Fall 2022

All new first-year students in the University Honors Program take one 189H seminar in the fall semester of their first year at UNL. These are extremely popular and students often reference these as among their favorite classes at UNL! All seminars are taught by excellent faculty who are passionate about Honors education. All seminars are offered via an in-person format, unless otherwise noted in description.

The 189H seminars all meet different ACE (general education) requirements. Before your NSE virtual advising appointment, please review the following course descriptions and identify several that interest you. You and your advisor will discuss which seminars and ACE courses are most appropriate for your degree plan.

ACE 4: Natural and Physical Sciences

Cornfield

189H (Biological Sciences)

Food Systems, Diets, & Climate Change

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UGEP 189H Section 005 Tu/Th 12:30-1:45p
Beadle N176 Prof. Heriberto Cerutti ACE 4

Providing a growing global population with healthy diets based on sustainable food production systems is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Choices made by producers (e.g., technologies and agricultural practices), market agents (e.g., transport, storage, processing and selling of food) and consumers (e.g., dietary patterns) depend on multiple factors and have major impacts on society and our planet. In this course, we will explore current food systems (e.g., global production, processing, trade, consumption and waste), their driving trends (e.g., population growth, income, dietary habits, globalization) and impacts (e.g., human health, food security, climate change) as well as the challenges of redesigning food systems. The course will rely on reading and critically evaluating, using the principles of the scientific method, research papers and reports from academic groups, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Group projects will focus on specific case studies such as plant-based burgers, AquAdvantage salmon, Artic apple and fortified foods. Evaluation of student accomplishments will be done by written assignments, discussions in class, a group project and a class presentation.

ACE 5: Humanities

Graphic of a plague doctor

189H (English)

Apocalypse Then: Natural and Unnatural Disasters in Pre-Modern Literature

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UGEP 189H Section 010 TuTh 3:30-4:45pm
Andrews 118 Prof. Kelly Stage ACE 5

After living through a global pandemic, we’ve seen how technology—especially digital technology, whether for communication or for medicine—has dictated much of how we have functioned in the last few years. How did people in earlier times—before the advent of electricity or even steam power—deal with major catastrophes, and how did they think about their worlds in crisis? Examining natural and human-created disasters, we’ll consider the way people wrote about, memorialized, and reacted to major threats to ways of life or life itself. Topics may include earthquakes, famines, comets, floods, plague/disease, fire and other catastrophes, primarily between 1300 and 1700 ADE. We’ll discuss some of the influences of classical learning (like Aristotelian or Galenic ideas) as well as “newer” thoughts and observations from artists and thinkers. Authors, artists, and philosophers studied may include Pliny, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Donne, Taylor, Pepys, Evelyn, Defoe, Cavendish and others.

Freedom of Expression in Contentious Times

189H (Journalism)

Freedom of Expression in Contentious Times

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UGEP 189H Section 015 MWF 12:30-1:20pm
Anderson 333 Prof. Matt Waite ACE 5

The course examines the history of freedom of expression in the United States and how the extent of that freedom may change for specific situations. Some of the situations we will examine are high schools, national security situations, surveillance, free press-fair trial, campaign finance, the internet, hate speech, defamation and invasion of privacy. The course will examine the way expression has affected equality for women and people of color in the United States’ diverse society. Evaluating freedom of expression requires recognizing the tension between competing individual rights or between the rights of individuals and the common good. That tension is something we face almost every day.

Illustration of a map and explorers

189H (History)

A History of Anticolonialism

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UGEP 189H Section 014 TuTh 11:00-12:15pm
Knoll 150 Prof. James Le Sueur ACE 5

Anticolonialism: this honors seminar focuses on the history of resistance to empire and imperialism in the modern era. We will start with the American Revolution and follow the evolution of anticolonial nationalist movements throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. We read the key works anticolonial thinkers including Thomas Paine, Frantz Fanon, Mahatma Gandhi, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Fidel Castro, Djamila Bouacha, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Steve Biko, Wendell Willkie, Nelson Mandela, Richard Wright, VI Lenin, among others and focus primarily on 20th century resistance thought and movements.

American flag and immigrants

189H (History)

Immigrant America

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UGEP 189H Section 013 TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Knoll 150 Prof. Laura Munoz ACE 5

Comic book writer, Frank Miller considers Clark Kent to be the ultimate immigrant—an alien child landed in the U.S.A. Although fictional, Superman’s story closely mirrors the dilemmas immigrants have faced in search of the American Dream. This course will consider immigration and migration from many points of view, from children to lawmakers to activists fighting for and against border walls.

