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Eligible Students
Seats are limited to continuing first-year students (i.e., spring 2022 admits), incoming fall 2022 first-year transfer students with fewer than 24 transfer credits, and incoming fall 2022 first-year students.

Registration Procedures
Continuing first-year students, incoming fall 2022 first-year students, and eligible incoming fall 2022 first-year transfer students may register in these FY Seminars as soon as they are able to register for summer sessions.

Summer Session 2

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

ASIA 59.001: Media Masala: Popular Music, TV, and the Internet in Modern India and Pakistan
Making Connections Gen Eds: VP, BN
MTWThF, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Afroz Taj

Afroz Taj has been teaching South Asian literature, culture, and language in the United States since 1983. In 1995 Afroz came to the University of North Carolina to establish a pioneering program of teaching Hindi-Urdu through live, interactive videoconferencing. He is the creator of the popular language learning websites “A Door Into Hindi” and “Darvazah: A Door Into Urdu.” Afroz’s research interests include Urdu poetry and poetics, South Asian theater, cinema and media. Afroz is the author of The Court of Indar and the Rebirth of North Indian Drama, Urdu Through Hindi, and The Tanhaiyan, Ankahi, and Ahsas Companion.

This seminar explores different types of broadcast and digital media, examining various cultural examples (e.g., music videos, television soap operas and reality shows, radio, and the Internet) and covering a variety of topics, including gender, sexuality, globalization, religion (personal and public), and activism. We will also discuss the ways traditional art forms (e.g., qawwali, ghazal, epic, classical dance) are transformed and given relevance in the modern South Asian media. An important theme of this course is how India and Pakistan, despite historical tensions, are linked by a common media culture that interprets and sometimes transcends geopolitical differences. This seminar will be particularly useful and fun for students who like to consider a variety of multimedia and textual sources in thinking about a provocative issue or question. Each student will design a short research project and make a presentation, and with a small group, produce a music video, giving the class an experiential perspective on the media in modern India and Pakistan. There are no prerequisites.

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ASIA 65.001: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought
Making Connections Gen Eds: PH, WB
MTWThF, 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Uffe Bergeton

Uffe Bergeton is a historian of early China with a focus on pre-Qin (i.e. pre-221 BCE) language, history and thought. Originally from Denmark, he has lived and studied in France, Taiwan and China. In his first book (The Emergence Of Civilizational Consciousness in Early China: History Word By Word) he uses lexical changes to trace the emergence of proto-anthropological concepts in the Warring States period (481-221 BCE). His current research project uses a similar approach to trace evolving conceptualizations of armed conflict in the pre-Qin period.

Over the last few decades a large number of bamboo manuscripts of hitherto unknown texts dating to the fourth to the first century BCE have been excavated from various sites in China. This wealth of new materials has led many scholars to rethink longstanding assumptions about early Chinese thought. In order to enable students to engage directly with the recently discovered texts and cutting-edge research on them, this course will briefly introduce students to the received classics of the pre-Qin period, such as the Analects, the Mozi, the Mencius, and the Daodejing. Rather than merely providing an introduction to these traditional texts, we will study how recently discovered texts challenge traditional readings of pre-Qin works and lead us to question traditional classifications of pre-Qin works into “schools of thought” or isms such as Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism, etc.

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Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences

GEOL 89-089: Sound Scape of Our World
Making Connections Gen Eds: PL, EE-Field Work, QI
IDEAs in Action Gen Eds: FY-SEMINAR
MTWTh, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Jonathan Lees

Jonathan Lees works on problems of seismological interest, especially directed at geophysical, tectonic, volcanological and atmospheric studies. His research is aimed at understanding the dynamics of volcanic explosions: how do we characterize the shallow conduit system as well as the deep plumbing structure of the volcano edifice. He pioneered investigations in seismic tomography in regional and local settings using earthquakes as sources. He is currently investigating acoustic waves recorded in the stratosphere: a problem that will inform planetary research on Venus and Jupiter.

Let’s open our ears and minds and listen to the world around us. What is the difference between a bird song and a violin? The roar of a crowd at a sporting event and an exploding volcano? This seminar will explore sound: we will develop an appreciation of our acoustic environment. Instruction will be exploration based and we will learn how to record acoustic sounds in natural and man-made environments. What are signals? What is noise? How are sound signals perceived by our ears and also analyzed scientifically? We will explore the various bands of acoustic communication and the ambient signals that comprise our sound environment. Field observations will be a major focus, where we will record our own data on personal cell phones (or computers) as well as professional equipment. We will learn how to extract data from these devices for detailed analysis in the frequency and time domains. Computer programs will be provided for visualization, spectral analysis and simulated wave propagation to help quantify our perceptions. No prerequisites are required, just curiosity. Grading will be based on written reports, class participation, and group projects. A capstone project will be required as a presentation and written summary of field observations.

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