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First-Year Seminars & First-Year Launches

Description

First-Year Seminars and First-Year Launches are designed for incoming first-year students with no prior college experience. Students may take either a First-Year Seminar or a First-Year Launch to fulfill this First-Year Foundations Requirement.

First-Year Seminars

These small classes introduce you to the intellectual life of the University. You will make personal connections with distinguished faculty members who are active scholars and accomplished teachers. This small setting gives you the opportunity to engage with your peers and your instructor as you learn how scholars pose problems, discover truths, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge, while exploring specific questions or issues in depth.

First-Year Seminars go beyond the traditional lecture and discussion format. They invite you to explore new and old ideas, engage with complex issues, and become an active learner through inquiry, analysis, discovery, and action!

First-Year Launches

You will join a faculty member who is an accomplished teacher in a small class that offers an introduction to a major. This small setting gives you the opportunity to engage actively with your peers and your instructor as you learn the foundations of a long-term sequence of study. You will also fulfill a requirement in your prospective major by taking a First-Year Launch course.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.

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Connect with a faculty member early in the educational process.

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Learn intensively among a small cohort of students.

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Apply methods for how scholars pose problems, discover solutions, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge – FY-LAUNCH.

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Produce knowledge through self-directed inquiry and active learning – FY-SEMINAR

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Analyze and communicate issues associated with a broad, introductory topic, covering a wide range of knowledge – FY-LAUNCH

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Analyze and communicate issues associated with a specific, advanced topic, covering a wide range of knowledge – FY-SEMINAR


Fall 2022 Course Offerings

Check Connect Carolina for the most up-to-date information about offerings, meeting times, instructional modes, and availability.

  • Seats are limited to incoming fall 2022 first-year students (and incoming fall 2022 transfer students with fewer than 24 transfer credits). Some first-years may be pre-registered into these class sections per their Pre-Registration Survey responses; they can register for the remaining seats during new first-year student registration sessions beginning in July. Transfer students who qualify may register for these sections as soon as their registration window begins.
  • Honors seats (noted by the “H” in the course number) are limited to Honors Carolina students until first-year registration sessions begin in July. At that time, all incoming first-year students and qualifying transfer students are welcome to register for these classes.


AAAD 51-001: Masquerades of Blackness

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Charlene Regester

This seminar is designed to investigate how the concept of race has been represented in cinema historically, with a particular focus on representations of race when blackness is masqueraded. Its intent is to launch an investigative inquiry into how African Americans are represented on screen in various time periods, how we as spectators are manipulated by these cinematic constructions of race, and how race is marked or coded other than through visual representation. Students will view films that deal with “passing” from the various historical periods and will utilize theoretical concepts introduced in class to read these visual representations. Films selected for viewing include the pre-World War II Era, the Civil Rights Era, and the “Post-Racial” era. Students will be required to write three papers that reflect their ability to apply theoretical concepts to reading racialized representations on screen in these three historical periods to demonstrate their understanding of how racial masquerades have evolved over time and continue to persist in contemporary culture.

Charlene Regester

Charlene Regester is an Associate Professor in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and Affiliate Faculty for the Global Cinema Minor. She received her BA, MA, Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960 (which was nominated by the press to the NAACP Image Awards). She is the 2011 recipient of the Trailblazer Award Hayti Heritage Film Festival and 2007 Oscar Micheaux Book and Film Award from the Oscar Micheaux Film Festival, South Dakota. She has appeared on North Carolina Bookwatch with UNC-TV 2011; WUNC-FM Radio “The State of Things;” and Turner Movie Classics. Documentaries in which she has appeared include: Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2003, Tom Thurman director), Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (2001), Madison Davis Lacy director), and Birth of a Movement (2017, Bestor Cram and Susan Gray directors).

 

AAAD 54-001: African Migrations, Boundaries, Displacements, and Belonging

FY Seminar | MW, 1:25 PM – 2:40 PM | Instructor(s): Michael Lambert

Boundary making, migration, and population displacement have been significant dimensions of the contemporary African experience. How has boundary making, broadly defined (inclusive of national borders, rural-urban distinctions, and ethnic and racial groupings, for example), shaped contemporary Africa? What types of and through what processes were boundaries were created? How did the African people respond to these processes? What population displacements unfolded in the context of this boundary making? And how did the people of Africa make sense of and understand boundary making, migration, and displacement? These are some of the questions we will be examining in this interactive and discussion oriented class. We will build our examination of these issues around six novels written by African authors. These novels will provide insight into the ways by which boundaries, migration, and displacement impacted the everyday lives of the African people.

Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert is an Associate Professor of African Studies and Anthropology. His research has principally been in francophone West Africa with a focus on issues related to migration. He has lived for over five years in Senegal and the neighboring nation of Mauritania, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, and he has travelled extensively throughout the continent. His first book, Longing for Exile: Migration and the Making of a Translocal Community in Senegal (West Africa) (Heinemann, 2002), explores the cultural and social history of urban migration in a Senegalese community. His most recent book (co-authored), Up from These Hills: Memories of Cherokee Boyhood (Nebraska [Bison Books], 2011), explores American Indian experience in the mid-20th century.

 

ANTH 53H-037: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Paul Leslie

Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is central to one of the most profound revolutions in the history of thought, generating stunning insights but also some misunderstanding and tragic abuse. This seminar aims to provide a clear understanding of how natural selection works, and how it doesn’t. We will examine objections to the theory; how the environmental and health problems we face today reflect processes of natural selection; and recent attempts to understand why we get sick, how we respond to disease, why we get old, why we choose mates the way we do, and more. Class sessions will feature a mix of lecture and discussion of concepts and issues. Students will also engage in small group projects—cooperative explorations of problems raised in class or in the readings and/or designing mini research projects.

Paul Leslie

Paul Leslie’s professional interests focus on human ecology, and he has pursued this primarily through research among nomadic peoples in East Africa. His most recent project entails studying (while nursing an aged Land Rover across the African savanna) human-environment interactions in northern Tanzania, especially how the changing land use and livelihood patterns of the Maasai people living there affect and are affected by wildlife and conservation efforts. When not teaching or practicing anthropology, he enjoys bicycling, motorcycling, woodworking, and jazz.

 

ANTH 62-001: Indian Country Today

FY Seminar | MWF, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM | Instructor(s): Valerie Lambert

With the United States as our geographic focus, this seminar explores a range of 20th- and early-21st-century American Indian topics and current issues. We look at Indian casinos, tribal colleges, identity, gender, tribal courts, sports, and other topics. An exploration of the history of American Indians before and after the arrival of Europeans, a history with which we begin the seminar, provides essential background for looking at the present and recent past. This seminar will help students better understand the challenges facing American Indian communities both internally and externally and the creative solutions being forged to address these challenges. It will also help students further develop skills in reading, writing, critical analysis, and public speaking.

Valerie Lambert

Valerie Lambert is an associate professor and an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and has won awards for undergraduate teaching and for a book she wrote about her tribe. She has twice been elected president of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists. Professor Lambert is married and the mother of two daughters, both of whom are college students.

 

ANTH 64-001: Public Archaeology in Bronzeville, Chicago's Black Metropolis

FY Seminar | MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM | Instructor(s): Anna Agbe-Davies

The term “African diaspora” usually refers to the consequences of the transatlantic slave trade, but there have been many diasporas of people of African descent. One major movement took place in the U.S. in the early 20th century when millions of people left small southern communities for large industrial northern cities. This seminar examines that phenomenon through the lens of a single site where migrants lived in the city of Chicago. The Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls was run by black women to provide social services for female migrants from 1926 through the 1960s. Research at this site combines elements of archaeology, anthropology and history to study their lives. Students, working in teams, will have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing research effort via analysis of written records and artifacts. This multidisciplinary project will be of interest to students curious about 20th century history, African-American culture, museums and heritage, women’s and gender studies, migration and labor history.

Anna Agbe-Davies

Anna Agbe-Davies is an historical archaeologist whose excavations have explored the plantation societies of the colonial southeastern US and Caribbean, as well as towns and cities of the 19th and 20th century Midwest, with an emphasis on sites of the African diaspora. Her projects have included excavation and community collaboration at the sites of New Philadelphia, Illinois and the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls on the south side of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests are strongly shaped by her own experiences as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary and the time she spent working in museum settings before becoming a professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was a staff archaeologist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Department of Archaeological Research.

 

ANTH 89-001: Don’t Dis My Disability

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Aalyia Sadruddin

In this course, we examine disability from the perspective of cultural and medical anthropology. Specifically, we consider how people living with physical, mental, visible, and invisible disabilities navigate physical and social spaces, deal with prejudices of all kinds, and experience everyday life. By engaging with leading anthropologists and activists, spending time with community-based disability groups on and off campus, and studying cross-cultural scholarship, we will learn about the richness and vitality of disability worlds. Furthermore, we will look at how societal and medical conceptions of disability are changing in the context of COVID-19, human-animal entanglements, and climate change. Overall, the people we meet and material we cover emphasize the multitude of ways in which a focus on disability can generate creative modes of thinking, connection, and experience in the twenty-first century.

Aalyia Sadruddin

Aalyia Sadruddin is a cultural and medical anthropologist who teaches and writes on topics related to aging, biomedical technologies, care, and political culture in postconflict societies. She is currently working on her first book, "After-After-Lives," which documents how women and men in Rwanda who witnessed multiple episodes of political and ethnic conflict between the late 1950s and early 1990s piece together their lives through everyday practices of care, death preparations, and storytelling. Aalyia was born and raised in Kenya and attended college in South Africa. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. Prior to joining the Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute of International & Public Affairs at Brown University. Outside of her academic life, Aalyia enjoys reading novels and watching tennis.

 

APPL 110-02F: Introduction to Design and Making: Developing Your Personal Design Potential

FY Launch | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Richard Goldberg

Students work in flexible, interdisciplinary teams to assess opportunities, brainstorm, and prototype solutions. Design thinking and physical prototyping skills are developed through fast-paced, iterative exercises in a variety of contexts and environments.

Richard Goldberg

Dr. Richard Goldberg is a Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Dr. Goldberg is leading the effort to develop new programs in Applied Sciences and Engineering, including a minor that started in 2020 and plans for an upcoming major. He is interested in developing programs that bridge ties between engineering and the liberal arts by promoting an entrepreneurial mindset in our students. His research interests are in engineering education, and in developing technology for people with disabilities.

 

ARTH 61-001: African American Art of the Carolinas

FY Seminar | MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM | Instructor(s): John Bowles

Focusing on the Carolinas, this seminar explores the many ways African Americans have used art to define themselves and their communities. We will ask how art has been used to maintain cultural traditions, shape American culture and build political solidarity from the era of colonialism and slavery to the present. We will study the cultivation of artistic practices from Africa; African American painters, sculptors and craftsmen who earned national reputations for the quality of their work; artists who re-imagined and redefined African American identity through art; and artists throughout the 20th century who represented the daily lives and hardships of rural and working-class blacks. Students will visit campus museums and archives and conduct original research using regional sources. Persistent questions throughout the semester will include, How does the art of African Americans in the Carolinas provoke us to question our own identities and roles within the region, and what is the contemporary role of art in shaping public discourse?

John Bowles

John Bowles received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2002 and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. He is an historian of African American art, who works from the assumption that art plays an important role in determining how we see ourselves as morally responsible individuals. In his research and teaching, he attempts to convey the urgency of art by addressing moral and political dilemmas we would often rather ignore. He has published articles and art criticism in various journals and has recently completed a book that examines the work of artist Adrian Piper. He is currently writing a book that explores how African American artists have engaged simultaneously with modernism, globalization and diaspora from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s until today.

 

ARTS 59-001: Time, A Doorway to Visual Expression

FY Seminar | MW, 2:30 PM – 4:25 PM | Instructor(s): Jim Hirschfield

Alice Walker wrote “Time moves slowly, but passes quickly”. Tennessee Williams wrote, “Time is the longest distance between two places”. Throughout history, time has captivated and inspired artists, writers and musicians. From subtle movements to clearly defined sequences of change, artists will manipulate the element of time to enhance their ideas. “Time, A Doorway to Visual Expression”, considers the concept of time from a variety of perspectives and provides a path to investigate your own notions of time. As a group, we examine this mystifying topic through readings and discussions of Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams and Leonard Shlain’s Art and Physics. We also watch films, analyze videos and listen to music as we express our personal views through the art making process. As a first-year seminar, the course presumes no previous art experience and students may carry out their projects through a medium of their chossing (e.g., drawing, photography, painting, video, sound, performance and/or sculpture). We will immerse ourselves in the subject of time and create works of art inspired by our personal experiences and increased understanding of Time.

Jim Hirschfield

Jim Hirschfield is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art and Art History who as began contemplating the experience of time during his travels through the deserts of the southwest in his VW Microbus. He still treasures the experience of travel, which up until the recent pandemic, he would traveled for his artworks, for his research, with students enrolling in his study abroad summer program in Italy, and for adventure. Jim has received a number of art commissions from cities across the country: From Anchorage, Alaska to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and from San Diego, California to Orono, Maine. He has also received numerous awards for his art installations, which he describes as explorations in meditative and ethereal environments that expand our perceptions of time.

 

ASIA 72-001: Transnational Korea: Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

FY Seminar | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Jonathan Kief

Taking the recent Korean Wave phenomenon as its point of departure, this course introduces students to the history of transnational imaginations in modern and contemporary Korean culture. Drawing upon literature, film, television, and secondary scholarship, we will explore how a diverse array of Korean cultural producers have used narratives of cross-border travel, migration, and exchange to rethink Korea’s place in the world and refashion Korean identity. In each section of the course, we will consider a different domain or dimension of border-crossing activity: education; labor; migration and diaspora; North-South interactions; war and military; cosmopolitan imaginings and the making of “global Korea.” In so doing, we will learn to think critically about the relationship between works from colonial Korea, postcolonial North Korea, postcolonial South Korea, and the Korean diaspora, and we will also gain a more nuanced understanding of popular culture’s place within its broader social and historical contexts.