Illustration of Africa

189H (English)

Urban African: Exploring the Cultural Life of African Cities

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UGEP 189H Section 009 TuTh 9:30-10:45am
Andrews Hall 118 Prof. Ng'ang'a Muchiri ACE 5

In this course we’ll be particularly interested in pursuing a critique of the production of images that are easily recognizable as “Black” – war, poverty, famine, etc. Why is Blackness repeatedly approached as the “always already” known, understood, or assumed? What does it mean to “know” Africa? Do Africans have the ultimate claim to “knowing” the continent? When is it appropriate for outsiders to step in? How can we distinguish processes of seeking knowledge that empower, from those that disenfranchise? Finally, we'll also deeply examine newer, more empowering, ways of understanding the African continent. We will learn about music, art, stories, and other elements that give us insight into the cultural life of African cities.

Illustration of a robot

189H (English)

Science, Technology, & the Body

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UGEP 189H Section 008 Tu/Th 11:00-12:15pm
Andrews Hall 39 Prof. Peter Capuano ACE 5

This seminar examines the crossings of technology and the human form beginning with the industrial revolution in Britain but extending to Hollywood cinema. Our readings of essays, poetry, fiction, art, and film will address the “trouble” of what Sigmund Freud called man’s technologically-advanced “auxiliary organs.” In this context, we will grapple with the paradox of the ways in which technology both improves and diminishes our lives, with special attention devoted to what role(s) art plays in the representation of this central paradox. We will also consider how sophisticated technologies ranging from machine development to biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, cosmetic surgery, and the pharmaceutical fine-tuning of personality expand the boundaries of what it means to be human.

Language

189H (Modern Languages)

Leveraging Language: How Culture and Language Influence Each Other

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UGEP 189H Section 016 MWF 11:30 am-12:20 pm
Burnett 121 Prof. Yassine Rfissa ACE 5

How we speak and the languages we use to communicate influence who we are and how others perceive us, now more than ever. This seminar focuses on the study of language in relation to culture in the 21st century. We will explore topics such as: how culture can affect language, thought, learning, and media; how we learn languages; how culture affects language translation; how intercultural communication is influenced by language; why some languages are endangered and how they might be saved; and language’s relationship to identity and power. We will discuss and analyze various types of materials such as readings, films, podcasts, and other materials, as well as language and culture examples from a wide variety of global and local contexts. No experience with languages other than English is required to be successful in this course.

ACE 6: Social Sciences

Flags of many nations

189H (Political Science)

American Foreign Policy and the New World Disorder

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UGEP 189H Section 023 MWF 9:30-10:20am
Knoll 150 Prof. Patrice McMahon ACE 6

Although the United States is the single most powerful country in the world, its ability to control outcomes is increasingly challenged. In this class, we will look at recent and ongoing US foreign policy, going back to the 1990s, and develop an understanding of cotemporary policies.

ILlustration of many creative fields

189H (Educational Psychology)

How to Become Creative or Talented

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UGEP 189H Section 006 Tu/Th 3:30-4:45pm
Knoll 150 Dr. Ken Kiewra ACE 6

In this class, we will learn about creative and talented people in various domains and explore the psychological, environmental, social, and biological factors that lead to the development of their creativity and/or talent. This field of study offers many implications for self-growth and education. Students read texts and articles, interview talented in-class guests, complete a book report and article summary, and conduct a small research project.

The Many Faces of Tyranny

189H (Political Science)

The Many Faces of Tyranny

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UGEP 189H Section 034 MWF 10:30-11:20 am
Knoll 258 Prof. Don Beahm ACE 6

History is full of tyrannical leaders, such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Josip Broz Tito, Mao Zedong, many of whom gained power before the full scope of their intentions were clear. As active citizens, we have an obligation to work to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. This course is an analysis and evaluation of the subject of tyranny from multiple points of view. Students will read, discuss, view videos and write about what some of the foremost authorities have had to say about the topic. We will learn from political theorists as ancient as Plato, to Hannah Arendt’s examination of the development of totalitarianism in Nazi Germany, on through to contemporary views of what tyranny is, and how it manifests itself in governments, societies, and individuals.

