DRAFT First Year Seminar Booklet - University of Redlands

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					                             Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the University of Redlands! Beginning college is an exciting and, perhaps, daunting
step. You are faced with many choices and opportunities. We want you to make the most of
them. The University’s First-year Seminar program, a requirement for all new first year
students, is designed to help you through what is sometimes a challenging process. The First-
year Seminar is your first chance to experience what it means to be in a liberal arts college,
allowing you to see and understand life from various perspectives. These seminars are designed
to serve as an academic bridge between high school and college and, no matter what the course
content; your seminar will help you apply learning tools such as critical thinking, careful reading,
successful writing, and how to participate effectively in the give and take discussion expected of
you in the college classroom. The seminar to which you are assigned will begin during New
Student Week and continue through your first semester.

During New Student Week, you will meet your seminar professor and peer advisor, begin work
in your seminar, take placement tests as needed, and register for the rest of your courses for the
fall semester. Your professor will be your initial academic advisor at the University. Each
professor offering a first-year seminar has selected a seasoned, friendly and helpful University of
Redlands student who will serve as your peer advisor. Because the First-year Seminar will be
one of your four classes in the fall, you will have regular contact with your professor, your peer
advisor, and the other new students in your class. For now, I need you to carefully consider the
First-year Seminars available in the fall and let me know which ones you are interested in.

Selecting your First-year Seminar: The following pages contain descriptions of the First-year
Seminars you have to choose from. Because of their introductory nature and purpose of opening
you up to what it means to be in a liberal arts environment, please consider each of them
regardless of your intended major, your background in a particular academic discipline, or any
subsequent courses you might consider taking. Many of the seminars will meet at least one of the
Liberal Arts Foundation requirements for graduation.

The best approach to selecting a seminar is to read the descriptions carefully and with an open
mind—remember, the title alone may not convey the full nature of the class as envisioned by the
professor. I will also ask you to choose your top three themes. The themes are described as well
and reflect the breadth of the liberal arts including sustainability and the environment; cross
cultural perspectives and social change; theatre, music, and visual arts; scientific and quantitative
explorations; human behavior; politics, business, history, and the economy; imagination,
literature, and the power of words; leadership, academic skill building, and the future; and
teaching and education. If you have been accepted into the Johnston program, please choose the
Johnston experience as your only choice.

The Living/Learning First Year Communities:
   • Students in seminars FS 01 The Future of the Planet: An Introduction to the Global
      Environment and FS 02 Connecting to the Wild: Wilderness Leadership and Adventure
      will be assigned housing in the Environmental Sustainability Living/Learning
      Community in Merriam Hall to encourage socialization and activism among students
      interested in community service and environmental issues.
   • Students in seminars FS 03 Imagine No Need for Hunger: Who Eats What?, FS 04 Punk
      Rock: DIY (Do it Yourself) for Personal and Social Change and FS 05 Roots and Routes:
       Mapping the Migration that Transforms California and our Own Lives will be assigned
       housing in the Social Justice Living/Learning Community in Fairmont Hall to better
       facilitate community activities and interpersonal learning.
   •   Students in seminars FS 10 Wayfarin’ Strangers: Early American Folk Songs will be
       assigned to housing in Anderson Hall to encourage support for musicians and dialogues
       about music.
   •   Students in seminar FS 15 Gastrophysics: the Science of Cooking will be housed in
       Anderson Hall to encourage group cooking and eating, and ongoing dialogues about
   •   Students in seminar FS 18 Don’t Worry, Be Happy (and Healthy): Collegiate Wellness
       for the Body, Mind, and Soul will be assigned housing in the Wellness Living Learning
       Community in North Hall.
   •   Only Johnston students should sign up for FS 35 The Johnston Experience. Johnston
       students will be assigned housing in the Johnston Intentional Living/Learning
       Community in Holt and Bekins Halls. Students accepted into the Johnston Center
       should not sign up for any other seminars.

Important Directions on Choosing Your Seminar:
   1. Please choose the top 10 seminars that you would most like to take and rank them in
      order of preference (1 = first choice, 2 = second choice, and so on) on the First-year
      Seminar Selection Form.
   2. Importantly, also rank your top 3 theme preferences. Please be flexible with your
      choices. All of the professors chosen for the first year seminar program are eager to have
      you in their seminars.
   3. Read each description carefully. Some seminars have weekend trips, fees, and living
      arrangements predetermined. If a seminar looks appealing but you know because of
      other commitments that you will not be able to commit to field trips, the living
      arrangements, or if the time of the seminar potentially might interfere with your
      participation in athletics or other activities, make other choices that don’t conflict.
   4. Johnston Students should only choose FS35 as a first choice and leave their other choices
      blank. Non-Johnston students should not choose FS35 as one of their choices.
   5. Because of the potential popularity of some seminars and our desire to keep seminar
      classes small, you may be placed in one of your lower ranked choices.
   6. I will do my best to get you into one of your top seminar and/or theme choices if at all


Fredric E. Rabinowitz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

                  FS – 01 THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET:
This course will introduce you to a series of scientific and technological developments that are
very likely to change the nature of our relations with one another and with the planet on which
we live. In particular, the course will consider the implications of these developments for current
and future global environmental problems and their solutions.

The course presumes only a high school level background and will be taught for the intelligent
non-scientist. The course is likely to be of particular interest to students planning careers in the
natural or social sciences or in business.

The global environmental issues examined will include global climate change, tropical
deforestation, species extinction, water security, renewable resources, energy, poverty and
development. We shall examine the roles played by science, high technology, economics,
politics, business, law, government, international organizations, the media, and pressure groups
of various kinds.

You will view many recent documentaries on global environmental issues and on the latest
technical developments, visit the Redlands headquarters of Environmental Systems Research
Institute (ESRI), one of the leading technical organizations in the world, and rely especially on
the Internet for up to the minute information. The course will often be taught out of the day’s

The uses of a wide range of environmentally relevant technologies will be explained, including
aerial photography, satellite remote sensing, image and photo interpretation, image processing,
unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, GPS, computer modeling and
geographic information systems (GIS). The implications of recent high technology
developments for society and the environment will be considered; these will include robotics,
nanotechnology, high speed/broadband communications networks (the Internet, Internet2,
Lambda Rail and Cyber infrastructure), the Open Science movement and Virtual Science.
Progress in instrumenting the global environment will include consideration of both the
instrumentation and several observatory networks (including NEPTUNE, NEON, GLEON and
CREON), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observation System of
Systems (GEOSS).

For more than 40 years Dr. Smith has been a consultant to ESRI and others, on more than a
hundred national and international environmental projects, for clients including the US Fish and
Wildlife Service, United Nations agencies, NASA, DOD and EPA.
Please note students in this seminar, along with FS 02 Connecting to the Wild: Wilderness
Leadership and Adventure, will be assigned housing in the Environmental Sustainability
Living/Learning Community in Merriam Hall to encourage socialization and activism among
students interested in community service and environmental issues.

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  Lab will meet Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Professor: Lowell Kent Smith

                      LEADERSHIP AND ADVENTURE
This seminar focuses on leadership, wilderness travel and environmental stewardship. It
will take place not only in the academic classroom, but also in the mountains and
deserts of Southern California. We will apply the lessons we learn as leaders in a
wilderness setting to our roles as leaders on campus and in the community. During the
semester, there will be two weekend trips to places like the Sierra Nevada mountain
range and Death Valley National Park to immerse ourselves in hands-on leadership
exercises and outdoor skills. On campus, the class will get a taste of the backcountry
through the experiences and writing of some of the world's renowned nature writers,
explorers, and outdoor adventurers. While on our overnight trips, we'll be exploring
these wild places, practicing the skills and leadership styles that we have studied and
discussed in the classroom. In the field, our activities will include backpacking and
hiking, rock climbing, journal writing, teambuilding initiatives, map and compass, and,
last but not least, reflection on the area's natural history.