Jonathan Kief

Jonathan Kief is a scholar of modern Korean literature and culture whose research focuses on interactions between words and images in postcolonial North and South Korea. He is also interested in the Korean diaspora, the history of Korean translation practices, and the history of radio and television in Cold War-era East Asia. His teaching combines literature, film, and popular culture to help students explore both the contemporary globalization of Korean culture and the robust history of transnational exchanges that it builds upon. Before moving to North Carolina, he lived in Korea, Japan, and many different parts of the U.S.

 

ASIA 89-001: Love in China

FY Seminar | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Keren He

We all know that love is not easy. But what makes it so complicated? This course examines how the Chinese conception of “love” offers a key for us to understand Chinese emotions, family structure, gender and sexuality, consumer desire, as well as political passion. We will probe into these issues through some of the most essential Chinese cultural texts from the 8th century B.C.E. to the 21st century, reading a variety of genres including poetry, fictional narratives, and films. We will also visit the Ackland Art Museum and engage with creative transmedia storytelling, exploring different perspectives to approach primary sources. By the end of the course, you will be able to deconstruct fixed notions about love in the contemporary West, and broaden your perceptions of selfhood, partnership, and community through “love” in the Chinese-speaking world. No prior knowledge of Chinese language and culture is required, and all readings are available in English translation.

Keren He

Keren He specializes in modern Chinese literature, media, and popular culture. Her research focuses on how aging and suicide negotiated “the politics of life” in the Chinese-speaking world. She is also interested in posthumanism, queer theory, and game studies in China and Sinophone regions. She had lived in Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong before receiving her Ph.D. at Stanford University.

 

BIOL 101-01F: Principles of Biology

FY Launch | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Alaina Garland

This course is the prerequisite to most higher courses in biology. An introduction to the fundamental principles of biology, including cell structure, chemistry, and function; genetics; evolution; adaptation; and ecology. (See department concerning Advanced Placement credit.) Three lecture hours a week.

Alaina Garland

 

BIOL 89-001: Unsolved Problems in the Genomic Age

FY Seminar | TTH, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM | Instructor(s): Kerry Bloom

We are living in times of a genetic revolution. We have sequenced the human genome and are in a position to transform medical treatment in the world. In spite of the advances in DNA sequencing, there remain mysteries in terms of how the cell accesses genetic information and how our genomes are transmitted to progeny cells with such high fidelity. The principles governing chromosome organization have been discovered through advances in biology, physics, statistics and computational sciences. This class will explore advances from the diverse disciplines and discuss the successes and limitations of the different approaches.

Kerry Bloom

Dr. Kerry Bloom has a long-standing interest in chromosomes. How does the cell pack 2 meters of DNA into a tiny (10 micron) cell. We use a combination of tools including genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, polymer physics, computer simulations and molecular modeling to understand basic mechanisms of chromosome organization and segregation.

 

CHEM 101-01F: General Descriptive Chemistry I

FY Launch | MWF, 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM | Instructor(s): Jillian Dempsey | Lab/Recitation: various REC sections available

Prerequisite, MATH 110. Chemistry 101 is the first half of a yearlong overview of the exciting field of chemistry, the study of the properties and changes of matter and energy. Students will be exposed to many new concepts, techniques and phenomena including atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, conservation of mass and energy and thermochemical changes. Chemistry 101 is a pre-requisite for Chemistry 102, and together, Chemistry 101 and 102 are the gateway to all courses in chemistry.

Jillian Dempsey

Professor Jillian Dempsey develops strategies to use sunlight to drive the production of liquid fuels. Liquid solar fuels are expected to be an important component of our future global energy portfolio. In the lab, Professor Dempsey works with undergraduate and graduate students to advance the chemistry crucial to realizing liquid solar fuels. In the classroom, she's passionate about helping draw connections between fundamental chemical concepts and real world applications of chemistry. Professor Dempsey is the Deputy Director of the Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE).

 

CHEM 102-01F: General Descriptive Chemistry II

FY Launch | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Domenic John Tiani

CHEM 101 and 101L; C- or better required in CHEM 101 and from community college or AP/IB exam. The General Descriptive Chemistry II course is a continuation of Introduction to College Chemistry (CHEM 101) and considers a range of important and fascinating topics: • How do batteries, which are potential energy in a metal housing, work? • Why does sweating cool us? Why is sweating more effective in a dry desert than in humid North Carolina? How is the same effect achieved when dogs pant? • Why does brining the roads before an ice storm make it safer to travel? How does the salt lower the temperature at which liquid water turns into slippery ice? Why does salt dissolve in water anyway? • How does an enzyme increase the rate of a biochemical reaction? • What is a semiconductor, present in electronics and solar panels, and how is it different from a metal? CHEM 102 is a wonderful course because so many concepts you will learn can be found in real-world examples and will be concepts you would utilize in a range of other disciplines and areas of study, not just chemistry. Bulk properties of gases, liquids and solids, intermolecular forces, solutions and solution behavior, chemical equilibria, spontaneity and Gibbs energy, chemical kinetics and rates of reactions, acid-base chemistry, and electrochemistry. (thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, intermolecular forces, solutions and solution behavior, bulk properties of gases, liquids and solids, acid-base chemistry, and electrochemistry). What is exciting about the First-Year Launch CHEM 102 class is that you will explore how the concepts you are learning in class reveal themselves in the world around you, and in modern research endeavors. In addition, we will build community, examine data and concepts, and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. One planned activity will be to find examples of the concepts in the news and taking the first 5 minutes of class to share with the rest of the class, whether medically related examples, environmental examples, materials science examples, or other areas that interest you. Unlike regular CHEM 102 classes, we will help you engage with the science in meaningful ways, while also allowing you to learn how scientists think and solve problems. We’ll bring current research into the classroom, whether by interviewing research faculty to learn how they got interested in their area of chemistry and learn about the research they conduct, or attending a research seminar that would have concepts pertinent to class topics, or a research scientist as a guest lecturer. UNC is one of the top research institutions in the world, so we have as a goal to expose all of you to what is happening at UNC. Because the FYL classes are capped at 30 students, a lot like our First-Year Seminar classes and some of our Honors Chemistry classes, students will get to experience a small class environment. The class will become its own community as we explore these concepts together and begin to fill your “toolbox” with those tools that will allow you to be successful in your upper level classes, and be excited about what you are learning. All the introductory chemistry classes at UNC are high structured active learning classes, so we will use evidence-based pedagogical methods to help you master course goals. While introductory chemistry classes can sometimes make students a little nervous, we as a class will be walking this path together to learn, to explore, and to grow in our appreciation of chemistry.

This will be an in-person class with in-person exams; no remote options. The FY Launch section will take their exams during the regular class exam time and not during the common time with all the other CHEM 101 and 102 sections.

Domenic John Tiani

Dr. Domenic Tiani has been teaching at UNC since 2003, teaching a range of courses and labs. Dr. Tiani is an analytical chemist by training, working in the areas of spectroscopy and surface analysis during graduate school. Dr. Tiani was very interested in investigating the chemistry that occurs at interfaces and developing tools to help accomplish those measurements. At UNC he is part of a larger team of term faculty members that focus on chemical education, lab and curriculum development, and improving learning outcomes for students taking chemistry courses. He is committed to helping students be successful in chemistry and provide them with the tools to be prepared for their successive STEM classes. Dr. Tiani is an energetic teacher and a past recipient of The Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching at UNC-CH. He was a first-generation college student, as well as a transfer student when he was an undergraduate, so he can relate to a lot of other Carolina Firsts and transfer students he meets at UNC. Dr. Tiani also serves as one of three faculty advisers in the Department of Chemistry, he is a Carolina First Advocate, and a Carolina Covenant Mentor.

 

CHEM 89-001: Bread from Air? The Chemistry of Fertilizers

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Alexander Miller

Fear of a global famine inspired chemist Fritz Haber’s research into the production of ammonia from nitrogen in the air. Following a breakthrough laboratory discovery, engineer Carl Bosch led the development of a large-scale industrial process to produce ammonia… and together they changed the world. This First Year Seminar will introduce concepts of scientific inquiry and interdisciplinary collaboration in the context of the humankind’s utilization of fertilizers. Weaving together elements of plant biology, chemical synthesis and catalysis, environmental science, and technoeconomic analysis, the course will critically examine the past, present, and future of fertilizers.

Alexander Miller

Professor Alexander Miller is fascinated by the ability to control chemical reactivity by altering molecular structures based on transition metal ions. He gets to work with an incredible group of chemists to help apply chemical principles to grand challenges in alternative energy and sustainability, including projects that can underpin the development of light-driven fuel production and sustainable ammonia synthesis. Prof. Miller is an enthusiastic teacher who believes in the power of student-driven discovery. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and was (when he was younger) included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in the Energy category.

 

CLAS 51H-001: Greek Drama from Page to Stage

FY Seminar | MWF, 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM | Instructor(s): Al Duncan

Taking a participatory approach to ancient Greek drama, this course pairs readings from three Athenian playwrights (Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes) with performance-oriented activities and scholarship. At its most traditional, this course surveys the historical and cultural context of the so-called “classical” Athens of the fifth-century BCE, emphasizing the political, religious, and aesthetic forces that gave rise to humankind’s first recorded theater. More innovatively, this course probes the dual nature of theater, its distinct but intertwined existences as codified script and socially-embedded performance, through sustained investigations of some of its most influential texts and their modern reception in a global context with case studies focused on post-Apartheid South African and 21st-century Chicanx experiences. Through a variety of original compositions (including Tweets, TikTok/FlipGrid videos, character backstories, stand-up routines, director’s notes, and scholarly analyses), students gain practical experience and theoretical insight into the ways text, performance, and culture interact. Through improvisational activities, recorded videos, and scene rehearsals, students become thespians in their own right, pressing the limits of how far performance might extend beyond the traditional stage. Class trips to Davis Library, the Forest Theater, and live performances introduce first-year students to some of the academic and cultural resources UNC offers.

Al Duncan

Al Duncan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics. He holds a B.A. in English and Classical Languages & Literature from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Classics and the Humanities from Stanford University. Having previously taught in Classics and Comparative Literature at the University at Utah, he joined the Carolina faculty in 2015, where he teaches a variety of courses on ancient Greek language and literature and ancient Mediterranean culture. Professor Duncan’s research focuses on theatrical production, aesthetics, and genre. He is currently preparing a book on ugliness in Greek drama, as well as several chapters and articles on the material and cognitive aspects of ancient theater.

 

CLAS 57H-001: Dead and Deadly Women: Greek Tragic Heroines from Aeschylus to Eliot

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Sharon James

In this course, we will study the great tragic heroines of ancient Greek drama, focusing on Clytemnestra, Medea, Alcestis, Phaedra, the Trojan Women, Antigone. We will also read a contemporary novel, by Fay Weldon, that engages many of these mythic women. We will studythe Greek tragedies intensively, along with their reception in later art, from paintings to poems, stage productions to sculptures, operas to ballets. Our questions will include: why does Greek tragedy focus so intensely on women? Are the playwrights misogynists or do they express some sympathy for women? What about these female characters grabbed the imaginations not only of ancient Greek playwrights but of later writers, painters, composers, not to mention readers? How are their stories relevant to the 21st century? Did the ancient Athenians know something we don’t?

Sharon James

Professor Sharon James specializes in Roman comedy, Latin poetry, and women in ancient Greece and Rome. She has published many articles on these subjects, as well as a book on Roman love elegy (published in 2003); she is currently preparing a large-scale book on women in Greek and Roman New Comedy (the plays of Menander, Plautus, and Terence). She is also the co-editor of Blackwell’s Companion to Women in the Ancient World (published 2012). Professor James regularly teaches all these subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her lecture courses, CLAS/WMST 240/240H (Women in Ancient Greece) and CLAS/WMST 241/241H (Women in Ancient Rome) are cross-listed between Classics and Women’s Studies. In summer 2012 she co-directed an NEH Institute on the performance of Roman comedy. In 2013, she won the University’s William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Inspirational Teaching; in 2021, she won the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 

CLAS 59-001: Ancient Magic and Religion

FY Seminar | MWF, 12:20 PM – 1:10 PM | Instructor(s): Suzanne Lye

Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans – from simple spells to complex group rituals, ancient societies made use of both magic and religion to try to influence the world around them. In this course, we shall examine the roles of magic and religion in the ancient Greek
and Roman worlds, paying special attention to their local contexts and to the myths and actual techniques ancient practitioners used to serve their clientele.

In this class, we examine descriptions of religious and magical practices in the multicultural contexts of ancient Greece and Rome. Our sources include literary accounts, legal documents, and material objects, such as inscriptions, amulets, tablets, magical images, and papyri. Additionally, instruction for this class incorporates a combination of locations and technologies, including the the BeAM Makerspaces, the Greenlaw Gameroom, and the Ackland Art Museum. During the course of the term, students will be expected to analyze ancient literature and material artifacts, construct replicas of ancient objects, and explore reconstructions of the ancient Greco-Roman world in video games.

Suzanne Lye

Suzanne Lye received her A.B. from Harvard University, where she studied organic chemistry and the history of antibiotics. After receiving her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth College. At present, she is working on a book-length project about conceptions of the afterlife in ancient Greek Underworld narratives from Homer to Lucian. She has also participated in several digital humanities initiatives through Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, including the Homer Multitext Project. She has published on ancient epic, ancient religion and magic, ancient representations of gender and ethnicity, modern pedagogy, and Classical reception.

 

CMPL 62-001: Curiosity and the Birth of the Imagination

FY Seminar | MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM | Instructor(s): Marsha S. Collins

Today we tend to see curiosity and imagination as two peas in a very positive pod. Yet, although they have often been linked together, neither curiosity nor the imagination has always been viewed in such a favorable light. Pandora’s curiosity supposedly unleashed all ills and calamities upon the world. In the sixteenth century, Michel de Montaigne famously called the imagination a “runaway horse” and asserted that the imagination brings fevers and death to those who give it a free hand and encourage it. How did we get from Pandora’s calamitous curiosity and Montaigne’s death-dealing imagination to Epcot Center’s gleeful celebration of curiosity and the imagination? In this course, we will seek answers to this question by looking back in time to the thought and literature of classical antiquity and Early Modern Europe–to writings by Plato, Lucian, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and others.