The Neuroscience of Zombies

189H (Psychology)

The Neuroscience of Zombies

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UGEP 189H Section 025 MWF 10:30-11:20am
Knoll 150 Prof. Jacquelyn Omelian ACE 6

We all know that zombies aren’t real… right? But what about a parasite that makes mice lose their fear of cats and end up as lunch? Or a virus that makes people terrified of a glass of water? In this class, we’ll sort the fact from the fiction and explore the wonderfully weird world of the brain. Using cases of both real and fictional disorders, we will explore the ways in which the typical brain functions. Along the way we will cover common neuroscience methodologies, important historical contributions, and relevant current theories. By the end of this course you will have developed a broad understanding of the field of neuroscience and be well prepared to repel a zombie apocalypse, should one occur.

The Psychology of Good and Evil

189H (Psychology)

The Psychology of Good and Evil

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UGEP 189H Section 026 TuTh 2:00-3:15pm
Knoll 258 Prof. Chelsea Witt ACE 6

From the earliest historical records, humans have been trying to figure out how some people become heroes and others villains. Explanations have been offered by many religious and philosophical traditions, and laws attempt to legislate exactly what is wrong about some of our strongly-held impulses. This class will examine how we define what is good and evil and will require personal reflection, experiential learning, critical readings, and discussions based on a psychological analysis of why and how we define acts as good or evil. We will conduct this analysis through a lens of different areas of psychology: human development, neuroscience, social relationships, mental illness, the law, and religion. It is the goal of this course to help students view morality in a variety of scientific contexts and equip them to critically reflect on their own moral lives.

ACE 7: Fine Arts

100 years of film

189H (English)

100 Years of Film

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UGEP 189H Section 032 TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Knoll 150 Prof. Michael Page ACE 7

For over one hundred years we have been enthralled by the movies! Undoubtedly film is the central mode of artistic cultural expression in our world today. Much of our social discourse revolves around our shared experiences of the cinema. In this course, students will explore the worlds of film by 1. Watching; 2. Reading (both films and screenplays); 3. Contextualizing; 4. Talking (in class discourse); 5. Writing (both analytically and creatively), and, last but not least, 6. Enjoying the pleasures of the cinema. This Honors seminar will introduce students to the art of film and the craft of screenwriting; key moments of film history and the social, historical, and artistic context surrounding the films; and, through the reading of screenplays, how films develop from page to screen. Students will not only watch some of the great films of the last 100 years, but they will also learn how to read films as “texts,” by applying analytical and critical methods to their viewing of films. As we view/read the films, students will also have the opportunity to read a number of screenplays (and a few short novels) to learn the craft of screenwriting, and they will write their own short screenplay as one of their class projects. Students will also learn the craft of the film review by writing two film reviews during the course of the semester.

Brain illustration

189H (English)

Creativity and Citizenship

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UGEP 189H Section 031 MWF 9:30-10:20am
Andrews 114 Prof. Stephen Behrendt ACE 7

This seminar considers the dynamic relationship between “creativity” and “citizenship” by examining the broad range of assumptions, artifacts and practices involved in both terms. “Creativity” involves more than just the production, performance and consumption of “works of art”; it includes, more broadly, innovation and initiative across both disciplinary and cultural boundaries ranging from the sciences and technology to civic institutions and socio-cultural practices. Similarly, “Citizenship” involves more than mere local, national or geographical “membership”; it includes cultural behaviors whose origins and consequences range from the personal and private to broadly public, national and global spheres of action, influence and socio-political practice..

The seminar explores questions that follow from this central one: Where and how do these capacious “spheres” intersect, both for individuals and for the socio-cultural institutions in which they participate? In exploring this central question, we will study creative works in various media (with copious examples from various media) as well as critical and theoretical writings. Students will present examples and perspectives from their own experience and interests and will create works that explore the dynamic relationship among the arts, culture and contemporary civic consciousness and engagement.

Digital Music Creation

189H (Music)

Digital Music Creation

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UGEP 189H Section 020 Tu/Th 12:30-1:45pm
Ross/Van Brunt 213 Prof. Brian Moore ACE 7

In areas of musical and artistic creativity, digital media has become an important aural and visual palette for expression. The ability to be creative and communicate in an expressive and compelling manner are also important skills in today’s world. The iPad has transformed both the process and product of musical creation. This seminar seeks to (1) understand the expressive aspects of music as an art form through learning to compose and create original music, (2) develop and equip students with the skills and knowledge to use personal and multimedia technology within the context of musical and artistic creation and scholarship, and (3) be an active participant in the research/creative process of the development and deployment of new technologies. NOTE: This seminar requires each student to have access to an Apple iPad. For those enrolled students that do not have an iPad, one will be made available for checkout as well as access to creativity software/hardware for music production, graphic design, and video production.