Please be prepared to immerse yourself in the natural world and spend time in the
backcountry. We will all face the physical, mental and emotional challenges sometimes
involved in being a part of the wilderness. You will be assessed on your participation in
the classroom and in the outdoor environment, as well as your academic reading,
writing, and research assignments. Please choose this course only if you feel confident
you don’t have conflicting plans on most weekends.

Please note students in this seminar, along with FS 01 The Future of the Planet: An Introduction
to the Global Environment, will be assigned housing in the Environmental Sustainability
Living/Learning Community in Merriam Hall to encourage socialization and activism among
students interested in sustainability and environmental issues. A course fee of $200 to cover
travel and food expenses for the outdoor trips, as well as some camping/backpacking gear –
most equipment can be rented from Outdoor Programs on campus for free.

**This course will meet on Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
                          Friday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Professor: Andrew Hollis

                 FS 03 – “IMAGINE” NO NEED FOR HUNGER:
                            WHO EATS WHAT?
                                    Imagine no possessions
                                       I wonder if you can
                                  No need for greed or hunger
                                     A brotherhood of man
                                     Imagine all the people
                                      Sharing all the world

                                You may say that I'm a dreamer
                                   But I'm not the only one
                                   I hope someday you'll join us
                                   And the world will live as one

When you walk through the supermarket, do you look for food labeled “organic”? Do you ever
ask yourself why fast food is so cheap but fresh fruit and vegetables are so expensive? Can you
imagine growing or finding everything that is on your dinner table tonight? Do you think about
what your food says about your place in the world? Often, your answer will differ from that of
others in your first year seminar or your new roommate - a product of your past experiences and
your perspective (“Where you stand” and “Who you listen to”). This seminar will ask you to
question the way in which you see food and what we (and the rest of humanity) eat.

At the root of many of these conversations about who eats what are relations of power and
difference. As we begin life in the 21st century, it is clear that we need to develop an
understanding of the politics of food, food distribution and food consumption. What does it mean
for a country to simultaneously be requesting food aid while launching campaigns against
obesity for their middle-class citizens? Who is growing and picking the food that appears on our

Classroom learning will be enhanced through an integrated living-learning model. You will live
with other members of this seminar, as well as students in two other seminars, as a part of the
Catalyst Program in Fairmont Hall. Mandatory events and activities within Fairmont will be
structured to complement classroom learning.

Please note students in this seminar, along with FS 04 Punk Rock: DIY (Do It Yourself) For
Personal and Social Change will be housed in Fairmont Hall. You will be a participant in the
Catalyst Program, an intentional community focused on ways to change the world. Through
community service, faculty interaction, frequent discussions and co-curricular programming,
you will create a safe community for open dialogue and action on difficult issues. Living in this
hall will include mandatory participation in community service events as well as dialogues and
discussions. This hall will combine first-year students with returning students who are committed
to initiating practical change for an inclusive world.

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Leela MadhavaRau

                 FS 04 – PUNK ROCK: DIY (DO IT YOURSELF)
                            FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE

The decade of 1976-1986 was a fertile time for change in rock music and attendant youth
subcultures. Along came punk rock. Arising concurrently in various locations throughout
England and the United States, punk’s early years begat music and participation that loudly
expressed contemporary discontents as well as hopes for alternative modes of living, personally
and socially. Simply put, the music changed lives.

As punk’s early years recede into the increasingly distant past it is the design of this course to re-
visit the music and the era in which it was made to see what we might learn – good, bad and ugly
– for our own lives and time. In this course we will listen to a lot of music, view relevant films,
read books and articles that address both the history and matters raised in punk and write
responses to the materials we engage. While many of the class materials will logically overlap
(harder, faster, louder) we will specifically address topics such as punk’s forebears, the initial
social differences of English and American punk, early and later punk feminism, technology and
alienation, skaterock and the rise of extreme sports, self-sufficiency and DIY economics,
straight-edge, and the use of humor and satire.

Substantial class participation in discussions and presentations will be expected. Of course…

Please note students in this seminar, along with FS 03 “Imagine No Need For Hunger”: Who
Eats What? and FS 05 Roots and Routes: Mapping the Migration that Transformed
California and our Own Lives, will be housed in Fairmont Hall. You will be a participant in
the Catalyst Program, an intentional community focused on ways to change the world. Through
community service, faculty interaction, frequent discussions and co-curricular programming,
you will create a safe community for open dialogue and action on difficult issues. Living in this
hall will include mandatory participation in community service events as well as dialogues and
discussions. This hall will combine first-year students with returning students who are committed
to initiating practical change for an inclusive world.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Bill Maury-Holmes


You are about to embark on your own migration, moving from one home to make a new home at
the University of Redlands. But many other migrations have shaped our lives. You and your
parents may have moved across town, to a new state, or even to a new country. Your ancestors
certainly migrated, crossing oceans, continents and national borders to make new lives and
homes in the U.S.

This seminar will compare our own personal experiences with migration with the great
migrations that have made and remade the California landscape: the long history of Mexican
migration north to the land of opportunity, the Great Migration of African Americans fleeing Jim
Crow south to move north and west, white families moving west for the California dream, and
Chinese migrants moving east to found new communities in California. We will read personal
stories of migration, historical and fictional accounts as well as write our own migration stories
and make our own maps to understand why people move, how they forge new communities and
how our laws and public policies affect migrants. We will also explore Redlands together and do
our own research into the history of the migrations that have built and transformed your new
hometown. This seminar will teach students innovative mapping technologies that we can use to
research and tell the stories of migration in new ways.

Please note students in this seminar, along with FS 03 “Imagine No Need for Hunger”: Who
Eats What? and FS 04 Punk Rock: DIY (Do it Yourself) for Personal and Social Change, will
be housed in Fairmont Hall. You will be a participant in the Catalyst Program, an intentional
community focused on ways to change the world. Through community service, faculty
interaction, frequent discussions and co-curricular programming, you will create a safe
community for open dialogue and action on difficult issues. Living in this hall will include
mandatory participation in community service events as well as dialogues and discussions. This
hall will combine first-year students with returning students who are committed to initiating
practical change for an inclusive world.
**This course will meet Monday and Wednesday 11:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Jennifer Tilton

                   FS 06 - MORAL IMAGINATION: THE ART

This course is intended to be an introduction to some of the major moral, ethical, and political
issues of social justice in the 21st century. Although most of the topics will be seen through the
eyes of an American experience, issues will also be discussed from a global perspective. We
will look at poverty, racism, environmental concerns, economics, peace and justice issues, with
special attention to the experiences of women and children. A major concern of this course will
be the discovery of examples of the lives and experiences of individuals who have made
contributions to the idea of speaking truth to power and how they made a difference on behalf of
social justice. The goal of this course is to hopefully engender a strong passion about
understanding our world from a moral, ethical and political perspective. It is also hoped that this
passion will lead to a life of activism that helps bring closer a world of hope and possibility. The
ideal will be the empowering of your own moral imagination to speak truth to power.

