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Fall 2021 Topics

Seminar topics are subject to change every term. Courses cannot exceed 16 students. 

ANGST YEARS: HORMONES, HIGH ANXIETY & HAPPINESS
Cassada, Katherine

CRN: 18669

Students will explore the complex lives, expectations of, and pressures on middle and high school children, including social, physical, developmental, emotional, and academic challenges that are unique to adolescence. The class will investigate diverse ways of learning, autonomy and independence, and expectations for this age group. Students will determine whether they find legitimacy in the popular concept that boys and girls learn and should be taught differently, and how adolescence might influence learning and academic success. Students will visit public and independent K-12 schools, and single-sex and coeducational classrooms to develop positions for and participate in debates regarding educational issues that affect adolescents. We will also study and create adolescent literature in a visual diary format.

Associate Professor, Education
Assistant Chair, Graduate Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Director, Center for Leadership in Education
BEYOND CIVILIZATION: AN ADVENTURE OF HEART & MIND
Mancastroppa, Roger

CRN: 17834

This seminar glimpses the foundational religious thinking that created the human global civilization. We will critically inquire into the structures of societies as they transformed from hunter-gather, and the role of religion in this structural shift toward civilization. We will examine how our cultural and religious concepts shape our understanding of nature and ourselves. We will take a critical view toward the conceptual framework of The Enlightenment and its resulting attitudes toward nature and technology, questioning common perceptions and absolutes, and bring openness toward differing world views as we broadly examine the role of religion as it changed structurally over key points across the millennia. This course will be a reexamination of generally accepted patterns of human religious expression from pre-historical times to present day. We will experiment with constructing frameworks for understanding human society and examine recurring religious structures. We will focus on keeping the rational individual in balance with the larger social structure as an equitable member of the community of life. We will experiment with frameworks for studying religion, examine some reoccurring themes and practices, and examine the individual and communal aspects of religion as a cultural expression and how that informs the multiplicity of human engagement with ecological, social and cultural factors that affect human relationships and engage with the larger community of life.

Adjunct Instructor, Liberal Arts
Associate Director, Academic Skills Center
CIVIC JOURNALISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Mullen, Thomas

CRN: 17526

In this course, students will learn that journalists don't just report the news - they often have a responsibility to tell stories that inspire social change. This course explores the role and responsibility of journalism in identifying social justice issues and uncovering ways to resolve them.

Director of Public Affairs Journalism
COPS, CRIME, & POPULAR CULTURE
Maurantonio, Nicole

CRN: 18628

This course will examine popular representations of police and crime within a variety of genres, from reality TV to news. Through a critical analysis of primary source materials collected through independent research, students will engage with fundamental questions of media representation as they relate to issues of race, class, and gender.

Associate Professor
Director of Advising, First-Year Seminar, and First- and Second-Year Programming
Public memory
U.S. media history
Race and representation
Qualitative research methods
CRUSADES & HOLY WARS
Sulzer-Reichel, Martin

CRN: 17457

What perpetuates conflicts and allows catchwords to be reborn and reused over and over again? Is there an inherent force in the way a story is told and retold? Does it create myths or do myths create stories and even locations? All this goes into exploring the relationship between peoples, beliefs, and locations from the Middle East to the United States today. This course will concentrate on how lasting and formative historical narratives are. We will use the crusades as a case study for the relationship between historical events and their reception and re-use in the course of history up until our current political and social lives. We will start with questions about what actually happened during the crusades, how we know what happened, and how reliable our sources as well as academic articles about them are. From there, we will look into what drives the conflicts, especially between the Middle East and the West today. After centuries of warfare between Islam and Christianity, we will look behind and beyond the rationales of the conflicts. In the end, we will see that the mutations of historical narratives are not limited to the crusades, and we will try to determine the extent to which this might be a general human reaction to events that are too complex to cope with. Finally, we will look into the mechanisms and strategies that evolve over time, and how they might not only be the result of making complex realities manageable, but also become the nucleus of future conflict.

Director, Arabic Language Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Arabic Language and Culture
DRUGS IN AMERICA: A CULTURAL HISTORY
Browder, Laura

CRN: 19090

This is a course about the sale, use, advertising and media portrayal of mood-altering drugs in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Although alcohol and tobacco are drugs, we will not be discussing them here. And although some of the drugs we study are not always illegal (marijuana, LSD, prescription opioids, for instance), we will focus on the role of these drugs in our culture over time. We will look at who takes these drugs, and how these drugs and their consumers are portrayed in the media and treated by the law.

Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies
Program Coordinator, American Studies
Women in combat
American autobiography
Women and guns
American Communist Party (Earl Browder)
Civil rights in Richmond
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
Shields, Tom

CRN: 17910

The student will learn about the history of K-12 education in the U.S. and the role of segregation in America society and schools. The student will be able to analyze the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in American K-12 education. The student should have an enhanced understanding of the concepts and practices of education in a pluralistic and diverse society. The student will understand the relationship between housing and educational policy. The student will become familiar with the kinds of questions asked by education scholars, policy makers and practitioners.

Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs
Associate Professor, Education
Program Chair, Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Leadership Studies
School Liaison, AFAC
Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau
Adjunct Instructor, Executive Education
Educational Leadership
School & Housing Segregation
Changing Demographics in RVA
Ethics & Leadership
ETHICS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Long, Stephen

CRN: 17497

This course examines pressing ethical and moral questions in the arena of international affairs. The main areas of focus will be international conflict, international economics, and intrastate conflict. Course content will include a variety of primary texts, scholarly articles, podcasts, and films revolving around important ethical debates. Students will write analytical papers, co-lead discussions, and participate in in-class debates, all designed to help develop the skills that will help them succeed in the rest of their time at the University.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Studies
Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Governance
International rivalry
Political causes of military effectiveness
Reputation-building
Alliance politics
Nuclear proliferation
EXPANSION OF EUROPE/ASIA IN AFRICA
Kapanga, Kasongo

CRN: 17456

This seminar examines the encounter of Europe, China & India and Africa, and the paradigm of occupation. The theoretical background is the idea of society, equality and social strife resolution against historical instances of occupation and co-optation. Today, with the steady rise of China and India on the economic world stage, the same debate of the encounter is renewed of the old paradigm of domination and reproduction of new colonizers. The seminar will look at the rationalizing ideas of occupation as they evolved from the Renaissance (humanism) to their new articulations in the 19th and the 20th centuries resulting in a grand-scale colonization of Africa and Asia, then into the 21st century with the rise of these new Asian economic powers. The course will start with laying down the theoretical foundation with texts by John Locke's, "The Second Treatise of Government?" and Montaigne's essay "On Cannibals." Then, it will focus on the perception or charges of China and India on the world stage as new colonizers of Africa. The subsequent texts constitute arguments between two camps pitting, on the one hand, Europe or Asia as the well-meaning initiators of the encounter, and, on the other hand, the perception of this encounter as the violation of fundamental egalitarian rights of the Developing World. Mandela's South Africa will serve as a practical test case that embodies these two rationalizing tendencies. The seminar will end with questions scrutinizing how South Africa as a whole is grappling with issues of equality on economic, social, legal and environmental fronts in a globalized world where China and India play important roles alongside Europe.

Professor of French
Chair, Department of LLC
Africana Studies Advisory Board Member
Francophone Literature
Post-Colonial Criticism
FAITH & DIFFERENCE IN AMERICA
Kocher, Craig

CRN: 17681

Religious faith is central to the daily life and identity of a majority of the population in the United States. As a result of globalization, individuals and communities with diverse worldviews - both religious and secular - interact more closely than ever before, with results ranging from insightful dialogue to violent discord. Furthermore, religious convictions shape debate about a range of policies in domestic affairs, leading at times to unified action for peace and justice, and at other times to rancor and mistrust. This course will investigate these tensions in light of students' own commitments and beliefs, those of others, and the increasingly diverse society in which we live.

University Chaplain
Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy
FAULKNER AND HIS HEIRS
Lurie, Peter

CRN: 18802

This seminar introduces students to the fiction of the most important American writer of the 20th century and traces his work's influence forward to our own time. Winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize in literature, William Faulkner stands at mid-century as an enormously prolific as well as accomplished figure. His novels are dense, profound meditations on the U.S. South and on American social life generally; they are famous for their innovative use of techniques such as stream of consciousness, non-linear narrative, and multiple points of view. He used his books to mount a sustained indictment of the racial attitudes and practices that defined his native region. Our course will closely examine three of his most important novels: The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1931), and Light in August (1932) as well as some of his short stories. Of particular note is the way in which the FYS format will allow the careful, slow, in-class reading of large portions of these works, an approach that is incredibly important for first-time readers. Importantly, we will also read novels that show Faulkner's direct or indirect influence including fiction by Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, and Jesmyn Ward. In addition, we'll screen and discuss movies that show an affinity with Faulkner's work and/or his influence. These include films like Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or the Coen brothers' Barton Fink and O Brother Where Art Thou? (In the latter case we'll also see the inspiration for the Coen's film, the Preston Sturges 1941 classic, Sullivan's Travels.) Students who take this seminar will gain a strong appreciation for both Faulkner's achievement and the skills of film and cultural studies along with a feel for interdisciplinary study, an increasingly important part of higher education curriculum.