How to Listen to Pop Songs

189H (Music)

How to Listen to Pop Songs

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UGEP 189H Section 021 M/W/F 8:30-9:20am
Westbrook 104 Prof. David von Kampen ACE 7

Popular music’s visual marketing permeates our culture, with songwriters and bands using images and music videos to catch our attention. But music is made for ears, and pop songs deserve to be considered on their own purely musical terms. In this class we’ll listen to a wide variety of songs—Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Stevie Wonder to Ben Folds to Taylor Swift—and many others in between. We will figure out what makes a great song great, and how new ways of listening can deepen your enjoyment of your favorite music.

Music in Film

189H (Music)

Music in Film: Classic Hollywood Cinema in Sound

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UGEP 189H Section 022 MWF 12:30-1:20pm
Knoll 258 Prof. Laura Damuth ACE 7

Film is one of our most prominent and influential art forms. This class will focus on Hollywood films and study the use of music in film from the silent era (1920s) to the end of the 1970s. We will concentrate on the expressive, formal, and semiotic function that film music serves, either as sound experienced by the protagonists, or as another layer of commentary to be heard only by the viewer, or some mixture of the two. Composers studied will include: Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Danny Elfman, and John Williams. We will be viewing and listening to films that rely upon a range of musical styles, including classical, popular, and non-Western. This course is intended for any major, although some basic knowledge of music is helpful.

Psychology of Music

189H (Music)

Psychology of Music

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UGEP 189H Section 019 Tu/Th 9:30-10:45am
Westbrook 9 Prof. Robert Woody ACE 7

Throughout time, human beings have been fascinated with music. Research in the psychology of music has uncovered much regarding how musicians acquire the ability to convey emotional intentions as sounded music, how listeners perceive it as feelings and moods, and how this powerful process relates to social and cultural dynamics. This course addresses these broad themes, giving specific attention to topics such as: development and learning, motivation, expressivity and artistic interpretation, creativity, performance anxiety, listener preferences and emotional response, and the roles of music in society.

Scale with many colorful faces

189H (Theatre)

Staging Trial: Social Justice and Policy in Theatrical Storytelling

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UGEP 189H Section 030 TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Temple 104 Prof. Bindi Kang ACE 7 or 9

This course will discuss the common qualities in both theatre and trial: social gathering, live communication and public debate. Students will read dramatic texts, watch theatre productions and hear testimonies from actual social events all over the world, from theatres in Ancient Greece (The Bacchae), Elizabethan England (The Merchant of Venice) and pre-modern China (The Injustice of Dou E), to modern and contemporary stage such as The Twelve Angry Men (America, 1955), Death and the King’s Horseman (Nigeria, 1975) and The Laramie Project (America, 2000 and 2010). Putting criminal justice and its related issues on race, gender and sexuality as a focal point, this course aims to explore the following questions: What kind of social functions could theatre be at stake when presenting itself as a courtroom to discuss crime, policy, and social justice? Which artistic choices have been made in theatrical storytelling to make these social events more believable, or more unrealistic? This course will also introduce students to theories in performance studies, to examine acting in everyday life and to study courtroom as a performance space.

Taking the Globe Global

189H (Theatre)

Taking the Globe Global: Perspectives on Shakespeare from Around the World

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UGEP 189H Section 029 Tu/Th 2:00-3:15pm
Temple 104 Prof. Andy Park ACE 7 or 9

In this course, we will read and analyze the text of Shakespeare and examine how Shakespeare's plays are adapted into performances around the world. Centered on four of Shakespeare's major works - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night - we will explore global approaches to the Comedies and Tragedies through multiple mediums (including theatre, film, and video games), time periods, and cultural lenses. We will investigate how and why the language, characters, and stories in Shakespeare transcend generational and geographic divides, and how the continued translation and transformation of Shakespeare impacts the formation and expression of cultural identities around the globe.

