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Michael Vavrus
  Program FR–SOFreshmen - Sophomore 16 16 Day S 12Spring This program will explore the origins and manifestations of the contested concept "race." We will investigate the broad question as to how considerations of one's race result in differential social, economic, and political treatment. To do this, we will analyze a racialized history of the United States in relation to dominant discourses of popular culture, science, psychology, health care, law, citizenship, education, and personal/public identity.By making historical connections between European colonialism and the expansion of U.S. political and military dominance in an era of globalization, students will have opportunities to investigate how the bodies of various populations have been racialized. Students will examine related contemporary concepts such as racism, prejudice, discrimination, gender, class, affirmative action, white privilege, and color blindness. Students will consider current research and racialized commentaries that surround debates on genetics vs. culture (i.e., nature vs. nurture).Students will engage race through readings, dialogue in seminars, films, and academic writing that integrate program materials. A goal of the program is for students to recognize contemporary expressions of race by what we hear, see, and read as well as absences and silences that we find. These expressions include contemporary news accounts and popular culture artifacts (e.g., music, television, cinema, magazines). As part of this inquiry, we will examine the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama in relation to discourses on race. As a learning community we will work together to make sense of these expressions and link them to their historical origins.  We may also visit local museums to understand how issues of racial identity have been experienced in the Pacific Northwest.Students will also have an opportunity to examine the social formation of their own racial identities through their own personal narratives. Current approaches from social psychology will be foundational in this aspect of the program. Related to this is consideration as to what it can mean to be an anti-racist in a 21st century racialized society.  history, law, sociology, political economy, social work, education and psychology. Michael Vavrus Tue Wed Fri Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Spring Spring
Geoffrey Cunningham
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Day and Evening Su 12Summer Session I This course will explore the American Civil War as a struggle to create, as Lincoln said, "a new birth of freedom."  We will study the causes, consequences, course and legacy of secession, slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction.  Participants will evaluate the war as it is described, portrayed, interpreted, mythologized, and remembered in a variety of historical texts, personal accounts, and films.  The course will conclude by examining the promise and failure of Reconstruction, and its subsequent impact on race and the meaning of liberty in America. Geoffrey Cunningham Tue Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Kabby Mitchell and Joye Hardiman
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring How did Black women, of many different cultures and ages, succeed against all odds? How did they move from victim to victors? Where did they find the insurmountable courage to deconstruct and reconstruct their lives? In this program, students will participate in an inquiry-base exploration of the efficacy, resiliency and longevity of the lives and legacies of selected Black women from Ancient Egypt to contemporary Seattle. Our exploration will use the lenses of Ancient Egyptian studies, African, African-American and Afro-Disaporic history, dance history and popular culture to investigate these womens' lives and cultural contexts.The class will have a variety of learning environments, including lectures and films, workshops, seminars and research groups. All students will demonstrate their acquired knowledge, skill and insight by: creating an annotated bibliography; giving a final performance based on the life of a chosen black woman; and an end-of-the-quarter "lessons learned presentation" demonstrating how our collective studies applied to each individual student's life and legacy. Kabby Mitchell Joye Hardiman Tue Tue Tue Wed Wed Wed Thu Thu Thu Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Stephanie Coontz
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall In the second half of the program we discuss the origins of 20th-century marriage and parenting norms and explore the dramatic shifts that have occurred in family formation and relationship norms over the past 50 years. Students will also do individual projects that will culminate in presentations at the end of the quarter. These will cover topics such as the causes and consequences of divorce, the changing dynamics of cohabitation, singlehood and marriage, the emergence of new sexual norms, legal issues connected with changing family structures and practices, the rise of biracial and multiracial families, and debates over same-sex marriage and parenting. Many of our topics will be controversial. We seek not simple answers but intelligent questions to inform our study. Students are expected to consider several different points of view, to fairly evaluate arguments with which they disagree, and to explore the possible contradictions or exceptions to their own positions. You should expect to back up your position with concrete examples and logical argumentation, and be prepared to be challenged to defend your positions. We are not simply sharing feelings or exchanging points of view but rigorously testing different interpretations and theories against each other. Because this is a demanding and intensive program, student should not attempt to work more than 15 hours a week. sociology, history, family studies, research, social work, teaching, family law and counseling. Stephanie Coontz Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Stephanie Kozick and Leslie Flemmer
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring This is an inquiry-based program structured as a collaborative effort to engage authentic questions about the process of learning. What is an educated society and what does it mean to become educated within a society? Whose ways of knowing count in such educational pursuits assumed to ultimately achieve happiness and personal fulfillment? Can one be considered “educated” if one lacks educational credentials, cultural knowledge of the arts, political awareness, or social and economic connections? And, to what end and in what means must we even consider these questions? In this program, we will inquire about the role that educators, artists, authors, and the environment play in guiding us toward a more vibrant and holistic outlook. This comprehensive inquiry requires an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to employ dialogue and the arts in an examination of what is meant by the term “education.” The program will include student-centered learning activities of readings, discussions, talks, film, and expressive projects.Students who are curious about paths to knowledge, the field of education, social justice, and cultural and historical considerations can join us in a wide-ranging examination of our diverse society. Students can expect to work collaboratively to think, learn, and interpret how individuals form, interact in, and become participants in an educated society while engaging topics that include critical pedagogy, arts and humanities, and the construction of knowledge through social networks and cultural practices. Motivated, open-minded students willing to work with others in critical discussions of readings, to experiment with the arts and writing projects, and to closely observe the contributions of others will gain new perspectives about what matters when contemplating an educated society. At quarter’s end, students will be able to identify their own and others efforts to understand what it means to be educated. Some of the authors who will have contributed to that understanding are: Virginia Woolf, Paolo Freire, William Ayers, James Baldwin, John Dewey, Terry Tempest Williams, Sherman Alexi, Gerald Durrell, and Maxine Green. Stephanie Kozick Leslie Flemmer Mon Tue Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Stephanie Kozick and Robert Esposito
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall This program is intended for students who are eager to pursue academic and personal explorations of human development.  This program will feature inquiry into the richness, density, and complexity of human awareness, development, and relationship by integrating a theoretical and practical study of human development with movement and dance Students will gain a vocabulary for specific ways of talking about human development and movement, which will involve a study of key influences: Kegan’s ideas about the problems and process of human development, Piaget’s developmental expressions of physical knowledge, Laban analysis, and Alwin Nikolais’ formal analysis of space, shape, time, and motion.  The concept of "motion" will be addressed as the refinement or qualification of “movement” into an infinity of potential aesthetic expressions. The ways in which we develop as human beings involves a set of areas that include cognitive development, social/emotional development, language development, and physical development.  The latter, physical development is an especially fascinating topic. The movement study in this program will be situated historically in the 20th-century.  Rudolph Laban, along with many European artists and intelligentsia were influenced by Eastern thought, as well as by advanced science and technology.  Historical events such as the World Wars spurred an aesthetic and intellectual diaspora leading to postmodern concepts of integrative thinking and holism in environmental and human affairs. These historical movements mark a pivotal transformational period toward the development of viable, holistic networks of integrative theory and technologies designed to inform and create a human community that respects uniqueness and diversity in service of sustainable living. Studio work will offer a practical mode of human movement study that will develop students’ personal somatic understanding.  It will also involve group work by engaging the practice of Laban’s “movement choirs,” an expressive way of exploring human development through motion.  Studio work will be placed in the context of living in a world of others that requires free exploration and creative play: fun with intent.  This program's curricular activities will take an interdisciplinary approach that includes reading and discussing scholarly material, critiquing films, group and individual movement explorations, writing, and academic workshops. human development, movement, and dance related fields. Stephanie Kozick Robert Esposito Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Ann Storey
