection between travel, writing, and personal identities.  This is a class for people who like to read about personal experiences and are intrigued by foreign travel. The assigned texts include works by women and men such as Margaret Fuller, Mark Twain, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway; and the cities we’ll discuss include Paris, London, Rome, Venice, and Athens.

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HIST 79 Coming of Age in 20th Century America
HS, NA, US
TUTH, 11:00-12:15AM
Heather Williams

Heather Williams teaches and writes about African Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with emphasis in the American South. Her book, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), received several book awards, including the Lillian Smith Book Prize. In her second book, Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery (UNC Press, 2012), Williams explores forced family separations during slavery and African American’s efforts to reunify families after the Civil War. With the support of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, she is currently working on Jamaican Journeys, a film project that examines life experiences of Jamaican immigrants to the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

In this seminar we will employ coming of age autobiographies to explore developments in the United States during the 20th century.  “Coming of age” refers to autobiographies in which the author focuses primarily on the periods of childhood and adolescence into young adulthood.  We will read books by people who lived during the Great Depression, Segregation in the South, World War II, Japanese Internment, and the Civil Rights Movement. Texts for the course include: Russell Baker, Growing Up; Richard Wright, Black Boy; Monica Sone, Nisei Daughter; Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi. We will also screen relevant films and visit the Ackland Art Museum. Through engagement with these autobiographies we will consider issues such as race, racism, immigration, religion, social class, and gender. The final project will be an autobiographical essay.

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HIST 84 Monster, Murders, and Mayhem in Microhistorical Analysis: French Case Studies
HS, NA
TUTH, 3:30-4:45PM
Jay Smith

Jay M. Smith studied at Northern Illinois University and the University of Michigan. He came to UNC–CH straight from Ann Arbor in 1990 and has never looked back. A specialist of early-modern France (1500-1800), he likes thinking about how people accommodate change, how they make mental transitions, how they move forward while always keeping one foot in the past. “Events” and their meaning have become a recent obsession. Microhistory, for him, provides a welcome excuse to think hard about events and how they relate to, affect, and are produced by their contexts.

In recent years the field of French history (long a trendsetter within the discipline) has witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of microhistorical works covering a range of phemonena from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. “Monsters, Murders, and Mayhem” will explore at length the distinctive features of microhistorical approaches to the past. After beginning with a brief overview of the history of microhistory, students will read a range of recent French microhistories that use the particular in an effort to make claims about the general. The instructor’s own experience in writing and publishing Monsters of the Gévaudan will be used to facilitate discussion of microhistory’s strengths and weaknesses—from the point of view of authors, readers, and publishers alike. Students will also try their hand at conceiving and writing microhistory, both in group projects that will be presented in class and in individual papers. Other written work will include a journal recording the experience of group work and brief write-ups that prepare for discussions of the microhistories addressed in class. By the end of the term students will have experimented with all of the activities that make up the professional life of the historian: conceiving and defining a new project, thinking through the methodology that frames one’s research, evaluating the published work of other historians, enduring (vicariously) outsiders’ critical treatment of one’s work, engaging in purposeful historical research, and writing up one’s results in the clearest style possible. They also will have acquired a certain expertise over the burgeoning sub-field of French microhistory.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

IDST 89 Special Topics: Our “Modern” Culture of Drugs
SS
W, 1:00-3:50PM
Nelson Brunsting, Jenna Clark, Matthew Haynes, David Pfennig

Nelson Brunsting is a third-year doctoral student and Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Pre-doctoral Fellow in educational psychology. His interests include the impact of the teacher student relationship on student social dynamics; students with emotional and behavioral struggles; and teacher burnout.

Jenna Clark is a third-year MA/PhD student in social psychology and a Royster fellow. She received her bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida in 2008. Her research interests include narratives in persuasion and the outcomes of online social interaction. In graduate school, she has published in Addiction and the International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies.

David Pfennig is the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Professor in the Department of Biology. He is broadly interested in the interplay between evolution, ecology, and development. Specifically, he studies the consequences of environment on development, the role of competition in biodiversity, and Batesian mimicry.

This seminar will explore the social, psychological, and economic impact of drug effects, perceptions, and outcomes on contemporary American society. Extensive in-class discussion will further cultivate a reasoned analysis of perspectives beyond the typical overt extremes. Topics will include the health care costs and pharmaceutical development, drug legality and societal portrayals, psychopharmacology of addiction, and will culminate in the consideration of antidepressant efficacy. A prior understanding of the underlying biology is not necessary; however, an openness to such material is recommended.

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INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE

INLS 89 Special Topics: Social Movements and New Media
MW, 9:30-10:45AM
Zeynep Tufekci

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science and an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests are social impacts of technology, privacy and surveillance, inequality, research methods and complex systems. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Science, Washington Post, and other media.

Movements ranging from uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond to “Occupy” protestors in the United States have been using new media technologies to coordinate, to organize, to intervene in the public sphere as well as to document, share, and shape their own stories. Using a range of tools from Facebook to Twitter, from satellite modems to landlines to ad-hoc mesh networks, these movements have made their mark in history. The objective of this seminar is to enhance our conceptual and empirical understanding of the interaction between the new media ecology and social change. We will explore various approaches to studying social movements and social change and look at specific cases. Governments and powerful institutions are also responding to the challenge posed by the emergence of the Internet as a mundane and global technology. From increased surveillance and filtering capacity, to delivering propaganda over the Internet to their own, governments around the world are broadening their repertoire of social, technical and legal tools for control and suppression of—and through—the Internet. We will explore the integration of new media tools within these movements as well governmental and institutional responses to these developments. Materials for this class will include readings, videos (not to be viewed in class but as material to be viewed), and a variety of visiting speakers (both in person and via Skype).