A World of Music

189H (Music)

A World of Music

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UGEP 189H Section 018 Tu/Th 11:00-12:15pm
Westbrook 109 Dr. Anthony Bushard ACE 7 or 9

Music making is one of the most important creative processes experienced by people throughout the world. In this class we will explore various types of music made across the globe and how each culture incorporates music into their daily lives. In addition, we will examine the role of the ethnomusicologist and the various ways in which ethnomusicology contributes to our understanding of music. In order to investigate these diverse topics more thoroughly, we will read and discuss texts that engage the music from (for instance) economic, political, social, racial, and gender perspectives. Further, we will experience the music itself through a variety of interactive and participatory media. The class will culminate with a musical ethnography project and presentation wherein students will have the opportunity to explore music making in the greater Lincoln community.

ACE 8: Ethics

Cheaters, Billionaires, and Mega Media: American Sports in the 21st Century

189H (Environmental Studies)

Cheaters, Billionaires, and Mega Media: American Sports in the 21st Century

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UGEP 189H Section 028 Tu/Th 12:30-1:45pm
Knoll 258 Prof. John Schrader ACE 8

The former Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren famously said, “I always turn to the (newspaper’s) sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.” In the subsequent six decades, sport has moved closer and closer to the front pages. Collectively, sports would be considered among the biggest industries in America, and with it are the inherent issues and ethical considerations we examine in this course. Sport is one of the few places in our society you will find the confluence of economics, class, gender, race, and identity. To study sport is to take a close examination of who we as Americans, and as citizens of the world. In this course we will examine the issues and ethics of a variety of institutions, including college and professional sports, the media, the sports business, and what role fans play in these dynamics.

Scales made of plants

189H (Environmental Studies)

From Zika to Flint, Michigan: Public Health and Environmental Justice

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UGEP 189H Section 011 Tu/Th 11:00-12:15pm
Knoll 257 Dr. Christine Haney Douglass ACE 8

As the global population grows, and our world becomes increasingly interconnected via processes of globalization, our social and natural worlds are becoming further interwoven. International travel creates a pathway for previously limited outbreaks of disease to spread. The internet creates a pathway for the illumination of once hidden social and ecological crimes. This course will explore contemporary public and environmental health case studies from around the world through the lens of environmental justice. Environmental justice involves the fair and equal treatment and involvement of all people in efforts to care for and access environmental resources. We will investigate current cases of environmental concern in urban areas, remote indigenous communities, local and international law, and the development of local and international public health practices and collaborative efforts.

Just Do It neon sign

189H (Advertising & Public Relations)

Just Do It – Or Don’t: Ethical Persuasion

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UGEP 189H Section 002 TuTh 2:00-3:15pm
Anderson 333 Prof. Nancy Mitchell ACE 8

All communication is persuasive in some way, so how do we sort through what others tell us to find the truth and how do we act as ethical communicators ourselves, both personally and professionally? This course will familiarize you with a variety of ethical issues in advertising and public relations and examine their impact on contemporary society. You will develop your ability to think critically about communicating messages and examine the role of persuasion. You’ll learn about various ethical perspectives and pick up some tools that can be applied no matter what your major, such as reframing arguments and considering their impact on your audience and society. Even though the topics will be studied through the lens of marketing communications, these skills and abilities transcend disciplines as we are all creators and consumers of information. You will have the opportunity to apply what you learn to issues that interest you.

From Terraforming to Space Exploration

189H (Environmental Studies)

From Terraforming to Space Exploration: Environmental Ethics in Science Fiction

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UGEP 189H Section 001 M/W/F 10:30-11:20am
Knoll 257 Prof. George Limpert ACE 8

This class will explore how the genre of science fiction is used to convey ideas about ethical issues in society, especially environmental issues. Science fiction has a long history of examining moral and ethical issues, and the genre elements of science fiction often allow us to see these angles in new ways or in ways that take extraneous perspectives out of them. For example, exploring a story of an environmental issue on another planet can separate the key environmental concerns from the context of Earth’s or the US’s political or social climate at that time. We will explore a range of issues including, but not limited to climate change, destruction of habitats, pollution from our modern lifestyles, scarcity of resources to support our growing population, increased risk of pandemics, and automation of the workforce.