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 8 08 Evening F 11 Fall This interdisciplinary class will explore the art and art history of mosaics.  An ancient art that combines practicality with beauty, the mosaic medium is currently having a renaissance as contemporary artists explore its use in architectural design and outdoor sites.  In studying the history of mosaic, we will concentrate on three eras when the medium flourished: the Classical and Byzantine periods, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau era, and the contemporary art period.  Students will be guided in a process for making both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mosaic artworks.  They will also have writing projects, research assignments, and workshops to help them to write and talk about art more analytically.  Art project ideas will grow out of studying the history of mosaics.  Critique/analysis sessions will emphasize using design principles to make more compelling artworks. visual arts, art history, museum studies, education, design Ann Storey Tue Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Charles Pailthorp and Matthew Smith
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall Power can be as direct as a blow to the head or as subtle as the lyrics of a song. The dimensions of power, the way it operates in the world to constrain choices and provide opportunities gives shape to our daily lives. This program will examine different ways philosophers and theorists have understood power and assessed how it is deployed in politics and practice.We look forward to close study of works by: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Christopher Hill, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, David Harvey, Michel Foucault, Steven Lukes and others.Each student will be expected to gain authority over a controversy currently found in the news. The choice of controversies will be limited to a selection made by the faculty or suggested by a group of students. Each person will conduct their own inquiry into the chosen controversy, but each must find a small group whose members will support one another’s work. A preliminary list of possible areas: homelessness, reproduction, social revolutions, global warming, global economy, diminishing middle-class expectations, immigration, initiative campaigns, campaign finance, land policies, intellectual property and technology, collective bargaining... For others, follow the news. This work will culminate in a 15 pp. essay and a formal presentation of all work that meets a high standard.This program is an excellent choice for students new to Evergreen and for those returning to undergraduate study after a period of work or travel.Faculty will take care to introduce students to collaborative, interdisciplinary work, and research topics will be designed to make sense from a practical, applied perspective. Our understanding of power and how it is deployed will be directed towards the consequences of power in our daily lives and how our choices can help shape these outcomes. history, philosophy, political science, law, journalism, politics and government, and public policy. Charles Pailthorp Matthew Smith Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Patricia Krafcik, Marta Botikova, Robert Smurr and Zoltan Grossman
Signature Required: Winter 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter Come with us on a virtual journey from the Baltics to the Balkans. The cobblestone streets of medieval Estonia, misty Carpathian and Transylvanian mountains, and sunny shores of the Adriatic Sea await our arrival as we traverse a magnificent territory stretching from the gates of Scandinavia through the mountains, plains and forests of Slavic, Hungarian and Romanian central Europe to the portals of the once-great empires of Macedonia and the Ottoman Turks.Our theme of “Blood” examines the ethnic and cultural identities prevalent in the region and how ethno-religious and cultural nationalisms have shaped and been shaped by constructed identities as well as by regional conflicts and invading distant powers since 1848. Indeed, some of the world’s most reviled rulers and dictators, including Dracula, Hitler and Stalin, left bloody and permanent marks on this entire region.Our theme of “Borders” explores how international and regional boundaries have been drawn and redrawn and how central Europe has served as a “borderland” between Christianity and Islam, Western and Eastern Christianity, the German, Austrian, Russian and Ottoman empires, NATO and the Soviet Union, and present-day Russia and the European Union. The revolution of 1989 and the demise of Communism, initiating a new chapter in the region’s history, will be a significant focus of our study. We will examine why the numerous ethnic, national, religious and political identities often “resolved” their differences by force and violence rather than by tolerance and acceptance.Historical, cultural, geographical, economic, gender, and environmental modes of analysis will enable us to examine both previous and contemporary issues in each country in this region. Such analysis will also permit us to offer regional angles that transcend state boundaries, a particularly exciting aspect of investigation since so many of the current nation-state borders have been drawn recently and, in many cases, artificially. Abundant literary works and films from each of the region's relevant countries will offer additional valuable insights.In fall quarter, we will examine the historical background chronologically, enhanced with a study of the geography and demography of this varied region. Winter quarter will focus on a variety of fascinating themes connecting the present to the past and the future. In both quarters, students will write papers and conduct research projects that link our themes over time and on a local, national and global scale. We will use lectures, images, readings, film critique, art, maps and literature as tools in our exploration. international affairs, history, political science, geography, cultural anthropology and international business. Patricia Krafcik Marta Botikova Robert Smurr Zoltan Grossman Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Julianne Unsel
Signature Required: Fall 
  SOS SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day and Evening F 11 Fall W 12Winter What is the past and future of books in academic publishing and library collections today? How are human capacities altered by the use of books in comparison to other media and formats? What is the past and future of books as a medium for teaching and learning? How do print and electronic book formats compare in their utility and power for undergraduate scholarship and research?  How do they compare in their capacities for the formation, presentation, and preservation of knowledge?This program will partner students with Evergreen library faculty and staff to engage these and related questions through organized academic coursework (theory) and through an in-program internship within the Evergreen library (practice). The academic component will include seminar classes and research options in the history of print media, electronic media, and the book form. Students and faculty will experiment with and test a range of state-of-the-art e-book formats and e-readers. All e-texts and e-readers will be provided for student use by the college.Internship work will provide opportunities for students to contribute to a two-year project by library faculty and staff which will begin in Fall. The project is for the modernization and reinvention of the library and its policies, procedures, and collections in context of the capacity for scholarly work with and across various information and communication media. Students will choose and design specific work assignments within current and ongoing library operations, planning activities for the immediate and long-term future of the library, and intellectual discussion and exploration of possible futures for academic libraries and learning more generally.The academic and in-program internship components of this program will maintain thematic emphasis on the place of the library in its direct support of the college curriculum, its role in shaping the interdisciplinary pedagogy of the college, and its own character as a coordinated studies teaching institution within the college. education, history, library and information science, media studies Julianne Unsel Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Lori Blewett and Trevor Griffey