Marsha S. Collins

Marsha S. Collins is a Professor of Comparative Literature.  Her research focuses on Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture in the context of Early Modern Europe, Literature and the Visual Arts, and Idealizing Forms of Literature. She is the author of three books, over thirty articles, and is currently writing a book on friendship and community in Cervantes’s Don Quixote. She loves dogs, yoga, piano, travel, being at the ocean, and spending time with family and friends.

 

COMM 140-01F: Introduction to Media History, Theory, and Criticism

FY Launch | MWF, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM | Instructor(s): David Monje

An introduction to the critical analysis of film, television, advertising, video, and new media texts, contexts, and audiences.

David Monje

Dr. David Monje’s research and teaching interests are in the environment, art, aesthetics and politics. He has travelled widely pursuing these interests and brings a broad perspective to the class. His interdisciplinary approach to teaching is informed by his education: he has BFA in painting, a BA in Linguistics, an MA in Communication and Society, and Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Communication.

 

COMM 170-01F: Rhetoric and Public Issues

FY Launch | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Cori Dauber

Examines the basic nature and importance of rhetoric and argumentation. Attention is devoted to interpreting the persuasive function of texts and their relation to modern forms of life.

Cori Dauber

Dr. Cori E. Dauber (@coridauber) is Professor of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also a Research Fellow at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS.) She is co-editor of Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online Environment (US Army War College Press, 2014), and the author of You Tube War: Fighting in a World of Cameras in Every Cell Phone and Photoshop on Every Computer (US Army War College Press, 2010). She has been the Visiting Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. Her research focus is the communication strategies of terrorist groups, with a particular focus on their use of visual imagery. Her work has been published in venues such as Military Review, Armed Forces & Society, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Jihadology.net, and she has presented her research to the Canadian Forces College, the John Kennedy School for Special Warfare, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the NATO Communication and Information Conference among others. Dr. Dauber holds a Ph.D. and BS from Northwestern University, and an MA from Chapel Hill, all in Communication Studies.

 

COMM 63-001: The Creative Process in Performance

FY Seminar | MW, 1:25 PM – 2:40 PM | Instructor(s): Joseph Megel

Students in this seminar will attend and study the production process of multimedia, music, dance and theater performances on campus and on-line. The Process Series of the Performance Studies program in the Department of Communication Studies, Playmakers, Carolina Performing Arts, and others across campus and additional on-line performance. We will discuss how performance as it was experienced (pre-Covid) and as it currently experienced. We will examine performance through multiple lenses, from Aristotle’s Poetics, Peter Brooks’s Empty Space, up to current writing from Performance Studies scholars. We will explore the ways that performances engage us, communicating powerful ideas and emotions through their various media of expression. Students will research performance pieces, interview the performers, attend rehearsals and performances, and write essays that combine their own experiences of the performances with class readings. Students will also create their own performance pieces as they observe the relationship of preparation and practice to the spontaneity and surprise of performance.

Joseph Megel

Joseph Megel has spent the last 20 years focusing on the direction and development of new works, for theatre, film and video. Mr. Megel is a member of SSDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers), Co-Artistic Director of StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and an Associate Artist for The Working Theatre in New York. He holds the M.F.A. degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University. He served for six years as Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, a new play development theatre, and continues to serve as Co-Executive Producer of Harland’s Creek Productions, producer of New York premieres of new plays, developmental producer of screenplays, readings and films.

 

COMP 89-084: Computing All Around Us

FY Seminar | MW, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Instructor(s): Parasara Sridhar Duggirala

The majority of computing devices are not inside personal computers, laptops, or in data centers. Instead, they are integrated into multiple objects around us. From the small computers integrated into water taps that automatically shut off when not in use to the integrated computers assessing the health of jet engines, these computers are pervasive and impact several walks of life. In this course, we study such embedded devices. We first investigate the various applications of such embedded computing systems in our day to day lives. We then understand the design principles behind these embedded devices by studying the design constraints and the possible space of solutions. Finally, we will pick a specific application of interest and design an embedded system for that application.

Parasara Sridhar Duggirala

Parasara Sridhar Duggirala is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interest are in designing safe autonomous systems, techniques for rigorously proving properties of software systems, and embedded and real-time systems. He teaches undergraduate students how to write proofs without making them seem too daunting. He has mentored several undergraduate students in building miniature autonomous vehicles and has participated and won a couple of autonomous vehicle racing competitions. He sometimes entertains his students by integrating memes into lectures, juggling in class, and reciting a ridiculous number of digits of pi.

 

DRAM 120-01F: Play Analysis

FY Launch | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Mark Perry

Development of the skill to analyze plays for academic and production purposes through the intensive study of representative plays. DRAM 120 is the first course in the major and the minor in dramatic art.

Mark Perry

Mark Perry teaches playwriting, play analysis and dramaturgy and serves as a resident dramaturg with PlayMakers Repertory Company. His plays A New Dress for Mona and The Will of Bernard Boynton have been produced by UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art, and both scripts are available from Drama Circle. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop and a former recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Literature Fellowship for playwriting.

 

DRAM 79-001: The Heart of the Play: Fundamentals of Acting, Playwriting, and Collaboration

FY Seminar | MW, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Instructor(s): Mark Perry

The goal of this seminar is to get you doing theatre, to spark your creativity and to connect you with the deeper lessons of this dynamic art form. You will act. You will write. You will work with others. It will not always be easy, but if you are willing to stretch yourself, you should have a great time. Each lesson is organized around a principle or virtue inherent in the practice of the art. Participants study a quotation or two that relate to that principle and then engage in drama exercises that spring from that principle. By the end of the course, you will have gained skills to make you comfortable to write, stage and perform your own 10 minute plays. Not just for those interested in pursuing theatre, this seminar will give you a more holistic understanding of essential principles in the practice of your life.

Mark Perry

Mark Perry teaches playwriting, play analysis and dramaturgy and serves as a resident dramaturg with PlayMakers Repertory Company. His plays A New Dress for Mona and The Will of Bernard Boynton have been produced by UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art, and both scripts are available from Drama Circle. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop and a former recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Literature Fellowship for playwriting.

 

DRAM 81H-001: Staging America: The American Drama

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Gregory Kable

This seminar examines our national drama from its colonial origins to the present. Participants read plays and criticism, screen videos, engage in critical writing, and consider performance as related means of exploring the visions and revisions constituting American dramatic history. We will approach American drama as both a literary and commercial art form, and look to its history to provide a context for current American theater practice. Readings are chosen for their intrinsic merit and historical importance, but also for their treatment of key issues and events in American life. Our focus throughout will be on the forces that shaped the American drama as well as, in turn, that drama’s ability to shed light on the national experience.

Gregory Kable

Gregory Kable is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art, where he teaches dramatic literature, theatre history, and performance courses and serves as an Associate Dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. He also teaches seminars on Modern British Drama and American Musicals for the Honors program. He has directed dozens of productions at UNC and throughout the local community, and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

 

DRAM 83-001: Spectacle in the Theatre

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): David Navalinsky

This seminar will explore the artists, art and technology involved in creating the world of the play. It is intended as an overview for students who want to learn about theatrical design. Students will create their own designs in the areas of scenery, costumes, and lighting for three plays throughout the semester. The plays will be placed outside of their traditional setting while still maintaining the story and themes. Students have placed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a trailer park and a daycare center for example. Careful historical research, close reading and analysis, text and source material, and collaboration will be the focus of the student projects.

David Navalinsky

David Navalinsky is the Director of Undergraduate Production in the Department of Dramatic Art. David has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Mississippi. David’s recent design work includes scenery for The Uncanny Valley by Francesca Talenti. The Uncanny Valley featured a Robothespian™, which is exactly what it sounds like. He has also written a documentary theatre piece Priceless Gem: An Athlete Story, which tells the stories of UNC athletes. David has worked professionally at South Coast Repertory in Orange County California, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and the Karamu Performing Arts Theatre in Cleveland, OH. Some of David’s favorite projects were at the Dallas Children’s Theater where he made a dinosaur collapse and pirates walk the plank.

 

ECON 101H-01F: Introduction to Economics

FY Launch | MWF, 1:25 PM – 2:15 PM | Instructor(s): Rita Balaban | Lab/Recitation: ECON 101H-601

Introduction to fundamental issues in economics including competition, scarcity, opportunity cost, resource allocation, unemployment, inflation, and the determination of prices.

Rita Balaban

Rita Balaban is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill where she has been a faculty member since 2006. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and prior to her arrival at UNC-CH, she taught at Samford University and the College of Charleston. Rita is an experienced teacher whose teaching interests are in Applied Microeconomics, specifically the Economics of Sports. She has won several university-wide teaching awards including the Chapman Family Award (201) and the Tanner Award (2015) for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her research interests are in economics pedagogy and she has presented her work at conferences in Wilmington, Philadelphia and San Diego.

 

ENGL 129-01F: Literature and Cultural Diversity

FY Launch | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Søren G. Palmer

Fulfills a major core requirement. Studies in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, Anglo-Indian, Caribbean, gay-lesbian, and other literatures written in English.

Søren G. Palmer

Søren G. Palmer’s work has appeared in Barely South Review, Ecotone, Huffington Post, North American Review and been shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He holds an MTS from Vanderbilt Divinity School, an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State and a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Durham with his wife and three dogs.

 

ENGL 66-001: Blake 2.0: William Blake in Popular Culture

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Joseph Viscomi

William Blake, the visionary poet, artist and printmaker of the British Romantic period, has had enormous influence on modern art and popular culture. His illuminated poetry integrated word and image anticipating graphic novels and influencing many modern musicians, poets, writers (including Pullman, His Dark Materials Trilogy, Bono, Patti Smith and Jim Morrison). Using the Blake Archive, a hypertext of Blake’s poetry and art, we will study key Blake works as well as the digital medium that enables us to study these works in new ways. We will also explore the Web for performances and adaptations of the works we study and for works by musicians, painters, poets, writers, actors, playwrights, performers, dancers and film and video makers who were or are inspired or influenced by Blake. Students will share their discoveries with the class and produce critical or creative responses to a work by Blake or by an influenced artist.

Joseph Viscomi

Joseph Viscomi, the James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of English Literature, directs and co-edits the William Blake Archive blakearchive.org. His special interests are British Romantic literature, art, and printmaking. He has co-edited 9 illuminated works for The William Blake Trust and over 172 electronic editions of Blakes literary and art works for the Blake Archive. He is the author of Prints by Blake and his Followers, Blake and the Idea of the Book, and Blake’s Printed Paintings: Methods, Origins, Meanings. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, Getty Foundation, and the National Humanities Center.

 

ENGL 74-001: Epic/Anti-Epic in Western Literature

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Jessica Wolfe

In this course, students will study epic and anti-epic strains in Western literature, reading key texts in the epic tradition from Homer and Virgil through the 20th century in light of various challenges to that tradition and tensions within it.

Jessica Wolfe

Jessica Wolfe (Marcel Bataillon Professor of English and Comparative Literature) has taught at UNC for two decades, principally as a scholar of the intellectual and literary history of the English and European Renaissance (ca. 1450-1700). Her research focuses on the history of science (or “natural philosophy”) from ancient Greece through the late seventeenth century, on topics ranging from unicorns and glow-worms to early writings on magnetism and electricity, mechanics, and the science of the soul.

 

ENGL 89-002: Human Rights and Literature

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Stephanie Degooyer

In this class we will investigate the history of human rights from the perspective of literature. We will explore how rights are represented and narrated in novels such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and how founding declarations—famously, the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789), and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)—rely on fictional structures. While attending to some of the more politically contentious issues involved with human rights, such as the claim that universal rights lack political and legal enforcement, we will also consider the following questions: how does fiction help articulate and represent claims to human rights? Why might a political philosopher or legal scholar turn to a work of fiction from the eighteenth century or present day in order to make an argument about human rights? Alongside theoretical and historical writings about human rights we will read authors such as Hannah Arendt, Edmund Burke, Behrouz Boochani, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Hobbes, Mohsin Hamid, Thomas Paine, Mary Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Stephanie Degooyer

Stephanie Degooyer’s research examines intersections between law and literature, with interests in immigration, migration, history of disease and global health, and human rights and humanitarianism. She teaches classes on law and literature, transatlantic and colonial literature, Medical Humanities, and theories and history of the novel. Stephanie Degooyer’s forthcoming book, Acts of Naturalization, (JHUP, 2022) looks to the legal process of naturalization in the long eighteenth century to argue for a new fictional conception of nationality in early modernity. She is currently working on two projects: Asylum Nation: Refugees and the Founding of America, which traces the colonial history of legal concepts such as “asylum” and “refugees” in British common law and early American legal and literary history, and a book project on the history and social function of unidentified bodily remains. She is co-author of The Right to Have Rights (Verso Books, 2018), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to the Novel (forthcoming 2023). She has written on a variety of topics – immigration, borders, vaccines, disease, and literature – for The Nation, Guardian, Dissent, Boston Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, Humanity, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books.

 

ENGL 89H-001: American Poetry in Motion

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Eliza Richards

This course focuses on the creative processes involved in writing poetry. We will look at poets’ revisions of their work, their statements about poetry, their letters to and from other writers, and the publication and reception of their poems in their own time. We will concentrate on specific case studies: the manuscripts and letter-poems of the reclusive writer Emily Dickinson; the notebooks, letters, and poems of Walt Whitman that he wrote while tending the wounded in the Civil War hospitals; the poems, manuscripts, and letters of George Moses Horton, who taught himself to read and write and published two books of poetry while enslaved in North Carolina; and the drafts, revisions, and animal drawings of twentieth-century modernist Marianne Moore. The course seeks to develop close reading skills that are crucial for interpreting poetry; to explore how social and cultural conditions both limit and enable poetic expression, and how poets analyze and criticize those conditions; to strengthen writing and oral communication skills; and to develop research skills.

Eliza Richards

Eliza Richards is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She teaches American literature before 1900 and American poetry. She has written about Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, the poetry of the US Civil War, and popular women’s poetry. Professor Richards has won awards for teaching on both the graduate and undergraduate level.

