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					Freshmen Liberal Studies Introductory Colloquia
Fall 2011

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ASIA 179      LSIC: Re-Imagining China: Hollywood’s Transnational Film
              Remakes                                     Li Jinhua

Hollywood moves East when it remakes "China films" in the new century. The remaking
of Chinese films tells us how China and Chinese stories are re-told in America. When
The Departed transfers a popular Hong Kong story to Boston, or when Disney turns
Mulan into an American fairy tale, what do we learn from these changes? This course
looks at Chinese originals and their Hollywood remakes as both popular entertainment
and cultural phenomena. We will watch such films as The Departed, Mulan, The Eye, and
Tortilla Soup, and critically examine and discuss the many ways in which these films
challenge the concepts of national cinema and cultural borders.

Li Jinhua earned her BA in English and MA in British Literature at Beijing Foreign
Studies University in China. She will receive her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from
Purdue University in 2011. She has taught courses in Chinese language and studies,
Chinese Film, and Asian American Studies. Her research interests include Chinese
language cinema, comparative cinema studies, and transnational film remake studies. In
May 2011, she led a group of 30 Purdue University students to China in a Study Abroad
program. The group visited four cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo, and
Ha'erbin, and conducted inter-cultural teamwork research with college students in
Chinese universities. In fall 2011, Professor Li will join the Interdisciplinary Studies
Program at UNC Asheville

ATMS 179      LSIC: Society and Weather                    Chris Godfrey

Interpreting and effectively communicating potential threats from our environment
requires a basic understanding of both the scientific principles governing our atmosphere
and the complexities involved in making policy decisions. By examining current
environmental concerns from a multidisciplinary perspective, students will discover the
challenges involved in addressing scientific issues in our society. Topics include the
mechanics of the atmospheric greenhouse effect in the context of global warming, the
ozone hole, an overview of hurricanes and the government response to Hurricane Katrina
environmental risk assessment, and National Weather Service watches and warnings.

Dr. Godfrey grew up in central Maine and earned a B.S. degree in atmospheric science at
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He furthered his education by earning MS and
PhD degrees in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. His
research interests include land surface modeling and meteorological observations. While
in graduate school, he taught an undergraduate course in severe and unusual weather,
participated in the Weather and Society * Integrated Studies workshop, and worked on
several weather-related field project.
BIOL 179       LSIC: Forensic Science                  Herb Pomfrey

Exploration of scientific methods used in Forensic Science from biological and
geological perspectives, including DNA analysis, geochemical methods, and other
analytical methods, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy. The class will include hands-
on activities, required field trips, writing, speaking, and peer-review activities based on
class material and case studies.

Herb Pomfrey, Lecturer and Coordinator of Biology General Education, earned a Masters
Degree from Appalachian State University and has been at UNCA since 1980. Courses
taught here include entomology, cell molecular, scanning electron microscopy, and
introductory biology. His interests include biology lecture and lab for non-majors,
entomology and electron microscopy.

BIOL 179       LSIC: Life of the Bee                                   Rebecca Hale

This course will introduce new UNCA students to all aspects of the honeybee, from its
biology, to its role in agriculture, to its role in human culture. We will read a classic text
by an early beekeeper and innovator, scientific papers investigating the “language” of the
honeybee, and some beekeeping-themed fiction. We will also watch two films that use
beekeeping as a storytelling vehicle. Weather permitting, we will take a field trip to a
local apiary and extract honey.

Dr. Hale has been an Assistant Professor of Biology at UNCA since 2009. She is an
evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist who studies parental care and life history
evolution in animals. Current research examines reproduction in a live-bearing fish
native to the coastal plain. Dr. Hale has been learning about and keeping bees since

CHEM 179       LSIC: Careers and Ethics in 21st Century Health Care Bert Holmes

This course considers the changing nature of careers in health professions. Recent
advances in medicine and science and the moral implications those advancements have
raised will be discussed.

Dr. Holmes is the Phillip G. Carson Distinguished Professor in Physical Science. He has
been a long-time participant in the Liberal Studies Introductory Colloquium Program.