Among the authors that we will study this fall are: Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed: On
(Not) Getting By in America (2001); Cornel West Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom
(2008); Kate Holbrook Global Values 101 (2006); Paul Loeb The Impossible Will Take a Little
While: A Citizen’s Hope in a Time of Fear (2004); Arundhati Roy An Ordinary Person’s Guide
to Empire (2004); Howard Zinn A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (2006); Don Cheadle
and John Pendergast Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
(2007); Dan Matthews Committed: A Rabble Rouser's Memoir (2007); Amy Goodman and
David Goodman Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times (2008);
David Batstone Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade-and How We Can Fight It
(2007); and Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to
 Promote Peace-One School at a Time (2006).

This course is intended as a step toward a more systematic, comparative study of social justice
and the social movements that have grown from the ideas and dreams expressed in the
imagination of the Political Literature of Social Justice. We will survey a number of recent
political and social movements for social change and examine their practices and methods. This
should lead to an energetic and lively debate on many of these ideas. There will be little space
for observers or spectators. Ultimately, it would be my hope that some of the ideas raised in this
course and many of the ideas debated in class will lead to life-changing experiences for many of

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: John Walsh

                          CAMBODIA TODAY
Millions of tourists arrive in Cambodia annually to visit Angkor Wat, 1,000 year-old
architectural remains of what was likely the largest preindustrial city in the world. While there,
tourists typically also visit the Killing Fields, where thousands of people were murdered and
thrown in mass graves by the Khmer Rouge just 35 years ago.

Following liberation from French colonial rule in the 1950s, Cambodia exploded into civil war,
which by 1975 was won by a revolutionary party intent on rebuilding the country and erasing
much of its traditional and modern culture. One fifth of the population died, traditions of art and
Buddhist religious institutions, as well as a modern educational system and professions were all
nearly eliminated in a revolutionary period that lasted less than four years, but whose tragic
legacy remains. Beyond being the site of both one of the world’s great kingdoms and the
location of one of the 20th century’s worst cases of genocide, what else is Cambodia?

This course explores the events and challenges that shape Cambodia today, as it negotiates
recovery from its nearly total destruction only 30 years ago. What does it take to rebuild a
country, to restore its traditions and move forward in the modern world economy after such a
tragedy? What are the ethical dilemmas faced in the remaking of a nation? In addition to a
revival in tourism, the extreme human need evident in Cambodia today attracts thousands of
volunteers. What are the issues faced by international organizations and the individuals who try
to help by volunteering – do they make a difference, and what issues does this form of
“volunteerism” raise?

Cambodia also draws shadier characters – such as sex traffickers, pedophiles, and foreign
corporations exploiting natural resources or cheap, unregulated labor. One theme of the course
will be to learn about foreigners in Cambodia and the constellation of ethical issues and
challenges this raises.
Some topics covered will include:
    • Historical Highlights – from the Angkor Kingdom to today’s democratic monarchy.
    • Can Poverty Be Escaped? – economic development, environmental threats, corruption
    • Justice and Reconciliation – the Khmer Rouge trials, human rights in Cambodia
    • Foreigners Encounter Cambodia – tourists and travelers, NGOs and volunteers
    • Human trafficking and other labor and women’s issues
    • Buddhism in theory and practice in Cambodia
    • Arts and popular culture: traditional and not so traditional arts

Please Note: “Beyond the Killing Fields” is linked with a May Term travel course. “Service in
Cambodia,” in which students travel to Cambodia and earn community service credit by helping
at an elephant preserve as well as a school for poor children. Successful completion of the first
year seminar is excellent preparation to benefit most fully from participating in the May Term
course; and for this reason, students from the first year seminar will be given first opportunity at
the limited number of spots in the May Term course.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Professor: Lawry Finsen

                            FS 08 – “WHAT IS A CULT?
                         EXAMINING NEW MOVEMENTS IN AMERICA”
   This seminar offers an introduction to the variety of new religious movements that have
   emerged in America. From the nineteenth century to the present, we will consider the beliefs
   and rituals of communities that have been traditionally viewed as religious outsiders in
   American society.
   Moving through American history, we will define and redefine key concepts in the study of
   religion with particular attention to the ways some religious communities are viewed as
   normative and “mainstream,” while others are marginalized into categories such as “sects” or

   Considering a variety of communities such as the Church of Scientology, the Nation of
   Islam, the People’s Temple, Heaven’s Gate, and the Branch Davidians, this course examines
   the multiple ways these communities have been portrayed in the media and what those
   constructions tell us about religion and identity in America.

**This course will meet on Monday and Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Julius Bailey

                       SUSTAINABLE REALITIES
                           “All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray
                                I’ve been on a walk on a winter’s day
                                I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.”
                                     -The Mamas and the Pappas

California has long lured travelers from all directions of the globe through promises of
natural wonders, agricultural and economic prosperity, cultural innovation and exciting
cities. As you map a new journey in your education—literally and figuratively—you’ll
contribute to the legacy of adventurous people who preceded you. Will you seek to
explore the highest peaks like John Muir? Find inspiration in the desert like Mary Austin?
Sing the stories of migrants struggling to survive like Woody Guthrie? Observe the promise
and the perils of Hollywood like Joan Didion? Perform poems like Alan Ginsberg and Gary
Snyder? Fight environmental “water wars” like Martha Davis? Navigate the gritty city like
crime writer Chester Himes? Or, like celebrated visual artist Chiura Obata, sketch the “art of
survival” at places like the Topaz Lake internment camp?

This seminar invites you to discover your own passions for learning about California’s
distinctive people and places through reading, writing, discussion and observation. At the
same time it challenges you to confront the contested promise and peril of California
dreamin.’ What happens when communities can—or cannot—sustain those dreams?
Twentieth century writers, artists, naturalists, entrepreneurs and musicians provide
coordinates as we explore this “golden age” of the American continent; it’s a “Hotel
California,” which “could be heaven or could be hell” to quote the 1977 hit by the Eagles.
Readings will include works by writers such as John Steinbeck, Sara Winnemucca, John
McPhee, and Wallace Stegner, in addition to those listed above.

Venturing out from our Redlands classroom, field trips into select areas of our region will
instruct us in the dynamics of city and country, rural and urban, the wild and the tamed, the
promise and the peril of this rich, inviting, but often troubled state. Our most extensive
travel will likely take place to Mammoth Lakes, California over fall study days October 5-9.
(Perhaps we will return to the Eastern Sierra in a May Term Travel course.) By the end of
the fall semester, you will sing (or write) your own California dream as we create our
collective travel guide to Redlands and beyond.
A course fee of $150 will help defray the cost of four field trips planned for the course. Please be
aware that some of these field trips (dates announced at the beginning of the term) will occur on
a few weekends during the semester.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Professor: Kathy Ogren

                              FOLK SONGS
When America was young, long before i-pods and MP3 players were invented, people loved
hearing and singing their favorite songs! Immigrants brought their lullabies and love songs with
them, religious- freedom-seekers sang their beloved hymns, and sailors contributed boisterous

Later, Spirituals were born out of slavery and expressed sorrow, faith and protest. These
beautiful folk songs even served at times as a kind of “instant messaging”, - for the information
describing secret escape routes via the Underground Railway could be rapidly altered and
disguised, all the while being sung openly in front of slave owners.

In this seminar, we will learn to sing dozens of these songs over the semester, as this is primarily
a singing course. Song lyrics and origins will then serve as springboards to writing assignments
and creative projects; students will be invited to investigate and write about their specific
interests, such as history, politics, travel, arts and crafts, storytelling, social justice, genealogy,
business, economics, literature of the times and the like.