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter Persuasive efforts have shaped American history. The past is full of moments when individual women and men have been persuaded by others to act for a common cause, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. In this program, the ideological mechanism of persuasion, in both public and private discourse, will be the primary lens through which we analyze American history. What persuasive strategies were employed by historic social change advocates? Why were some strategies more successful than others? To help answer these questions, we will read texts that draw upon communication studies, American history, cultural studies, political economy, and social change theory. Students will also conduct their own investigations using a variety of analytical tools to examine primary historical documents including speeches, letters, news articles, advertisements, and other artifacts of persuasion. In order to foster students' capacity to engage in public debate and enhance their rhetorical skills, we will experiment with communicating in a variety of public media. In addition to writing traditional papers, students will report on their research in the form of group radio and television programs, oral presentations, and electronic news articles. Training in essential skills associated with these forms of communication will be spread throughout both quarters. In the winter, students will have the opportunity to conduct oral history interviews with contemporary social activists. Since rhetoric alone is rarely the impetus for social change, we will ground our investigations in the material history of competing social, economic, and political forces. We will study a wide range of social change efforts from across the political spectrum in order to better understand the evolution of U.S. history and its influence on current ideological conflicts and relations of power. We will give special attention to the role of the media in shaping public debate: from social movement broadsheets such as William Lloyd Garrison's to the work of muckraking journalists like Ida Tarbell, up through the present influence of corporate media and do-it-yourself blogs. Because of the media's ability to amplify, minimize, redirect, and even spark social activism, and because of the media's essential role in democratic decision-making, media history and political economy will be key elements in our investigations. communication, history, politics, rhetoric, social movement studies, journalism, and social advocacy. Lori Blewett Trevor Griffey Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Barbara Laners
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 8 08 Day Su 12Summer Full This class will examine the role of women of color in the development of America's social, economic, legal, and political history. It will focus on issues ranging from suffrage to the civil rights movement and beyond; all aspects of the gender/racial gap in those spheres will be explored. history, law, teaching, sociology, political science, social services Barbara Laners Tue Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Sarah Ryan and Nancy Anderson
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 8, 12, 16 08 12 16 Evening and Weekend S 12Spring How have workers, employers, and policy makers dealt with dangerous work, historically and in the present?  Why do we have laws and institutions designed to control hazardous and dangerous work and compensate workers who are injured, or their families when they're killed?  This program will look at the history of occupational safety and health efforts in the U.S., focusing on the careers of two pathbreaking individuals: public heath doctor Alice Hamilton and labor leader Tony Mazzocchi.  We will review the development of laws regulating occupational health and safety and study landmark cases and events that promoted legal protections for working people.  We'll look into the systematic disparities and inequalities in exposure to dangerous work.  We will consider the Washington State context, including the most common workplace-related health and safety concerns in our state.  Students will learn basic techniques of data interpretation related to studies of occupational health and safety. Students registered for 12 credits will participate in the weekly symposium "The Occupy Movement: Uprisings at Home and Abroad".  Topics and readings will address the national and regional Occupy movements; popular economics, the global debt crisis and neoliberalism; ecological sustainability; public and social health; communities of color and migrant labor; global solidarity from Egypt to Venezuela; the security state; cooperatives and food sovereignty; art and the Occupy movement.  Students will complete some short related assignments.Students registered for 16 credits will devote at least 20 hours per week to an internship in the field of occupational safety and health. public health, health-related fields, history, labor relations, management, environmental studies Sarah Ryan Nancy Anderson Sat Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Ulrike Krotscheck
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 8 08 Day Su 12Summer Session II This course examines the material culture remains of past civilizations, including architecture, art, mortuary remains, and written sources. Our investigation will take us to every corner of the globe and to many different periods in history, from the Mediterranean to Easter Island, and from the Neolithic Middle East to Colonial America. Primarily, we explore how the remains that archaeologists find give clues to help unlock the secrets of ancient societies. In addition, we will learn about the history of archaeological investigation and discuss archaeological methods and fieldwork techniques. This program has no prerequisites and assumes no prior knowledge of archaeology. It will be of interest to any student wishing to learn more about the ancient world, history, and/or who is interested in archaeological fieldwork. As part of this course, we will visit a local archaeological lab and excavation. Ulrike Krotscheck Tue Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Elena Smith
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Evening Su 12Summer Session I This is a fascinating course that attempts to inspire a better understanding of today's Russia and the people of Russia through a study of their history, art, and culture.  Everyone who has an interest in exploring Russia beyond the stereotypes of mainstream headlines or history textbooks is welcome.  The students will be introduced to certain dramatic events of Russian history through film, literature, and personal experiences of the Russian people. Besides the traditional academic activities, the students will have hands-on experience of Russian cuisine, song, and dance.  Armed with an open mind and lead by a passionate native Russian professor, you should find Russia irresistibly attractive and learn to appreciate the similarities of American and Russian cultures. Elena Smith Tue Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Stacey Davis
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4, 6, 8 04 06 08 Day Su 12Summer Session II This class surveys the social, cultural, political, intellectual, and religious history of Europe since 1500, including the Reformation, the Dutch Republic,18th-century Enlightenment and absolutism, the French Revolution, 19th-century imperialism and industrialization, the Russian Revolution, the two World Wars, and decolonization. Social, gender, and intellectual topics will be stressed. Credit possible in European history or world cultures/geography. Students enrolled for 6 credits will write several short essays; students taking 8 credits will complete a library research project. This is a companion class to "Art Since 1500." Stacey Davis Mon Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Liza Rognas
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Democracy assumes individual inclusion as critical components of its success as a structure of government. This program examines the tension between social, political and economic exclusion in American history and the inclusive assumptions but exclusive realities of democratic processes. Students will investigate the historical origins of exclusion in contemporary society as part of individual and group research projects.The program offers opportunities for meaningful intellectual engagement in social and institutional histories explored through program texts, informed seminar discussions, films, lecture and field trips. Student research topics may include contemporary issues related to ethnicity and race; gender and sexuality; religion; immigration and citizenship; labor and work. By integrating program materials and information with independent research, students will learn to recognize current political and social processes of exclusion and their historical roots. A specific focus on issues of justice will engage students in learning about current groups and political processes that address exclusionary policies with progressive ideas and practices. Books will include ; and . Liza Rognas Mon Tue Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Marianne Bailey, Olivier Soustelle, Judith Gabriele, Steven Hendricks and Stacey Davis