 

ENGL 89H-002: The Machine Mistake from Frankenstein to the Smartphone 

FY Seminar | MWF, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM | Instructor(s): David A. Ross

There is the assumption that science fiction propagandizes for the gleaming gadgetry that it depicts. It’s true that science fiction often endorses the scientific endeavor and worldview. It’s further true that the science fictionists of the 1940s and 1950s tended to pine for the space age that began in 1969. But even at its giddiest and wonkiest, science fiction remembers the lesson of Frankenstein. It remembers that our monsters develop ideas of their own; that they wind up haunting us and even hunting us; that our innovations—however seemingly benign—however fenced and fail-safe—threaten to escape our control and our comprehension. This course traces the genealogy of this machine anxiety. Our guiding questions will be: What are machines? Does the artificially intelligent “machine” cease to be a machine? Are machines “natural” or “unnatural”? Are they heretical? Are their dangers inherent? How do they change us?

Our course epigraph might paraphrase Winston Churchill: We shape our machines; thereafter they shape us.

David A. Ross

Dr. David A. Ross is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He has been a member of the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC–Chapel Hill since 2002. He is the author of A Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats (2009) and the co-editor/co-translator of The Search for the Avant-Garde, 1946¬–1969 (2012), the descriptive catalogue of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. A collector and dilettante scholar of traditional Chinese painting, he has served as president of Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies and as both editor and book review editor of the Southeast Review of Asian Studies.

 

ENVR 89-001: Environment-ECUIPP Lab: Connecting with Communities through Environmental Research for Public Health

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Amanda Northcross

This course is an entry into an undergraduate learning community organized by the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. The ECUIPP Lab (Environmentally-Engaged Communities and Undergraduate students Investigating for Public health Protection) is a creative community of students, faculty members and practice partners. Students in ENVR 89-001 will become members of the Environment-ECUIPP Lab. Over the course of the semester they will design and conduct research that addresses a pressing environmental health issue in a local community. Students will work with the local community partner to develop a research question and use the resources of the ECUIPP Lab and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering to answer the question through the research process. The course is a hands-on undergraduate research experience

Amanda Northcross

Prof. Amanda Northcross likes to build things and enjoys working together with students and communities to explore environmental health concerns, design field campaigns, and build and deploy networks of sensors to answer environmental health questions. With BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical and environmental engineering she is passionate about health equity. Dr. Northcross has conducted environmental health and engineering research in Guatemala, Brazil, Nigeria and the United States. She will work together with faculty from UNC’s Water Institute to conduct community-engaged environmental research with first year students.

 

ENVR 89-002: Environment-ECUIPP Lab: Connecting with Communities through Environmental Research for Public Health

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Amanda Northcross

This course is an entry into an undergraduate learning community organized by the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. The ECUIPP Lab (Environmentally-Engaged Communities and Undergraduate students Investigating for Public health Protection) is a creative community of students, faculty members and practice partners. Students in ENVR 89-001 will become members of the Environment-ECUIPP Lab. Over the course of the semester they will design and conduct research that addresses a pressing environmental health issue in a local community. Students will work with the local community partner to develop a research question and use the resources of the ECUIPP Lab and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering to answer the question through the research process. The course is a hands-on undergraduate research experience.

Amanda Northcross

Prof. Amanda Northcross likes to build things and enjoys working together with students and communities to explore environmental health concerns, design field campaigns, and build and deploy networks of sensors to answer environmental health questions. With BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical and environmental engineering she is passionate about health equity. Dr. Northcross has conducted environmental health and engineering research in Guatemala, Brazil, Nigeria and the United States. She will work together with faculty from UNC’s Water Institute to conduct community-engaged environmental research with first year students.

 

FREN 65-001: La mode: Fashion in French Culture

FY Seminar | MW, 1:25 PM – 2:40 PM | Instructor(s): Ellen Welch

French culture and fashion have been synonymous since the age of Louis XIV. This is not only because Paris traditionally occupied the center of the global fashion industry. It’s also because fashion has a respected place in French culture. This seminar investigates what fashion has meant to French-speaking writers, artists, and philosophers through the centuries. We will explore key episodes in the history of French fashion from the emergence of the idea of fashion in the seventeenth century, to Marie-Antoinette’s role as fashion icon, to the birth of haute couture in the 20th century, to contemporary debates about fashion’s impact on the environment and global economy. Along the way, we will discover how French thinkers have interpreted the allure and significance of fashion from multiple perspectives. In short, we will consider what it means to take fashion seriously. This seminar will take place in English. No knowledge of French is required (although French speakers are very welcome!).

Ellen Welch

Ellen Welch is a Professor in the French & Francophone Studies program where she teaches on French cultural history, literature, and theater and performance. A specialist of Ancien Régime France, she has written books on the history of exoticism in French literature and on the role of the performing arts (especially ballet) in early modern diplomacy. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Brown University, where working on an honors thesis sparked the passion for research that she now enjoys sharing with UNC undergrads.

 

GEOG 52-001: Political Ecology of Health and Disease

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Michael Emch

This course examines the ecology of infectious diseases including environmental and anthropogenic drivers of those diseases. During the semester we will focus on several case studies of diseases including COVID-19, malaria, cholera, and HIV/AIDS. The biophysical and evolutionary drivers of diseases will be examined as well as the political, economic, social, and environmental systems that shape health and disease across spatial and temporal scales. A political ecological framework is used to examine such topics as how political forces and economic interests helped shape the HIV/AIDS and malaria pandemics in Africa and beyond. We will also examine how emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19 diffuse through populations and how public health efforts and geographical and epidemiological modelling and analyses can be used to predict and limit their spread.

Michael Emch

Michael Emch is W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Geography and Epidemiology at UNC. His expertise is in infectious disease ecology, spatial epidemiology, neighborhood determinants of health, and geographic information science applications of public health. He leads the Spatial Health Research Group which conducts research that explores spatio-temporal patterns of disease, primarily infectious diseases of the developing world. His research group focuses on diverse topics such as the role of population-environment drivers in pathogen evolution, how social connectivity contributes to disease incidence, and using environmental indicators to predict disease outbreaks. For more information see the Spatial Health Research Group website at spatialhealth.web.unc.edu/.

 

GEOG 67-001: Politics of Everyday Life

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Sara Smith

This seminar examines the ways that politics, especially contests over territory, are part of our day-to-day life. We will explore a range of cases, from immigration policy and rhetoric in the US, to popular representations of geopolitics in film, to the politics of family planning in India. How do questions of love, friendship, family and youth identity tie into the international and national political stories that we see on the news? What does national identity have to do with our individual sense of self? We will also explore alternative ways that international politics have been studied, as feminist geopolitics or anti-geopolitics and questions of citizenship. Work for the seminar will involve original research on intersections of international politics and students’ daily life, as well as exploring representations of geopolitical issues in the media, film and fiction.

Sara Smith

Sara Smith is a political geographer with a South Asia focus, specializing in feminist political geography and political geographies of youth and the future. She has been involved in non-profit work and research in India since 1999. Her Ph.D. is in geography, and she has been teaching in UNC’s Department of Geography since 2009. Professor Smith’s current research in the Ladakh region of India’s Jammu and Kashmir State addresses the ways that individuals’ personal lives (especially their decisions about love and babies) are entangled in territorial struggle. Smith is developing a new project about how marginalized young people from India’s remote mountain regions experience university life in major Indian cities and how this shapes their politics. If you are curious, you can find out more about this work on her faculty website: https://sarasmith.web.unc.edu/.

 

GEOG 89-001: Freshwaters in the Anthropocene

FY Seminar | MWF, 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM | Instructor(s): Amanda DelVecchia

Freshwaters sustain myriad ecosystem services by providing drinking water, irrigation, inland fisheries, transportation, recreational opportunities, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. At the same time, both water quality and quantity are impacted by land use, water abstraction, damming, contamination, and climate change. This seminar will focus (1) on understanding how these anthropogenic pressures affect freshwater ecosystems differently across ecoregions, and (2) how management, legislative, and social initiatives have adapted or developed solutions. We will focus mainly on the United States but consider case studies from around the world. Students should be prepared to read and discuss three materials per week. These reading materials will include a range of popular media including podcasts, newspaper articles, and book chapters, as well as scientific articles and overviews. We will also spend some time exploring and talking about streams accessible to the UNC campus. Class will culminate with research projects in which students get to explore a topic of their choice and presenting findings to their peers.

Amanda DelVecchia

I am a physical geographer focusing on freshwater ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. This involves connecting various spatial and temporal scales, and biotic and abiotic factors, within groundwater, lakes, wetlands, rivers, and their watersheds. In particular, I ask how connectivity between different parts of the landscape (including those we cannot see!), and over time, affect functions like carbon and nutrient cycling, food webs, and greenhouse gas dynamics. By understanding these connections, we can better predict how freshwaters react to climate change and anthropogenic alteration, so that we may better protect freshwater biodiversity and function. I use a mix of empirical and data science, and work across the U.S. and internationally. You can learn more about my research by visiting my website at amandadelvecchia.weebly.com, by emailing me, or by visiting during my office hours, in which case I can promise you a warm reception and an offer for tea.

 

GEOL 101-01F: Planet Earth

FY Launch | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Michelle Haskin

This course will introduce geological concepts through the lens of U.S. national parks and a plate tectonic framework. The course will take a small-group approach to in-class work where developing collaboration and communication skills will be a focus. Students will apply their talents, skills, knowledge, and creativity to investigate related topics of interest as they manifest in a specific U.S. National Park to examine the interconnectedness of the geologic sciences and other fields of study. They will present their work in a manner appropriate to their project. Because this course is geared toward students newer to the university environment, the course will also discuss adjacent issues relevant to first-year students such as studying approaches, professionalism, as well as usefulness of meta-cognition, self-reflection, and feedback. Students will practice employing these ideas and approaches though individual and small-group work. Optional laboratory: GEOL 101L.

Michelle Haskin

Michelle Haskin is an Assistant Teaching Professor who strives to facilitate undergraduate learning through equitable pedagogical practices and collaborative learning. She has an interest in metacognition and applying learning strategies to help students discover new ways to approach and reframe their learning. She has taught over 2300 UNC students and looks forward to teaching many more.

 

GEOL 72H-001: Field Geology of Eastern California

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Drew Coleman

Have you ever wanted to stand on a volcano, see a glacier, trace out an earthquake fault, or see the Earth’s oldest living things? This seminar is designed around a one-week field trip to eastern California, where students will study geologic features including active volcanoes, earthquake-producing faults, and evidence for recent glaciation and extreme climate change. Before the field trip (which will take place the week of Fall Break and be based at a research station near Bishop, California), the class will meet twice a week to learn basic geologic principles and to work on developing field research topics. During the field trip students will work on field exercises (e.g. mapping, measuring, and describing an active fault; observing and recording glacial features) and collect data for the research projects. After the field trip, students will obtain laboratory data from samples collected during the trip and test research hypotheses using field and laboratory data. Grading will be based on presentation of group research projects, and on a variety of small projects during the trip (notebook descriptions, mapping projects, etc.). Students may be required to pay some of the costs of the trip (a maximum of about $500.) This course will require missing three days of classes. The course is designed to teach basic geology “on the rocks”, so there are no prerequisites. Link to Yosemite Nature Notes video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RQp77uVPA

Drew Coleman

Drew Coleman’s research focuses on understanding how the Earth works by determining the rates of processes (mountain building, extinction, volcanism, etc.) that occurred in the past. To accomplish this he and his students date rocks. His teaching is inquiry based and he is most happy when he is teaching “hands on” in the field or lab.

 

GSLL 56-001: Germans, Jews, and the History of Anti-Semitism

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Adi Nester | Same as: JWST 56-001

This seminar offers first-year students an introduction to the German-Jewish experience and the history of anti-semitism in Germany, from early modernity to the present day. Students in this seminar will learn to analyze a variety of texts (both literary and philosophical), musical works, and films in relation to the history of Jews in German-speaking countries, and will be able to apply their knowledge to their analysis of present-day manifestations of antisemitism and xenophobia in Germany. The course has no requisites and presumes no prior knowledge of the subject matter.

Adi Nester

Adi Nester received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and holds additional degrees in Musicology and Piano Performance from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Southern California. She joined the department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC in fall 2020. Adi’s research focuses on German-Jewish Studies and the intersection of literature, music, theology, and politics in the cultures and traditions of German-speaking countries.

 

GSLL 76-001: Uncharted Territory: Underworlds in Literature and the Visual Arts

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Aleksandra Prica

Ever since antiquity, the notion of underworlds has been an integral part of how humans see and understand their living environment. This course examines concepts and representations of underworlds in literature and the visual arts from the ancient world to the Middle Ages and Renaissance to modernity. Our journey will take us to the realms of the afterlife as well as into the abyss of the human psyche and the shady areas of underground criminal activities. We will explore how the desire to know the beyond has triggered people’s imagination, inspired literary and artistic traditions and influenced new forms of knowledge, moral and intellectual values and social realities. Readings include excerpts from the Bible, Homer’s Odyssey, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Plato’s Republic, Dante’s Inferno, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground, Primo Levi’s Auschwitz memoirs, Don de Lillo’s Underworld and we will watch movies and episodes from TV shows such as Apocalypse Now, The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. We will visit the museum and a music/theater performance. Through reading responses, a creative writing project, an argumentative paper, and an oral presentation you will develop and practice skills of critical thinking as well as persuasive written and oral communication and you will have the opportunity to develop and use your creativity effectively.

Aleksandra Prica

Aleksandra Prica received her Ph.D. in medieval German literature from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She spent two years on a postdoctoral grant at the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January 2016. She has a published a book on biblical exegesis and poetics entitled "Heilsgeschichten. Untersuchungen zur mittelalterlichen Bibelauslegung zwischen Poetik und Exegese," which appeared with Chronos Press in 2010. Her second book "Decay and Afterlife: Form, Time, and the Textuality of Ruins, 1100-1900" (University of Chicago Press, 2022) sets out in new directions by pivoting away from our immediate visual fascination with the material urgency of ruins. It focuses on the textuality that ruins manifest in discourses about disintegration and survival, be they literary, philosophical or historiographical. Decay and Afterlife takes readers on a journey across the Latin, Italian, French, German and English speaking lands of Europe, traversing the long duree of 800 years of intellectual and literary history.