CLAS 179       LSIC: The Classical World in Film               Laurel Taylor

Ancient Greece and Rome have historically provided subject matter and inspiration for
the cinema as well as, more recently, the small screen. The appearance of antiquity in
modern media can work in a variety of ways—as historical reenactment, as mythological
exploration and/or as classical archetype in modern guise. This course will explore the
various ways that modern cinema and television have treated Greco-Roman myth and
culture. We will consider a range of media (film, TV) as well as genre-- major
Hollywood feature films, comedy, science fiction, tragedy, and foreign art films. By
exploring thematic difference and similarity, cinematic production, technique, and
audience, we will consider how these films work as modern artistic responses to ancient
story and culture, how they reflect both modern conceptions and stereotypes about the
ancient world and what they have to say about the contemporary cultural contexts in
which they are produced.

Laurel Taylor is Assistant Professor of Classics.

CLAS 179       LSIC: The Muse of Ridicule-Irony and Satire             Brian Hook

Irony may be a method of writing, a critical approach to art, a world-view, even an entire
life (Socrates comes to mind). Irony may serve as an essential part of cleverness and wit,
but critics have seen irony as something perverse, even dangerous: a culturally
destabilizing dynamic that undermines without any offering anything in return. In such a
view, irony serves as a wedge between ourselves and serious conviction. Others are not
so sure that destabilizing authority is such a bad thing or that the critical distance of irony
is unhealthy. The “death of irony” was heralded after 9/11, and we will examine the role,
and the appropriateness, of irony and satire in our current world. In this course we will
talk about irony in its simplest forms-in simple sentences-and in its more complex and
ambiguous extensions. We will pay special attention to one form that regularly employs
irony, namely, satire, and discuss it as a literary genre and as an evaluative approach.
Texts under consideration include: Sophocles, Oedipus the King; Plato, Symposium;
Juvenal's Satires (w/ Samuel Johnson's adaptations of 3 and 10); Rabelais, Gargantua and
Pantagruel; Pope, The Dunciad; Swift, “A Modest Proposal”, Gulliver's Travels;
Flannery O' Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”; Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of
Lot 49; David Foster Wallace; and others. We will include film, TV, and music in our
study: we will read The Onion online and watch “The Daily Show.” I will also assign
attacks and defenses of irony in “culture.” There are quite a few book length secondary
studies of irony (Booth, Muecke, Hutcheon) and satire (Kernan, Bogel) from which I will

Brian S. Hook (Ph.D. Duke 1992) is assistant professor in the department of Classics. His
undergraduate degrees are in English and Greek. Dr. Hook's current research is focused
on Roman satire, particularly Juvenal. He spends most of his other time with his family.

CSCI 179       LSIC: Electronic Origami                Rebecca Bruce and Susan Reiser

Students will combine the ancient art of origami with the modern study of electronics to
produce interactive sculptures. Just as a magician appears to create objects out of “thin
air,” students will create three-dimensional structures from two dimensional materials
and then bring them to life to with digital electronics.

After working as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, Rebecca Bruce entered
the Ph.D. program in Computer Science at New Mexico State University where she
began a research program in Natural Language Processing, the application of computers
to the understanding of Human Speech. She began work at UNCA in 1998 where she is
an Associate Professor of Computer Science. She also serves as Associate Director of the
NCSU/UNCA Engineering Program. Susan Reiser has a private sector background in
software development and network support. In addition to her corporate work, she
developed visualization applications in an electrophysiology lab at Duke. She has a BS
in Computer Science from Duke with a concentration in zoology, and an MS in
Computer Science from the University of South Carolina. Her interests are in the fields of
computer graphics, scientific visualization, and human computer interaction. She began
work at UNC Asheville in 1994 where she is a lecturer in Computer Science. Prof.
Reiser also serves as the Associate Director of the Multimedia Arts and Sciences

DRAM 179       LSIC: Eco Art: Using Art to Reclaim and Re-envision Our
               Environment                                   Lise Kloeppel

Ecological art is a multi-faceted movement seeking to engender a deeper appreciation and
awareness of the natural world. In this course, we will explore what it means to be a
socially responsible artist and how an artist can both critique the dominant culture and
create visions for the future. We will experiment with different perceptual and conceptual
approaches to art making and develop some aesthetic strategies for engaging an audience
with particular environmental concerns. We will carefully examine our sense of place: in
the natural world, our local communities, and in society. Collaborative, hands-on learning
will be the primary mode of instruction as we explore a variety of contemporary art
forms, which may include site-specific installations, culture jamming, photo-text work,
performance art, community-based art and street art.