Associate Professor of English
FRAMING THEORY & MEDIA LITERACY: MORE THAN JUST SPIN
Miller, Christopher

CRN: 17723

This course investigates why we react to media narratives the way we do, and how tiny changes in the way information is presented can trigger large shifts in public opinion. Through the work of experts in political science, psychology, and communication, we will examine how audiences make sense of political information by filling in meaning, and how unconscious predispositions shape that meaning. It's true for all of us, in ways that may surprise us. Students will explore their own internal mental "frames," and gain new understanding of how the stories we're told can activate those frames and impact the political world.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
American Politics
Public Policy
Environmental Policy
Constitutional Law
Civil Rights and Liberties
Politics of Climate Change
FRIENDSHIP, LOVE & DESIRE
Radi, Lidia

CRN: 17458

What is friendship? Which qualities make a good friend? Why does Aristotle consider friendship more important than justice? This course will examine three principal manifestations of love across a wide spectrum of human experience: Philia (friendship between two people), agape (love for one's neighbor, and for the rest of humanity), and eros (desire). We will explore various perspectives on friendship, love, and desire through the lenses of philosophy, literature, cinema, and the arts. Excerpts from the philosophical works of different cultural traditions will lay the foundations for an inquiry into these notions as investigated in literature and the visual and performing arts. Some of the questions we will ask in this class are: How has friendship been imagined or conceived? What qualities yield a strong friendship between individuals and between groups? What is the relationship between friendship and moral obligation? Can people with differing perspectives be friends with each other? What about nations? What are the foundational principles of a love relationship, and how have they been seen to differ from friendships? In which ways do different social and/or cultural factors affect friendships and love relationships? Finally, how has erotic desire been seen as intensifying or complicating bonds of friendship or love? How have diverse or shifting ideas about gender and sexuality affected our ideas about friendship, love, and desire?

Associate Professor of French and Italian Studies
Early Modern Studies (French)
Transnational Literature (Italian Studies)
Albanian Diaspora
GENERATION OF CYNICS

CRN: 17697

This course aims to create a discussion-based community that will examine the creation, consumption, and dissemination of information. We will explore themes such as inequity, surveillance, privacy, power, and the societal forces that influence who gets to be seen as an expert. Using a mix of scholarly and popular sources, including works drawn from critical race scholarship, information and society, information technology, and library science, students will seek to understand their own information seeking behaviors, think about biases, and ultimately begin to place themselves as both consumers and creators of information.

Social Sciences Librarian
Social Sciences Librarian
GLOBAL HEALTH
Nourse, Jennifer

CRN: 17535,17534

This course looks at issues related to health around the globe through the lens of medical anthropology. We consider topics such as how to introduce new medical ideas to communities and individuals in such a way they are likely to adopt those ideas. We look at race and discrimination in medicine in various global contexts. We also analyze relationships between traditional medicine and biomedical practitioners that are successful and not so successful. We also examine a range of nations and their failed or successful responses to the Covid-19 and the Ebola pandemics. The goal is to expose you to the range of ways in which healing occurs around the world.

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Islamic Medicine
Traditional Medicine and Biomedicine in Southeast Asia and Beyond
Mothering, Midwifery and Ethnic Identity in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Political Autonomy and Ethnic Identity in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
HEROES & VILLAINS
Allison, Scott

CRN: 17719

This course explores the phenomena of heroism and villainy from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Emphasis is on the critical examination of scholarly contributions from distinguished social scientists on heroism-related topics such as leadership, morality, resilience, courage, empathy, meaning, purpose, altruism, hope, human growth, cooperation, spirituality, health, transformation, and character strengths. The causes and consequences of evil will also receive coverage.