 

GSLL 80-001: Not Just Dogs: Animals in Russian Literature

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Radislav Lapushin

This seminar explores the “question of the animal” in the works of major Russian writers (Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Chekhov) and introduces students to the main theoretical texts on the animal/human relationship (Nietzsche, Levinas, Derrida, Irigaray). Among the topics to be discussed are the animal as the other, animal and human natures, dominance and submission, ethics of the human/animal relations, and the theme of “talking” animals.

Radislav Lapushin

Radislav Lapushin, Associate Professor of Russian Literature, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His primary research interests are Chekhov; interrelationship between prose and poetry; and Russian literature on stage and screen. His well-received book, Dew on the Grass: The Poetics of Inbetweenness in Chekhov, focuses on the poetic dimensions of Anton Chekhov’s prose and drama. An author of several volumes of Russian poetry, his most recent collection, Dog Poetry (Boston, 2016), dovetails nicely with the topic of this seminar.

 

HIST 51-001: Latin American Revolutions

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Miguel La Serna

This seminar explores the problem of revolutionary upheaval in Latin American history. Why did people like Simón Bolívar, Pancho Villa, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro take up arms, and what has been the impact of the insurgencies they helped lead? This explores these and other questions by examining the various causes, manifestations, and outcomes of revolutionary violence in modern Latin American history. Students will develop their interpretive skills through a close reading of English-language primary sources from the wars of the independence to the guerrilla insurgencies of the late-20th century. The seminar begins with an exploration of the wars of independence (1810-1825). Students will then analyze the twentieth-century revolutions in Mexico (1910-1917), Cuba (1953-1959), and Nicaragua (1979). The course concludes with an exploration of the late-20th century guerrilla insurgencies of the Shining Path (Peru), FARC (Colombia), and Zapatistas (Mexico).

Miguel La Serna

Miguel La Serna is interested in exploring the contours of Latin American revolutions and counterinsurgencies. He is currently working on two projects about the political violence in 1980s and 1990s Peru. The first is a narrative history of Shining Path, and the second is a history of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.

 

HIST 62-001: Nations, Borders, and Identities

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Sarah Shields

Rally around the Flag! Leaders’ calls to action on behalf of the nation has led to common action against invasion, disaster, and disease. The same exhortation has preceded aggression, exclusion, and hostility. How have people defined their collective identities? What roles do borders have in separating–and creating–nations? What kinds of other identities motivate people, and why do we assume it is nationalism that dominates history? We will use a variety of historical sources to analyze the ways collective identities have defined the past.

Sarah Shields

Sarah Shields has been at UNC for decades, and both of her children have graduated wearing Tar Heel blue. She teaches courses on the modern Middle East, the conflict over Israel/Palestine, the history of Iraq, and a variety of courses on water in the Middle East. Her current research is on the Middle East and the establishment of borders after World War I. She has enjoyed teaching at UNC so much that she has even accompanied UNC students to programs in Turkey and England.

 

HIST 84-001: Monsters, Murders, and Mayhem in Microhistorical Analysis: French Case Studies

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Jay M. Smith

French history has recently witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of microhistorical studies covering a range of phenomena from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. This course explores both the distinctive features of microhistorical approaches to the past and the attractions of microhistory for the practicing historian. Does the efflorescence of microhistory among French specialists signal the maturity of socio-cultural history as a branch of the discipline, or does it instead signal the field’s sad retreat from grand interpretation and synthesis? Does the new appeal of the small-scale express historians’ capitulation to post-modern attacks on “truth” or new commitments to finding the truth? What are the strengths and limitations inherent to the genre? Students will read a sampling of recent work (much of it featuring murder and mayhem) and also try their hand at writing and otherwise formulating their own microhistorical narratives.

Jay M. Smith

Jay M. Smith is a specialist of early-modern European history whose research focuses on old regime and revolutionary France. Author or editor of five books, his most recent book in French history is Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast (2011).

 

HIST 89-001: History and the Meaning of Life

FY Seminar | MW, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Instructor(s): Michael Morgan

For thousands of years, people have grappled with fundamental questions about the meaning of their lives: How do we find our place in the world? How should we live? What should we strive for? What legacy can we hope to leave behind? The answers are hard to find, but we can search for them by looking to the past. History gives us innumerable examples of how different people have grappled with these questions in different ways. This seminar will look at a few of these people, both famous and obscure, and five major themes: macro and micro; family and everyday life; transformation and adventure; conflict and survival; and inheritance and memory. Using biographies, memoirs, oral histories, and historical narratives, we will explore what history can teach us about life’s biggest questions.

Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan specializes in international and global history. He first book, The Final Act, examines the origins and consequences of the Helsinki Accords, the most ambitious diplomatic undertaking of the Cold War. At UNC, he teaches courses on the Cold War, modern and contemporary international history, and the history of human rights. Before coming to UNC, he taught at the US Naval War College and the University of Toronto, where he was the inaugural holder of the Raymond Pryke Chair.

 

HIST 89-002: Modern Afghanistan

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Instructor(s): Eren Tasar

This course focuses on the history of modern Afghanistan over the past two hundred years. Its main methodological feature is an interplay between a main textbook and fictional and journalistic materials as well as primary sources.

Eren Tasar

Eren Tasar is a historian of Soviet Central Asia. Professor Tasar’s first book, Soviet and Muslim: the Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia, focused on the consequences of the communist attempt to bureaucratize Islam in the USSR’s largest Muslim region after World War II. Professor Tasar’s current research focuses on atheism in Soviet Central Asia. Much of Tasar’s teaching focuses on the postcolonial Islamic world.

 

HIST 89-003: Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Lauren Jarvis

How do countries overcome histories of racial injustice, inequality, and violence? What role can history play in promoting reconciliation? In 1994, South Africa embarked upon an experiment to answer these questions. The centerpiece of South African efforts was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). From 1995-2002, TRC appointees did research and interviewed thousands of South Africans to uncover a hidden history of apartheid-era violence in the hope that truth would bring about reconciliation. South Africans still debate whether the TRC met its aims, but the model of the TRC has been emulated around the world since. This course will examine the significance of the TRC in the longer history of transitional justice from the end of World War II to the present. Students will conduct historical research, whether about South Africa or another country, in order to propose their own plans for a truth commission.

Lauren Jarvis

Lauren Jarvis is a historian of 20th-century South Africa. Her current research focuses on how ideas move and, more specifically, how religious communities move them. In South Africa, these questions are especially interesting because of the ways that race and racism shaped Africans’ mobility and access to land and, as a result, the growth of Christianity in the country. Jarvis is also in the early stages of research for a book project on South Africans’ contributions to international humanitarianism and human rights history over the twentieth century. Jarvis completed her BA in History at an institution a few miles down the road (rhymes with “fluke”) and her MA and PhD in History at Stanford University. Before coming to UNC, she taught at Stanford, San Francisco State University, and the University of Utah. Jarvis has spent more than five years in South Africa working and doing research and hopes that students will leave this course convinced, as she is, that South Africa is actually the center of the universe. (Just kidding…sort of!)

 

JWST 56-001: Germans, Jews, and the History of Anti-Semitism

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Adi Nester | Same as: GSLL 56-001

This seminar offers first-year students an introduction to the German-Jewish experience and the history of anti-semitism in Germany, from early modernity to the present day. Students in this seminar will learn to analyze a variety of texts (both literary and philosophical), musical works, and films in relation to the history of Jews in German-speaking countries, and will be able to apply their knowledge to their analysis of present-day manifestations of antisemitism and xenophobia in Germany. The course has no requisites and presumes no prior knowledge of the subject matter.

Adi Nester

Adi Nester received her Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and holds additional degrees in Musicology and Piano Performance from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Southern California. She joined the department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at UNC in fall 2020. Adi’s research focuses on German-Jewish Studies and the intersection of literature, music, theology, and politics in the cultures and traditions of German-speaking countries.

 

LING 70-001: Language in the U.S.A.

FY Seminar | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Paul Roberge

The linguistic landscape of the United States in historical and contemporary perspective: American English dialects, language maintenance and shift among Native American and immigrant groups, language politics and policy.

Paul Roberge

Paul Roberge is professor of Germanic languages and joint professor of linguistics at UNC-CH. He also holds the title of professor extraordinary of general linguistics at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He did his graduate work at the University of Michigan, where he concentrated in both Germanic and general linguistics. He received MA degrees in 1973 (Germanic languages) and 1975 (linguistics), and the PhD in 1980. He came to Chapel Hill in 1985 by way of Princeton University (1980-85; visiting associate professor, 1988). His research and teaching areas include older Germanic dialects (esp. Gothic, Old High German, Old Saxon, Old Norse); comparative Germanic grammar; Afrikaans; pidgins and creoles; sociolinguistics; origin and evolution of human language.

 

LING 89-001: How Reading Works: Language, Cognition, and Literacy

FY Seminar | MW, 3:35 PM – 4:50 PM | Instructor(s): Jennifer Smith

In many societies today, we live our lives surrounded by the written word. But did you ever stop to wonder how reading works? How do we go from looking at symbols on a page, sign, or screen to understanding the writer’s message? How do children learn to read, and what ways of teaching reading would best promote success for all students? We will explore these questions through hands-on analysis of language and writing-system structure, as well as discussion of the primary research literature. Your final course project will address a real-world question about reading, literacy, or reading education from the perspective of language and cognition.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith first encountered linguistics as a first-year college student looking for ways to combine a love of languages with an interest in science. Her research focuses on the cognitive representation of language sound systems: what kinds of consonants, vowels, and syllables do the languages of the world use, and why? How does the sound-structure system of a language interact with the structure of words or sentences? She has been invited to teach courses and give lectures around the US and abroad, and she was awarded the Chapman Family Fellowship for excellence in teaching at UNC Chapel Hill.

 

MASC 52-001: Living with Our Oceans and Atmosphere

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): John Bane

This seminar will introduce students to the nature of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, and describe the processes that lead to our weather patterns and global climate. Emphasis is placed on understanding how the oceans and atmosphere affect human population, how oceanic and atmospheric changes are linked to increasing human activity, and how these changes can affect you. Basic principles and modern theories of changing climate, severe weather events, oceanic hazards, and interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere will be studied. Examples of presently active research being conducted at UNC and at other institutions will be used to highlight how the above topics are investigated scientifically. Readings will be taken from introductory textbooks on meteorology, oceanography and environmental sciences; and modern articles in periodicals such as Scientific American, Nature, American Scientist, National Geographic, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and Weatherwise. Various websites, including those within the UNC Department of Marine Sciences, will be used.

John Bane

Born in his mother’s home town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, John Bane lived in several locations throughout the U.S and abroad with his military family (his father was an Air Force pilot). He returned to earn his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at Western Michigan University before going on to Florida State University for a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography. Following a year at LSU where he studied coastal processes in the Gulf of Mexico, John joined the faculty at UNC. John conducts research on the dynamics of the Gulf Stream and coastal currents, ocean-atmosphere interaction processes, and marine renewable energy. This work focuses on mesoscale oceanic and atmospheric variability that occurs on daily and longer time scales. Past study regions include the Gulf Stream from the southeastern United States to the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, the coastal ocean and atmosphere off the U. S. west coast, from southern California to Oregon, the northern Gulf of Mexico, and the shallow waters of the Bahama Banks. He has been involved in the promotion of marine alternative energy, from both wind and ocean current resources. Presently he is a member of two investigator groups funded through the National Science Foundation (Physical Oceanography Program) and the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program. These studies are ongoing in the Cape Hatteras region, offshore of the Carolinas and Virginia.

 

MASC 59-001: Extreme Microorganisms: Pushing the Limits of Life on Earth and Beyond

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Andreas Teske

We will expand our horizons in biology by learning about some of the most extreme microorganisms on the planet – microorganisms that thrive without oxygen in deep marine sediments and in the Earth’s crust, under high temperatures in boiling hot springs or in superheated deep-sea water under high pressure, and under chemical stress factors (high sulfide and heavy metal concentrations) that were once thought to be incompatible with life. Numerous extremophilic (extreme-loving) microorganisms of different metabolic types have been isolated in the laboratory as pure cultures; others have been observed in Nature but have so far resisted cultivation. Extremophiles provide opportunities to study the unusual and strange biochemistry that allows them to thrive in their unique habitats; they are also valuable model systems for potential life on other planets. We will get to know the unusual habitats where extremophiles are found, for example hot springs and volcanic areas on land (Yellowstone) and in the ocean (hydrothermal vents), and we will explore the earliest history of extremophiles as some of the most ancient microorganisms on Earth.

Andreas Teske

Andreas Teske is a biochemist by training, but became fascinated by the microbial world of the oceans and focused his Ph.D. research on the ecology and diversity of marine bacteria that catalyze the sulfur cycle. After completing his Ph.D. at Bremen University and the Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany in 1995, he spent his postdoc years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and stayed on as Assistant Scientist. Andreas Teske joined the UNC Marine Sciences faculty in 2002. His research interests include the microbiology of the deep marine subsurface, and microbial ecosystems of petroleum seeps and hydrothermal vents. In search of novel extreme marine microorganisms, he and his students are participating in a wide range of research cruises.

 

MATH 231H-01F: Calculus of Functions of One Variable I

FY Launch | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Xuqiang Qin | Lab/Recitation: MATH 231H-620

Prerequisites, score of at least 32 on the ACT Math Test or Score of at least 700 on the SAT MATH 2 Subject Test or score of at least 4 on the AP Calculus AB Test or on the AB Subscore for the AP Calculus BC Test or Grade of A- or higher in MATH 130 at UNC-CH (or have the equivalent transfer credit). Students may not receive credit for both MATH 231 and MATH 241.

Math 231 is designed to provide a detailed introduction to the fundamental ideas of calculus. It does not assume any prior calculus knowledge, but the student is expected to be proficient working with functions and their graphs as well as manipulating variable expressions and solving equations using algebra.