Lise Kloeppel is an Assistant Professor in the Drama Department. Since coming to UNC
Asheville in 2008, she has been involved in a number community cultural development
projects, such as Homeward Bound’s Community Performance Project (an original folk
play based on real community stories performed by real community members), Green
Opportunities’ Bridge to the Future (a multi-site public art project in two historically
African-American communities), and other applied projects through her ARTS310 Arts
& Community Development course (a community arts story project with homeless
veterans and a visual arts project at the W.C. Reid Center with the GO Training Team).
In addition to receiving her MFA in Theater from Arizona State University, she has
trained with Michael Rohd (civic theater and site-specific performance) and Urban Bush
Women (arts-based civic dialogue). She has received and managed grants from the
Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Phoenix Youth Office, Arizona Commission on the
Arts and recently a grant from the Mellon Foundation for “Forging New Pathways:
Supporting and Sustaining Community-Engaged Arts Scholarship,” which involved the
creation of four arts-based community engagement projects tied to undergraduate
DRAM 179       LSIC: Bond, James Bond                       Rob Bowen

James Bond, misogynistic cold war leftover or new caring super spy? In this course, we
will examine the progression of the Bond character from text to film, from the sixties to
the 21st century and one of the most successful franchises in history. The course will
explore the character’s development as a function of social change and will examine, as
well, the actors who have portrayed 007.

Rob Bowen has served as chair of the Department of Drama for the last 7 years. He has a
MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in Theatre Technology with an emphasis in
Lighting. Some companies he has worked professionally with include: ESPN, NBC,
Asheville Community Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, Sharir Dance Company,
Austin Symphony, Greenville’s Little Theatre and the Southern Appalachian Repertory
Theatre. At the age of 12, he snuck into a movie theater to see his first R rated picture,
You Only Live Twice, and has since witnessed the continuing development of the
character, James Bond.

EDUC 179       LSIC: Education—Promoting Change and Achievement
                                                         Janet Bowman

In this country school is the body on which the future is placed. Education is so
important in our society that children are required to attend school until they reach the
age of 16. As the United States changed from an agrarian society to an industrial society
to a technology society the goals for education changed sharply. The public, parents and
the government all have many expectations of schooling, your job is to identify these
expectations and the ways in which these have been met or not met. Can education
change in a way that will increase student achievement, lower the dropout rate and meet
the new needs that schools of today must address? In this class we will explore these
issues in the context of a service project in an elementary school.

Bowman is new to the campus this year. She is a Tuskegee University graduate, with a
BS in Chemistry/Education and MS in Nutrition/Biochemistry. Upon graduating from
Tuskegee, she received a scholarship to attend the University of California at Berkeley.
Her studies there resulted in the ABD in Nutrition/Biochemistry and the Ph.D. in
Education Administration.

EDUC 179       LSIC: Freeing the Natural Teacher                           Joyce Davis

This course is designed to assist first-year Teaching Fellows into the academic and social
system of higher education. It provides an opportunity to explore beliefs about teaching
and learning with emphasis on writing, exploration of self, school service and an
introduction to the field of public education. Learning opportunities are provided through
discussions, lecture/group interactions, teacher interviews, research on current issues in
public education and reflections on readings and K-6 public school tutoring experiences.
Joyce Davis is Director of the UNCA Teaching Fellows program and lecturer in the
Education Department.

EDUC 179       LSIC: Dystopias and Quests in Young Adult Literature
                                                             Jeanne McGlinn

This is primarily a reading and discussion course that will explore the ways in which
young adult authors have imagined environments of ultimate perfection and/or ultimate
despair. After reviewing classic ideas of utopian societies, we will investigate various
Utopian movements that have flourished in the United States such as Shakers,
Harmonists, Disney’s Celebration, Florida, and the Cowboys of Love Valley. Then we
will read utopian/dystopian literature written for young adults as well as some
“crossover” novels that are of interest to adolescents in order to see how YA authors and
others have approached this theme.

Jeanne McGlinn, Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville,
teaches children’s and adolescent literature and supervises students preparing to teach
English and language arts. She has been at UNCA since the late 80s and serves as the
coordinator of the 9-12 English and 6-9 Language Arts licensure programs.