Signature Required: Spring 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring ...man is struck dumb...or he will speak only in forbidden metaphors... Friedrich Nietzsche, "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense" Nietzsche's critique of traditional Western values--dismantling absolutes of God, Truth, Self and Language--opened up an abyss. "Only as an aesthetic phenomenon," Nietzsche argued, would "human life and existence be eternally justified." Meaning and Self would be individually crafted, as the artist crafts a work, in the space of a human existence. Life, as Rimbaud wrote, must be remade.Inspired by this notion of remaking life along aesthetic lines, we will study literature and creative writing, critical theory and philosophy, art history and music as well as French language. Students will participate in lectures, films and workshops, and choose between seminar groups in literature and critical theory or history. Each will develop a substantive individual (or group) project, and will be able to study French language at the Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced level.To better understand Modernist and Postmodernist avant-garde, we will focus on outsider works of art and ideas in 20th century France and the post-colonial world. Like the Decadents and Symbolists, modernist artists go in quest of a pure artistic language "in which mute things speak to me," as Hofmannsthal wrote, beyond concepts and representation, privileging passion over reason. This quest is influenced by worldviews and works from the broader French-speaking world, which refocuses art on its ritual origins, and on its magical potential. "Art", in the words of Martinican poet and playwright Césaire, "is a miraculous weapon."In fall and winter, we will study aesthetic theories and works from Primitivism and Surrealism to Absurdist Drama, Haitian Marvelous and Oulipo; and writers such as Mallarmé, Jabès, Artaud, Beckett, Blanchot, Derrida, Sartre, Irigaray and Foucault. We will look at historical and cultural change from WWI through the student riots of 1968 and the multi-cultural French-speaking world of today.Key themes will include: memory and the way in which it shapes, and is shaped by, identity; concepts of time and place; and the challenges and opportunities for French identity brought by immigration. We will focus on French social, cultural and intellectual history from the 1930's to the present, exploring the myths and realities of French Resistance and the Vichy Regime during World War II; the legacy of revolutionary concepts of "universal" liberty, equality and fraternity as France re-envisioned its role in Europe and the world from the 1950s to the present, including uprisings from 1968 through today; and the impact of the Franco-Algerian war on contemporary France and the post-colonial Francophone world.In spring, students have two options. They can travel to France, where they will participate in intensive language study, perform cultural and art historical fieldwork, and pursue personal research on a "quest" of their own. Alternatively, students may remain on campus to undertake a major personal project, springing from ideas, writers and artists in prior quarters. This is an excellent opportunity to complete a substantive body of creative or research oriented work, with guidance from faculty and peer critique. Marianne Bailey Olivier Soustelle Judith Gabriele Steven Hendricks Stacey Davis Mon Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter Spring
Jeanne Hahn
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring history, political economy, political science, secondary education, graduate school, and informed citizenship. Jeanne Hahn Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
David Shaw and Zoe Van Schyndel
  Program JR–SRJunior - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter This program is designed for junior and senior students who want to build a strong foundation in sustainable business. Students in this program will explore what it means to go beyond the traditional profit-centered approach to business. We will look at the concept of systems thinking and sustainability within an entrepreneurial process, and investigate how this concept is applicable to any discipline of business such as management, marketing and finance. We will look at sustainable entrepreneurs around the world in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. We will learn from their experiences about opportunities and activities connected to social and environmental topics. This two-quarter program includes students designing, completing and reporting on a very substantial research project that will include conducting several weeks of research, either locally off-campus or anywhere in the U.S. During fall quarter students will build a strong foundation in research methods, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, sustainability, and management. The final assignment for the fall quarter will be a research proposal for conducting off-campus research about a sustainable business during winter quarter.For winter quarter, students will visit a sustainable business, organization or industry in the U.S. to conduct their research. Students should expect to work eight weeks of the quarter off-campus at the organization and to remain in close virtual communication with the faculty who will be providing weekly feedback. Week 1 will be used to make final preparations for the off campus research and week 10 for presenting preliminary research findings to the class. sustainability, globalization, international business and trade, entrepreneurship, economic development, competitive advantage of nations and regions, business history, political economy of natural resources, eco-tourism and sustainable agriculture. David Shaw Zoe Van Schyndel Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Michael Vavrus
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Day, Evening and Weekend Su 12Summer Full This course focuses on geography as a cultural encounter. We will study patterns and processes that have shaped human interaction with various environments. The course encompasses human, political, cultural, social, and economic aspects of geography. Central guiding questions we will be addressing in this course:This survey of human geography introduces broad concepts that are the focus of contemporary studies in geography. These concepts include Michael Vavrus Tue Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Robert Knapp, Suzanne Simons and Helena Meyer-Knapp
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 12, 16 12 16 Day, Evening and Weekend S 12Spring This program will explore the idea and the experience of beauty. Our thesis is that the sense of beauty has many facets, which different cultures recognize and value differently. Individual preferences also differ, always under the influence of powerful, shared traditions of beauty. We will dramatize and investigate this by paying extensive attention to three traditions in which the faculty have professional expertise—Iran, Japan and Britain. Significant differences between these traditions and between individual student and faculty experiences in the American context will be a major occasion of collaborative and individual learning.Most class meetings will put students in the presence of beautiful art, writing, film, architecture or music; readings and seminars in criticism and cultural history and analytical and expressive writing assignments will help students develop authentic ways to articulate their descriptions and judgments. The work will lead to a major concluding project on an individually chosen instance of beauty. Students will acquire both a fuller understanding of the variety of ways one can encounter beauty, and of ways to document, appreciate and evaluate the experiences of beauty that occur.The program has two levels of enrollment: all students will meet one night per week and every Saturday for a coordinated program of lectures, seminars, films and workshops. 16-unit students will also prepare for and take two two-day visits to cultural cultural resources in Northwest cities, to be in the immediate presence of beautiful things which can come only second-hand to campus. design, art history, cultural studies, education, world history, architecture and visual arts. Robert Knapp Suzanne Simons Helena Meyer-Knapp Wed Sat Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Nancy Koppelman
  Contract JR–SRJunior - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Individual study offers the advanced, highly disciplined student the opportunity to pursue a self-directed and self-constructed syllabus. The work may be completely academic in nature, or may be combined with an internship. Students interested in pursuing such work in American Studies are invited to contact me. I specialize in American history before 1920, particularly social history, industrialization, economic history, American literature, popular culture, pragmatism, and the history of technology, and how all these topics intersect with ethical concerns of the modern era. I am interested in working with students who want to study American history and culture in an effort to understand contemporary social, cultural, and political concerns. (Students interested in this offering are also encouraged to consider enrolling in , where they can pursue a major independent project as part of an ongoing learning community.) Students with a lively sense of self-direction, discipline, and intellectual curiosity are encouraged to contact me via e-mail at koppelmn@evergreen.edu. Nancy Koppelman Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Eric Stein
Signature Required: Winter 
  Contract SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Individual Studies offers opportunities for intermediate to advanced students to create their own course of study and research. Eric will sponsor student research, reading, and internships in anthropology and history, especially work related to Southeast Asia, medical anthropology, medical history, material culture, museum studies, nationalism, colonialism, gender, power, or immigration. Eric Stein Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Robert Smurr
Signature Required: Winter 