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MARINE SCIENCES

MASC 57 From “The Sound of Music” to “The Perfect Storm”
PL, QI
TUTH, 12:30-1:45PM
Alberto Scotti

Alberto Scotti is a native of Milano, Italy, and attended the university there, where he earned a laurea in physics in 1992. He then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed a PhD degree in Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 1997. Subsequently, Dr. Scotti completed his postdoctoral study at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he retooled himself as an oceanographer. In 1999, Dr. Scotti joined the faculty at UNC in the Department of Marine Sciences. His research interests center on problems of applied fluid dynamic that are related to the environment and/or geophysics. When not working on problems of fluid dynamics, he enjoys the outdoors, especially alpine activities like mountaneering and skiing with his wife and children.

We are constantly surrounded by phenomena that are wave-like in nature. We communicate over short distances with sound waves, and we use electromagnetic waves to communicate over long distances. We see waves when we stand at beach, and the weather we experience is controlled very often by wave-like features of the jet stream. In this seminar, we will develop the conceptual framework necessary to understand waves, starting from laboratory observations. The main goal is to explore the common traits of waves, and how these traits can be used to enhance our understanding and to predict the outcome of a broad range of important physical phenomena.regions, and then step back into the past and follow in the footsteps of some of the early polar explorers by reading their own accounts of their explorations. Modern accounts will help us compare and contrast these early explorations.

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MATHEMATICS

MATH 51 Fish Gotta Swim, Birds Gotta Fly: The Mathematics and Mechanics of Moving
QI
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Roberto Camassa

Roberto Camassa is the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Dept of Mathematics. His Ph.D. is from Cal Tech, and his research interests include nonlinear evolution equations, mathematical modeling, fluid mechanics, and optics.

One focus of this seminar is to address the science of motion of vehicles and living organisms, in fluids such as air and water, using simple physical explanations supported with the relevant mathematical descriptions. Experimental demonstrations will be used to illustrate the concepts encountered in class, as well as to provide an insight into the art of fluid flow visualization. There are no prerequisites, and material from physics and mathematics will be introduced as needed. Understanding of the material will be reinforced with biweekly homework assignments and a final animation project. While this the course is focused on the physics and mathematics, rather than computer programming, an introduction to elementary concepts of scientific computing will be part of the course.

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MATH 58 Math, Art, and the Human Experience
QI
TUTH 2:00-3:15PM
Mark McCombs

Mark McCombs received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is entering his 23rd year as a UNC faculty member and is a recent recipient of both a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award. He has also served as the mathematics department’s Director of Teacher Training, as well as an academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences. He authored the textbook (and companion website) used in Math 110 (college algebra) and supervises TAs who teach pre-calculus and calculus courses. He is especially committed to helping students discover more confidence in their own mathematical abilities. He enjoys writing, photography, film making, and UNC basketball.

This seminar is designed to engage students in an exploration of the relevance of mathematical ideas to fields typically perceived as “non-mathematical” (e.g., art, music, film, literature). Equally important will be an exploration of how these “non-mathematical” fields influence mathematical thought. Course activities and assignments have been designed to illuminate the fact that even the most complex mathematical concepts grow out of real people’s attempts to understand their world. By the end of the seminar, students should be able to

  • Identify and assess how mathematical ideas influence and are influenced by ideas expressed through art, music, literature, religion, etc
  • Compare and contrast different philosophies concerning the nature of mathematics
  • Articulate their own well-reasoned ideas concerning the nature of mathematics
  • Discuss the evolution of fundamental mathematical concepts in a historical as well as a cultural context
  • Discuss the work and lives of important mathematicians in relation to the “non-mathematical” work of their contemporaries
  • Identify and assess how their own understanding of mathematical ideas influences the way they interact with the world

Course assignments and activities will include weekly readings and short homework writing assignments (2–3 paragraphs), quizzes, and a portfolio of mathematical art (e.g., painting, origami, poetry, music). No prerequisite is required.

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MATH 89 Special Topics: Literate Scientific Computing
QI
TUTH, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Sorin Mitran

Sorin Mitran’s primary interest is scientific computation as applied to real-world problems. He works on methods that link different levels of description of natural phenomena ranging from the molecular scale to a continuum description. Mitran’s research group applies these methods to various fields such as biomechanics, complex fluid flow, phase transitions, and transport phenomena.

Computational modeling of natural phenomena has become a cornerstone of scientific inquiry, completing the traditional methods of theory construction and experimentation. The distinctive feature of scientific computation is exhaustive testing of our understanding of well-defined theoretical models, to an extent that is not possible without machines to rapidly carry out arithmetic operations. This seminar will introduce students to the art of successful scientific simulation. Simple models from the physical, biological, and social sciences will be introduced, given correct mathematical formulations, implemented in computer code, and analyzed. Concepts from the sciences, mathematics, and programming will be introduced as needed with no formal prerequisites beyond typical high school material. The objective will be to produce ‘live’ computational documents that serve as virtual experiments for some field of scientific inquiry.

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MUSIC

MUSC 59 20th-Century Music and Visual Art      
HS, CI
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
Severine Neff

Severine Neff (Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor) received her Ph.D. from Princeton University; prior to coming to UNC Chapel Hill, she has taught at Bates College, Barnard College of Columbia University, and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She has been a Fellow and Teaching Fellow at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (2004, 2005, 2007), a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar (1998-99) at Moscow State Conservatory, Moscow, Russia, and has received research awards from The Korea Foundation (2006), The Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna (2003), the Institute of Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill (2002), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1993), Newberry Library (1985), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1981-83). Her research interests include twentieth-century music, particularly the works of Arnold Schoenberg. She is completing an edition of and commentary on Schoenberg’s writing on counterpoint for Oxford University Press.