ENVR 179       LSIC: Forensic Science                       Bill Miller

Exploration of scientific methods used in Forensic Science from biological and
geological perspectives, including DNA analysis, geochemical methods, and other
analytical methods, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy. The class will include hands-
on activities, required field trips, writing, speaking, and peer-review activities based on
class material and case studies.

Bill Miller, Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, has taught geology and
environmental studies courses at UNCA since 1989. He earned a Ph.D. from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University and conducts research that involves
environmental and ore geochemistry, metamorphic petrology of the Blue Ridge, and

HIST 179       LSIC: Women in 20th Century America          Sarah Judson

Course description forthcoming

Dr. Sarah Judson teaches US Women’s History in the Department of History at UNC
Asheville. Her scholarly work has examined African American and White women’s
politics in the early twentieth century New South, the effects of desegregation on African
American women in southern cities, and the consequences of urban renewal in the South.
HON 179        LSIC: What’s For Dinner? Shirley Browning

This course will examine the transition to college life and learning, reflecting on a sense
of community with emphasis on the image of “the American community – small town
USA” (reading Bryson’s “Lost Continent”). The major focus of the course will be built
around Michael Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dilemma. Students will consider how we as a
society produce food, prepare it, process it, consume it and the implications for human
health; the environment; our sense of community, and interpersonal relationships. Major
exercises will include researching a menu and preparing a meal (and eating it!) as well as
writing a report on the experience and findings. (No serious cooking experience

Shirley Browning is Professor of Economics. Currently, his teaching interests include
environmental economics, micro- and macroeconomics and the senior seminar in
Humanities. He has extensive experience in university administration and service, as
well as being a long time Rotarian. Professor Browning has a farm background and
pursues ongoing farm activity. Having been at UNCA for many years he has
considerable understanding of the institution, its mission and opportunities and
challenges for students. Two of his major hobbies are collecting old Volvos and spoiling
his grandchildren!

HON 179        LSIC: Introduction to Contemporary Africana Music
                                                            Agya Boakye-Boaten

This is an introductory course on musical forms of the peoples of Africa and of African
descent. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course will examine musical traditions
through African history, geography, language and culture, which will form the basis of
understanding the cultural background of the continent. Students will be exposed to
different Africana musical traditions, including melodies, rhythms and dance forms. An
important aspect of this course will be the development of the vocabulary, which will be
used to discuss and analyze music from a cross-cultural perspective. From taking this
course, students should be able to discuss thoroughly the different functions of music,
transitions of musical traditions, and influences of social change on Africana music. This
course will draw from class lectures, listening to different musical forms, videos and
some hands on approaches.

Dr. Boakye-Boyten is director of the Africana Studies Program. Among his areas of
scholarly interest are the lives of street children and issues of child slavery in Ghana,

HON 179        LSIC: Terrorism: Past, Present and Future              Robert Yearout

Students will become familiar with the three principle elements of unconventional
warfare (guerrilla warfare, psychological warfare and terrorism). This phase of the class
require selected readings from principal source documents, film clips, and classroom
discussions. The second phase of the class will delve more deeply into terrorism itself.
The terrorist’s goals and desired responses in a modern environment will include
discussions on weapons of mass destruction. Other topics such as the use of mass media
and distinguishing what is and what is not terrorism will be examined. Students will read
portions of classical terrorist cases that were successful and those that failed. Selected
assassination, specific selected targets of military importance, and random indiscriminate
attacks on the population at large will be discussed in terms of desired response.
Imbedded in daily discussions will be the questions of ethics, morality, protection under
the Geneva Convention, and civil rights.

Dr. Yearout is Professor of Management and Accountancy.