Professor of Psychology
Social Psychology
Personality Psychology
Research Methods
Heroes, Great Leaders, Legends, and Martyrs
HUMAN TRAFFICKING: MYTH OR SCOURGE
Spires, Robert

CRN: 17835

Human trafficking is a social justice issue that has become prominently addressed in the media and through a variety of academic disciplines. However, human trafficking as a construct is embedded in conflicting and problematic paradigms and discourses that manipulate the concepts in political, economic and social ways that may perpetuate the underlying structures and issues causing human trafficking. From humanitarian and development perspectives, to law enforcement, education, policy and social science orientations, the varying discourses related to human trafficking will be explored and students will grapple with challenging questions through a writing intensive approach to inquiry.

Associate Professor, Education
Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau
Human Trafficking & NGO Efforts to Address Trafficking
Disadvantaged Youth in Asia & Africa
Socio-psychological Processes Impacting Educators
KNOWING & CHOSING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Brown, Mavis

CRN: 17778,17779

There are many lenses through which to analyze the human experience. In this course we will examine knowing on the one hand, and various ways of choosing in the face of adversity on the other as these concepts play out in selected texts. During the second part of the semester, we will examine the ways in which individuals seek to become more informed about the complex and perhaps one of the most consequential problems we face which is climate change.

Associate Professor of Education
Educational policy and school reform
21st century framework for learning
Child and adolescent development/diverse learners
Weaving children's literature into the curriculum
Global awareness: cultural and educational perspectives
LOST IN TRANSLATION
Nousek, Katrina

CRN: 17844

Translation may seem straightforward, but actually has many applications and meanings. In this course, we will explore how translation affects the ways ideas travel across languages, cultures and time. In the process, we will investigate how translation requires sensitivity to linguistic nuance, social mores, cultural values, historical understanding, political organization and hierarchical power relations. Where are the points of cohesion and collision in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic encounters? What can mistranslation reveal about social values? How are translators/interpreters perceived under conditions of colonization and conflict? What are the methods and goals of translation, and how does it forge connections among language, culture and history?

Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies
20th and 21st century German-language literature
Transnational Literatures
Narrative Studies
Postsocialism
MODERN AMERICAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS
Stubbs, Jonathan

CRN: 17715

Many lawyers become leaders and serve in roles ranging from heads of local civic and religious institutions, to President of the United States. This course explores the relationship between the law and leadership. This seminar will challenge students to refine what leadership means to them in theory and may also provide practical experiences for reflection. The specific focal point for such thought and writing will be roles that lawyers have played in addressing social justice issues in America. The course proceeds on the explicit premise that leadership involves service to others for the common good. Class members will be expected to read writings by and about lawyers who have had a significant impact upon American society since the beginning of the twentieth century. The readings will seek to help students appreciate the evolution of American society over that time period, and better understand the context surrounding current controversies involving liberty and equality in America. In addition, class members will be called upon to consider broader questions about what constitutes good leadership.

Professor of Law
Race and the Law
Constitutional Law
Human Rights Law
MONKS & NUNS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
Routt, David

CRN: 19213,18720

The Pious and the Profane explores Christian monasticism from its fourth-century origin in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria through the creation of the Jesuit order in the sixteenth. It traces how the ascetic practice embraced by individual hermits outside the established church became, in its communal Benedictine form, an integral element of the medieval church. The course delves into monastic reform (Cluniac, Cistercian), crusading monastic orders (Templars, Hospitallers), mendicant monasticism (Franciscans, Dominicans, Poor Clares), and the depiction of monks and nuns in medieval vernacular literature (e.g., Chaucer, Boccaccio). The course concludes with the portrayal of medieval monasticism in modern popular culture.

NOT JUST FOOD
Erkulwater, Jennifer

CRN: 17496

This course uses the politics of food in the United States, particularly the organic and food justice movements, to examine issues of inequality, identity, and sustainability. It introduces students to college-level research, analysis, and writing. Students will learn about how our practices concerning food production and consumption affect the world around us and our relationships with one another. Students will read the works of food activists, journalists, and scholars. They will chose a food to research and formulate a scholarly argument about that food. Past student projects include research into breakfast cereal, bagels, corn dogs, potato chips, diet soda, and many more.

Professor of Political Science
Chair, Department of Political Science
Social Welfare Politics
Public Policy
American Politics
PHILOSOPHY & THE CRIMINAL LAW
Lefkowitz, David

CRN: 17731

This course will address three philosophical questions raised by the criminal law. First, what justifies legal punishment? The answers we will consider include giving wrongdoers what they deserve, deterring future crime, satisfying society's desire for vengeance, and rehabilitating offenders. Second, what makes someone liable to legal punishment? What must a person do to count as attempting a crime? Should those who successfully commit a murder be punished more than those who attempt to do so, but who fail due to factors outside their control? Finally, what if anything justifies requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt for a criminal conviction?

Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)
Chair, Department of Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Ethical Theory
Applied Ethics
PILE OF GARBAGE: UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY ART
Nelson, Brittany

CRN: 18695

An unmade bed covered in garbage, a dead tiger shark suspended in a giant tank of formaldehyde, two clocks on a wall showing slightly different times, or a massive sphinx in a factory made out of sugar: contemporary art has been described as both sensational and underwhelming. With an emphasis on ideas over craftsmanship, conceptual art is frequently thought of as an impenetrable form of communication. This course will focus on deconstructing and discussing influential contemporary art pieces from the 1980's to today. Students will engage in discussions and debates on artists and artworks, while learning how to decode its messages through research. This seminar will give students the opportunity to form educated opinions through the style of art criticism as well as function as an artist and engage in more experimental and expressive forms of writing.

Assistant Professor of Photography
Photography
Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Theory
POETRY AND MUSIC
Becker, Richard

CRN: 17479

This course enhances understanding of the craft and evolution of twentieth-century American poetry through its close reading by critical class writing and discussion. A focus of our work is reading aloud and listening to poems read aloud to learn the musical features this body of poetry. The course surveys mostly American verse, from two of its forerunners, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, to early moderns W.B. Yeats (Irish poet) and Robert Frost. It will highlight innovations by T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens. The course covers revolutionary blues poet Langston Hughes, Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts poets, protest poets, beats, concluding with post moderns W.S. Merwin, John Ashbery, Bob Creeley, and Louise Gluck. A secondary idea of the course is to listen to classical, blues, jazz and pop music and view visual art pieces associated with some of the poems.

Associate Professor of Music, Coordinator of Piano Studies
Piano performance
Composition
Poetry
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM
Bonfiglio, Thomas

CRN: 17461,17460

Psychoanalytic/Marxist analysis of how democrats and republicans maintain economic inequality and suppress social democracy, organized labor, and leftist politics.

Professor of Literature and Linguistics
William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Foreign Languages
Program Coordinator, Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Language and race
American dialectology
Historical linguistics
Linguistic relativism
Psychoanalysis
Comparative literature
QUESTIONS OF TRUST: READING, WRITING, AND RESEARCH IN AN AGE OF DOUBT
Wittig, Carol

CRN: 18727

This course will ask students to think about themselves as information consumers and producers. Students will explore questions of trust across different topics and subjects. Through critical reading, writing, and research, students will be asked to examine questions such as how is expertise determined? Who gets to decide who has expertise? What makes a source credible? What happens when trust is broken or information turns out to be wrong? We will ask questions that do not have easy answers, but that are especially relevant in a time of information oversaturation and doubt.

Head, Research & Instruction
Adjunct Assistant Professor, SPCS
RACE AND LAW IN THE U.S.
Skerrett, Kathleen

CRN: 19001

This seminar introduces laws and judicial decisions that have defined racial status as the basis for political and social order in the United States. We address issues of citizenship, enslavement, segregation, and mass incarceration. We will read landmark judicial decisions to identify core political visions and the constitutional arguments that advance them. These decisions were contested at every point, generating persistent, conflicting visions of American democracy. Class members will be required to speak and write about values and policies that matter to American democracy. Moreover, we will consider how our own values and experiences are shaped by historical contests over race matters in the U.S. We may follow a Koru Mindfulness curriculum during part of the semester.

University Professor
Christian Tradition
Contemporary Religious Thought
Theory in Gender and Women's Studies
Religion and Political Theory
REFUGEES
Siebert, Monika

CRN: 17677,17676

How does contemporary art, literary and visual, represent refugees? How is a refugee different from an immigrant/emigrant? What is at stake in defining oneself, and others, as refugees rather than immigrants? How does the experience of having to flee from/to/for something shape people as individuals, as communities/nations, as citizens/electorates, as private and public selves, as humans? How are people and communities rooted in place shaped by the forced dislocation of others, whether they witness, welcome, or resist such dislocation and its effects? What local and global forces as well as long historical developments shape forced population movements and in what specific ways? How does art, as opposed to other forms of public discourse, allow us to approach these questions in novel and insightful ways? This course explores the various dimensions--private/public, individual/collective, psychological/political--of the refugee experience through a study of contemporary literature and film. This seminar will be exploratory in nature; it will focus on learning how to pose relevant questions about the materials before us rather than mastering a body of knowledge.