This seminar will focus on the relation of a variety of composers’ works to those of visual artists. The compositions to be studied include those of J. Cage, I. Stravinsky, A. Schoenberg, E. Varèse, the Beatles, and others; the visual artworks by M. Du Champ, W. Kandinsky, F. Kupka, P. Klee, G. Klimt, P. Maxx, and P. Picasso. Each class meeting will consider a musical composition and its connections to either a film, painting, building, ballet, or sculpture. Class discussions will be devoted to a range of issues: the correspondence between color, line, and sound; text-based pieces and visual art on the same topic; meanings and styles of music notation; and the aesthetics of multi-media works. Special emphasis will be given to the topic of synesthesia— a neurologically-based condition that allows particular individuals to hear paintings or see colors when experiencing music. The course requires weekly reading and listening assignments, several one-on-one conferences to help develop and feel secure about listening skills, and an in-class presentation on a musical composition and its relation to a work of visual art.

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MUSC 89.001 Special Topics: 50 Years of the Audio Cassette
VP, NA
MWF, 2:00-2:50PM
Andrea Bohlman

Andrea Bohlman studies the “music history of the present.” That is, she is interested in how contemporary performers, composers and audiences relate to the past. She studies how the tumultuous global politics of the last seventy years have both confirmed music’s stable presence in global cultures, while challenging basic conceptions about what music is and how it can contribute to civil society. Frequently, she can be found traveling through East Central Europe thinking about these issues and visiting festivals where jazz, folk music, popular song, and experimental theater are performed. She is always ready to talk about the Eurovision Song Contest.

On September 13, 2013, the audio cassette turned fifty years old. This seminar marks the occasion with a focus on the tape in cultural history. The portable recording technology has inspired the way musicians compose music, served radio documentarians, transformed the written word into audiobooks, and facilitated the dissemination of musical subcultures. It has also consistently caught the attention of DIY enthusiasts because of the relative simplicity of recording and the low financial cost of its peripherals. We, too, will take advantage of the cassette’s accessibility: the course includes workshops with magnetic tape, during which students will have the opportunity to splice their own compositions and mix their own tapes. We survey the tape in a variety of contexts: from Paris in the 1960s to 1980s northern India to Durham, NC in 2013. The audio cassette ’s half century guides a reflection on the relationship between music, technology, and creative cultures.

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MUSC 89.002 Special Topics: Music in America during World War II
VP, NA
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Annegret Fauser

Annegret Fauser is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Music. Her research engages with music in France and the U.S. in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The recipient of the 2011 Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association, she has held numerous fellowships in Australia, Europe, and the United States. From 2011–13, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

This seminar will examine the various roles of music in America during World War II. Composers such as Samuel Barber, Marc Blitzstein, and Aaron Copland were active as soldiers and civil servants, contributing their music to the war effort with works such as Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Blitzstein’s Airborne Symphony. Jazz, film music, and other popular genres similarly responded to the war. The Double-V Campaign related civil-rights issues to the war effort, with such activist musicians as Lena Horne to Paul Roberson. Musicians themselves were involved in the propaganda and diplomatic activities of the Office of War Information, the State Department and United Services Organization. In this seminar we will explore these and other war-time roles of music and musicians through listening, research-based encounter, and readings. No prior musical knowledge or abilities are required.

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PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

PHYS 53 Handcrafting in the Nanoworld: Building Models and Manipulating Molecules
PL
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Michael R. Falvo

Michael R. Falvo is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his BS in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991, and his PhD in physics from UNC-CH in 1997.  He is a former winner of the UNC Student Undergraduate Teaching Award presented annually to three professors by the undergraduate student body, and is a member of the UNC Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. His current research focuses is on the physics of proteins and cells. He stretches, pokes and prods nanometer scale biological systems such as viruses, biopolymer strands, and individual protein molecules to test their mechanical properties. Falvo has a long standing interest in science outreach and frequently presents workshops for the public and k-12 teachers. He has also co-authored two books on nanoscience for middle school science teachers.

The nanoworld is a strange and captivating place.  It is a world of molecules vibrating trillions of times a second, quantum dots emitting rainbow colors, DNA encoding information in molecular bonds, and protein motors driving the complex machinery of the cell.  At this scale, nature has unique rules and behaviors, some of which are amazing and unexpected. We are still uncovering these rules, and are only beginning to apply this new knowledge to technology. Can we build molecular machines that cure disease or clean up the environment? Can we make computers using single molecule transistors? How do viruses and other bio systems “assemble” themselves? In this seminar, we dive into the basic physics, chemistry and biology that describe the nanometer scale world. We will also try to distinguish the true promise of nanoscience from the hype.  Students will engage in class discussions informed by their weekly reading of selected scientific literature. They will also participate in small group projects building physical models of nanoscale objects and phenomena, and perform calculations to gain a quantitative understanding of the physics underlying the nanoworld. No prerequisite is required for this course, but a spirit of adventure is.

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PHYS 54 Physics of Movies
PL
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Christian Iliadis

Christian Iliadis obtained his diploma in physics from the University of Muenster/Germany and then moved to Notre Dame where he received his Ph.D. He spent three years in Vancouver, working in Canada’s largest nuclear physics laboratory. Since 1996, he has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UNC–Chapel Hill, teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. His research specialty is nuclear astrophysics, which is the science of how stars generate energy and produce the elements in the Universe via nuclear fusion reactions. He also published a textbook on this subject. His favorite hobby is soccer (or football, as it is called in the rest of the world).