HON 179        LSIC: Comic Absurdity in Literature and Film Blake Hobby

In “Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic,” Henri Bergson links comedy and
absurdity: “Theophile Gautier said that the comic in its extreme form was the logic of the
absurd. More than one philosophy of laughter revolves round a like idea. Every comic
effect, it is said, implies contradiction in some of its aspects. What makes us laugh is
alleged to be the absurd realized in concrete shape, a “palpable absurdity”;—or, again, an
apparent absurdity, which we swallow for the moment only to rectify it immediately
afterwards;—or, better still, something absurd from one point of view though capable of
a natural explanation from another, etc.” As this course deals with comic absurdity, we
will explore paradoxes that dark comedy presents. Focusing first on Albert Camus’
philosophical writings on the absurd in Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, we will then
read a wide-range of fiction from Aristophanes to Samuel Beckett to T. C. Boyle to
Donald Barthelme to Don DeLillo to Flannery O’Connor to Jonathan Swift to Kurt
Vonnegut to Joe Wenderoth. We will also screen several films, including Harold and
Maude, Delicatessen, Eating Raoul, and Brazil. Screenings will occur both in class and
outside of class meeting times. If you perceive irony, have a sense of humor, believe that
life is irrational, and appreciate it when your head hurts from too much thinking and your
belly from too much laughing, you need to take this class.

Blake Hobby is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Language and the Director of the
UNC Asheville Honors Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami,
where he specialized in European modernism and contemporary American literature. He
is the editor of 16 volumes in the Bloom's Literary Themes series, the editor of The
Students’ Encyclopedia of Great American Writers 19145-70, author of many scholarly
articles, and a former managing editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement.

HON 179        LSIC: Agriculture and the Environment Kevin Moorhead

A survey of conventional, sustainable, and organic farming practices and associated
environmental impacts related to land use and soil degradation, water and air pollution,
fertilizers and pesticides, genetically modified crops, and energy and labor costs. Course
includes field trips to local farms, the Farmer's Market and a tailgate market.

Kevin Moorhead is a professor of Environmental Studies and teaches a related course on
soils. His agriculture experience includes over three years on the Farm Crew as a student
at Warren Wilson College, a year on a ranch in Alabama with cattle production and a
large garden, home gardening in Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and a
semester as a teaching assistant in a graduate course on agriculture and the environment
at the University of Florida. Kevin has a M.S. in soil fertility from the Ohio State
University and a Ph.D. in soil biochemistry from the University of Florida.

HWP 179        LSIC: A Sense of Movement                    Connie Schrader

Nothing happens until something moves. So, what is the nature of this movement?
What's your movement history and how does understanding your movement nature give
you insight into who you are or might be? This course investigates human movement:
the roots of our movement from an evolutionary perspective, the rudiments of anatomy
and physiology, the nature of our personal movement preferences and habits, and the
prospects of expanding our movement potential. This is not a dance class—we are not
looking for an aesthetic outcome or a communicating product—this is an experiential and
academic investigation of what we are as movers. The class will meet in didactic session
once per week and in movement encounter once per week.

Connie Schrader has been on the faculty at UNCA since 1985 teaching in Health and
Wellness, Arts 310, Humanities and Directing the UNCA Dance Program and the
Biofeedback Center. She is the author of A Sense of Dance, now in its second edition.
Her interest now is in exploring life connected in mind and body. She is married with
two teenage kids.

LS 179         LSIC: Maximize Your Brain                           George Heard

Welcome to the world of puzzles as teaching tools. You’ll find a puzzles section in every
daily newspaper and on magazine stands around the world. In this class we will cover
some of the history and introduction of puzzles into the popular culture, and see how we
can use popular puzzle types as teaching tools. We will also look into some of the recent
research on the role of puzzles in improving brain function and slowing the onset of
dementia and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Logic puzzles: from the
whimsical riddles of Lewis Carroll to the rigid construction of Latin Squares, Su Doku
and Hashi, puzzles based on logic and deduction have shown a rise in popularity over the
last five years. We will explore the logic behind solving and constructing these puzzles,
and how those logic steps apply across several disciplines. Mathematical puzzles:
Polymath, KenKen and Killer Su Doku puzzles require the application of both
mathematical and logical skills to set and to solve. We will learn those skills and how to
solve and set mathematical logical puzzles. Word puzzles: the crossword is an American
invention, first appearing in the New York Times in 1924, spreading to Europe in 1930.
The crossword puzzle developed along three specific lines – the checked puzzle
commonly seen in US newspapers (such as the current New York Times), the unched
puzzle seen in Australia and Europe and the barred-grid variety, which is considered the
most difficult of the three. Solving and constructing these require command of the
English language, and we will be using the solving and constructing of crosswords as a
method of improving language and writing skills.