Cellphone notification graphic

189H (Advertising & Public Relations)

Why Am I Getting That Ad? Influencing Audiences in a Data-Driven Social Media World

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ACE 9: Human Diversity

Big Weather, Big Politics

189H (Anthropology)

Big Weather, Big Politics

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UGEP 189H Section 004 TuTh 9:30-10:45am
Oldfather 807 Prof. Sophia Perdikaris ACE 9

How are catastrophic events changing landscapes, people and economies? Environmental disasters feed narratives of environmental justice, structural inequalities of race and class, imperialism and climate change. How are natural disasters linked to capitalism, modern science and politics? What level of complicity or responsibility do we all share in ongoing global disasters like climate change? This will be a seminar style course where we will explore the relationship between “natural” disasters and cultural change on global and local terms, drawing perspective from the deep and recent past.

Virus graphic

189H (Anthropology)

Bodies, Virus and Vodoo: Power, Health Disparities and the Experience of Health and Illness

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UGEP 189H Section 003 MWF 1:30-2:20pm
Knoll 150 Prof. Roberto Abadie ACE 9

Health and illness are shaped by biology but also by culture. A biocultural approach suggests that the ways each society interprets and deals with health misfortunes reflect central features of its social organization, ideology, values, and dynamics. In focusing on these aspects, medical anthropology allows a privileged comprehension of power relations, race, class and gender inequalities, and other forms of social stratification. This course raises the following questions: How do biology and culture contribute to produce health outcomes? Who has access to a therapy that can save or extend a life? Who is excluded? And what do these choices tell us about how a particular society is organized? This class will examine a range of issues, from disease causation and treatment, to how medical technologies and advancements have impacted the human condition across time, to global health disparities.

Rosie the Riveter graphic

189H (Women's & Gender Studies)

Confronting the F-word: Feminism in Popular Culture

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UGEP 189H Section 035 M/W/F 8:30-9:20 am
Knoll 258 Prof. Catherine Medici-Thiemann ACE 9

“Feminism” can be a contentious term, used and understood differently by different people. Yet it is an idea that is represented in and influences popular culture frequently. In this class, we will look at various facets of popular culture, media, and entertainment to better understand this “f-word” and it’s current-day impacts. We will ask questions like: what is medical gaslighting and how does feminism influence healthcare? How can data be feminist? What does it mean when national brands sell merchandise for Pride month? How does a feminist musical challenge how we interpret history? Why does it matter if a romance novel is feminist? We will examine where we encounter feminism in our culture, how feminist influence has shaped a variety of aspects of popular culture, and why it matters. We will look at the controversy surrounding feminism and discuss what happens when feminism appears in popular culture. We will engage with a wide range of sources and texts, including essays by Roxane Gay, music from the musical Six, recent popular fiction, illness memoirs, and the book Data Feminism, as well as investigative journalism and scholarly articles.

Scales

189H (Women's & Gender Studies)

Gender, Sex, and Race on Trial: Famous Legal Cases in Film

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UGEP 189H Section 034 MW 6:00-7:15pm
Knoll 258 Prof. Joann Ross ACE 9

In this class, we will learn about notable American trials where sex, gender, race/ethnicity, or disability of a primary character is integral to the legal action. We will then critically evaluate Hollywood’s rendition of those legal events. During the course of the semester, we will learn about legal aspects of trials that that hinge upon complex issues of social identity and what their big screen adaptations reveal about American attitudes towards the legal issues at the heart of these court battles.

Great American City

189H (Community and Regional Planning)

The Great American City: From Injustice to Inclusion

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UGEP 189H Section 033 MWF 1:30-2:20pm
Knoll 258 Prof. Jacob Schlange ACE 9

Cities - and the planning that goes into creating them - have often fueled inequality and injustice. This course will explore vital questions about inclusion and belonging in American cities, from the fraught history of red lining and discriminatory covenants to the ongoing, modern-day phenomena of gentrification and hostile design. Most importantly, we will explore how planning and urban policy can offer a better way forward for the future.

Sociology of Activism

189H (Sociology)

Sociology of Activism

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UGEP 189H Section 027 MWF 2:30-3:20pm
Teacher’s College Hall 250 Prof. Aaron PeekMease ACE 9

In this course, we will be engaging in activism. Rooting this activism in a Sociological approach, the course provides the opportunity for you to make a difference on issues you are passionate about. This course will provide you with the theory, research evidence, and tools to engage with others in the public sphere. At the end of this course, you will possess a variety of skills to continue your activism as you see fit.