Associate Professor of English
Contemporary American Literature
Indigenous literature and film in North America
REGARDING DISABILITY
Weist, Caroline

CRN: 17726

A person's physical and mental abilities are highly complex aspects of identity: they change over time, and are formed both by biology and by culture. Beginning with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students will combine theoretical texts and cultural products to learn to think critically about the concept of dis/ability. We will look at the world around us (architecture, law, language, medicine, art, relationships, sports) and ask how it both determines and questions what kinds of bodies are permitted to access education, love, work, and anything else that makes up a human life. Students will learn to use both written and experiential techniques of argumentation to present their answers to that question.

REWRITING THE BIBLE
Kelly, William

CRN: 17716,17717

Biblical stories are more than just religious texts; they are literary and artistic creations that have rich cultural afterlives in a wide array of retellings. This course explores ancient and modern rewritings of biblical stories that expand them, change points of view, and fill in narrative gaps, all in an attempt to tell a new story that is filled with new meaning. By exploring a wide variety of retellings (for example, in novels, film, poetry, legends, music and plays) we will analyze how rewritten biblical stories draw on, depart from, and compete with the originals as they reflect and construct new political, social, and theological worlds.

SAY WHAT? EXPLORING 2ND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Kuti, Laura

CRN: 17682

There are many aspects involved in learning a second language. How do humans learn a second language? What instructional approach and strategies should be employed and what teaching strategies support second language acquisition? How does one unpack the fine granularity of phonetics, syntax, and discourse within the context of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)? How is American English distinct? What role does sociology and linguistics play in second language acquisition? Given the connections between language and culture, how does one teach the sociological-cultural context along with TEFL and what should be taught? Students will study how languages are learned, and how second languages are taught. The class will investigate important aspects of English language acquisition including general linguistic concepts, applied sociology and linguistics, and the sociological/cultural context of language teaching.

Assistant Professor, Education
Assistant Chair, Graduate Education - Teacher Education
Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Role of ESL in Schools
SEEING, BELIEVING, & UNDERSTANDING
Fishe, Raymond Patrick

CRN: 17679,18675

Methods to summarize information in visual displays are introduced. These tools are used to develop effective visual displays and to increase your knowledge of the factual information and claims provided in such displays. Visual images are studied to dissect what is relevant and to learn artistic methods that create better presentations of this information. Both simple (graphs and charts) and complex (photographs, movies, or multipart graphs) images are studied.

The Patricia A. and George W. Wellde, Jr. Distinguished Chair in Finance
Professor of Finance
Corporate Governance
Federal Reserve
IPO Market
Recession Economics
Securities and Exchange Commission
Stock Market Conditions
SHAPES OF DESIRE: THE LOVE POEM
Schwartz, Louis

CRN: 17645

This course will introduce students to the Modern Lyric Love Poem as it has developed over the past 500 years, focusing on a sequence of poems closely related to one another by a web of allusions and thematic concerns (some explicit and some more subtle or implicit). Students will learn how to read, analyze, contexualize and write about lyric poems, examining how the genre has changed over time as new generations of poets have picked up on a set of basic motifs, topoi, themes, and structures, appling them to new purposes in new cultural and historical contexts.

Professor of English
16th- and Early 17th-Century English Literature and Culture
16th- and Early 17th-Century English Medical and Obstetric History
History and Theory of English Poetics
SLAVERY IN THE CONTEMPORARY IMAGINATION
Ooten, Melissa

CRN: 17480

This course explores the history of U.S. slavery and its manifestations in popular culture today. We will not only learn about the historical context of slavery, but we will also explore contemporary films, music, art, literature, and public history sites that grapple with slavery and its meanings in our society today. Examples range from Oscar-winning films like 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther to Childish Gambino's Grammy-winning song "This is America" and Beyonce's "Lemonade." Prominent historian Ira Berlin asserts that American history cannot be understood without slavery yet it has only been in the 21st century that prominent dialogues about the continuing meaning of slavery have taken place. Berlin ultimately argues that slavery has become "a language, a way to talk about race in a society in which race is difficult to discuss." This course, then, will focus on analyzing popular material to better understand this "language."