Creative projects, such as a community “quilt”, skits or plays connected by songs (possibly
including mime, movement, sketches, backdrops, handmade figurines or painting), will allow us
to apply and engage with the meaning and inspiration of the folk genre.

Please note students in this seminar, will be housed in Anderson Hall. This hall will combine
first-year students with returning students who are involved in the School of Music.

**This course will meet Monday and Friday 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Professor: Melissa Tosh

                           TIME & MONEY
Performing Arts Managers use a variety of skills to manage large groups of artists and technicians as they
create live productions. A Production or Stage Manager must be a leader, friend, confidant, organizer,
disciplinarian, mediator, money-manager, scheduler, and taskmaster.

This seminar will explore the use of performing arts management techniques to help you become a better
student and a better professional – no matter what your profession. Aside from reading, writing,
discussion, and research, we will also learn real-life skills like basic construction, electrical, plumbing and
automotive. In order to be a leader, we not only need to have an intellectual understanding of the tasks,
but also a physical connection with work, itself.

**This course will meet on Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Professor: Trevor Norton

                     FS 12 - BRAVE (THE) NEW WORLD:

Have you ever been captivated by the stunning images of a well-designed magazine
advertisement, a lead-in presentation for a major sporting event, or the flash-dazzle of a
computer adventure game? Probably so. And perhaps you have also wondered how these
riveting images and designs were crafted. And, again, perhaps you have wished to try your own
hand at this absorbing activity. This seminar can help you do that.

We will spend a significant amount of time exploring the features of the latest version of
Photoshop, an amazing tool for image creation, correction, and optimization. Then we will
fashion our own designs, navigating this exciting world of color and imagery. We will discover
even more sophisticated features of Photoshop creating 3D images and panoramas, using photos
we have taken with a digital camera. We will also combine images to make unique collages. In
all of these projects, there will be an emphasis on sharing ideas, offering suggestions, and
working with others.

Since creative pieces can easily fall flat without a design plan and the wise use of type, we will
learn some basic principles of the graphic arts and look at how we could design with letters.

The seminar meets in a multimedia classroom equipped with a projector, a document camera,
and high-end Macintosh or PC computers. The professor will give you instruction in how to use
this equipment. Hands-on will be the primary mode of learning.

Participants will have many opportunities for creative expression. One of our goals is to acquaint
you with the tools that will give your creations life and interest. It will also afford you the
opportunity to transition to college life. Your instructor, your peer advisor, and your fellow
students will all play a significant role in helping you adjust to your new environment.

Students with little experience in using the tools of digital imaging are especially encouraged to
consider this seminar.

Want to know more? Email the instructor at barbara_pflanz@redlands.ed

A course fee of $85.00 will cover your textbooks (distributed at first class meeting), high-quality
paper for printing, DVDs, and other course materials. You will also be asked to purchase a
thumb drive with at least 8GB of memory. This course requires that you own or have access to
a digital camera for the duration of the semester.

**This class will meet Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Barbara Pflanz
Few entering students to American colleges these days come bereft of computer skills, but just as
few have scratched much beyond the surface potential of animation, multimedia, and web

In this course, we seek to explore the world of interactive multimedia and in the process expand
our repertoire of expression by studying animation (cartooning) and the delivery of multimedia
content within a web page. This seminar explores the idea that technologies are pliable and can
be fashioned to suit a wide variety of meanings and purposes. The creative process will be
emphasized through the making of actual works of art (ranging from animations and interactive
narratives to web pages that combine these elements) and studying the importance of this type of
art within its own particular historical and aesthetic context.

The software explored during the course will include Adobe Flash and ActionScript, Adobe
Photoshop, and Apple QuickTime. Additional Web tools will include JavaScript, Shockwave,
Streaming Audio, Real Video, HTML, FTP, and various Web browser plug-Ins.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Trish Cornez

In this seminar, we will explore how the creative process--imagination, physical daring, and self-
expression-- intersects with historical events and ideas. What role do artists play in social
change? Our focus will be performance broadly defined: popular music, sports, parades, dance,
debates and theatre. We will begin in the present with a series of theatre games and
conversations to get to know each other and our cultural passions.

Then we will time travel—back to the turn of the last century to take on the roles of a generation
of Americans who, like you, were born in the last years of the previous century and who came of
age in a time of spectacular change. New technology – the telephone, the cinema, the
automobile, and the phonograph --radically altered private and public life. Hotly contested
topics of time included the women’s vote, child labor, the definition of marriage, workers’ rights,
and immigration. Radical art forms were everywhere—Dadaism, Surrealism, Expressionism,
and the American Ashcan School. A powerful and uniquely American voice emerged in prose,
poetry, and drama.

 As there was no such thing as a “virtual community,” young people in the early years of the 20th
century were drawn from their small towns and farms to the glamorous lights of New York City
and the bohemian life of downtown Greenwich Village. They all rubbed shoulders together:
John Reed, Max, Eastman, Mabel Dodge, W.E.B. Du Bois, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Charlotte
Perkins Gilman, Big Bill Haywood, and many more. Part of the course will involve an elaborate
game in which you take on these characters, earn points for your cause, and speak, eat, and argue
over the issues of the time.

As it was the first great period in American drama we will read and perform some of the plays of
the time—those of Eugene O’Neill and Susan Glaspell, and some from lesser known figures
such as Elizabeth Robins. We will also watch a number of films --some familiar and some just
restored --from the silent era, and some powerful documentary and fictional films inspired by
this explosive period. We will also see a number of plays on and off campus.

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
                       Thursday evening 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Professor: Vicki Lewis

                   FS 15 – GASTROPHYSICS: THE SCIENCE OF
In the kitchen, some recipes succeed, but others fail. Cooks have developed a large body of
practical knowledge about what works and just as importantly what doesn’t. Understanding the
science behind what occurs during cooking can improve the likelihood of success and can also
lead to new methods of cooking.
Different sciences describe various aspects of cooking. For example, consider the process of
making a loaf of bread. Biology explains the growth of yeast, which makes the bread rise,
chemistry explains the reactions that make the crust brown, and physics explains the heat transfer
from the outside to the center of the bread.
Topics will include:
   •   How both smell and taste contribute to flavor
   •   Food safety
   •   Heat transfer and reactions occurring at different temperatures
   •   Gels, foams, and emulsions
   •   Modernist cuisine (sous vide cooking, meat glue, etc.)
Even though we’ll approach the kitchen as a laboratory, we’ll try not to forget that food is meant
to be enjoyed. You will be expected to cook outside of class about once a week.

Please note students in this seminar, will be housed in Anderson Hall. Because the seminar
will involve hands on experience with cooking, students will be housed together to facilitate
discussion, analysis, and communal food preparation and dining.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Alan DeWeerd

When two people divorce, or when a company declares bankruptcy, how should the assets be
split up? After the next census, how many seats in Congress should your home state receive? Are
runoff elections better than standard elections, or is there some perfect voting system out there?
How should Iraq get their government up and running? What does a mathematician have to say
about any of this?

We will examine these questions, and others, as we explore what mathematics can contribute to
the discussion of issues in politics, fairness, and social justice. Several results, some very recent
(within the last 10 years) have made mathematical analysis of these questions a hot topic: most
of the mathematics we’ll cover was developed by people who are still alive!
No mathematical skill beyond algebra will be assumed. This class will be a good fit for a
prospective government or economics major, a mathematics major who would like to see the
subject applied to something besides science, or anyone with an open mind and an interest in
questions like those above.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Professor: Steve Morics

                       FS 17 – THE SHAPE OF THE UNIVERSE

As we all know, the surface of the Earth is shaped like a sphere. One consequences of this fact is
that if you were to head directly east and continue on a sufficiently long journey, you would
eventually return from the west to your point of departure. What would it be like if we lived on
the surface of doughnut, and how could we tell that we were not on a sphere without being able
to look down on our world from above?