  Contract SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Individual study offers students the opportunity to develop self-direction, to learn how to manage a personal project, to focus on unique combinations of subjects, and to pursue original interdisciplinary projects without the constraints of an external structure. Students interested in a self-directed project, research or internship in the fields of European history or cultural studies should present a well conceived contract proposal to Rob Smurr.Students with a lively sense of self-direction, discipline, and intellectual curiosity are strongly encouraged to apply. Robert Smurr Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Kevin Francis
Signature Required: Winter 
  Contract SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Students may propose internships or individual learning contracts in history of science, history of medicine, ecology and evolutionary biology, or environmental studies. Note that successful 16-credit contracts involve significant reading (200-400 pages, depending on the type of material) and writing (5 pages minimum) each week; contracts for fewer credits will have proportionate expectations. Kevin Francis Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Harumi Moruzzi
Signature Required: Spring 
  Contract FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 12, 16 12 16 Day S 12Spring This Individual Study offers opportunities for students who are interested in creating their own courses of study and research, including internship and study abroad. Possible areas of study are Japanese studies, cultural studies, literature, art and film. Interested students should first contact the faculty via e-mail (moruzzih@evergreen.edu) before the Academic Fair for spring quarter. Japanese studies, cultural studies, international studies, literature and film studies. Harumi Moruzzi Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Frances V. Rains
Signature Required: Spring 
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring Individual study offers students the opportunity to develop self-direction, to learn how to manage a personal project, to focus on unique combinations of subjects, and to pursue original interdisciplinary projects without the constraints of an external structure.  Students interested in a self-directed project or research in Native American History, Native American Sovereignty, Climate Change or Environmental Studies related to Native Americans, First Nations or Indigenous Peoples should contact the faculty by email at . Frances V. Rains Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Jeanne Hahn
Signature Required: Winter 
  Contract SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Individual Studies offers opportunities for advanced students to create their own course of study and research. Prior to the beginning of the quarter, interested individual students must consult with Jeanne about their proposed projects. The project is then described in an Independent Learning Contract. She will sponsor student research and reading in political economy, U.S. history (especially the "Founding Period"), various topics in globalization, historical capitalism and contemporary India. political economy, U.S. history (esp. the "Founding Period"), topics on globalization, historical capitalism and contemporary India. Jeanne Hahn Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Jennifer Gerend
Signature Required: Winter 
  Contract SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Individual Studies offers opportunities for advanced students to create their own course of study and research. Prior to the beginning of the quarter, interested individual students may consult with faculty about their proposed projects or internships. The project is then described in an Independent Learning Contract. Students interested in urban planning, community and economic development, historic preservation, urban design, and urban history are encouraged to apply. Jennifer Gerend Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Jennifer Gerend
Signature Required: Spring 
  Contract SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring Individual Studies offers opportunities for advanced students to create their own course of study and research. Prior to the beginning of the quarter, interested individual students may consult with faculty about their proposed projects or internships. The project is then described in an Independent Learning Contract. Students interested in urban planning, community and economic development, historic preservation, urban design, and urban history are encouraged to apply. Jennifer Gerend Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Robert Smurr and Ted Whitesell
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring This is a place-based program centered on the Salish Sea and the major watersheds of Washington State. Students will learn about our region of North America through the lenses of environmental history and cultural geography, examining changing human/environment relations over time. We will study aspects of Native culture, non-Native settlement, and modern challenges to sustainability and justice throughout the region. Particular attention will be paid to exploring our local corner of the Salish Sea region, so that students can understand their place at Evergreen within the context of broad, historical changes and the possibilities for constructing sustainable communities for the future. Multiple field trips will develop firsthand knowledge of the region's people and environments, where rivers and seas are surrounded by such diverse ecosystems as rain forests, arid basins, high mountain ranges, and wetlands. Field trips will include a canoe trip on the Columbia River, a visit to the largest dam removal project in history (in-progress on the Olympic Peninsula), and visits to inspiring restoration projects along both rural and urban shorelines and rivers. Students will be challenged to identify unifying features as well as variations in our region's environmental history and geography. Robert Smurr Ted Whitesell Tue Tue Wed Fri Fri Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Harumi Moruzzi and Tomoko Hirai Ulmer
Signature Required: Winter 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day and Evening F 11 Fall W 12Winter Japan is a vital, energetic and dynamic society that is constantly reinventing itself even while struggling to maintain a semblance of cultural and social continuity from the long lost past. Meanwhile, the conception and image of Japan, both in Japan and the West, has varied widely over time mostly due to Japan’s changing political and economic situation in the world. In the late 19th century when Japan re-emerged into Western consciousness, Lafcadio Hearn, the Greek-Irish-American writer who later became a Japanese citizen, thought of Japanese society and its people as quaintly charming and adorable, whereas Americans in the 1940s viewed Japan as frighteningly militaristic and irrational. While the French semiotician Roland Barthes was bewitched and liberated by Japan’s charmingly mystifying otherness during his visit to Japan in 1966, when Japan began to show its first sign of recovery from the devastation of WWII, the Dutch journalist Karel Van Wolferen was disturbed by the intractable and irresponsible system of Japanese power in 1989, when Japanese economic power was viewed as threatening to existing international power relations. As is clear from these examples of how Japan was viewed by Westerners in the past, the idea and image of Japan is highly dependant on the point of view that an observer assumes. This is a full-time interdisciplinary program devoted to understanding contemporary Japan, its culture and its people, from a balanced point of view. This program combines the study of Japanese history, literature, cinema, culture and society through lectures, books, films, seminars and workshops, with a study of Japanese language, which is embedded in the program. Three levels of language study (1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year Japanese) will be offered for 4 credits each during the fall and winter quarters. The language component is offered by Tomoko Ulmer in the evening.     In fall quarter we will study Japan up to the end of American occupation. We will emphasize cultural legacies of the historical past.  In winter quarter, we will examine Japan after 1952. Special emphasis will be placed on the examination of contemporary Japanese popular culture and its influence on globalization. Although this program ends officially at the end of winter quarter, students who are interested in experiencing Japan in person can take Japanese language classes in Tokyo through Harumi Moruzzi’s Individual Study: Japanese Culture, Literature, Film, Society and Study Abroad in spring quarter.  Japanese literature and culture, film studies, cultural studies and international relations. Harumi Moruzzi Tomoko Hirai Ulmer Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Tomoko Hirai Ulmer
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Evening S 12Spring Why is anime popular? What does anime reveal about Japanese life and people? We will study Japanese history and society, and learn to understand cultural references in anime. We will also learn elementary Japanese including reading and writing. Tomoko Hirai Ulmer Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Kabby Mitchell
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 2, 4 02 04 Evening Su 12Summer Full In this course, students will learn jazz dance basics by exploring the historical aspects of the African Diaspora through movement and lectures. Students will gain greater physical flexibility and coordination. In addition, we will do fun yet challenging combinations, and students will write a synthesis paper at the end of the quarter. No previous experience needed. Kabby Mitchell Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Richard Benton