Associate Director, will Program
Gender Research Specialist, Westhampton College
Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
SOCIAL UTOPIAS
Watts, Sydney

CRN: 19144

The problem of social utopias is in realizing them. Born of rational thought and subject to romantic design, utopian communities continue to inspire grand plans. This semester, we will read, discuss, and write about how some of the greatest utopian thinkers, Plato, Rousseau, More, and other revolutionaries, have confronted the knotty problems of social utopia with creativity, sound judgment, and passion. How philosophers, political theorists, leaders of social movements, and community activists imagine utopia reveals a great deal about the actual societies in which they lived.

Associate Professor of History and WGSS
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member
Early Modern Europe
18th Century France
STORYTELLING AND IDENTITY
Dolson, Theresa

CRN: 17699

This course explores the role that stories play in forming our own identity, forming relationships with others, and forming the structures through which we understand our world. Students will grapple with these ideas by participating in community-based learning, story-sharing with local incarcerated youth at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center. All participants in the project collaborate to produce a final creative piece which represents their experience telling stories together. UR students will also read, discuss, research, and write analytically as a way of making sense of their experiences.

Associate Director, Community-Engaged Learning
STORYTELLING IN SCIENCE
Masterson, Karen

CRN: 18714

This course examines and gives students opportunities to practice the craft of science storytelling. We study works that include Farley Mowat's "Never Cry Wolf," which pushed the idea that wolves are healthy for the environment. It was made into a popular movie and is today considered one of the founding works of environmentalism. Even though key details were made up, it remains revered as a masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Students also examine famous works that include profiles of Isaac Newton, Galileo and Marie Curie, and micro-histories of black holes, overfishing and racist biological research. The main lesson is that science-based storytelling often falls short on accuracy and specificity while establishing long-lasting public perceptions. As students ask themselves, "Is this OK?," they try their hand at crafting science-based narratives including a children's book.

Assistant Professor of Journalism
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PARIS
Pappas, Sara

CRN: 17463,17462

Paris is one of the most idealized and romanticized cities in the world. Even for those who have never visited, Paris easily conjures recognizable images and reliable stereotypes, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arch of Triumph, and from famous fashion houses to the typical Parisian cafe. In this course, we will challenge this first cliched version of Paris by contrasting it with another version: Paris as a space of violence, social and political conflict, and demographic change. Through literary texts, film, newspaper articles, historical documentation, and essays, we will explore the long history of the double life of Paris.

Associate Professor of French and Visual Culture
French literature, art, and culture
Art Criticism
Critical Museum Studies
THE RHETORICAL LIVES OF MAPS
Barney, Timothy

CRN: 17724

This course is a historical and critical interpretation of how maps aided and complicated America's rise to international power. The processes, production, display, and circulation of maps gave way to a "geographic imagination" that constrained both policy and popular culture - in turn, Americans saw their place in the world in very spatialized ways. From a rhetorical perspective, maps gave us specific and partial perceptions of the globe and cartographers from a host of different institutions and with various national and international interests (government institutions like the State Dept., the CIA, the Department of Defense; academic institutions like the American Geographic Society; popular magazines like National Geographic and Time; and corporations as diverse as Rand McNally and Google) sketched the contours of American identity in both longitude and latitude. This course teaches students how to critique maps as systems of visual codes and also contextualizes for them how maps are used as rhetorical strategies by American elites and publics; by both the powerful and those challenging the powerful. Not only then is this a course on cartography, it's a course on the wild world-making processes of U.S. geopolitics and international space.

Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies
Visual rhetoric
Internationalism
Discourses of space and place
Cold War public address
Eastern European political culture
THE SEARCH FOR THE SELF
Whitehead, Marcia

CRN: 17836

The Search for the Self explores what we mean by a "self." How do we recognize or create one; maintain or develop it through changing time, space, and circumstance; and communicate it to others through our interactions with them and our social environment? We will explore these questions and others from many disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, sociology, psychology, literature, and brain science. Our readings will include essays, memoir, fiction (both long and short), and articles from both academic and non-academic sources.

Humanities Librarian
THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS
Kachurek, Lynda

CRN: 17701

This course explores the past, present, and future role of books as a significant part of the world's cultural heritage. As a transmitter of literacy, knowledge, and culture, a book's impact can be profound, but as an object of worth, desire, or artistic beauty, its value extends beyond the text and even the printed page. By exploring the multifaceted history of the book, students will engage in their own exploration of how they interact with books as well as develop an understanding of the complexity, artistry, cultural and technological effects on society and culture.

Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian
THE WHITE HOUSE SAID TODAY
Hobgood, Linda

CRN: 17454

A study of the presidency as conveyed by chief executives in their own words, in the words of staff, cabinet, and family members, and media reporting from the White House.

Director, Speech Center
Faculty member, Rhetoric and Communication Studies
Business & Professional Speech
Interpersonal Communication
Group Communication
Political Rhetoric
Public Speaking
Rhetoric of Contemporary First Ladies
Speech Writing
Theory & Pedagogy
TIME AND THE CITY OF SEVILLE
Hermida-Ruiz, Aurora

CRN: 17453

Today's Seville bears clear traces of its historical and cultural importance through the centuries, from the Roman Empire to the Muslim Almohad Empire to the Spanish Empire. In the sixteenth century, it became the capital of the New World. This fascinating history will serve as the springboard to grasp the transcendence of Seville in early Modern fiction, particularly in the development of the new genre of the novel. Readings for this course will be in English, including translations from the original language (Castilian, Mozarabic, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin...)

Associate Professor of Spanish
Medieval and early modern Spanish literature
Spanish literary historiography (concepts, periodization, canon formation)
TOLKIEN & THE MEDIEVAL IMAGINATION
Davis, G.

CRN: 17450

An introduction to Tolkien through his work in medieval English language and literature.

Lewis T. Booker Professorship in Religion & Ethics
Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)
Ethics
Western Religious Thought
TRANSATLANTIC LITERATURE CROSSINGS
Otero-Blanco, Angel

CRN: 17452

A comparative literature course with a focus on nineteenth- and early-twentieth century literary tendencies in Spain and the United States. Readings --drawn from romantic, realist, naturalist, and modernist traditions -- will include the work of Emilia Pardo Bazan, Edith Wharton, G. A. Becquer, H. Melville, B. Perez Galdos, E. A. Poe, and M. de Unamuno, among others.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Nineteenth-century Spanish Literature
WESTERN THEORIES MEET CHINESE EXPERIENCE
Gao, Gengsong

CRN: 18936

This course will be centered on one crucial question: whether the theories derived from western experience are also applicable to the Chinese context? Students will explore this abstract question in several concrete fields of Chinese studies. Students' intellectual journey will start by examining the prerequisite for any understanding and interpretation, namely, language. The course will discuss whether western languages are adequate to describe and evaluate Chinese history. Then this course will ask students to explore how this overarching question plays out in specific spheres: Chinese history, philosophy, politics, law, literature, music, pop culture and ethnic minorities. The questions students will study include: whether western liberal democracy could produce political efficiency in China? Whether western law is the most suitable solution to conflicts in rural China? Whether Chinese pop music lacks originality and variety as pointed out by western musicologists? Whether the communist literature is nothing but trash as critics of western New Criticism argue? Students will watch documentaries, listen to music, interview Chinese people on campus, read histories, biographies, literary works and scholarly works to develop their own answers to the above-mentioned questions.

Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
Coordinator, Chinese Studies Program
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Intellectual History
Popular Culture and Modernity Theories
Technology in Foreign Language Education
WHY DO WE BUILD?
Keefer, Jeannine

CRN: 17720,18674

This course will explore the various roles architecture, building, and design play in shaping how we live, work, play and interact with one another. We will read texts covering a variety or periods and points of view. In reading critical and primary texts students will appreciate the impact design can have on our experience of place. This semester our class will participate in the East End Cemetery Collaboratory with projects exploring not only the cemetery, but also social infrastructure in the city of Richmond. Questions we will address include: What effect does the built environment have on the way we live and how we understand ourselves? What is the role of the architect or planner in shaping society? What are the roles of old and new structures in our understanding of place and ourselves?

Visual Resources Librarian
WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS IN MODERN AMERICA
Tate, Mary

CRN: 19094

This course is a topical, multi-layered examination of wrongful convictions produced in modern America. We examine how racism and class inequities have driven this structural injustice. Mass incarceration is analyzed along with the historical dynamics that created it. We critically interrogate what constitutes a "wrongful" conviction to go beyond cases of factual innocence. The readings are meant to invite a deep and exacting exploration of the role racism plays in how we police, arrest, convict, and punish people in the United States.

Director, Institute for Actual Innocence
Professor of Law, Legal Practice
Wrongful Convictions
Actual Innocence Commissions
Post-Conviction Remedies