This is the Honors section of Math 231. It offers a more demanding and deeper treatment than the regular sections as well as more involved applications. There will be more emphasis on understanding theory than in other sections, and students will be expected to understand and reproduce proofs of theorems and formulas. In addition, this section will cover extra topics, including the epsilon-delta definition of limit. Applications will be more involved and will sometimes involve real data. Homework will be more challenging, with more emphasis on creative problem solving and less emphasis on drill. Students will be expected to complete a final project.

Xuqiang Qin

 

MATH 62H-001: Combinatorics

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Ivan Cherednik

A leading expert in Modern Combinatorics wants to share his vision of the subject with the students. The seminar is a perfect background for future specialists in mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, economics, for those who are curious what statistical physics is about, what is cryptography, and how stock market works, and for everyone who likes mathematics.

The course will be organized around the following topics:

  • Puzzles: dimer covering, magic squares, 36 officers
  • Combinations: from coin tossing to dice and poker
  • Fibonacci numbers: rabbits, population growth, etc.
  • Arithmetic: designs, cyphers, intro to finite fields
  • Catalan numbers: from playing roulette to stock market

The students will learn about the history of Combinatorics, its connections with the theory of numbers, its fundamental role in the natural sciences and various applications.

It is an advanced research course; all students are expected to participate in projects under the supervision of I.Ch. and the Graduate Research Consultant (the GRC Program). This seminar is partially supported by Honors Carolina.

The grades will be based on the exam, bi-weekly home assignments and the participation in the projects. The course requires focus and effort, but, generally, the students are quite satisfied with the progress they make (and their grades too).

From the Course Evaluation: “A difficult but wholly worthwhile course: I feel more competent for having taken it”, “I would recommend this FYS to others ONLY if they have a VERY strong affinity for and ability in Algebra (I thought I did, but I was wrong)”.

Ivan Cherednik

Professor Ivan Cherednik is Austin H. Carr Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. Trained at the Steklov Mathematics Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and at Moscow State University, his areas of specialization are Representation Theory, Combinatorics, Number Theory, Harmonic Analysis, and Mathematical Physics. Cherednik’s particular affection for Combinatorics is well known: he proved the celebrated Constant term conjecture in Combinatorics.

 

MUSC 120-01F: Foundations in Music

FY Launch | MW, 10:10 AM – 11:25 AM | Instructor(s): Andrea F. Bohlman

If you are planning on majoring or minoring in music: this course is designed to open up the pathways in music at Carolina for you. It’s an introduction to the different approaches to thinking about and doing music–whether you’re an active performer, an electronic music fiend, a budding music researcher, an entrepreneurial arts administrator in the making…or more! Our classroom meetings expose students to a range of ways to “think about music,” emphasizing the breadth of routes music and sound take through human lives. As a foundational component of the music major and minor, the course emphasizes a range of genres of music making and fosters curious listening. Sometimes we’ll be challenged to think differently about very familiar sounds, sometimes challenged to connect to music very different from that we feel as ours. Expect to leave the semester with a new sense of what music can be for you at Carolina.

Andrea F. Bohlman

Andrea F. Bohlman (Associate Professor) studies music, sound, and politics. She has written about the history—and present—of music, protest movements, and political organizing. In these books and articles, she writes about symphonies, spoken poetry, electronic dance music, love ballads, and devotional music..along with chants, surveillance recordings, and more. Most of her research is on the social experience of sound and music in Eastern Europe, but she has also written about the United States and Germany in times of war. In her current research, she is writing about how sound recording fosters intimate social relationships, and how these relationships show listening to be a powerful way to navigate trust and recognized difference, especially in the context of gender, race, and ability.

 

MUSC 51-001: The Interplay of Music and Physics

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Laurie McNeil, Brent Wissick | Same as: PHYS 51-001

This seminar is for students who are interested in how music is made, how sound is produced in instruments, and how those sounds have been used in music making from ancient times to the present day. Students will study the basics of physics and music: wave motion, resonance, the perception of sound, scales, harmony, and music theory. Students who have never studied physics or music theory are welcome to enroll; there are no prerequisites. We will conduct four laboratory exercises (called etudes) in which students will work in small groups to investigate the acoustics of string, woodwind and brass instruments. Keyboards and percussion will also be considered, and students can pursue their areas of special interest in a research paper. The final project for each student will be a public performance of an original musical composition for an ensemble of instruments that the students have constructed themselves out of found objects. This class is taught in person and does not accommodate remote learners. This class meets in various locations according to a schedule listed on the class Sakai site.

Laurie McNeil

Laurie McNeil spent her childhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan before studying Chemistry and Physics at Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Ph.D. in 1982. After spending two years conducting research at MIT, she moved to Chapel Hill, where she has taught elementary physics, optics, solid-state physics, and materials science. Her seminar grows out of her life as a choral singer (and, earlier, a violinist and recorder player). When not singing with the Choral Society of Durham, she can be found in her laboratory using lasers to study the properties of materials.

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick has taught cello, chamber music and early music at UNC-CH since 1982; and performs across the US and abroad. But he has had a life-long interest in how instruments work and how sound is made. He loves encouraging musicians to understand some of these issues, and getting a broad range of science students involved in doing “musical” things. He thinks about physics when practicing the cello or viola da gamba, making CD recordings, rehearsing with ensembles, giving lessons and listening to music in a variety of spaces. He still wakes up every morning excited to make and study music with professional colleagues and undergraduates.

 

MUSC 89-001: Sound Art

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Lee Weisert

This course explores the primary concepts, techniques, and artists/works falling under the category of “sound art,” an interdisciplinary field that centers sound and listening in contexts outside of traditional musical performance. Examples of sound art include sound installations, soundwalks, performance art, conceptual music, music technology, and more. Artistic work at the intersections of visual art, sculpture, science, architecture, theater, poetry, and music will be discussed in a seminar-style class format. In addition to learning about the history and aesthetics of sound art, students will participate in the creation and performance of original sound art works.

Lee Weisert

Lee Weisert is a composer of instrumental and electronic music and a multimedia sound artist. He teaches courses in music technology, composition, musicianship, and digital media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Weisert’s recent music has incorporated increasingly disparate elements such as orchestral instruments, found sounds, field recordings, digital synthesis, and analog circuitry, in an attempt to find, “through experimentation, tinkering, and unconventional approaches, a ritualistic and deeply expressive world of sound.” His music is published by New Focus Recordings.

 

MUSC 89-002: Genre and the Music Industry

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Aaron Harcus

What is a musical genre and why does it matter? Much more than a label, genres have the power to bring individuals together into communities of artists, critics, and fans, while at the same time putting artists and fans in a box defined by stereotypes. In this way, music genres both reflect and shape broader issues in society centered around race, gender, and class. Thus, a study of genre helps us understand why country music came to be connected primarily with white people, why some genres (R&B, soul, hip hop) are considered “Black music,” why some genres are associated with teenaged girls and others considered low class. This course seeks to answer these questions from an historical perspective. You will examine how genres have organized the production, consumption, and interpretation of popular music since the late-nineteenth century and the profound influence genres have today in shaping our aesthetics, values, and identities.

Aaron Harcus

Aaron Harcus received his Ph.D in Music Theory from CUNY Graduate Center (2017). Before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught at Hunter College, CUNY, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests include questions of musical genre and the racialization of popular music in the United States, musical hermeneutics and phenomenology, the aesthetics and history of rap music. He has presented his research at national conferences of the Society for Music Theory, MTSMA, the Society for American Music, and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

 

PHIL 85-001: Reason, Religion, and Reality in the Copernican Revolution

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Marc Lange

The reasoning by which Galileo and his contemporaries defended the Copernican model of the solar system (the “heliocentric” model – that is, with the Earth orbiting the Sun rather than the Sun orbiting the Earth) can puzzle us even today. Here are a few of the questions that we could ask about the reasoning given by Copernicus, Galileo, and their contemporaries. Did Copernicus’s arguments support the heliocentric model strongly enough to justify believing it true? Or was it unjustified until Galileo amassed telescopic evidence for it? Or was it unjustified until even later – when Newtonian physics was developed? Or did it remain unjustified until even later – when various mechanical and optical discoveries were made in the nineteenth century? Was the Catholic Church justified at the time of Galileo in regarding Copernicus’s theory as just one among many fairly successful techniques for predicting the night sky’s appearance? Did Galileo bring his sentence (at his famous – and notorious – trial) on himself? Could Galileo argue persuasively for his telescope’s reliability? Could Galileo use mere “thought-experiments” (as opposed to actual experiments) to defend Copernicanism? In this course, we will grapple with these and related questions in order to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the logic by which scientific theories in general are tested and, ultimately, justified. We will also try to use this historical episode to understand better how political, social, and cultural factors can influence the reception of a scientific theory – even today! We will learn some of the means by which the biases and presuppositions introduced by these factors were overcome (eventually) in the Copernican Revolution, and we will apply some of these lessons to current science. At various points during our discussions, each student will submit in written form his or her own best reconstructions of some of the arguments that were given for or against the Copernican model. In other words, each student will offer his or her best advice regarding how a given scientist might have argued for or against Copernicanism, anticipating possible objections and responses. Students will occasionally form groups to examine and to critique one another’s proposals, with each group finally presenting its best thoughts orally to the rest of the class for further discussion. Students will, in effect, be putting Galileo on trial once again – not for heresy or for disobeying authority, but for having convincing or for having insufficient evidence for his Copernicanism. In all of these ways, students will learn how to appreciate sympathetically the competing astronomical theories from the perspective of the 16th and 17th centuries, when the truth was in some doubt. Along the way, students will wrestle with some of the puzzles and apparent paradoxes arising even from today’s best philosophical accounts of the logic of theory testing in science. No previous background in science will be assumed. Students will not need to purchase any books.

Marc Lange

Marc Lange is Theda Perdue Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in the philosophy of science and related areas of metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mathematics, along with the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of biology. He won UNC’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction and a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. (For a brief sample of his teaching, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SKmqh5Eu4Y)

 

PHIL 89-001: Personal Identity

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Jim Pryor

You are different now from how you were ten years ago; but still you are one and the same person, who underwent those changes. (You weren’t replaced by an imposter.) What makes you the particular person you are, and the same person as the youth you used to be? What kind of thing is a person, that it can maintain its identity even through such changes? Are we identical to our life stories? Is the idea of a persisting self just an illusion? What would it take for a person to stop existing? Do you have an immortal soul that could survive the death of your human body? Or are you identical to your body? Might it be possible to survive the death of your body by having your brain, or the information in your brain, transplanted into a new body? or into a computer network? Might amnesia or dementia amount to one person’s ceasing and being replaced by another? Would teleportation like they use in Star Trek be a fast means for you to travel — or would that be another way for you to cease to exist and be replaced by a perfect copy? Why do we take special interest in our own continued existence as persons, moreso than the continued existence of people similar to us, or who will push forward our projects? Should we?

Jim Pryor

Jim Pryor joined the philosophy department in 2020. Before that, he spent time at NYU, Harvard, and Princeton. His research and teaching spans epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. Issues he has focused on include: perception, evidence, belief, and confidence; our knowledge of our own minds; persons, memory, and the nature of the self; mistaken identity; and issues at the intersection of philosophy, linguistics, and computer science.

 

PHIL 89-002: Fun and Games, and Philosophy: An Inquiry into the Nature and Value of Games

FY Seminar | MWF, 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM | Instructor(s): John T. Roberts

A game is (perhaps by definition) an activity that lacks a serious point. Yet, we humans spend a lot of time and energy playing games, and we sometimes take them very seriously. How is this possible? Are games mere entertainment, or do they have some kind of deeper value?

We will use the tools of contemporary philosophy to examine questions about games, including: What makes a game a game? Is game-design an art form? To what extent are other (more ‘serious’) areas of life similar to games? Can this similarity be used to clarify those other areas of life? What ethical obligations we have when it comes to playing games, or designing them? Is the ‘gamification’ of real life possible? Would it be a good idea?

Students will collaborate in writing a philosophy research paper, and each student will do a final project in which they design a new game.

John T. Roberts

John T. Roberts majored in Physics at Georgia Tech before switching fields to Philosophy. He got his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, and he has been teaching at Carolina ever since. He loves to dance, cook, play music, read science fiction, and play strategy games. His research focuses on the nature of scientific understanding, and in his work he sometimes uses games as a conceptual tool for clarifying the structure of language and thought.

 

PHYS 118-01F: Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity

FY Launch | MWF, 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM | Instructor(s): Yue Wu, Jianping Lu | Lab/Recitation: PHYS 118-401 FY-Launch (35 seats); Stefan Jeglinski

Requisites: Prerequisite, MATH 231; Pre- or corequisite, MATH 232; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites.

Mechanics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton’s laws; mechanical and potential energy; mechanical conservation laws; frame-dependence of physical laws; Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Students may not receive credit for PHYS 118 in addition to PHYS 104, 114, or 116.

Yue Wu, Jianping Lu

In a previous 30-year career, Stefan Jeglinski designed and built instrumentation, learned to program from scratch, and performed R&D for large and small companies. For five years he was an actual rocket scientist, so when he says “this ain’t rocket science,” he knows what he’s talking about! He broke away from rockets to complete his PhD in experimental solid state physics at the University of Utah, and then returned to industry where he spent over 15 years in all aspects of product development for electron microscopy, before landing at UNC in 2010 to share everything he’s learned. In addition to his love of teaching physics, he brings a lifetime of real-world experience and stories about building, making, and engineering across disciplines.

 

PHYS 118-02F: Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity

FY Launch | MWF, 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM | Instructor(s): Yue Wu, Jianping Lu | Lab/Recitation: PHYS 118-402 FY-Launch (35 seats); Daniel Young

Requisites: Prerequisite, MATH 231; Pre- or corequisite, MATH 232; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites.

Mechanics of particles and rigid bodies. Newton’s laws; mechanical and potential energy; mechanical conservation laws; frame-dependence of physical laws; Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Students may not receive credit for PHYS 118 in addition to PHYS 104, 114, or 116.