For that matter, what about the shape of the universe as a whole? If we had a rocket that was
sufficiently fast, and we headed out into space keeping our direction fixed, would we just go on
forever, or would we eventually return to the Earth from another direction? That is to say, does
space “bend around?’ And if it does, in what way?

In this course, we shall investigate the properties of different kinds of shapes, such as surfaces
and knots. Some of the most interesting shapes arise from the mathematical study of these
objects. In addition, we will see that mathematics gives us the power to tell if two such shapes
are really the same or not. The world of surfaces includes such exotic beasts as the Mobius strip,
the projective plane, and the Klein bottle. We will read the classic book Flatland, about a two-
dimensional world and how one of its inhabitants tries to grapple with what a third dimension
might look like. We will play tic-tac-toe on a torus (the surface of a doughnut), where the game
is suddenly very interesting, unlike the standard version. We will learn about coloring maps with
as few colors as possible. And we will explore from a geometric point of view what it would
look like to live in various kinds of universes.

Take this class if you like to explore new worlds in the imagination and want to see new and
wonderful areas of mathematics.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Sandy Koonce

Bobby McFerrin’s hit single from 1988 was right about the power of positive thinking and its
impact on an individual’s wellness. This course will explore the seven dimensions of health
(physical, intellectual, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental, and occupational), their
intersections with one another, and the relationship they have with the wellness of our body,
mind, and spirit.
Television shows like Jersey Shore, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Biggest Loser, or Amazing Race
all depict individuals engaging in and/or being challenged by issues associated with health and
wellness, from developing caring relationships to identifying a personalized weight management
plan designed to fit one’s specific needs.

Supplementing the course text will be excerpts from popular television shows, movies, and other
media, along with readings from other articles and/or professional journals. In-class discussions
will be partnered with creative and engaging projects and writing assignments as well as library
research in order to best examine the varying and person-specific roles and responsibilities health
and wellness has on our individual as well as collective existence.

Please note students in this seminar will be housed in North Hall. You will be a participant in
the Wellness Program, an intentional community focused on stress management, healthy
relationships, sexuality, mental health, and an awareness of the impact of drugs and alcohol on
the mind and body. Living in this hall will include participation in dialogues and discussions
about wellness and healthy lifestyles.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Jason Andrews


In this course, we will examine the behavior of cats and dogs. We will consider the
contributions of natural selection and selective breeding, genetics, development, and learning in
these two species and some other animals that are commonly kept as pets (fish, birds, rodents,
horses). We will explore topics such as adaptation, social behavior, parental care, reproductive
behavior, mating systems, aggression, and the evolutionary causes of behavior.

We will try to answer questions such as: Why do some dogs bark but not bite, and vice versa?
Why do some dogs dig up the yard? Why do some dogs run incessantly? Why do some dogs
chase cars, bicycles, and other moving vehicles? Why do some dogs nip at your ankles? Why
do some dogs howl when they hear sirens? Why do some threatened dogs roll over onto their
backs while others attack? Why do most cats not roam too far from home? Why do cats meow
and rub your legs before being fed? Why do cats scratch the furniture? Why do cats knead?
 Why do cats bring small prey to their owners? Why do male cats spray? Why does a
neighbor’s cat use your yard as its litter box rather than its own yard? Why do cats cover their
droppings but dogs roll in them? Why do people walk their dogs but not their cats? Why do
many different breeds of dogs look and behave differently but most cats look and behave alike?
 Why do many dogs not tolerate cats? In what sense are cats and dogs domesticated? Do cats
and dogs have personalities? Are cats and dogs intelligent (and what does this actually mean)?
 Can cats and dogs tell time? Are there working cats in the same sense that there are working

We will also explore human-pet interactions and try to understand why we choose certain
animals to be our pets. Or is it that certain animals choose us to be their keepers…? The course
readings will consist of Turner and Bateson’s The domestic cat: The biology of its behavior,
Serpell’s The domestic dog: Its evolution, behavior and interactions with people, and selected
articles and chapters related to dogs, cats, and other species of pets.
**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Professor: Kathleen Silva

                       FS 20 – EXAMINING REALITY TV:

In the last 10 years, reality televisions shows have exploded onto our 60” screens. Entering
college students have spent half their lives watching shows that address finding the next big star,
building a dream home, relying on plastic surgery and the right wardrobe to solve personal
problems, and making “friends” with Italian American ‘s at the Jersey shore. This class applies
sociological perspectives to try to understand how reality shows are made, what messages they
rely on developing in their plot lines, how people feel about watching them and, most
importantly, why these shows are both a response to and a redefinition of how we understand

This class is for those who appreciate reality TV and consume it like a guilty pleasure, as well as
those critical of the form. We will be analyzing various programs from all the subgenres of the
category to see what groups are their target audience, what advertisers seek this market, and what
effects watching these programs produce. More than any other type of television, reality
programs give us a chance to monitor “the lives of others” and compare and distinguish
ourselves. The idea of a life lived “authentically” has framed our understandings of ourselves in
poetry, art and action for generations. However, there is some evidence that reality television is
partially a consequence of social conditions that have made this less important. At the end of the
course each student should be able to discuss and display their understandings of the differences
between what might be “authentic,” “actual” and/or “real”, and to be able to distinguish how
these categories are created in all forms of popular culture.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Professor: Patricia Wasielewski

                    AND PHOTOGRAPHIC LENSES

Emotions are an important part of our everyday lives. We all have them, and although we may
be good at identifying emotions from others’ facial expressions, most of us can’t explain our own
emotions. Why do we become emotional when we do? What are some of the triggers of
different emotions? Can we manage our emotions to make them work for us in achieving our
goals vs. creating problems? Can we recognize even the subtlest sign of emotion in others?
In this seminar, we will approach the study of emotion through two lenses: a psychological lens
and a camera lens. Through these lenses, we will explore the meaning of emotions in terms of
the cognitive, physiological, and behavioral components that underlie them. In doing so, we will
work on four emotional skills: (1) increasing conscious awareness of your emotions; (2)
reducing destructive emotional episodes and enhancing constructive emotional episodes; (3)
becoming sensitive to how others are feeling; and (4) how to use this information in your
Psychologists have identified seven universal emotions, recognized cross-culturally: happiness,
sadness, anger, disgust, surprise, fear, and contempt. Through a psychological lens, we will
consider different theories of how, when, and why we experience different emotions. We will
also pay attention to the different (although sometimes overlapping) physiological experience of
emotions – e.g., increased heart rate, sweaty palms, etc. Through a photographic lens, we will
explore the behavioral components (i.e., facial expressions) of emotions. Specifically, we will
use photography as a means to capture emotion visually. As such, we will learn how to identify
different emotions from the unique signals in the face and recognize even the subtlest signs of
emotions in others’ faces. Although we will not be focusing on detecting deception, we will be
using the same methods for learning how to match facial expressions to specific emotions on
which the popular television show “Lie to Me” is based.

Each student will be expected to have a working digital camera to use in our photographic
activities. We will consider, discuss, and write about the psychological research that has been
done. We will explore not only what different emotions look like when expressed on the face,
but also what they feel like when you experience them. As such, we will delve into the
implications of emotions on our lives.

A course fee of $75.00 will cover the cost of creating a portfolio, printing and other course
materials. This course requires that you own or have access to a digital camera for the
duration of the semester.

