Winter 2012 Chiron Studies Courses

Winter 2012 Classes


Art, Society, and Political Struggle 

Instructor: Danielle Filecia

Faculty Mentor: 

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45535

Mondays & Wednesdays 16:40-18:30

Description: Explore the relationship between art, society, and political struggle, focusing specifically on the use of art as a mechanism of social and political engagement and human empowerment. Examine the role of the creative process in citizen participation and engagement through various lenses, including explorations of visual art, music, poetry, architecture, urbanism, art & violence, and art & peace-building.

Introduction to Asian American Studies

Instructor: Kevin W. Thomas

Faculty mentor: 

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45405

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-13:50

Description: Examine Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander experience and history via multimedia and experiential learning, student dialogue, and community engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to bring classic Asian American films and texts into the classroom in order to develop a much greater understanding of this dynamic segment of our population.

Documentary, Storytelling, and Folk Tradition

Instructor: Molly Sherman

Faculty Mentor:

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45531

Thursdays 17:30-21:10

Description: This course will introduce students to Foxfire, the famous book series created in 1966 by a group of students and their teacher at the Rabin Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgie. The books were based on students' interviews with local people and were concerned with preserving Appalachian folk traditions in agriculture, craft, survival, and more. We will examine documentary techniques and storytelling methods used by Foxfire and create a collaborative publication (Presented in conjunction with Farm School). 

Madwomen in literature

Instructor: Cassia Gammill

Faculty Mentor:

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45404

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-13:50

Description: Explore novels, short stories, poetry, memoir, film, folklore, theory, and visual art featuring characters identified as "madwomen" or suffering from mental illness. Emphasis is placed on women writers who have attributed a significant role in their lives and art to experiences of mental illness. Engage in critical analysis of madness and gender through discussion, informal writing, creative writing, formal research, and other projects. Examine personal experience through composition and investigate the effects of mental illness on our own lives, communities, and stories.

Natural Capitalism, Greenwashing, and Sustainability

Instructor: Jared Rhea

Faculty Mentor:

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN:45533


Description: How is sustainability changing capitalism? What is greenwashing and what are its implications? How are economic markets and policies impacting our ecosystems and societies? What does sustainability really mean and should it be something that businesses measure or define? What is Natural Capitalism? Who are those people in black bandanas burning banks? Who are those people in black suits burning countries? Can "voting with our checkbooks" really make a difference? We will explore such questions and evaluate the dominant global economic system based upon our individual and collective values.


Nonviolence in the Early 21st Century

Instructor: Ty Olson

Faculty Mentor:

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45534

Thursdays 17:30-20:20

Description: Explore the history of nonviolence and what wualifies a movement as nonviolent. Examine nonviolent social and political movements in the 21st century in North Africa, the Middle East, the USA, and elsewhere, including extensive discourse about the current Occupy Movement. Investigate the elements that generate and sustain successful nonviolent movements, looking specifically at strategies, methods, and tactics. 

On Your Mind: A User's Guide to Brain Research and Society

Instructor: Stephanie Sasse

Faculty Mentor:

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45532

Mondays 17:30-21:10

Description: Explore cutting-edge neuroscientific research that has the potential to change the way we see ourselves and the world in which we live. But this is not your typical science course. Instead of memorizing and taking tests, we will discuss the applications, ethics, limitations, and personal significance of research findings. By using creative, discussion-based, and multi-media approaches, we will explore how brain research affects us at individual and societal levels, and the benefits of understanding our own minds.

Visions of Cascadia

Instructor: Pong R. Kelsheimer-Sevick

Faculty Mentor:

University Studies (UNST) 199 CRN: 45532

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-11:50

Description: Cascadia is the proposed name for a bioregional political entity and/or independent nation located within the Pacific Northwest of North America. Proposed boundaries differ, with some drawn along existing state and provincial lines, and others drawn along larger ecological, cultural, and economic boundaries. For many years, individuals and groups have written and philosophized about such a place. This course will initiate many of the discussions that would surround its establishment and examine questions relevant to this engagement. Via discussions, readings, and community engagement, we will explore and create visions of Cascadia.