Spring 2013

Colloquia courses offered

  • An Interconnected Future: Local & Global Issues in the 21st Century, Nathan Phelps, TR, 12.45-2.05
  • The Road Ahead, Nathan Phelps, MW, 9.35-10.55
  • Community Development, Bernie Strenecky, W, 3-5.30, Bowling Green High School
  • The Small Picture: Art & Micro-History, Ingrid Cartwright, TR, 11-12.20
  • The Web’s Impact on Our Mind & Future, Wolfgang Brauner, MW, 2-3.20
  • Nanotechnology: An Introduction, Nilesh Sharma, TR, 2.20-3.40
  • Monsters, Maggots & Morphine: Medicine & Society in Modern America, Audra Jennings, MW, 3-4.25
  • Chess Lessons & Lessons from Chess, Wieb van der Meer, W, 4-6.20
  • Endings: The Space Between Life & Death, Dana Bradley, Director of the Center for Gerontology F, 1-1.50 (1.5 hours)
  • Environmental Sustainability Policy, Brian Sullivan, R, 4-6.45 (1.5 hours)

Colloquia course descriptions

The Road Ahead

Instructor: Dr. Nathan Phelps

Day/Time: MW 9:35-10:55AM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

This course provides an interdisciplinary and global perspective on significant environmental, demographic, political, technological, cultural, and economic trends that will likely shape the world over the next thirty years. The implications of these trends for decision-makers in the present – at both the local and the global level – will be a point of emphasis. Throughout the course we will think about both probable and preferable futures and consider the power of human agency to help steer our path forward.

The Small Picture: Art and Micro-History

Professor: Dr. Ingrid Cartwright

Day/Time: TR 11:10AM-12:20PM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

Can a tulip bulb change the course of the world? What effect did soup have on the past? Microhistory looks at the past on a minute level, examining how seemingly small details of history can reveal more abut the big picture than we could ever imagine. Applied to the study of art, “Micro-Art History” delves into the details of works of art hat have big stories to tell. Working together, we will unearth these hidden tales and examine how the smallest and most ordinary parts of the past can form an extraordinary history.

An Interconnected Future: Local and Global Issues in the 21st Century

Instructor: Dr. Nathan Phelps

Day/Time: TR 12:45-2:05PM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

Through common readings, web-based materials, and out of the classroom visits to local sites of interest, this colloquium will focus on the interplay between demographic, environmental, economic, and technological trends that will likely shape our lives over the next several decades. We will explore the global context of what is happening on a local or regional scale. Overall, students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of our current challenges, an informed understanding of our most probable futures, and a clearer sense of their own vision of a preferable future.

Endings: The Space Between Life & Death

Instructor: Dr. Dana Bradley

Day/Time: F 1:00-1:50PM

Credit: 1.5 HRS

Two things in life are certain. One of them, death, will be explored through readings, reflections and a unique opportunity to become a nationally recognized Hospice Volunteer. Students meet to either explore readings or practice hands-on techniques useful to nurturing someone on the journey between life and death. On three extended days, students will attend a customized training workshop co-lead by Hospice of Southern Kentucky. Students will then complete a customized volunteer experience to culminate the class. Remember, it is all about the journey.

The Web’s Impact on Our Mind and Future

Instructor: Wolfgang Brauner

Day/Time: MW 2:00-3:20PM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

Facebook, twitter, kindles, smartphones…the list goes on and on. New outlets of social media and technologies seem to come out every day. These new technologies raise fundamental questions, which we will seek to answer in this course: What is their impact on our minds and future? Are they significantly changing the way we think and live? How do they change the way we work, learn, interact, produce and consume? Are they making us more or less intelligent, productive, sensitive, and even worse or better citizens? This course will focus on the psychological, social, and cultural implications of technology today.

Nanotechnology: An Introduction

Professor: Dr. Nilesh Sharma

Day/Time: TR 2:20-3:40PM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

Nanotechnology is the revolutionary science and art of manipulating matter at the atomic or molecular scale, cutting across all scientific disciplines. The National Nanotechnology Initiative has identified this area of study as the technology of the future. Learn about the exciting new frontier of science in this course that applies to all scientific disciplines, as the colloquium develops in students an appreciation of the breadth and vast scope that this emerging technology holds.

Monsters, Maggots, and Morphine: Medicine and Society in Modern America

Professor: Dr. Audra Jennings

Day/Time: MW 3:00-4:25PM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

Americans’ relationship with disease is, and has always been, evolving. In this course we will explore how Americans understood, experienced, and coped with disease, disability, and death and the changing role of organized medicine within that dynamic. By analyzing scientific innovation, public policy, and the exchange between race, class and gender we will seek to interpret cultural interpretations of disease, social relationships, and ethical questions that were answered in sometimes disturbing ways. We will work to develop a nuanced understanding of the changing role of disease and medicine in the United States since the Civil War.

Community Development

Instructor: Dr. Bernie Strenecky

Day/Time: W 3:00-5:30PM

Credit: 3.00 HRS

Want to make a difference in the Bowling Green community? This course will work directly with Bowling Green High School students to study, experience, and be a driving force in community development. The class meets at Bowling Green High School and is unique in that the students in the class are a mix of Honors College students and advanced placement high school seniors. The students work together to address issues identified by the students, faculty and administrators of the school. In the course, Honors College students mentor high school students in both service learning and community development skills.

Chess Lessons and Lessons from Chess

Professor: Dr. Wieb van der Meer

Day/Time: W 4:00-6:20PM

Credit; 3.00 HRS

In this course, students will learn about chess and how to apply the skills of chess can be transferred to any field. Chess is more than a game; it is also an art and a science. Chess tactics and strategy will be studied; students will play the game itself, and will learn how to apply strategies in other areas of life. The question, “what is the best move?” is applicable to a wide variety of situations, not only the chessboard.

Environmental Sustainability Policy

Professor: Dr. Brian Sullivan

Day/Time: R 4:00-6:45PM

Credit: 1.5 HRS

This colloquium is intended to provide an introduction to sustainability topics. Students will contrast the sustainability approach as adopted by business to the earlier environmental regulatory regime. This course provides students an opportunity to evaluate and understand complex forces affecting environmental public policy. Students will develop an understanding of complex interactions of politics, science and economics, which lead to the creation of national environmental policy. Students will begin to assess sustainability issues and opportunities from a business perspective.

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