Staging trial

189H (Theatre)

Staging Trial: Social Justice and Policy in Theatrical Storytelling

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UGEP 189H Section 030 TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Temple 104 Prof. Bindi Kang ACE 7 or 9

This course will discuss the common qualities in both theatre and trial: social gathering, live communication and public debate. Students will read dramatic texts, watch theatre productions and hear testimonies from actual social events all over the world, from theatres in Ancient Greece (The Bacchae), Elizabethan England (The Merchant of Venice) and pre-modern China (The Injustice of Dou E), to modern and contemporary stage such as The Twelve Angry Men (America, 1955), Death and the King’s Horseman (Nigeria, 1975) and The Laramie Project (America, 2000 and 2010). Putting criminal justice and its related issues on race, gender and sexuality as a focal point, this course aims to explore the following questions: What kind of social functions could theatre be at stake when presenting itself as a courtroom to discuss crime, policy, and social justice? Which artistic choices have been made in theatrical storytelling to make these social events more believable, or more unrealistic? This course will also introduce students to theories in performance studies, to examine acting in everyday life and to study courtroom as a performance space.

Taking the Globe Global

189H (Theatre)

Taking the Globe Global: Perspectives on Shakespeare from Around the World

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UGEP 189H Section 029 Tu/Th 2:00-3:15pm
Temple 104 Prof. Andy Park ACE 7 or 9

In this course, we will read and analyze the text of Shakespeare and examine how Shakespeare's plays are adapted into performances around the world. Centered on four of Shakespeare's major works - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night - we will explore global approaches to the Comedies and Tragedies through multiple mediums (including theatre, film, and video games), time periods, and cultural lenses. We will investigate how and why the language, characters, and stories in Shakespeare transcend generational and geographic divides, and how the continued translation and transformation of Shakespeare impacts the formation and expression of cultural identities around the globe.

American Female Action Heroes

189H (Women's & Gender Studies)

Wonder Women on Screen: American Female Action Heroes

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UGEP 189H Section 036 MWF 12:30-1:20pm
Knoll 150 Prof. Tamy Burnett ACE 9

In 2017, the film Wonder Woman offered viewers a refreshingly 21st-century, socially conscious, and feminist conceptualization of what a female action hero could be. For years, movie studios have resisted female-led—never mind female-directed—blockbuster action films. This attitude and absence of many competitors suggest that Wonder Woman stands alone in our popular imagination. In truth, the film’s success is a culmination of a long and fascinating history of female action heroes in American culture. In this class we will explore that history of female action heroes in 20th and 21st century American popular culture, primarily in film and television, but also in other media. We will examine these figures in the comparison to their male counterparts and traditional heroic archetypes, and consider female action heroes within the context of the evolution of feminism(s) and changing attitudes about women’s strength, abilities, and roles in society.

A World of Music

189H (Music)

A World of Music

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UGEP 189H Section 018 Tu/Th 11:00-12:15pm
Westbrook 109 Dr. Anthony Bushard ACE 7 or 9

Music making is one of the most important creative processes experienced by people throughout the world. In this class we will explore various types of music made across the globe and how each culture incorporates music into their daily lives. In addition, we will examine the role of the ethnomusicologist and the various ways in which ethnomusicology contributes to our understanding of music. In order to investigate these diverse topics more thoroughly, we will read and discuss texts that engage the music from (for instance) economic, political, social, racial, and gender perspectives. Further, we will experience the music itself through a variety of interactive and participatory media. The class will culminate with a musical ethnography project and presentation wherein students will have the opportunity to explore music making in the greater Lincoln community.

The Women Who Changed America

189H (WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES)

Women Who Changed America: Women's Activism and the Social Movements of the 1960s

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UGEP 189H Section 037 MWF 9:30-10:20 am
Knoll 258 Staff ACE 9

In this course, we will investigate major social movements in American history in the post-war period to the early 1970s, thus using an extended lens to better understand the events of the 1960s. Using historical documents, literature, art, music, films, and documentaries, we will explore the cultural impact of the civil rights, antiwar, and related freedom movements on the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s. During the semester, our discussions may address such topics as the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, the war in Vietnam and the antiwar movement, the Civil Right Movement and the rise of Black Power, the Chicano Movement and the organizing of Native Americans, the Gay Liberation Movement and the Sexual Revolution, the Counterculture, and the Summer of Love. Throughout the class, women who participated in these movements and were dominant figures in the Women’s Movement will be highlighted.