I was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1970, was educated in Australia and following
appointments in the Philippines, Japan and Canada, have been at UNC-Asheville since
Fall 1999. While my degrees are in Chemistry, I maintain a very strong interest in
writing, and have 25 publications in Chemistry as well as several plays and short pieces
that have been performed and filmed. My obsession with puzzles started in high school,
and my regular online columns on solving difficult crosswords were recommended
recently in Tim Moorey’s book “How To Master the Times Crossword”. I also enjoy
cycling, theatre and promoting science in the community.

MGMT 179 LSIC: Showcasing Asheville                  Jeffrey Foreman

When it comes to quality of life, Asheville has it all! Students will explore many facets of
Asheville and the surrounding area. Topics such as recreational sports, natural attractions,
travel and tourism, music, art, and culture will be included in readings, lectures, and
discussions. Emphasis will be placed on an examination of how this area is presented to
others by highlighting the features that make it such an appealing location. Assignments
will involve writing with reflection on the topics explored.

Jeffrey Foreman is Assistant Professor of Management.

MGMT 179 LSIC: Leadership in Film                    Brian Schaffer

Through the study of film, this course is designed to explore the question, “What is it that
makes someone a leader?” Students will examine various leadership theories such as trait
theory, behavioral theory, contingency theory, charisma, methods of influence, and other
appropriate areas of leadership study. By examining the lives of various leaders in film,
students will develop an analysis of the key themes and traits that capture the essence of
the individual being studied.

Dr. Schaffer is Assistant Professor of Management and Accountancy

NM 179         LSIC: Flip Books to Final Cut                 Christopher Oakley

Students will be introduced to visual storytelling concepts and software in a class
designed to give an overview of the New Media program. Students will create flip books,
learn the basics of “traditional animation” using Flash, work as teams to write and create
a live action video project using Final Cut Pro, and learn the art of creating a poster for
that video. Emphasis will be placed on how a solo artist can work as part of a team.

Assistant Professor Christopher Oakley is an animator, screenwriter and director with
over 25 years of experience in the film, television, commercial and game industries. After
several years working as a stop motion animator and director for commercials and
television shows like “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” Walt Disney Feature Animation recruited
Christopher to work on the computer-animated film “Dinosaur” and other projects.
Christopher eventually left Disney to work on animated films for such companies as
DreamWorks and Rhythm & Hues. He also spent several years directing animation for
EA Games. Most recently Christopher provided animation for Madonna's "Sticky and
Sweet" world tour. Christopher is also a fine artist and is working on a series of 40 - 60
painted portraits called "Faces of Change." Christopher received his BFA in Theatre from
Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and his MFA in Film from Columbia
University in New York City. He teaches all levels of the animation track in the New
Media program at UNC Asheville.

PHYS 179       LSIC: Intelligent Life in the Universe          Brian Dennison

The possible existence and abundance of intelligent civilizations elsewhere in the
universe is a subject of legitimate scientific inquiry. We will examine the broad range of
biological, astronomical, technological, and philosophical issues that surround this
question, and attempt to gauge the substantial uncertainties that presently preclude any
definitive expectation. In the spirit of scientific inquiry, we will assess research strategies
underway directed toward narrowing these uncertainties and, optimistically, discovering
other civilizations.

Dr. Brian K. Dennison is the Glaxo-Wellcome Distinguished Professor at UNCA.
Through the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Education Center (PARSEC) at
UNCA, he participates in research based at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
(PARI) in Rosman, NC, and currently directs a project developing a radio astronomical
interferometer. Prior to joining the Physics Department at UNCA, Dr. Dennison was
Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics at
Virginia Tech. In 1984-1985 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Onsala Space
Observatory in Sweden. He also served as a Visiting Scientist at the National Radio
Astronomy Observatory, and as an Intergovernmental Assignee and Radio Astronomer at
the E. O. Hulbert Center for Space Research of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).
In 1987 he was co-awarded the Alan Berman Research Publication Award by the NRL.
Dr. Dennison received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1976.

