UNIVERSITY HONORS

HNRS-300
Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of University Honors program director.

HNRS-300
002H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

American Conservatism

This course examines the origins of modern conservatism, its self-defined values and mission, its enduring appeal to ordinary people, and the ebb and flow of its influence on American life. In focusing on the emergence and development of modern right-wing perceptions, ideology, and activities, the course redefines accepted ideas about America's political Left and Right. It challenges the notion that liberal institutions have been at the center while conservative forces have been on the periphery of American politics.

HNRS-300
003H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Rebellious Women in the Francophone World

This course introduces students to twentieth and twenty-first century cultural productions by women from France, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Senegal, and former Indochina. The class explores women's take on gender, race, class, religion, national identity, history, and memory. Students also engage with critical notions of ecriture feminine, Negritude, Creolisation, and post-colonial thought from a women's perspective.

HNRS-300
004H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Reading Food: Identity, Power, and Representation

This course is an exploration of the many meanings food can carry, in a smorgasbord of genres and cultural contexts. While what we eat may seem a matter of personal choice, looking closely at food makes us recognize how enmeshed we are in cultural, economic, and political forces. A food memoir can explore an identity both individual and collective; a cookbook can offer insight into a '60s commune; a bento box can be read as a technology for becoming Japanese; and sugar can tell a history of slave trade. The course is both international and interdisciplinary in focus.

HNRS-300
001H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

This course surveys 1960s civil rights movement figures and instructs students in oral history techniques. Students conduct a tape-recorded interview with a 1960s civil rights figure to construct an oral biography.

HNRS-300
001H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Music and the Mind

This course explores the mental mechanisms by which music is created, listened to, and ultimately enjoyed. The course connects recent advances in psychology, neuroscience, music, and evolutionary biology to understand the sophisticated cognitive systems underlying this universal human art form and explores questions including how our brains convert raw sound waves (essentially molecular vibrations in the air) into meaningful musical concepts such as dance beats, catchy melodies, and consonant chords, and why there are no human cultures where music isn't made. Open only to students in the University Honors Program.

HNRS-300
002H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

The Idea of Nature

The terms nature and natural are basic concepts that shape modern attitudes about food, recreation, politics, and ecology; yet they remain notoriously difficult to define. This course surveys the historical evolution of philosophical thinking about nature from ancient to modern sources, along the way exploring some of the main differences between Euro-American ideas about nature and their counterparts in Islamic, Indigenous, and East Asian cultures. The central focus of this seminar style course is the role that ideas about nature have played in modern political philosophy (i.e. natural rights, natural reason, and the state of nature posited by Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and many others). Open only to students in the University Honors Program.

HNRS-300
003H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Arts and Humanities (3)

Advanced Writing: Creative Nonfiction

In this intensive prose writing course, students define, study, write, and revise examples of "creative nonfiction," a broad term that encompasses many different forms of composition. Those forms invite both the use of memoir and the kinds of research that provide the foundation for literary journalism. The class spends time on generative writing exercises and in workshops in which students sharpen the ability to consider critically both their own work and their classmates'. Open only to students in the University Honors Program.