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall In this all-level program, we will ask the following questions: How have writing and interpretation determined and reflected what Jews and Judaism(s) are? What makes someone Jewish? What is Judaism? Is there just one, or are there multiple Judaisms? How have Jews interacted with polytheists? Christians? Muslims? How has traditional Jewish thought answered persistent questions about the existence and nature of G-d and the existence of evil? What do the traditional texts tell us in the face of new ethical challenges?For three thousand years, Jews have witnessed history through writing. Life under and alongside the empires of Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, and Northern Europeans provided the context for Jews’ deep and consistent written reflections over the nature of G-d and of humans, and the relationship between the two.Jewish writings connect ethics with literature, religion, and historical reality. They constantly interpret historical experience through the lens of G-d and Torah (Hebrew Bible), bringing ancient literature to bear on current ethical and philosophical problems, as well as on the problem of how to live everyday life.We will read and interpret the Hebrew Bible to develop literary and philosophical sensitivities that shed light on interpretations of historical experience. The Bible lies at the basis of all classical Jewish thought. Knowledge of and ability to interpret the Bible will provide the foundation for interpreting later writings. We will also read a range of Jewish commentaries, which will develop students’ abilities to follow arguments and understand writers’ presuppositions. We will explore the major genres of Jewish works—Midrash (biblical interpretation), Talmud (legal texts), Maimonides (medieval philosopher), and (medieval mysticism)—and learn the idiosyncrasies of each genre. We will examine how individuals have understood their historical circumstances with reference to Jewish writing and look at Jewish life in a number of historical contexts. Each student will develop a research project on a topic that involves Jewish culture and writing.Previous work in history, literature, ethics, religion, and/or other related fields is suggested. history, literature, sociology, community organizing, education, and law. Richard Benton Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Yvonne Peterson, Bill Arney and David Rutledge
Signature Required: Winter  Spring 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring This program is for learners who have a research topic with a major focus on justice and community in mind, as well as for those who would like to learn how to do research in a learner-centered environment. Learners will be exposed to research methods, ethnographic research, interviewing techniques, writing workshops, computer literacy, library workshops, historical and cultural timelines, educational technology, and the educational philosophy that supports this program. The faculty team will offer a special series of workshops to support the particular academic needs of first and second year participants.Individual research will pay special attention to the relationship of reciprocal respect required in justice themes. Student researchers will pay special attention to the value of human relationships to the land, to work, to others and to the unknown. Research will be concentrated in cultural studies, human resource development, and ethnographic studies to include historical and political implications of encounters, cross-cultural communication, and to definitive themes of justice. We shall explore Native American perspectives and look at issues that are particularly relevant to indigenous people of the Americas.In this program, learners' individual projects will examine what it means to live in a pluralistic society at the beginning of the 21st century. Through each learner's area of interest, we will look at a variety of cultural and historical perspectives and use them to help address issues connected to the program theme. The faculty are interested in providing an environment of collaboration where faculty and learners will identify topics of mutual interest and act as partners in the exploration of those topics.Yvonne Peterson will facilitate a joint Theory to Praxis workshop for with students from Laws/Policies of Indian Education and Indian Child Welfare to allow for common conversation, presentations, speakers, community service and outreach to Indian communities, student presentation of academic projects, and to build a shared academic community.In fall quarter, participants will state research questions. In late fall and winter, individually and in small study groups, learners and faculty will develop the historical background for their chosen questions and do the integrative review of the literature and data collection. Ongoing workshops will allow participants to learn the skills for completing their projects. Late winter and into spring quarter, students will write conclusions, wrap up print/non-print projects, and prepare for a public presentation. The last part of spring will be entirely dedicated to presentations.In keeping with Evergreen's transfer policy, credit will not be awarded in physical education activities that are not accompanied by an academic component. education, social sciences, multicultural studies, social work, public administration, human services and the humanities. Yvonne Peterson Bill Arney David Rutledge Tue Thu Sat Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter Spring
Yvonne Peterson and Gary Peterson
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring This program will prepare learners to work effectively in institutions that have historically viewed Indians and their cultures as deficient and tried to force them into the mainstream. Learners will research the laws and policies of Indian Education and Indian Child Welfare from treaty time to present and select a topic for in depth coverage. Learners will learn techniques of "River of Culture Moments" to apply to documentary and interactive timelines. The learner-centered environment will provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to research methods, ethnographic research and interviewing techniques, writing workshops, computer literacy, library workshops, educational technology, and to learn how to develop inquiry-based curriculum. Individual research projects will pay special attention to "storymaking" by looking at Indian individuals attempting to make a difference in times of political encounters with laws meant to destroy Indian culture. Ethnographic studies will include historical and political implications of encounters, and cross-cultural communication. Learners will explore Native American perspectives and look at issues that are particularly relevant to Indigenous people of the United States. Learners will meet and learn from Indian educators and social workers, attend thematic conferences on the topic, and may travel to several Indian reservations. They will explore personal culture and identity through writing and recording their own cultural framework. Spring quarter will include an option for an in-program internship. Transferable cross-cultural and identity skills will be emphasized. Students will examine their own identity, values and life histories as a basis for understanding what they bring to a cross-cultural encounter and how it affects their practice as social workers and educators. social work, K-12 education, tribal administration, social sicences, multicultural studies and human services. Yvonne Peterson Gary Peterson Mon Thu Fri Sat Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter Spring
Ted Whitesell and Frances V. Rains
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Modern development controls and reshapes landscapes and their natural communities in many ways.  Our natural shorelines have been covered with asphalt and buildings, our rivers have been dammed, our forests have been turned into timber plantations, our wetlands have been drained, our arid basins are endless fields of intensive agribusiness, and our scenic areas have turned into tourist meccas full of roads, buildings, and fun seekers.  Is there a future for at least some landscapes where humans would behave as respectful members of diverse natural communities; where we would listen to what the land is telling us?  Many Native Americans and non-Natives have been fighting for generations to promote the wellbeing of places that are special to them, and to recover many areas that have been "developed."  This program will look at important approaches to this challenge, allowing students to discover what a sustainable and just landscape looks like -- particularly in the places that we know and love -- and how, exactly, we can help some places remain free of "progress," as commonly defined.  We will approach this topic by looking at the tensions behind the major approaches to interacting with and protecting the land by Native and non-Native peoples, investigating practices that have been called "conservation," "wilderness preservation," and "stewardship," and examining the different meanings associated with these terms.  We will look at both historic and contemporary efforts to mitigate the tensions between different approaches and competing interests and viewpoints, including interests and viewpoints grounded in race, class, gender, and culture.  A number of regional case studies of Native and non-Native practices will be used to ground our work, showing how some lands have been safeguarded, some ecosystems have been restored, and some cultural practices might be evolving in both Native and non-Native communities, leading toward sustainability, justice, and the autonomy of natural systems.  It is essential for any society that intends to be sustainable to foresee the consequences of its treatment of the natural communities where they live.  Therefore, a central concern will be that students learn from past experience how to foster a future society characterized by humility, respect, and reverence toward natural communities.Learning will take place through writing, readings, seminars, lectures, and films.  Students will improve their research skills through document review, landscape observations, critical analysis, and written assignments.  Each student will research and report on one on-going case that represents a hopeful path forward toward autonomous and just landscapes. Ted Whitesell Frances V. Rains Mon Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Lawrence Mosqueda