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Jessica Hehman

            FS 22 – Poker and the Meaning of Life: Psychology,
                      Probability, Strategy, and Fate
Final Table…World Series of Poker…Four players left…You are looking down at pocket Kings
and are the first to bet. You shove your entire stack into the middle of the table and declare “All
in.” The player to your left stares you down behind his mirrored sunglasses and coolly
announces, “Call.” The other two players fold. Your heart is pumping. You show your Kings,
anticipating sunglasses’ hand. He turns over pocket Aces. Your heart sinks. The flop and turn
don’t help you. There are only two cards in the deck that can help you avoid your poker death.
The dealer slowly turns over the river card….a four of diamonds. Your series is over…Just like
that, you no longer exist. The game goes on without you.

Anticipation, Hope, Fear, Risk, Joy, Pain, and Loss… This seminar will focus on the parallels
between Texas Hold’em and life. We will study the poker strategies of the experts, learn to
analyze our potential odds on any given hand, be mindful of our opponents and the signals they
are sending, and then reflect on the deeper meaning of the this cerebral, emotional, and fatalistic
game. We will read about the history of poker, watch professionals play hands, and do extensive
research on various aspects of the game. Ultimately we will play in poker tournaments, keep
track of our plays, critique our games, and spend time discussing how poker might be useful to
our relationships, the decisions we make every day, and acceptance of our fate.
No previous poker experience is necessary.

**This course will meet on Fridays 1:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Professor: Fred Rabinowitz
This seminar explores the “extraordinary” world of both the creation and the interpretation of
American constitutional law. To that end, we will analyze the written works of influential
political theorists and jurists. Our purpose, in this the 221st anniversary of our United States
Constitution, will be to acquire an enlightened appreciation of the two principal tasks that
confronted the Constitution’s Framers as well as those entrusted with their legacy: to organize
and define governmental power, and to enumerate spheres of individual autonomy into which
governmental power is forbidden from trespassing.

In terms of governmental power, theoretical questions about the human condition and the
purposes of government will be raised; less theoretical but equally perplexing questions focusing
on the nature and scope of judicial power, on presidential and congressional tensions over the
declaration and conduct of war, and on the powers supposedly reserved to state governments in
our federal republic will also, among others, be raised. In terms of individual autonomy, this
seminar will debate both philosophical and doctrinal understandings of free speech, press, and
religion, as well as controversial issues that have emerged over time in the context of criminal
procedure, cruel and unusual forms of punishment, and privacy claims linked to sex, marriage,
drugs, and physician-assisted death.

Careful and detailed reading combined with intense but respectful discussions of original and
relevant scholarly literature will help us formulate intelligent and informed judgments about the
questions we raise; just as importantly, perhaps, this semester-long journey will also aid us in
refining the questions that we ask. Our reading list will be extensive, including, to name but a
few, the contributions of Locke, Montesquieu, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Calhoun, and
Lincoln. Moreover, a large number of landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court
will comprise a significant portion of the literature we shall digest.

This seminar will be an especially demanding one, and expectations about the quality of daily
oral contributions as well as frequent writing tasks will be high. Our Constitution is a
challenging document, and nothing less than a challenging examination of it will suffice.

**This course will meet on Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Professor: Art Svenson

      “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country!”

Few are those Americans beyond the sixth grade who could not attribute this rhetorically
pleasing challenge to the Inaugural Address of our country’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy.
Nearly half a century following his election as the youngest man elected to the Presidency,
curiosity about him and his immediate family continues, seemingly unabated.

It is not just John F. Kennedy that captures our attention in this seminar; it is a study of one of
the most extraordinary families in American History. We will journey from Joseph P. Kennedy,
the patriarch who molded the dynasty, to the offspring and extended family who continue to
interest, intrigue, and provoke us. The recent passing of the last brother, Senator Edward
Kennedy and the outpouring of grief and praise only enhances that lasting fascination.

And what a family it is: success in business begat political appetites left unfilled with an
ambassadorship, three United States Senators, an Attorney General, and even a President. While
all the key Kennedy family members will be studied, there will be an emphasis on how and why
the family has emerged as it has, and what it currently represents in both a realistic and symbolic
sense. There have been more books written and movies made about the Kennedys than any other
American family. It is only appropriate that the family that catapulted itself into the national
psyche did so by being the first to employ television and the mass media. Few American
families have been more public or captured more interest than the Kennedys. Whether it be their
heroic achievements, their personal indiscretions, or their family tragedies, a study of the
Kennedys will tell us a great deal about our country and possibly things about ourselves.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Bill Southworth

                            FOR AMERICA 2012

John F. Kennedy became President of the United States, according to most authorities, because
he bested Richard Nixon in the first Presidential debates in American history. Nine times since
that epic encounter candidates have faced off in debates prior to the November election. The
focus of this first year seminar will be to study the process of Presidential debates, as well and
the impacts those debates may have had on the election itself. Using the 2012 schedule for
October Presidential Debates between Barack Obama and his Republican opponent we will study
the rhetorical, argumentative, and sociological components of the process as well as the specific
issues of the debates. In this course you will learn how to debate as well as how to critically
judge a debate!

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Professor: Bill Southworth

This seminar focuses on the major issues facing American corporations conducting business
beyond our borders. The issues of conducting business in the European Union, Japan, China,
India and South America are explored and contrasted. One of the keys to the seminar will be
understanding how governments and businesses, outside the United States, interact and
cooperate to further national agendas and what issues U.S. companies face when they enter
various national markets. We will explore what U.S. government resources are available to U.S.
national companies before and while conducting business abroad. The roles of the U.S.
Department of Commerce, The U.S. Foreign Service, The Overseas Private Investment
Corporation, The Agency for International Development and the U.S. Trade Representative, are
each explored. How do U.S. firms work cooperatively with host national governments and host
regional governments? What sort of business partnerships do U.S. firms develop with
companies from other nations?
The seminar includes an overview of major world institutions, which relate, at least in part, to the
conduct of business e.g. the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, The World Trade
Organization and the European Union. We will examine the pros and cons of each of these
organizations and how their practices impact the domestic health of nations and also what issues
emerge for U.S. Businesses. Case studies are used to examine successful and failed business
strategies, undertaken by U.S. companies, in each of the nations/regions noted above.
 Representative cases include: Boeing versus Airbus (EADS) worldwide, General Electric and
Honeywells’ attempted merger/acquisition, Google in China, Kraft’s acquisition of Cadbury, and
Goldman Sachs in China, among others.

Students will be expected to read about current events and current business issues. This
demanding seminar will have high expectations in terms of the quality of daily oral contributions
and frequent writing assignments. The ability of our companies to compete in overseas markets
is essential to the continued success of our economy and a meaningful examination of the many
nuances impacting U.S. firms is important to an understanding of the future of the United States
and its contribution to the world economy.