In this seminar, we will analyze physics concepts by watching scenes from popular movies. The overall goal is to disentangle the complicated interplay of physics ideas in real-life situations and thereby to improve significantly our problem-solving skills. Emphasis is placed on group work rather than on traditional teaching. We will be addressing questions such as: Which scenes from movies are unphysical and which are realistic? How are physicists portrayed in movies? How does physics research influence society? Ultimately, we will gain a more fundamental understanding for physical concepts and how these concepts shape our world view. No prerequisite is required.

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PUBLIC POLICY

PLCY 61 Policy Entrepreneurship and Public/Private Partnerships
Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative
MW, 1:00-2:15PM
Asher D. Hildebrand

Asher D. Hildebrand is a public policy practitioner with extensive experience in the federal government, on political campaigns, and at non-governmental research and advocacy organizations.  Prior to joining the Department of Public Policy as a Lecturer, Asher served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Rep. David Price (D-NC), where he oversaw the implementation of Rep. Price’s legislative agenda and advised the congressman on the full range of federal policy issues.  In 2012, Asher served as Director of Policy and Research for President Obama’s reelection campaign in North Carolina.  He has worked previously for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Beirut, Lebanon and at two Washington-area think tanks, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.  Asher holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

This seminar will examine what it means to be a policy entrepreneur in contemporary society and identify successful strategies for achieving change and innovation in the public policy process.  Taking a broad view of the subject, the seminar will explore the role of “public-spirited” entrepreneurs within government, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, and non-profit advocacy and research organizations, drawing on real-world case studies and hosting in-class discussions with leaders of each type of organization.  The seminar will also examine models of innovative public-private partnerships in the delivery of public goods.  To apply the concepts learned, students will develop and write a proposal for advancing a policy innovation at a “public-spirited” organization, such as a grant proposal for a non-profit.

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PLCY 80 Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth
MW, 4:00-5:15PM
Jason Marc Cross

Jason Marc Cross is a lawyer and anthropologist. His teaching, scholarship, and consulting address the role of law and technology in global health, human rights, international development, and science and technology governance. Cross’ research examines how law and technology are used to manage expert knowledge and public participation in decision-making with humanitarian objectives. His writing addresses this use of law and technology concerning access to medicines for developing countries, transparency and accountability reform in economic law, and the promotion of democracy and human rights. Cross is writing a book manuscript entitled Metrics & Democratization: Law, Technology & Democratic Expertise in Postwar El Salvador.

This seminar provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation, and considers their relationship to economic growth.  The focus is on historical examples of entrepreneurs who created enduring innovations, emphasizing the context that set the stage, the strategy employed by the entrepreneur, and the public policies that supported the opportunity and the growth of the enterprise. The objective is to recognize the potential of new technologies, changes in consumer taste and shifts in the external environment as economic opportunities.  The course emphasizes entrepreneurs as part of a larger societal system that both determines what is possible and also changes in response to entrepreneurial actions.  The role of public policy in providing incentives for entrepreneurship and innovation and setting social priorities is discussed.

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PLCY 85 Reforming America’s High Schools
TUTH, 11:00-12:15PM
Lance Fusarelli

Lance Fusarelli is Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. He conducts research on the politics of education, federal education policy (including No Child Left Behind), and child welfare and comparative social policy. In 2012, he was ranked 79th in the nation among scholars whose research contributes most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. Recent work includes the Handbook of Education Politics and Policy and “School reform in a vacuum: Demographic change, social policy, and the future of children” in the Peabody Journal of Education.

It has been estimated that 10 percent of the high schools in the U.S. produce over 50 percent of the nation’s drop-outs. Transforming these schools that have been referred to as “Drop-out Factories” has been a high priority for the federal government and here in North Carolina. Indeed, North Carolina had more of these schools—both rural and urban—than most other states in the nation. Indeed, the federal government recently committed to investing $400M over four years to transform the lowest achieving schools and improve students’ test scores and graduation rates in North Carolina. In this seminar, we will examine the reform strategies that have been developed to address problems of chronically low performing high schools. The class will analyze data to find the underlying problems in these schools, examine research on the effectiveness of various strategies that have been used in North Carolina and elsewhere, and design a reform plan for high schools in North Carolina. Students will hear from high-level officials who are engaged in reforming high school and influential educational policymakers.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLI 54 The American Worker: Sociology, Politics, and History of Labor in the United States
NA
MW, 2:00-3:15PM
Michele M. Hoyman

Michele M. Hoyman teaches in the Political Science Department and in the Master of Public Administration program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Professor Hoyman’s interests are in economic development, sustainable development, industrial labor relations, and public sector personnel. On a personal level, she is an avid UNC basketball fan and spends her spare time being walked in the park by her dog, Tilly. She is afflicted with an unrelenting sense of humor.

The face of the American worker is changing and the challenges American workers face are ever evolving.  In the wake of recent events like the Occupy Wall Street protests, the public in general is becoming more aware of issues like income inequality, living wages, and the role of unions in the workplace.  This seminar will explore the American worker from a legal, economic, and social justice perspective. Additionally, the legal framework Americans operate within in respect to labor law will be compared and contrasted with international standards and labor rights. The seminar will also feature an analysis of the American worker through classic film and fictional literature.