Signature Required: Spring 
  Program JR–SRJunior - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring "I am not a Marxist." -Karl Marx "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." -Karl Marx "Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts." -Mary Harris (Mother) Jones If one believes the current mass media, one would believe that Marxism is dead and that the "end of history" is upon us. As Mark Twain is reported to have said upon news accounts of his demise, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." The same, of course, is true for Marxist Theory. Few Americans have read more than , if that. Very few "educated" people have a clear understanding of Marx's concept of alienation, the dialectic, historical materialism, or his analysis of labor or revolutionary change. In this course we will examine the development of Marx's thought and Marxist Theory. We will read and discuss some of Marx's early and later writings as well as writings of Lenin and others. We will also explore concrete examples of how "dialectics" and "materialism" can be applied to race and gender issues. At the end of the program, students should have a solid foundation for the further study of Marxist analysis. social science and law, and education. Lawrence Mosqueda Tue Thu Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Nancy Bishop
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Evening Su 12Summer Session II The focus of this course is the medieval manuscript and its relationship to medieval culture. Using a broadly chronological framework, we will examine different types of books produced in Europe in the Middle Ages, from Gospel books to secular romances. This study will include the text, decoration, context, and the physical book itself including some paleography and/or calligraphy. A basic understanding of history and art would be sufficient preparation. Knowledge of Latin would be helpful but is not required.Readings from reserve materials will be assigned, and it is expected that students will come to class prepared. Attendance, class participation, and mastery of concepts and vocabulary will be the basis for student evaluation.Course Goals: Nancy Bishop Mon Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Jennifer Gerend and Kristina Ackley
Signature Required: Spring 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring How have indigenous homelands been eroded by development and how have they endured? In what ways do Native people make urban places their own? Our program will explore the linkages between American cities and Native Americans, framing our discussion around themes of environmental and economic sustainability, social justice and education, and popular culture. Diverse concepts of "native" will be examined involving not only people but also native landscapes and species.We will consider the perceptions, realities, and shared experiences of Native, non-Native, and recent immigrants in American cities, using the lens of history, urban studies, public policy and cultural studies. We will look at alliances in areas such as environmental restoration projects, contemporary art, economic development and local governance.During the fall and winter quarters we will examine the forces that formed the cities of Seattle, Chicago and New York - and how Native life and landscapes changed as a result. Attention will be paid to both immediately apparent and curiously intertwined events and periods in history, such as Native displacement, industrialization, World's Fairs, the rise of urban planning, tourism, and the arts. Changes in the political life of Native groups will be addressed through a study of legislation and legal cases, tribal casinos, land development, environmental justice, and contemporary art. We will question how Native people are portrayed in museum environments, case studies, films, and texts.From mid-winter to mid-spring, the program will continue to deepen its exploration of these issues. Students will engage in their own qualitative work by utilizing case study methodology to carry out a project on an urban area of their choice. Workshops will develop skills in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), demographic analysis using the U.S. census, community development, policy research, film critique, interviewing and oral history. Students will use these skills to become stronger writers and researchers, and importantly, community members. We will require extensive reading and writing on these topics and students will assist in the facilitation of weekly seminars. Guest presenters, documentary films, museum exhibits, and field trips to tribal museums and urban community organizations will support our analysis throughout the year. the humanities, land use planning, government, community development, law, environmental policy, elementary and secondary education and mass media. Jennifer Gerend Kristina Ackley Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter Spring
Matthew Smith
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring As we move into the second decade of the 21st century, environmental issues are in the mainstream. Everything from the food we eat to climate change, from the philosophy of nature to the nature of our communities, from economic policy to our understanding of earth and human history, is being rethought. It wasn't always so. Fifty years ago one would search hard to find mention of these issues in the daily press. Thirty years ago, environmental issues were not understood as demanding systemic economic, philosophical, technological and social transformation. Today that has changed. This program examines that change by looking at nature writing, environmental history and the concept of place.  Our goal will be to develop through our conversation, reading and writing a complex understanding of current environmental issues and the forces that will significantly impinge upon our lives in the coming decades.Nature writing deals with the big popular questions such as: what do we mean by nature? How can and should we value nature? How should we organize ourselves in relation to preservation and restoration of the natural world? We will investigate serious, but popular, writers who are using essays, fictions, and creative nonfiction forms to help shape a broad reflection on humans' place in nature. In the first two weeks we will take a quick look backward to Emerson, Thoreau, and Aldo Leopold.  Then we will jump forward to read texts and essays by such authors as William Cronon, Donald Worster, T.C. Boyle, Terry Tempest Williams, Patty Limerick, Seamus McGraw, Louis Warren, Michael Pollan, David Abram, David Sackman, John Vaillant and others.  Our work together is to explore these authors and others to see how they understand critical issues around place, around human and animal interaction, around the growing recognition of human-driven environmental forces--most notably with respect to water and climate change.  Throughout the quarter we will share in leading presentation of materials to the program.  We will develop short research essays (8-12 pages) that will draw upon our readings, essays, and library work.  We will use two shorter essays to help develop our thoughts about specific aspects of the author's work.Environmental history has established itself as a legitimate piece of the history profession, a significant element in the debate over environmental policy, and a major factor in the simultaneously growing recognition of globalism, regionalism and localism as critical dimensions for understanding environmental phenomena. As environmental history has become more complex, it has challenged history based fundamentally on political units and created a map that provides important underpinning of contemporary popular discussions of place-based work and action, and global concern and policy. We will explore place as a concept that brings together the complexity of the intersection of diverse factors to produce lived experience in human and natural communities.The program offers opportunities for serious conversation, focused research, and reflection on personal and collective understandings of environmental ethics and action. Each student should anticipate becoming the resident expert in the work of at least one of our authors or one major issue. social sciences and environmental history, literature, public policy and management. Matthew Smith Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Michael Vavrus
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Day Su 12Summer Session I Pacific Northwest History introduces multicultural aspects of historical developments of this region. A primary learning objective is for students to be able to articulate through concrete historical examples how liberty and justice has been interpreted and applied in the Northwest. With texts that provide accessible historical accounts, students will be exposed to Native American Indian perspectives on the eventual occupation of their lands by European imperialists, the origins and outcomes of competition among Europeans for the Pacific Northwest, and challenges placed on non-European ethnic groups – such as Chinese Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans – during the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention to the experiences of women in making this history is included. The local historical development of Tacoma is used to highlight the role of capitalism in creating governing bodies and class differences among white European Americans who collectively discriminated against the aspirations of people of color. Michael Vavrus Tue Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Anthony Zaragoza and Jeanne Hahn
