Culture and Cuisine
Ms. Ruthi Erdman, English
Food affects, and is affected by, everything from economics, politics, technology, and demographics to art and literature, social structures, religion, and family life. This course surveys Western history and culture from the Roman Empire to the 19th century through the lens of what people in various times and places were eating.
Ghosts and Fairies in an Age of Science
Dr. Christine Sutphin, English
This course analyzes the supernatural in British Victorian/Edwardian literature and visual art, concentrating on anxieties and desires experienced by a culture fascinated by both science and the occult. Representations of the supernatural reveal attitudes about the past, religion, nature, and various others (women, working classes, and people of color). The course emphasizes both the tensions and connections between fantasy and science/technology: to some Victorians the "fantastic" was a name for what humans did not yet comprehend.
In Touch with Gods: Myth in Religion, Art, and Literature
Dr. Gerald Stacy, English
This course is a study of myth as it manifests itself in classical literature, art, and the Hebrew religious tradition of the Western world. We emphasize the nature and function of myth as it relates to literature, art, history, society and religion. Topics include creation myths, heroic myths, etiological myths, and myth and the afterlife, and the social, political, and religious function of myth.
What is Happiness?
Ms. Natalie Lupton, Information Technology and Administrative Management
This class prepared students to critically evaluate their role in creating and experiencing their own happiness and the happiness of others. Students will explore the history of happiness with a review of philosophical perspectives. Students will use this foundation to investigate what makes individuals happy, including variables such as money, relationships, religion, and technology. Students will then survey the science of happiness and how the scientific community aims to define happiness.
Dr. Lila Harper, English
Women Travelers examines sociological constraints on women’s exploratory, science-based writings during the 18th and 19th centuries. Students read selections from women naturalists, anthropologists, and sociologists written at a time (1790s-1890s) when women were being “edged out” of professions.
Early Folklore in America
Ms. Melissa Brouwer, English
In this course, students survey early American folklore, including African American folklore, Native American Folklore, and American West folklore. Through the lenses of song, narrative, oral storytelling and film, students will examine the impact folklore has had on societal values and cultural cohesion, and how this form of storytelling can subvert conventional institutional structures.