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POLI 63 Social Movements and Political Protest and Violence
SS, NA
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Pamela Conover

Pamela Conover, Burton Craige Professor of Political Science, was educated at Emory University, and received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Professor Conover teaches courses dealing with political psychology, and women and politics. In the past, Professor Conover’s research has concerned the nature of political thinking, and the politics of identity and citizenship. She also coauthored the book Feminism and the New Right. Her current research is focused on the politics of identity, partisan polarization, and the nature of citizenship and political culture. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling and being walked by her two golden retrievers, Izzy and Gracie.

This seminar focuses on explaining and understanding social movements and the collective political behaviors that they promote (e.g. demonstrations, riots, strikes, and eco-terrorism). Our theoretical focus will be interdisciplinary, drawing on research in political behavior, social psychology, sociology, political theory, and the law. We will discuss when and why collective action occurs, who participates, what forms it takes, and how governments respond. Substantively, we will study a variety of movements including: the Tea Party movement, the Environmental movement, the Animal Rights movement, the America Militia movement, the White Nationalist movement, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. We will use a variety of approaches and resources: class discussions, films, wiki writing, online discussions, novels, and texts. Grades will be based on class participation, a writing project, and several group wiki papers.

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POLI 65 Pressure and Power: Organized Interest in American Politics
SS
TUTH, 9:30-10:45AM
Virginia Gray

Virginia Gray joined the UNC faculty in 2001 as Winston Distinguished Professor of Political Science, after spending many years at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University where she studied with the eminent scholar of interest groups, Robert Salisbury. Her specialties are state politics, interest groups, and public policy. Since 1988, her major research focus has been collaborative work with Professor David Lowery on interest groups. They have published two books and sixty journal articles on interest groups, and their work has been supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation and one from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Gray also brings practical credentials: she was a registered lobbyist in the state of Minnesota and the head of a PAC, for the U of M Faculty Association. In her spare time she can be found cheering on the Tar Heels at the Dean Dome.

Bank of America, the Sierra Club, the National Rifle Association, UNC, and the Allied Underwear Association–what do they have in common? They are all interest organizations that employ lobbyists in Washington, D.C. As social scientists, we can use a common framework to analyze these and other organized interests: Why are there so many of them? Where do they come from? Are they ruining democracy? Can there be democracy without groups? What can we do about groups? Each student will select an interest group to track throughout the semester, and a series of web-based assignments will culminate in an analysis paper. Other assignments will involve participating in debates and group generation of reform proposals.

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PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC 58H The Psychology of Mental States and Language Use
SS
TUTH, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold, Ph.D., Stanford University, is an assistant professor in the Cognitive Program of the Psychology Department. She conducts research on the psychology of language, with a focus on the on-line processes of language comprehension and production, with both adults and children. Much of her research monitors participants’ eye movements as they follow instructions, which provides information about how they integrate linguistic and nonlinguistic information on a moment-by-moment basis. She teaches classes in cognitive psychology and the psychology of language, and advises graduate and undergraduate students who do original research in her laboratory.

Adults constantly make judgments about other people’s beliefs, desires, goals, knowledge, and intentions from evidence like eye gaze and inferences from their words and actions. These judgments together can be called mentalizing, mind-reading, or theory of mind (where “theory” refers to the theory an individual might hold about another’s mental state, not a scientific theory). This information is known to guide some aspects of language use — for example, you wouldn’t ask someone to hand you “that book” if they don’t know it exists. But some of the finer processes of language comprehension or production may proceed independently of these judgments, especially if they are too complex to happen quickly. This seminar examines a set of phenomena known as mentalizing, or theory of mind, and how mentalizing affects the development of language, adult language use, and the language of autistic individuals, who are known to have difficulty reasoning about others minds. This seminar will use a discussion format in which students will read papers, participate in experiment demonstrations, and design a small-scale original research study with their classmates.

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PSYC 66 Eating Disorders and Body Image
SS
TUTH, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Anna Bardone-Cone

Anna Bardone-Cone, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an associate professor in the Clinical Psychology Program within the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on various aspects of eating disorders including: the relation between perfectionism and bulimia nervosa, defining eating disorder recovery, and examining eating disorders and body image in the context of diverse racial/ethnic cultures. She would love to see the day when eating disorders no longer existed, but meanwhile she continues publishing research on the topic. She also teaches abnormal psychology, has won teaching awards, and supervises a rock-star team of graduate and undergraduate students in her lab. [fall 2012, cancelled]

We all have bodies, we all eat; some people have a healthy relationship with both and do not give much thought to either. For some, however, intense body dissatisfaction and disordered eating infiltrate their lives and can lead to an eating disorder. In this seminar we will learn about the eating disorders of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, and explore factors related to these disorders from a psychosocial perspective. Some of the questions we will examine include: What messages do we get from the media about our bodies and eating, and who is most susceptible to these? What role can family and peers play in contributing to risk for eating disorders and in helping an individual out of an eating disorder? What do we know about how women of different racial/ethnic backgrounds and men experience body image and disordered eating? Can we prevent eating disorders? What treatments work? We will explore these issues though class discussion, readings, videos, guest speakers, experiential assignments, and writing assignments. Both male and female students are encouraged to enroll.

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PSYC 89 Special Topics Racism, Racial Identity, and African American Mental Health
SS, US
TUTH, 9:30-10:15AM
Enrique W. Neblett, Jr.

Enrique W. Neblett, Jr. is an assistant professor of Psychology and Lab Director of the African American Youth Wellness Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation at Howard University. Inspired by Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s famous “doll study,” Dr. Neblett’s research examines the association between racism-related stress and health in African American and ethnic minority youth, with a focus on racial and ethnic protective factors and mechanisms that promote youth well-being. His work has been published in prominent scholarly outlets, and he has been recognized by the Department of Psychology on numerous occasions for teaching excellence.