Yue Wu, Jianping Lu

In a previous 30-year career, Stefan Jeglinski designed and built instrumentation, learned to program from scratch, and performed R&D for large and small companies. For five years he was an actual rocket scientist, so when he says “this ain’t rocket science,” he knows what he’s talking about! He broke away from rockets to complete his PhD in experimental solid state physics at the University of Utah, and then returned to industry where he spent over 15 years in all aspects of product development for electron microscopy, before landing at UNC in 2010 to share everything he’s learned. In addition to his love of teaching physics, he brings a lifetime of real-world experience and stories about building, making, and engineering across disciplines.

 

PHYS 51-001: The Interplay of Music and Physics

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Laurie McNeil, Brent Wissick | Same as: MUSC 51-001

This seminar is for students who are interested in how music is made, how sound is produced in instruments, and how those sounds have been used in music making from ancient times to the present day. Students will study the basics of physics and music: wave motion, resonance, the perception of sound, scales, harmony, and music theory. Students who have never studied physics or music theory are welcome to enroll; there are no prerequisites. We will conduct four laboratory exercises (called etudes) in which students will work in small groups to investigate the acoustics of string, woodwind and brass instruments. Keyboards and percussion will also be considered, and students can pursue their areas of special interest in a research paper. The final project for each student will be a public performance of an original musical composition for an ensemble of instruments that the students have constructed themselves out of found objects. This class is taught in person and does not accommodate remote learners. This class meets in various locations according to a schedule listed on the class Sakai site.

Laurie McNeil

Laurie McNeil spent her childhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan before studying Chemistry and Physics at Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Ph.D. in 1982. After spending two years conducting research at MIT, she moved to Chapel Hill, where she has taught elementary physics, optics, solid-state physics, and materials science. Her seminar grows out of her life as a choral singer (and, earlier, a violinist and recorder player). When not singing with the Choral Society of Durham, she can be found in her laboratory using lasers to study the properties of materials.

Brent Wissick

Brent Wissick has taught cello, chamber music and early music at UNC-CH since 1982; and performs across the US and abroad. But he has had a life-long interest in how instruments work and how sound is made. He loves encouraging musicians to understand some of these issues, and getting a broad range of science students involved in doing “musical” things. He thinks about physics when practicing the cello or viola da gamba, making CD recordings, rehearsing with ensembles, giving lessons and listening to music in a variety of spaces. He still wakes up every morning excited to make and study music with professional colleagues and undergraduates.

 

PHYS 55-001: Introduction to Mechatronics

FY Seminar | MW, 10:10 AM – 11:25 AM | Instructor(s): Stefan Jeglinski | Lab/Recitation: PHYS 55-401 and PHYS 55-402

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary synergy of STEM fields, specifically physics, engineering, electronics, and computer science. All students, regardless of their educational goals, will achieve critical introductory skills in numerical reasoning and analysis, model-building and prototyping, computer programming and electronics, and will demonstrate proficiency and knowledge about topics that increasingly impact society. The course focuses on four areas: Numeracy and Proportional Reasoning, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, Computer Technology (Programming and Electronics), and Current and Future technologies (aka, shall we welcome our new mechatronic overlords – robotics, AI, and quantum computing). The course goals are to prepare students for academic success at UNC, to help science students be more capable scientists, and to help ALL students be stronger and better-informed citizens of the world.

Stefan Jeglinski

In a previous 30-year career, Stefan Jeglinski designed and built instrumentation, learned to program from scratch, and performed R&D for large and small companies. For five years he was an actual rocket scientist, so when he says “this ain’t rocket science,” he knows what he’s talking about! He broke away from rockets to complete his PhD in experimental solid state physics at the University of Utah, and then returned to industry where he spent over 15 years in all aspects of product development for electron microscopy, before landing at UNC in 2010 to share everything he’s learned. In addition to his love of teaching physics, he brings a lifetime of real-world experience and stories about building, making, and engineering across disciplines.

 

PLCY 55-001: Higher Education, the College Experience, and Public Policy

FY Seminar | MW, 3:35 PM – 4:50 PM | Instructor(s): Anna Krome-Lukens

Higher education is undergoing rapid transformations that may dramatically change the undergraduate college experience. In this course, you will examine urgent questions facing American colleges and universities. For example, why is the cost of college rising and what implications does this shift have for who attends and graduates from college? How well is higher education preparing students for jobs of the future? How has new technology reshaped the college experience, both academically and socially? How should universities respond to student needs and desires? What role should athletics play in higher education? We’ll explore these and other topics through class discussion, position papers, oral presentations and debates, and interactions with UNC faculty and staff. By introducing you to the history, institutions, and culture of higher education, this course also will help you transition into and make the most of your college experience.

Anna Krome-Lukens

Anna Krome-Lukens is a Teaching Assisant Professor and Director of Experiential Education in Public Policy. She completed her PhD in U.S. History at UNC-Chapel Hill, with research focused on the history of social welfare and public health policies. She developed her interest in pressing issues in higher education while she was in graduate school, through involvement in UNC’s graduate branch of student government, work in Undergraduate Retention, and service on several university-wide committees. As a member of the faculty, she continues to be involved in (and fascinated by) policy-making within the university.

 

PLCY 75-001: Debates in Public Policy and Racial Inequality

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Cassandra Davis

This course is designed to introduce students to debates about the impact of policies on inequalities in the United States. We will begin the class by reviewing work on inequalities more broadly. At the beginning of the semester, we will touch on topics like Black Lives Matter, historical oppression, systemic racism, and Whiteness. From there, we will move to investigate the use of education policy as a tool to maintain inequalities within the United States. We will tackle areas such as Indian boarding schools, the desegregation of schools, academic tracking, criminalization of Black and Brown students, and achievement testing.

In this class, students will review relevant research, policies, court cases, and projects that aim to either maintain or eliminate inequality. Students will also be expected to engage in thought-provoking conversations around disparities and will be encouraged to think critically about challenging topics. Additionally, students will work individually and in small groups on a series of assignments over the semester. Prerequisites are not required for this introductory course.

Cassandra Davis

Dr. Cassandra Davis is a Research Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within the last four years, Dr. Davis has held the role of principal investigator on five research evaluations, with the most recent of these projects focused on the impacts of hurricanes on schools, educators, and students in low-income communities. Dr. Davis has also collaborated with school districts to assist them with improving graduation rates of underrepresented groups, supporting students with learning differences, identifying opportunity and achievement gaps amongst students, assessing the quality of professional development training for school personnel, and investigating ways to engage parents. Dr. Davis’ areas of interest include education policy, the impact of natural disaster on schools and communities, program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and the social and historical context in education. Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. in Education from UNC Chapel Hill.

 

PLCY 85-001: Reforming America's Schools

FY Seminar | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Douglas Lauen

This seminar will examine the role of schools and other institutions play in determining life chances, which educational interventions work well for economically and academically disadvantaged students, and what to do when institutions cease to work well. Students will learn how to analyze complex educational public policy problems while exploring questions of effectiveness, inequality, resource management, and politics.

Douglas Lauen

Dr. Douglas Lauen’s work seeks to understand the effects of educational policies, school types, and school contextual factors on student outcomes. He focuses on areas that policymakers can control and that have high relevance to current educational policy debates, such as classroom poverty composition, educational accountability, performance incentives, and school choice.

 

PLCY 89-001: Education in a Multicultural Society

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Simona Goldin

This seminar focuses on education in the multicultural society of the United States, and aims to help students develop new understandings of the role of schools and teaching. We will also work to construct alternative perspectives on and approaches to examining educational issues. Featuring opportunities for engaged learning, we will learn in the environment surrounding UNC, working to understand how local histories, cultures, and experiences have affected the opportunities that young people have– and have not– experienced in public schools. Moving into the policy space, we will evaluate and design for equity and justice in public schooling. We will also include work on portraiture, on seeing and learning about the experiences of race and racism in public schools, and the ways in which communities have advocated for experiences in ways that are strength- and asset-filled.

Simona Goldin

Simona Goldin is a Research Associate Professor of Public Policy. She had a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and a master’s degree in management and urban policy analysis. Her research and scholarship consider efforts to transform the preparation of beginning teachers to teach in more racially just and equitable ways. Her most recent work has looked carefully at the ways that innovations are weaponized against the very communities they are meant to support. Goldin serves as co-chair of the Equity in Schools Project Team on the UNC Commission on History, Race, and a Way Forward.

 

POLI 100-01F: American Democracy in Changing Times

FY Launch | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Marc J. Hetherington

Why do Americans love democracy, but hate politics? Why are there only two political parties? Why do voters hate, yet respond to negative campaigning? This course will introduce students to politics in the United States, addressing these and many more questions about how American democracy works.

Marc J. Hetherington

Marc J. Hetherington is Raymond Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor in the Department of Political Science. A scholar of public opinion, he specializes in the study of political trust and party polarization. Over the past year, Marc has devoted his research to the impact of politics and science colliding in the context of Covid-19. He’s authored a range of academic books and published articles in his discipline’s major journals. As for teaching, Marc regularly offers courses on American Government, Political Parties, Public Opinion, and Polarization.

 

POLI 59-001: Revolution, America in 1776 and France in 1789

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Matthew Weidenfeld

This course is designed to throw students into New York City in 1775 and Paris in 1791 by recreating and engaging with the ideas and arguments of these times. The course will rely on the Reacting to the Past pedagogy. “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. It seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills. The course will be extremely hard work, but should also be intellectually engaging and, to put it simply, a good deal of fun. Click here to see a video of students discussing their experiences in the class.

Matthew Weidenfeld

Dr. Matthew Weidenfeld has a wide range of teaching interests and experience in the history of political theory and in American Politics. Recently, his courses have featured role-immersive, Reacting to the Past Simulations. These consist of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; though he advises and guides students throughout. The simulations seek to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills.

 

POLI 63-001: Social Movements and Political Protest and Violence

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Pamela Conover

This seminar focuses on explaining and understanding social movements and the collective political behaviors that they promote (e.g. demonstrations, protests, violence, and eco-terrorism). Our theoretical focus will be interdisciplinary, drawing on research in political behavior, social psychology, sociology, political theory, and the law. We will discuss when and why collective action occurs, who participates, what forms it takes, and how governments respond. Substantively, we will study a variety of movements including: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo movement, the Environmental movement, the White Nationalist movement, COVID protests, and the January 6th Capitol protest. We will use a variety of approaches and resources: class discussions, films, online forum discussions, and texts. Grades will be based on class participation, forum participation, a writing project, and several group papers.

This class will be taught remotely with both asychronous and sychronous components.

Pamela Conover

Pamela Conover, Burton Craige Professor of Political Science, was educated at Emory University and received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Professor Conover teaches courses dealing with political psychology, women and politics, and social movements and political protest. In the past, Professor Conover’s research has concerned the nature of political thinking and the politics of identity and citizenship. She also coauthored the book Feminism and the New Right. Her current research is focused on election aversion, religious freedom, and the effect of worldviews on political behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, yoga and being walked by her two golden retrievers, Sophie and Henry.

 

POLI 66-001: The United States and the European Union: Partners or Rivals?

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Liesbet Hooghe

The alliance between America and the European Union is one of the most important political relationships today.

Liesbet Hooghe

Liesbet Hooghe is the W.R. Kenan Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Her research interests are in political behavior (elites, political parties, public opinion), multilevel governance and decentralization, European integration, international organization. In 2017 she received the Daniel Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the APSA. Hooghe’s recent co-authored books include The European Commission in the 21st Century (OUP, 2013); Measuring Regional Authority (OUP, 2016); Community, Scale and Regional Governance (OUP, 2016); and Measuring International Authority (OUP, 2017). Homepage: http://hooghe.web.unc.edu.

 

POLI 89-001: Immigrants and Refugees in World Politics

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Niklaus Steiner

The movement of people across international borders is one of the most politically controversial issues in the world today. This class focuses on two different types of global migrants, immigrants and refugees, and explores why these two groups move out of their countries and how they are treated by receiving countries. Immigrants and refugees have traditionally been thought of as politically, legally and ethically different from each other and this class explores these differences, but it also explores the many ways that they are similar. Finally, the class explores a third type of global migrant that politicians and policy makers frequently promote, guest workers, and considers to what extent guest worker policies can effectively address the challenges and opportunities posed by the two other migrant groups. This class encourages students from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to enroll because it benefits significantly from including such diversity.

Niklaus Steiner

Niklaus Steiner is a native of Thun, Switzerland, who moved to Chapel Hill with his family when his father became a professor at Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in international studies at UNC and a Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University. He has had the good fortune of moving between cultures his whole life and because of this experience, his teaching and research interests are around immigration, refugees, human rights, nationalism, and citizenship. His textbook, International Migration and Citizenship Today seeks to facilitate classroom discussions on admission and membership in liberal democracies, and he is currently working on a 2nd edition. Before joining the political science department in 2020, he enjoyed working at UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, the last 15 as the director, and he is especially proud of the work he and many colleagues from across campus did to bring diversity, equity and inclusion into global education at Carolina. When not at work, Niklaus is often cutting or replanting flowers in the garden, walking in the woods with his family or making something up in the kitchen.

 

POLI 89-002: Global Politics of Climate Change

FY Seminar | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Robert Jenkins

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the politics of climate change at multiple levels of policy making, from global efforts down to local communities. Throughout the course, climate policy is investigated as a result of the interplay of science and politics. At each level of politics – global, regional (EU), country (US), sub-national (US states), and local (regional and city) – students will have the opportunity to review existing policy approaches, explore official inter-governmental and governmental policies, and read social science analyses. In addition, at each level, a scientific expert and/or activist will visit class to interact on climate issues. Student participation is required, with the format for class meetings combining a mixture of lectures and discussions as well as expert and activist speakers, video resources, and group presentations.

Robert Jenkins

Dr. Robert Jenkins has a combined thirty years of teaching experience at UNC and Yale University. He regularly teaches courses on international organizations, Transatlantic security, ethnic conflict and international intervention in former Yugoslavia, crises and change in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the comparative political mobilization of race and ethnicity. He has led study abroad programs in the Balkans and Vienna, Brussels and London, and Cape Town, South Africa. Common themes of these experiential programs are the activities of international organizations and conflicts over race and ethnic identity. In the past three years, he has systematically incorporated climate change into his teaching on security and international organizations. Based on this understanding of the growing threat of climate change and the range of global efforts to develop climate policies, he will bring his enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning to this new course.