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Professor: Jack Osborn

                   FS 27 – MARKET ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
This course is intended for students who have had little or no background in economics. The
seminar is based on the premise that we as citizens, as members of our society and the global
community, need to develop a better understanding of the most fundamental concepts, models,
and ideas concerning the operation of our economic system. We will explore the structure of
market economy, interactions between individuals and market institutions, economic aspects of
social issues, and the moral dimensions of economic processes. Our seminar will introduce the
student to an analysis of both the historical formation and the current state of debate on market

We will also investigate economic foundations and possible state policies addressing such issues
as unemployment and poverty, inflation, income distribution, economic growth, education and
health, ecological impact of industrialization, the impact of globalization, and race, gender, and
ethnic relations. Special attention will be paid to the recent trend in the development of the U.S.
economy and its implications for these economic and social categories. We will study various
economic theories dealing with the above socio-economic issues.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Professor: Rafat Fazeli

                                     FS 28 – PIRATES!
This course examines pirates and piracy in both fact and legend across several centuries.
Whether in the 17th century Caribbean or off the Somali coast today, pirates are both products of
and a means of resisting against the expansion of state and economic power. Whether real or
imagined, whether historical or current, pirates hold a special place in our history and
The course also seeks to examine what piracy “means,” to practitioners, victims, and scholars.
What are the legal, political, and academic understandings of piracy as an institution? Legally,
piracy is unique among crimes in that, unlike robbery on land, piracy is seen not just as the theft
of property but a direct challenge to the essential authority of all nations. Because pirates
operate on the seas, where land-based authority can extend only weakly, they represent a threat
to the essence of law, authority, and commerce. On the other hand, pirates are often allowed to
flourish—even encouraged—in situations where states or corporations seek to operate beyond
the margins of law and oversight. How are we to understand the meanings of pirates and piracy?
Some scholars see pirates as anti-capitalist, anti-hegemonic, egalitarian warriors in the cultural
battles of the first great age of globalization. Others point out pirates “did it for the money,” and
serve as the logical extreme of libertarian self-interest operating in an unrestrained free market.
Finally, the course explores the ongoing cultural fascination with piracy. Why are we fascinated
by these maritime rogues? How and why has the image of the “pirate” transformed across time?

By examining historical texts, films, and scholarly work on piracy, the course explores the
cultural meaning of piracy as distinct from the realities of piracy. While still considered one of
the main threats to the power of the state and the rule of law, pirates have been neutered,
repackaged as consumer products, and sold as safe rebellion within the very context they
subverted—even coming to stand as symbols for the very systems and states they threatened.
“Pirate as product” has blunted an image that used to be one of genuine terror and desire. But…
is there still room for pirates as agents of radical rejection, critique, and fear?

**This course will meet MW 2:30-3:50 pm

Professor: Matthew Raffety

                  FS 29 – FINDING YOUR PASSION: A JOURNEY
                                    INTO YOUR FUTURE

This is a seminar for students looking for guidance in deciding an educational goal/major and/or
a career path. We will approach the following topics as a part of our seminar journey: personal
values clarification, interests and abilities; problem-solving and self-management skills, adult
development theory and the changes that occur over the life span. We will use self- assessment
to identify skills, strengths, and good personality matches with potential work environments.
The seminar will also assist with career exploration, goal setting, and job search strategies, as
well as resume writing and interviewing skills.

In addition we will learn about leadership, with an emphasis on strategies and goal setting. Each
student will be expected to develop his or her own personal philosophy in order to be an
effective leader, passionate student, and engaged member of society. Expect a good deal of
reading, reflective writing, and hands on activities.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Professors: Courtney Carter and Leslie Kraft

                               FS 30 –ROOTS & ROUTES:
                           TRACKING TRACES OF TANGLED TALES
Where are you going? Where have you been? How might the places you go re-shape your
perspective on the places you’ve been? How will the places you have been influence the places
you might go? Are there routes that continually beckon? Roots that keep you firmly fixed? Is it
possible to choose a new route without losing your roots? How might tracing and embracing
your roots, in turn, afford the courage to explore a new route?

In this reading, writing, and mapping intensive course, we will re-trace the route that led you to
Redlands, inviting you to place your own and your family’s history, in conversation with
historical narratives that capture the lives and stories of individuals and communities who have
followed other routes to put down roots in this corner of the southern California landscape. As
we examine the effects, and the experience of these historical patterns of migration, we will think
about how movement has shaped communities and families, and how we ourselves have been
shaped by the shifting landscapes of the communities and worlds we inhabit.

As you begin forging your own new identity as a student at the University of Redlands, you will
undertake hands-on examination of local history, engage in animated conversation about broader
patterns of migration and movement, and use exciting and innovative mapping tools to engage
new landscapes rich in cultural, economic, intellectual and religious exchange. Nietzsche
suggests, “only thoughts reached while walking have value.” This class invites you to explore
and embrace your roots, while actively re-imagining the routes that lie ahead.

If you are at heart a wanderer, curious about your place in the world, consider walking this
‘route’ next fall.

TOPICS: History, Literature, Religion, Race and Ethnic Studies

** This course will meet Monday and Wednesday 11:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professor: Lillian Larsen

                       FS 31 – JUST BEYOND WHAT WORDS CAN SAY…1
…that’s where poetry goes. It’s a place where sensing is part of thought, where emotions speak,
where dark and wordless moments echo. It’s a place where you can come perilously close to
nonsense—think of Dr. Seuss. (But nonsense makes us laugh and gives us energy.) Poetry can
articulate our longing for others, and our connections to them, whether glancing or central,
personal or political.

In other words, poetry speaks to a lot of different parts of us. Reading it is good training for
people who want to be lawyers, singers, actors, psychologists. It can also be the most inward of
explorations. We’ll mostly read contemporary poetry, although you’ll have some input into what
we read. So let’s do it. We will be in the best of company.

**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Professor: Claudia Ingram
    This title is a line from a Sam Hamill poem called “A Tao of Poetry.”
                          FS 32 –MAGICAL REALMS:
While Harry Potter may currently be the most famous series in this genre, it did not come out of
nowhere. Magical and alternative realms have long captured our imaginations. In this course we
will survey a variety of fantasy novels ranging from Victorian works such as C.S. Lewis’ The
Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to contemporary works such as Jonathon Stroud’s The Amulet
of Samarkand and Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.

We will analyze the geography, culture, and characters that inhabit these worlds. What makes
these worlds compelling? Who are the heroes in these novels and what important character traits
do they possess? What does the “magic” or other sources of power in these worlds stem from
and what does that reveal about the philosophies and ideologies that the authors believe in? What
themes are common across fantasy novels? How do fantasy novels evolve as we move from
older works to more contemporary works? How does the journey the hero makes in these stories
mirror the journey toward adulthood that you will be making as you transition from high school
to college?

We will read and discuss seven novels focusing on the young adult fantasy genre. Authors will
be selected from Lewis Carroll, Frank Beddor, C.S. Lewis, Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett,
Jonathon Stroud, Norton Juster, Madeleine L’Engle, Tamora Pierce, and Philip Pullman.
Additionally, one text will be determined based on the interest of the students in this first year

This seminar will ask students to read critically, actively participate in class discussion, complete
group projects and presentations, keep a reading journal and write essays and papers.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Professor: Tamara Veenstra

                         FS 33 – RE-READING FAIRYTALES

Ever wonder where fairy tales come from? Why are some of them (like the original version of
"Little Red Riding Hood") so surprisingly gory or pessimistic? Many other tales integrate some
element of fear along with curious twists of magic and metamorphosis: why tell such stories to
children? What exactly are children learning when they hear about Tom Thumb or Cinderella or
Snow White? What might these stories mean to us now as adults?

In this course we'll take a closer look at the fairy tales with which most American children are
familiar. After we consider the European cultural and historical contexts, which produced such
tales, we'll also look to Africa, the East and the Americas for different models of storytelling and
different representations of children's role in society. To help define what exactly constitutes a
"fairy tale," we'll take a look into some associated genres; we'll also read modern retellings of
familiar tales, which expose and often satirize the genre's essential elements.