This seminar examines the connections among racism experiences, racial identity and African American mental health with a focus on African American children, adolescents, and young adults. We begin the seminar with an overview of foundational themes and theoretical perspectives that inform the study of racism and racial identity as they pertain to African American youth mental health. In the second part of the seminar, we use film, debate and personal reflections to inform an in-depth study of racial identity – the significance and meaning that individuals ascribe to being African American – as a protective factor in the link between racism and poor mental health outcomes for African American youth. Finally, we conclude the seminar with a discussion of current topics, controversies, and recent advances in the field. Throughout the seminar, a primary objective will be to consider diverse perspectives regarding how our knowledge and understanding of racism and racial identity has evolved over time and how the psychological experiences of African Americans can be used to promote African American mental health and wellness.

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES

RELI 64 Reintroducing Islam
PH, BN, GL
TUTH, 11:00-12:15PM
Juliane Hammer

Juliane Hammer is Associate Professor and Kenan Rifai Scholar in Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department. She specializes in the study of American Muslims, contemporary Muslim thought, women and gender in Islam, and Sufism. She is the author of Palestinians Born in Exile: Diaspora and the Search for a Homeland (2005) and American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer (2012), as well as the co-editor of A Jihad for Justice (with Kecia Ali and Laury Silvers, 2012) and the Cambridge Companion to American Islam (with Omid Safi, 2013). She is currently working on a book project focusing on American Muslim efforts against domestic violence, and on a larger project exploring American Muslim discourses on marriage, family, and sexuality.

This seminar is an introduction to the Islamic faith tradition, focusing on religious thought and practice in both their historical and contemporary dimensions. We will approach the study of Islam thematically and with several core questions in mind: what is the role of scripture and interpretation in Islam, how is religious authority constituted, and how has Islam been studied?  The course aims to engage with popular and media representations of Islam and Muslims, and to think critically about their dynamics, politics, and utility, thus students will be “re-introduced” to the Islamic tradition in its varying and changing contexts. Major themes include religious practice, ethics and Islamic law, beliefs, artistic expressions, intellectual production, and politics.

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RELI 89 Special Topics: Reading the Bible
HS
TUTH, 3:30-4:45PM
David Lambert

An introduction to the varying forms the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament assumes as Scripture within the early formative periods of Judaism and Christianity. We will explore how this collection of an ancient Near Eastern people’s writings first came to be preserved and seen as sacred literature. What purposes did such scripture serve, and how did it come to be interpreted?

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ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

ROML 58 Writing a Woman’s Life
LA
TUTH, 12:30-1:45PM
Oswaldo Estrada

This seminar, subtitled “Mexican Women across Borders and Genres,” explores various narratives by which Mexican women expect and are expected to live. Participants read letters, stories, and short novels by Mexican women of the twentieth century whose writing transgresses several genres and challenges traditional notions of gender and marginality. Taking into account the negative impact that religion, colonialism, nationalism and modernization have had on the representation of Mexican women, the course addresses, among other themes and topics, the role of memory and discourse; the inevitable formation of otherness; identity construction; gender ambiguities; moral subversions and inversions; textual experimentation and performance; and the long-lasting effects of gender violence and its portrayal as a psychological trauma. We will read in English or in English translation works by Elena Poniatowska, Sandra Cisneros, Cristina Rivera Garza, Ana Clavel, Margo Glantz, and Ángeles Mastretta, among others.

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ROML 59 Courts and Courtly Culture in 16th- and 17th-Century Spain
HS, NA
MWF, 11:00-11:50PM
Carmen Hsu

Carmen Hsu (Ph.D. Harvard University) teaches 16th-and 17th-century Spanish literature in the Romance Languages Department. Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005, she taught at the Universität Bielefeld, Germany. Her research focuses on early modern Spanish literature and historiography on Asia as well as the broader Pacific world.  She is particularly interested in topics that deal with the representations of gender and space, the construction of national/cultural identity, and transoceanic expansions and exchanges between early modern Catholic Iberia and non-Christian Asia.

What was an early modern Spanish court like? Who and what were the key components that contributed to the making of the court in 16th- and 17th-century Spain? How did literature, the visual arts, clothing, food, gifts, buildings, theater, and etiquette make up the court culture of that time in Spain? This course aims to engage students in discussions about the making of the fascinating Habsburg court world in early modern Spain. We will embark on a shared intellectual adventure exploring how and where monarchs and courtiers lived, their education, what cultural milieu they contributed in fomenting, how literature and other cultural forms represented them, and the politics and reasoning behind these projections. Most of our readings will be selections from translated texts by Vives, Juan de Mariana, Cervantes, and Calderón de la Barca, among others, but several key historical and critical readings will also be used in class to enrich discussion and to encourage a deeper engagement with the theme. To keep the performing and visual dimension of early modern court life alive and to encourage discussion, we will also visit the Ackland Museum and the Rare Books Collection of Wilson library, we will view and analyze two films that deal with early modern courtiers and their lives, and we will conclude the semester with presentations of students’ research projects.

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SOCIOLOGY

SOCI 69 Human Societies and Genomics
SS
TuTH, 9:30AM-10:45AM
Guang Guo

Guang Guo is Dr. George and Alice Welsh Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology. He earned his doctorate in sociology at Princeton University and his undergraduate economics degree from the Tianjin Institute of Finance and Economics in China. In his work, he uses the tools in human genomics for understanding human societies. He examines how genes and social contexts interact to influence youth’s delinquency, what roles genomics play in human social networks, what roles genomics play in human marriages.