 

PSYC 101-01F: General Psychology

FY Launch | MWF, 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM | Instructor(s): Charlie Wiss

PSYC 101 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses. A survey of major principles of psychology and an introduction to scientific modes of thought about behavior. Students participate in ongoing psychological research in the department.

Charlie Wiss

 

PWAD 89-015: September 11: Origins, Consequences, and Where Do We Go From Here

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Whitaker,Erinn Catherine

This first-year seminar will reflect upon the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, exploring how the terrorist attacks occurred and why the U.S. intelligence community and policymakers failed to anticipate and prevent them as well as the subsequent effects on the United States, the Middle East, and the world. The instructor, a former intelligence analyst, will lead students in discussions and in-class exercises to encourage critical analysis of the implications of terrorism, particularly on United States national security. A variety of assignments will require students to assess the causes and results of American national security decisions and alternative decisions that might have been made, supported with research and evidence.

Whitaker,Erinn Catherine

Erinn Whitaker, a former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and US State Department, is a Professor of the Practice for the Peace, War and Defense Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With nearly 15 years of experience overseas and in Washington, teaches courses such as “Writing and Briefing for Intelligence,” “Comparative Intelligence Regimes,” and “Cases in Counter Intelligence,” helping students interested in careers ranging from intelligence to public policy to journalism strengthen their written and oral communication skills. Whitaker earned a BA from Middlebury College, where she spent a year studying Russia in Siberia, and a MA from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She speaks German and Russian.

 

RELI 63-001: The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

FY Seminar | MW, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Instructor(s): Jodi Magness

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been described as the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century. The first scrolls were discovered in 1947, in a cave near the site of Qumran by the Dead Sea. Eventually the remains of over 900 scrolls were found in 11 caves around Qumran. The scrolls date to the time of Jesus and include the earliest preserved copies of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). They were deposited in the caves by members of a Jewish sect called the Essenes who lived at Qumran. In this seminar, students explore the meaning and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls – and learn about broader issues such as how canons of sacred scripture developed among Jews and Christians – through classroom discussions, thought papers, and creative assignments.

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. Before coming to UNC–Chapel Hill in 2002, she taught at Tufts University for ten years. Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has participated on numerous excavations in Israel and Greece, and currently directs excavations at Huqoq in Israel. Professor Magness’ publications include a book entitled The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002).

 

RELI 64-001: Reintroducing Islam

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Youssef Carter

Students learn about Islam as a global, historical religious tradition and the dynamic interaction between religious ideas, practices, and debates on one hand and a variety of geographical and historical contexts on the other. The course takes as its starting point the assumption that every first year student has already been exposed to ideas about Islam and Muslims, usually in the form of religious, cultural and racialized othering, which means that the course has to respond to such preconceived notions that have shaped their worldviews. Students are challenged to consider both similar and dramatically different ways of learning, knowing, and perceiving the world by Muslims in past and present, thereby exposing them to alternative ways of knowing and nurturing at the very least an appreciation of the value of difference and understanding of a perceived other.

Youssef Carter

Youssef Carter is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies. His research focuses on religious empowerment Afro-descendant Muslims. His current book project illuminates how Sufi epistemologies that emerge out of Senegal shape Black religious identities in the broader Atlantic, particularly in the American South and in West Africa.

 

RELI 65-001: Myth, Philosophy, and Science in the Ancient World

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Zlatko Pleše

This interdisciplinary course explores various, often conflicting ways of conceiving and shaping reality in the ancient world – religious, scientific, and philosophical. The course is organized around a series of case studies: (1) the formation and makeup of the cosmos; (2) the origin of mankind and its sexual differentiation; (3) the invention of the ‘self’; (4) the origin and nature of dreams; (5) foundations of law, justice, and morality. Short writing assignments, in-class discussions, oral presentations, and a term-paper will be used to introduce students into a complex intellectual network of natural scientists, philosophers, and oral story-tellers throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. Readings include Near Eastern mythical narratives and Homeric poems and hymns; selections from the earliest Greek philosophers through Plato’s dialogues to Hellenistic and Roman philosophical schools; works from the famous Hippocratic corpus and Galen’s medical treatises; and various religious texts from ancient Greece and Rome, early Christianity, and late antiquity.

Zlatko Pleše

Zlatko Pleše received his PhD in Classics at Yale University, where he specialized in ancient philosophy and medicine, early Christianity, Hellenistic rhetoric and Coptic language. He taught at various universities in Europe and the US, including Yale and Wesleyan University, and is currently Professor of Ancient Mediterranean religions (Greco-Roman world, early Christianity and late antiquity) at Carolina. He has published monographs and articles on Platonist philosophers of the Roman imperial period, ancient Gnostic and Hermetic writings, apocryphal gospels, and early modern theories of nationhood in South-Eastern Europe.

 

RELI 67-001: Nature, Culture, and Self-Identity: Religion in the Construction of Social Life

FY Seminar | TTH, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Instructor(s): Lauren Leve

Beliefs about what a human being is—and isn’t—lie at the root of all religious traditions and also of secular ideologies. This course explores the ways that different religious and cultural communities have conceptualized human nature, and how those understandings are reflected in diverse forms of personal identity and ways of organizing public life. Readings will include historic and contemporary texts, and case studies from places including India, Nepal, and the USA. We will structure our inquiries around three thematic questions: (1) How do religious beliefs and practices shape the way that individuals and societies understand what it is to be human? (2) How do these beliefs manifest in seemingly unrelated areas of life such as personal aspirations, gender ideals, social structures, political institutions, and economic ideologies? (3) How do we know what we know about these things—i.e., what theories and methods do scholars use to understand other societies and also their own? This course also involves an experiential component that allows students to undertake original research.

Lauren Leve

Lauren Leve received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology. Now an associate professor of Religious Studies, she has been living and working in Nepal since 1990; sometimes for a few weeks at a time, sometimes for a few years. Her research has also brought her to Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, and Singapore. She has written on topics that include Buddhism, globalization, women’s empowerment, theories of rural revolution, human rights, and suffering. Her recent book is titled “The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal: Ethical Practice and Religious Reform.” She is currently working on a project on gender, health, politics, and the rise of Christianity in Nepal. Professor Leve is grateful to the monks, nuns, householders, newly-literate women, NGO staff, Maoists, Christians and others who have opened their lives to her and taught her to (try to) see through their eyes. She reports that it’s a little disorienting at first, but that once you learn to learn from others’ perspectives, there’s no better way to live in the world!

 

RELI 73H-001: From Dragons to Pokemon: Animals in Japanese Myth, Folklore, and Religion

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Barbara Ambros

This seminar examines the cultural construction of animals in Japanese myth, folklore, and religion. We will discuss various kinds of animals: those that occur in the natural world, those that are found in myths and folklore, and those that have appeared in popular media such as animation. We will explore how images of various animals were culturally constructed as tricksters, gods, monsters, or anthropomorphic companions; how animals were ritualized as divine, demonic, or sentient beings in Buddhism, Shinto, and folk religion; and how animals could serve as metaphors that embodied collective ideals or anxieties. Most of our readings will focus on primary and secondary texts from the Japanese tradition (in English), but we will also read theoretical texts on human-animal relationships and historical studies on animals in the larger Asian context. We will also view and analyze several Japanese films, both anime and documentaries, that deal with animals and environmental issues.

Barbara Ambros

Field of specialization: Religions of Asia. Research interests: Religions in early modern through contemporary Japan; gender studies; critical animal studies; place and space; and pilgrimage. Fun fact: she holds a third-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and serves as the faculty advisor for the UNC Shotokan Club.

 

ROML 55H-001: Writing with an Accent: Latino Literature and Culture

FY Seminar | TTH, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Instructor(s): Oswaldo Estrada

This seminar focuses on the literary production of Latinos living in the U.S. Using a variety of materials (essays, documentaries, films, music) and English-language texts (novels, short stories, plays, poetry) we will examine works by Chicano, Peruvian-American, Nuyorican, Central-American-American, Dominican, and Cuban-American writers. Topics to be discussed include: Latino or Hispanic? What’s in a Name?; The politics of Bilingualism; The search for Home in Migrant, Rural, and Urban Environments; The Many Faces of Machismo; Religion and Spirituality in Latino Communities; Forms of Prejudice and Discrimination; Music as a Cultural Bridge. All readings will be in English, though knowledge of Spanish is desirable.

Oswaldo Estrada

Oswaldo Estrada is a Peruvian-American writer and literary critic. He is a Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has authored or edited over a dozen books of literary and cultural criticism. He is the author of a children’s book, El secreto de los trenes (2018), and of three collections of short stories, Luces de emergencia (2019; International Latino Book Awards 2020), Las locas ilusiones y otros relatos de migración (2020; International Latino and Latin American Book Fair Prize 2020), and Las guerras perdidas (2021). He has recently edited the short-story collection Incurables: Relatos de dolencias y males (2020; International Latino Book Awards 2020).

 

SOCI 71-001: The Pursuit of Happiness

FY Seminar | TTH, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Instructor(s): Arne Kalleberg

Happiness is a fundamental goal in many societies, despite being elusive for many people. In recent years, social scientists have become increasingly interested in the subject of happiness and its causes and consequences. Sociologists, economists, political scientists, geographers, and psychologists have joined with philosophers in studying the nature of happiness and subjective well-being and its relationship to social life. This course will provide an overview of how these different disciplines study happiness. We will examine the interplay between individual and social happiness by considering the nature and meaning of happiness in the contemporary United States and in other countries. We will seek to answer questions such as: What is happiness? Can we measure happiness, and if so, how? Does happiness vary among diverse groups (racial, ethnic, religious, gender, age, and social class groups)? How does happiness differ among cultures and nations? What is the relationship between biology and happiness? Between psychology and happiness? Does money buy happiness? What is (and should be) the role of happiness in formulating public policies? We will address these and other questions by reading books and articles; by class discussions and debates; by viewing films; by interviewing people; and by collecting information using the Internet and other sources.

Arne Kalleberg

Dr. Arne Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has Adjunct Professorships in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Department of Public Policy, and the Curriculum in Global Studies. He is also the Editor of Social Forces, an International Journal of Social Research.

 

SOCI 89-001: College, Inequality, and Society

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Kenneth Andrews

Universities are experiencing significant change and are the focus of intense debates. Some see college as an important equalizer that helps students reach their full potential and live more rewarding lives. Others see colleges as reinforcing inequalities and favoring students who are already privileged. Meanwhile, significant changes are underway include rising costs, greater competition, growing diversity, new technologies, and calls for greater accountability and oversight. We will read and reflect broadly on college and how higher education is changing, and we will conduct sociological research on three major themes. First, we will consider the sorting process – what factors shape who goes to college and where they go to college. Second, we will examine the social dimension – how the college experience shapes learning, identities, and relationships. Third, we will focus on the institutional context – how college is shaped by public policy, the economy, the legal system, and popular culture.

Kenneth Andrews

Kenneth (Andy) Andrews is a faculty member and chair of the Sociology Department. His research and teaching focuses on social movements and politics, especially whether and how movements lead to changes in policy, elections, and popular culture.

 

SOCM 89-001: Food Allergies in Everyday Life

FY Seminar | TTH, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Instructor(s): Jill Fisher

Sharing food is central to social life as well as to the formation of cultural identities. We can see this in how people come together over food, structure their days around it, and perform national or ethnic identities through it. At the same time, food allergies are on the rise and introduce many challenges to individuals, families, and organizations. The situation is complicated by the fact that public awareness, responses from schools and other organizations, and regulatory safety measures tend to lag behind. This course explores the topic of food allergies through several important lenses: biomedical, political, cultural, and social. The course’s goals are to understand how living with and managing food allergies can be challenging to individuals and families, as well as to query how potential therapies for food allergies should be regulated and how schools and business should accommodate for food allergies. The course critically engages concepts such as risk/benefit, medicalization, disability, and quality of life to better understand the social and cultural values that shape perceptions of and responses to food allergies.

Jill Fisher

Jill A. Fisher, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Medicine in the Center for Bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials (Rutgers University Press, 2009) and Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals (New York University Press, 2020). She is currently conducting qualitative research on food allergy clinical trials to study the social and ethical issues that emerge from testing new medical therapies on children.

 

STOR 120-03F: Foundations of Statistics and Data Science

FY Launch | MWF, 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM | Instructor(s): Serhan Ziya | Lab/Recitation: STOR 120-408

This course teaches critical concepts and skills in computer programming and statistical inference, in conjunction with hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. It delves into social issues surrounding data analysis such as privacy and design.

Serhan Ziya

Serhan Ziya is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Operations Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His specialization area is using mathematical modeling and data science in problems that are directly motivated by practical contexts. He is particularly interested in problems that are related to healthcare and emergency operations, but he has also been involved in research projects that are related to operational improvements in various business settings.

 

WGST 89H-001: Sexuality and Salvation

FY Seminar | TTH, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Instructor(s): Sarah J. Bloesch

In Christianity and Islam, bodies populate the afterlife. What those bodies look like, how they act, what they feel, and who they engage with are subjects of contentious and long-standing debates. The various answers offered in these debates deeply affect Christian and Muslim responses to the body, sexuality, race, and gender in this life. This course examines how these two religious traditions’ diversity of histories and ideas construct theories of identity. In each tradition, we will look at attempts to dictate a wide variety of sexual norms and at the creativity followers have employed in interpreting such regulations. We examine the many ways that Muslims and Christians have used sexual practices, language, and images to enhance their devotion and pose questions about living out religion. This means analyzing how the afterlife affects earthly life, including family structures, health care debates, legal choices, questions of feminist agency, and imagery of war.

Sarah J. Bloesch

Sarah J. Bloesch (she/her) is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches feminist and queer approaches to film, popular culture, and spirituality. Her research focuses on Christianity, gender, and race in the contemporary United States and how those aspects shape our understanding of sexuality, time, and relationships. She is the co-editor of the textbook Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods and loves spending time with her dog: a boxer mix, who is obviously the best puppy in the world.