PSYC 179       LSIC: True Stories                              Joseph Berryhill

In this course, you’ll read two books – which are true stories – of college students who
face tough circumstances, work on a service-learning project in an elementary school,
and write your own true stories about your work. One book you’ll read is about an
African American teenager from inner city Washington, D.C., who wants to attend an
elite university. Another is about four Mexican young women, two documented and two
undocumented, who are finishing high school in Denver with their own college dreams.
Their stories will allow us to explore what it’s like to be a young person of color in a
predominantly white university (and society in general), as well as how to write creative
non-fiction. You’ll write your stories based on your work at an elementary magnet school
close to UNC Asheville that is a school of arts and humanities – and so the students may
write about their experiences with you as well.

I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and economics from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among other endeavors after graduation, I spent four years as a
newspaper reporter covering higher education. Then, after some unfortunate and
fortunate events, I became a volunteer at an orphanage in southern Mexico, where I spent
three years teaching English and caring for children. That led to my interest in child
clinical psychology, in which I earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
Now a clinical and community psychologist, I am in the process of writing contextual
narratives, which are stories about children and other people living in disadvantaged
circumstances that include information about the historical, economic and other
contextual factors that influence their situations. I serve as Director of UNC Asheville’s
Key Center for Community Citizenship and Service Learning.

RELS 179        LSIC: World Religions in Asheville              Rodger Payne

How can the study of religion inform a liberal arts education? How does one study
religion in an academic setting – and why? In an increasingly globalized world, these are
vital questions, as religious diversity becomes the rule rather than the exception. Even
the category of “world religions” no longer describes a distant “Other” so much as it
defines our everyday experiences. With the colorful tapestry of Asheville’s own
extensive religious diversity as our setting, we will explore these questions through
readings, discussions, guest speakers, and – especially – through fieldwork and site visits,
both as a class and in small groups.

Rodger Payne is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious
Studies. A western North Carolina native and a graduate of UNC Charlotte, he
completed his graduate degrees at Harvard University and the University of Virginia
before becoming a member of the faculty of Louisiana State University in 1991. He
came to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2007 to help to develop a curriculum in Religious
Studies, which became a department and a major in the fall of 2009. His recent research
has focused on Catholic devotional activities in Italy and the American South.

SOC 179         LSIC: The Diverse World                                 Heon Lee

The world is diverse. It is religiously diverse. It is ethnically diverse. It is diverse in many
dimensions. It will become more diverse. As an introductory colloquium, this course
helps students become aware of a variety of human differences in the world. Students
will explore the ways in which the world has been diversified, the ways we should live in
this diverse world and how we can build a better world with diverse people. In this course
we will examine how one’s identity is socially constructed and how it has been used to
allocate the highly valued but scarce resources to people unequally. This course
particularly focuses on race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and disability. Using
autobiographical books, videos, guest speakers, virtual travel through the Internet,
students will experience people’s different worlds. This course will serve as an
introduction to our many diversity-intensive courses and enhance students’ awareness of
importance of diversity in liberal arts education.

Dr. Lee is Associate Professor of Sociology. Earned MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from
Columbia University, he has strong commitment to racial/ethnic diversification of UNCA
for a better learning environment.

SOC 179        LSIC: Society and Culture                     Lee Anne Mangone

In this class, students will learn to fully develop their sociological imaginations and
cultivate critical thinking skills that will enable them to look beyond conventional
wisdom and personal experience to identify what is happening in society. The class will
explore issues related to culture, social and economic inequality and group organizations.
We will, in particular, consider the social world when it functions in unexpected ways
through an analysis of crime, criminality, socialization and deviance.

Lee Anne Mangone is a Lecturer of Sociology and has taught courses in the Sociology
Department at UNCA on issues related to crime, criminology and criminal justice. Her
undergraduate degree is from Dickinson College and she holds a law degree from Emory
University. Prior to moving to Asheville, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in
Atlanta, Georgia.

VMP 179        LSIC: The History of Television               Don Diefenbach

Before the Internet and after radio, television dominated American culture and family
entertainment. This course examines the Age of Television and its role as a mirror and
vanguard of popular culture from 1950 to 2000. Students will explore the genres and
movements of television, legislative and regulatory factors, and the effects of television
on individual viewers and society.

Don Diefenbach, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication at UNCA. He
studied Philosophy and Film/Video at The Pennsylvania State University and Television-
Radio-Film and Mass Communications at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications at Syracuse University.

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