The seminar focuses on how advances in molecular genomics over the past decades benefit sociology and other social sciences. Topics include an introduction to traditional biometrics (inferring genetic influences using genetically related individuals without using molecular information); an introduction to basic principles of molecular genetics; joint influences of social contexts and genetic heritage to human behaviors; history of human evolution and contemporary race/ethnicity; evolutionary psychology; sex, gender, and genomics; ethical, legal, and social issues in genetic studies (ELSI); genetic testing; and epigenetics – the potential links between genes and environment. To make the course accessible to students in social sciences, the course does not have prerequisites, but familiarity with basic genetics or a social science field is helpful. The seminar does not focus on technical details of genomics, but on the main ideas. Students will be reading book chapters and mainly original articles published in contemporary scientific journals before classes, and presenting and discussing these articles in class.

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SOCI 89.002 Special Topics: Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
SS, US
TUTH 2:00-3:15PM
Anthony Perez

Anthony Perez studies the measurement, meaning, and implications of race/ethnicity in the United States and abroad. His research focuses on the interplay between formal and informal conceptualizations of race/ and ethnicity and de facto measures of race/ethnic populations used in the Census, social surveys, and demographic data; causes of uncertainty in the reporting of race across generations and throughout the life course; and the consequences of racial uncertainty for research on inequality, race-attentive social policy, and demographic projections of past and future diversity.

It is impossible to understand the structure of American society, or the lived experiences of its people, without understanding both the meaning and consequences of race and ethnicity. Yet, while examples of what race does are well known to students interested in questions of social justice and inequality, the question of what race is receives considerably less attention. Any student familiar with U.S. society can identify myriad, often striking examples of racial inequality—from highly disproportionate rates of poverty, unemployment, and disease to racially disparate treatment at the hands of police, teachers, and neighbors. But what, exactly, is “race?” The geographic origins of our ancestors? The social categories that others perceive from our appearance?  The identities we claim based on a sense of belonging or attachment to a particular culture or community? Or can race be any and all of these things, depending on the context in which individuals perceive and react to one another? These are just some of pressing questions with which students will grapple in this seminar, as we delve into the meaning and measurement of race in society, how it changes over time and space, and what it signals for the future of race/ethnic relations in the United States. In pursuit of these aims, we will incorporate a variety of instructional strategies and active learning techniques, including primary data collection and analysis, critical examination of race/ethnicity in popular culture (including music, literature, and film), and in-class group activities.

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SOCI 89.003 Special Topics: Women, Work, and Family: Past and Present
HS
MWF 2:00-2:50PM
Lisa Pearce

Professor Pearce teaches and conducts research in the areas of family, religion, the transition to adulthood, and research methods. She has written two books, A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of American’s Adolescents (with Melinda Lundquist Denton) and Mixed Method Data Collection Strategies (with William G. Axinn). She is working on a third book (with Richard Settersten and Glen Elder) on how the generation of individuals born around 1900 became adults and weathered the Great Depression and World War II with their families. Although the focus of this seminar will be women in the United States, Professor Pearce also conducts research on similar topics in Nepal where she learned to speak the language and paddle through class IV rapids on some of the world’s most adventurous rivers. Professor Pearce grew up in the Pacific Northwest, went to graduate school at Penn State, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her first tenure track job was here at UNC, she resides in Durham, and she is living the challenge of managing work and family matters daily with her amazing one-year old foster daughter, Natalie.

This seminar involves an up close analysis of how women establish and interweave their work and family lives in two different generations—those who came of age in the early 1900s and those who came of age in the early 2000s. One hundred years apart, what are the similarities and differences in women’s expectations, opportunities, and experiences? We will address these questions through a sociological lens, learning to synthesize existing research in the area, evaluate social theory on the topic, and propose and conduct new empirical research that contributes to the field.

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SOCI 89.004 Special Topics: The Pursuit of Happiness: Social Science Approaches to Well-Being
SS
TUTH, 3:30-4:45PM
Arne Kalleberg

Arne Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology who studies topics related to work, occupations, organizations and social inequality. He received his BA from Brooklyn College and his MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has been on the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill since 1986. His current research focuses on the changing nature of work in the United States, Asia and Europe. He travels extensively: in 2012-2013 he will visit Israel, Italy, England, Fiji, Australia, Belgium, Russia, Norway, China and South Korea. He enjoys boating, traveling, watching sports (especially basketball and football) and reading novels.

Despite being elusive for many people, happiness remains a fundamental goal in most societies. In recent years, social scientists have become increasingly interested in the subject of happiness and its causes and consequences. This course will examine the interplay between individual and social happiness by exploring the nature and meaning of happiness in the contemporary United States as well as in other countries. We will seek to answer questions such as: What is happiness? Can we measure happiness, and if so, how? Does money buy happiness? Does happiness vary among diverse groups (racial, ethnic, religious, gender, age, social class)? How does happiness differ among cultures and nations? What is (and should be) the role of happiness in formulating public policies? We will address these and other questions by: reading books and articles; class discussions and debates; viewing films; and collecting information using the internet and other sources.

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STATISTICS AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH

STOR 72 Unlocking the Genetic Code
QI
MWF, 2:00-2:50PM
J. Scott Provan

J. Scott Provan obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1977. He taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1977 through 1982, and he spent 1980-82 as an NRC Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has been on the UNC faculty since 1982. He held the Paul Ziff Term Professorship at the UNC and is a former chair of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research.