In discussing the readings, we'll consult different theorists who have tried to make sense of the
way fairy tales are constructed and how they function in society. The goal of the course is not
only to acquaint you with a broader canon of fairy tales and other children's fiction but also to
develop your skills as a critical reader of literature. Expect a lot of reading and writing.
**This course will meet Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Professor: Frank Bright

This is a class for the student who envisions a career as an elementary school teacher. The
theoretical discussion of teaching, the opportunity for community service work in an elementary
school, and all of the oral assignments are based on this premise. Please do not elect this course
unless you are reasonably certain you would like to teach in the elementary school environment.
Okay that said do these things interest you: why it is possible to remember with almost perfect
fidelity what happened to Humpty Dumpty, or why Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard, or
what three things “Jack” did? Does it surprise you that if I write, “Hey diddle, diddle…” you
can, without effort, complete the line though you may not have heard it for years? Can you think
why Sesame Street was infinitely more successful teaching kids the alphabet than many
Kindergarten teachers, or what most successful teachers share even though separated by age,
gender, training, and personality? We will fuss with such questions, and more.
At its core, the class is a performance class because, at its core, teaching a room full of
elementary students requires effective oral performance.

 You will be asked to construct lessons that embrace the language arts, arts, social sciences,
mathematics and science curriculum of the elementary school, and anchor all of these in the
wonderful world of children’s literature. You will then be asked to “teach” the lessons you
construct…sometimes to your peers, sometimes to “real” elementary school students.

We will also visit pedagogical theory that undergirds the teaching of elementary students. We
will visit the research from Howard Gardner whose work, by implication, encourages the
elementary teacher to understand “kids are different,” and that there is more than one way to “be
smart.” We will grapple with the rich world of simulations and role-playing as a means of
encouraging greater interest and understanding of our past, and we will grapple mightily with
issues of assessment throughout.

Moreover, we will spend some time in our own classroom on campus, and some time in the local
elementary schools reminding us again of the special charm and challenge that was once yours,
“Once upon a time,” and promises, by virtue of your professional goals, to once again be.
Each student will spend considerable time in a variety of ways at Franklin Elementary School, a
wonderfully creative and rich elementary school near the university campus. Here my Mother
Goose students will have a chance to observe early in the term, then with increasing challenge
and responsibility, assist in the instruction in an elementary classroom, and finally, tutor and do
some teaching as well. Matter of fact, the Final Exam for the class will be a half hour teaching
unit at Franklin!

For good or ill, the course promises you this: by the end of the semester you will know
conclusively whether the demanding and rich life of the elementary teacher is worthy of the
investment of your heart, soul and life. Not a bad thing to know, right?

**This class will meet Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Professor: Ben Dillow
                       FS 35 – THE JOHNSTON EXPERIENCE

Team-taught by Johnston affiliated faculty and students, the Johnston Experience introduces
students to this unique process of living and learning.

A Johnston education is an amazing and life altering experience, but it is also a philosophy and a
practice that students need to learn. The Johnston Experience is the space where you begin to
learn how to "do and be" Johnston. We'll ponder philosophies of education, muse a little about
community, develop the art and language of writing course contracts, and learn what it means to
individualize a meaningful education. Along the way, you also will be introduced to rituals,
mythologies, histories, and apocryphal stories. And you'll do all of this within a community of
learners who are ready to chart their own educational path.

**This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Professors: Kelly Hankin / Karen Derris / Alisa Slaughter
                    First Year Seminar Liberal Arts Themes
        Please note that First Year Seminars may be classified in ONE OR MORE themes.
     Many of the seminars will also meet a Liberal Arts Foundation requirement at the University.

These seminars emphasize an understanding of the environment and how it might be appreciated
and preserved:
   • FS 01 – The Future of the Planet: An Introduction to the Global Environment
   • FS 02 – Connecting to the Wild: Wilderness Leadership and Adventure

These seminars emphasize looking at the world and society from the perspective of various
cultural viewpoints and explore how individuals and groups can effect change in society:
    • FS 03 – Imagine: No Need for Hunger: Who Eats What?
    • FS 04 – DIY (Do it Yourself) for Personal and Social Change
    • FS 05 – Routes and Routes: Mapping the Migration that Transforms California
    • FS 06 – Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Speaking Truth to Power
    • FS 07 – Beyond the Killing Fields: Encountering Cambodia Today
    • FS 08 – What is a Cult? Examining New Movements in America
    • FS 09 – California Dreamin’: Enticing Myths and Sustainable Realties
    • FS 14 – Back to the Future: Theatre and History

These seminars emphasize specific forms of creative artistic expression and how one might use
them to understand the social world:
   • FS 10 – Wayfarin’ Strangers: Early American Folk Songs
   • FS 11 – All the World’s a Stage: Using Theatrical Stage Management Techniques to
               Manage people, Time, and Money
   • FS 12 – Brave (The) New World: Harnessing the Power of Digital Imaging
   • FS 13 – Animation, Multimedia, and the Web Design
   • FS 14 – Back to the Future: Theatre and History
   • FS 04 – DIY (Do it Yourself) for Personal and Social Change

These seminars emphasize knowledge about the laws of the physical universe that underpin
exploring and making decisions about our technical world:
   • FS 15 – Gastrophysics: The Science of Cooking
   • FS 16 – Mathematics and Political Choice
   • FS 17 – The Shape of the Universe

These seminars emphasize inquiry into social phenomena and how to understand and evaluate
our behavior:
    • FS 18 – Don’t Worry Be Happy (and Healthy): Collegiate Wellness
    • FS 19 – The Tiger on the Couch and the Wolf at the Door: Understanding the Behaviors
               Of Cats, Dogs, and Other Pets
   •   FS 20 – Examining Reality TV: New Definitions of Authenticity
   •   FS 21 – Emotions Revealed Through Psychological and Photographic Lenses
   •   FS 22 – Poker and the Meaning of Life: Psychology, Probability, Strategy, and Fate

These seminars emphasize the ability to be an informed citizen about our political, business, and
economic institutions and have a reflective understanding of historical events that have shaped
our society over time:
    • FS 23 – Taking the Consititution Seriously: Prominent Thinkers and Landmark Cases
    • FS 24 – The Kennedys: Profiles in Courage
    • FS 25 – Seeking the Presidency: Debating for America 2012
    • FS 26 – Global Issues for American Business
    • FS 27 – Market Economy and Society
    • FS 28 – Pirates!
    • FS 16 – Mathematics and Political Choice

These seminars emphasize an exploration of academic strengths, potential career options, and
    • FS 29 – Finding Your Passion: A Journey into Your Future
    • FS 11 – All the World’s a Stage: Using Theatrical Stage Management Techniques to
              Manage People, Time, and Money

These seminars emphasize an engagement with the rhetorical aspects of language, structure, and
words found in various types of literature and writing:
   • FS 30 – Routes and Roots: Tracking Traces of Tangled Tales
   • FS 31 – Just Beyond What Words can Say….
   • FS 32 – Magical Realms: An Exploration of Fantasy Novels
   • FS 33 – Re-Reading Fairytales
   • FS 06 – Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Speaking Truth to Power
   • FS 09 – California Dreamin’: Enticing Myths and Sustainable Realties

This seminar emphasizes an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching at the elementary
school level:
   • FS 34 – Mother Goose, Dr. Seuss, and Once Upon a Time: Preparing to Return to
              Elementary School

This seminar is for JOHNSTON STUDENTS ONLY. It serves as a theoretical, practical, and
intellectual basis for those students pursuing their education through the Johnston Center for
Integrative Studies:
    • FS 35 – The Johnston Experience

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