On June 26, 2000, scientists announced the complete mapping of the human genome. While this is an achievement of enormous historical importance, there are daunting technical, biological, and ethical questions and problems still to be addressed in understanding and using this information. This seminar is intended to be an introduction to the world of DNA – its structure, function, and importance. The students will discuss and try to understand the immensity and complexity of organizing knowledge of DNA and protein structure, and the resulting sizes of the genomic databases. This will be accompanied by examining some of the questions that might be asked in connection with obtaining full knowledge of the human genome, and addressing some of the problems that arise when trying to answer some of these questions. No previous computer skills or knowledge of mathematics beyond basic algebra are required.

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STOR 89 Special Topics Adventures in Statistics
QI
TUTH, 2:00-3:15PM
Jan Hannig

Jan Hannig is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research. His current research interests are in foundations of statistics. He and his co-authors can be partially credited with resurrection of fiducial statistics. Fiducial statistics was created in the 1930s and since inception was wrought with controversy. By mid 1960s the topic was largely dormant and stayed ignored until mid-2000s. Since it is experiencing a renaissance with several groups contributing publications in leading statistical journals. Jan is married to Dr. Shevaun Neupert a professor of Psychology at NCSU with keen interest in applied statistics. This makes for some wonderfully nerdy Saturday morning chats. They have a daughter named Klára.

The aim of this seminar is to show that contrary to the common belief, statistics can be exciting and fun. We will focus on the big picture ideas. Instead of memorizing confusing formulas, many of the technical ideas will be demonstrated by computer experiments. We will view some recent movies and discuss the role statistics plays in sports, gambling, medicine, politics, finance, etc. Then we will study randomness and discover why casino always wins. Finally we will discuss the basic principle of statistical reasoning “if it is unlikely do not believe it”, get to understand why a relatively small sample can carry a big punch and learn how to lift ourselves by our bootstraps. This seminar is not a replacement for an introductory statistics course.

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Special One-Time Opportunities

BIOL 190 The Life Sciences and Biotechnology in a Globalized Era: Impacts and Perspectives
PL
MW, 3:30-4:45PM
Ginnie Hench

Dr. Ginnie Hench is a postdoctoral fellow and coordinator for the HHMI Science Learning Communities program, an initiative of the Office for Undergraduate Research, currently headed by Dr. Mark Schoenfisch. She does research on chromatin dynamics in the model mushroom, Coprinopsis cinerea, which she started in Dr. Patricia Pukkila’s lab in 2010. As director of the HHMI Future Scientists and Clinicians program, Dr. Hench teaches undergraduate fellows engaged in biomedical research during the summers. Dr. Hench earned her PhD from UNC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She has a BS in Cellular & Molecular Biology and a BA in Studio Art.

The last century has seen enormous leaps in our understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of life, which have yielded dramatic changes in medicine and agriculture, and may provide novel energy alternatives like more robust biofuels in the future. At times, these rapid advances have provoked controversy and have met resistance on global, regional and local scales (vaccines and GMO’s are recent examples; stem cells received abundant attention in past years). We will start by learning the fundamental biology underlying the biotech revolution and then take an interdisciplinary approach to current life science and society topics. We will see examples of how biotechnology challenges deeply felt beliefs about life’s beginnings and endings and how life itself is valued. We will examine how the life sciences are shaped by political, ethical, economic, and environmental considerations, and how research in the life sciences can impact policy perspectives.

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GEOL 190 Past and Present (ab)use of North Carolina’s Geologic Resources
PL
MWF, 12:00-12:50PM
Ryan Frazer

Ryan Frazer believes that the geological sciences community has a responsibility to educate its students in scientific literacy so they can critically examine issues regarding the natural world around them, whether that is about earthquake hazards, climate change, or energy resources. His research focuses on supervolcanoes, calderas, and the processes deep beneath them that lead to their catastrophic eruptions. He investigates this through a combination of field work in the Yosemite area of the Sierra Nevada, dating rocks through isotope geochemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, and numerical modeling.

The discovery, development and exploitation of geology has been an important part of North Carolina’s history and will continue to be in the future. This Science Seminar will introduce fundamental geological science skills and concepts so students can critically examine the use of the state’s geological resources. North Carolina has a long history of mining and agriculture that continue today; current issues include the development of wind power, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), and the potential impacts climate change may bring to the state, including landslides, drought, sea level rise on our coasts and its affect on coastal life and resources. Students will work on a group-based research project that will include collecting samples in the field, using laboratory facilities at UNC-Chapel Hill and presenting their results at a poster session at the end of the semester.

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PSYC 190 Infancy and the Development of Mind
SS, EE
TuTH, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Rebecca Stephens

Rebecca Stephens received a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2008. During her time before graduate school, she worked with children with autism and conducted research in Family Medicine. These experiences helped shape her current research interests: infant and toddler cognitive development, with a focus on attention, executive function and early identification of autism. She was a Graduate Research Consultant in a first year seminar (Psychology 56 – Infancy) for two semesters and plans to pursue a career in developmental research and teaching.

The goal of this Science Seminar is to expose students to the many facets of development that occur during the prenatal stages and through the second year of life. This seminar will progress through a variety of topics relevant to these stages, with an emphasis on the analysis of current research. Each class will include a lecture on a specific domain of development, but will focus heavily on the discussion of relevant research articles and paradigms. Students will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom as they spend time in a daycare setting. This internship will allow students to provide valuable contributions to class discussions and help students better understand the topics covered. This experience, along with class discussions, will assist students in developing their own research proposals for a potential study on the development of infant mind.

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