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter The world is undergoing profound change at the global, state and local levels. This program will introduce students to the major political-economic concepts and historical developments necessary for a deep and usable understanding of these changes. It is intended to provide a foundation for advanced work in political economy and the social sciences as well as enable students to become effective citizens and social agents. We will examine the historical construction and interrelated nature of the U.S. political economy, including its place in the larger world system and its operation at the local level. We will also consider the role social movements have played and examine possibilities for social justice, self-determination and equality.The nature, development and concrete workings of modern capitalism will be a major focus. This means our study will draw on a range of social science disciplines, including history, political science, economic history, sociology and cultural studies to develop a multidisciplinary, multilevel understanding of the concepts, historical periods and social movements which will form our curriculum.In fall, we will study the U.S. political-economic trajectory from the early national period to the current manifestation, neoliberalism. There will be a particular focus on key events, processes and periods such as migrations, social movements, economic crises, privatization, and industrialization, deindustrialization and automation. Throughout we will attempt to include a global and local context. Our studies of transformation will examine the relationship between building movement (ongoing changing conditions) and movement building (responses to these conditions) and constructions of race, class and gender relations in the context of these transformations.The winter will continue to focus on the interrelationships among the globalization process, the U.S. political economy, and changes at the local level. We will study the causes and consequences of the deepening globalization and technologizing of capital and its effects on daily lives. We will pay attention to the human consequences of imperialist globalization and resistance to it. Beginning in the fall but focused in the winter students will engage in a research project in which they examine the political economy of their own hometowns over the last several decades.Films will be shown throughout the program. There will be a substantial amount of reading in a variety of genres, which will be discussed in seminars. Workshops and role-playing exercises in economics, globalization, writing and organizing for social change will be used. Students will write a series of analytical essays, and learn about popular education, participatory research, and academic methodologies. education, labor, community and global justice, social services, history, law, nonprofit work, political economy and informed civic participation. Anthony Zaragoza Jeanne Hahn Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Lawrence Mosqueda
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall This program focuses on the issue of power in American society. In the analysis we will investigate the nature of economic, political, social, military, ideological and interpersonal power. The interrelationship of these dimensions will be a primary area of study. We will explore these themes through lectures, films, seminars, a journal and short papers. The analysis will be guided by the following questions, as well as others that may emerge from the discussions: What is meant by the term "power"? Are there different kinds of power and how are they interrelated? Who has power in American society? Who is relatively powerless? Why? How is power accumulated? What resources are involved? How is power utilized and with what impact on various sectors of the population? What characterizes the struggle for power? How does domestic power relate to international power? How is international power used? How are people affected by the current power structure? What responsibilities do citizens have to alter the structure of power? What alternative structures are possible, probable, necessary or desirable? In this time of war and economic, social and political crisis, a good deal of the program will focus on international relations in a systematic and intellectual manner. This is a serious class for serious people. Please be prepared to work hard and to challenge your and others' previous thinking. social sciences, law and education. Lawrence Mosqueda Tue Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall
Therese Saliba, Alice Nelson and Savvina Chowdhury
Signature Required: Winter  Spring 
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring For centuries, shouts of liberation have echoed through the streets, from Kolkata, India, to Caracas, Venezuela. Today, new movements are afoot, inviting us to re-visit the question, "What does independence mean in the cultural, historical, political and economic context of the global South?" Third World liberation movements that arose in the aftermath of World War II did so not only as organized resistance to colonial forms of oppression and domination, but also as attempts to reconceptualize an alternative, anti-imperial and anti-racist world view. While gaining some measure of political independence, nations such as India, Egypt, Algeria, Mexico and Nicaragua found that they remained enmeshed in neo-colonial relations of exploitation vis-à-vis the former colonial masters. Their post-colonial experience with nation-building bears witness to the actuality that political liberation remains inseparable from economic independence.Through the disciplinary lenses of literature, cultural studies, political economy and feminist theory, this program will explore how various ideas of liberation (sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory) have emerged and changed over time, in the contexts of Latin America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. We will explore religious, national, gender, ethnic and cultural identities that shape narratives of liberation through the discourses of colonialism, neocolonialism, religious traditions and other mythic constructions of the past. We will examine how deep structural inequalities have produced the occupation and partitioning of land, and migrations, both forced and "chosen."With emphasis on a variety of texts, we will examine the ways in which authors revisit their histories of European and U.S. colonialism and imperialism, question the ways stories have been written, and seek to tell another story, re-interpreting liberation. In fall, we will explore several historical models of liberation and critique dominant representations of Third World nations. We will focus especially on India's path to independence, the Algerian and Cuban revolutions, Egypt/Arab Nationalism, the Chilean Road to Socialism, and connect resistance in Chile under Pinochet to Lebanon in the 1980s. In winter, we will move forward chronologically, and our cases will include: Iran and Nicaragua in the late 1970s and 1980s (with emphasis on theologies of liberation and the Iran-Contra affair), the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the indigenous, post-nationalist resistance movements in Chiapas and India, the state-led Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the Green Movement in Iran today, and opposition to U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We will look at feminist involvement in each of these contexts, as well as the role of U.S. foreign and economic policy in suppressing liberatory movements.In spring quarter, we will focus on migration as a legacy of colonial relations, now reconstituted through neoliberal structural adjustment, combined with heightened militarization and corporate control. We will examine the day-to-day realities of dislocation through the literature of various diasporas, and the quest for community, sovereignty and economic security in the post 9-11 era.One aspect of this program includes participation in the campus Spring Symposium, "The Occupy Movement: Uprisings at Home and Abroad" to be held Thursday evenings 6-9pm. education, international studies, community advocacy and foreign service. Therese Saliba Alice Nelson Savvina Chowdhury Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter Spring
Laura Citrin and Carolyn Prouty
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter Why is the rate of caesarian section births rising? What are the ethical implications when parents choose for certain traits in embryo selection? How do our ideas of masculinity and femininity shape male and female reproductive health? How is infertility, abortion, and maternal mortality experienced differently across race and class? This program will explore the sociological, psychological, historical, political, and ethical issues related to reproduction and childbirth, mainly in the US, but we look at the global manifestations of these issues as well. We will learn basic female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology in humans, including the physical processes involved in birth.Through lecture, seminar, film, reading and discussion stimulated by multiple guest speakers from the community, students will examine such topics as conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period; ethical issues in fertility (including infertility) and obstetrics; power and hierarchy in reproductive health care; and breakthroughs in the technologies of reproduction. Students can expect to read and analyze primary scientific and social science literature, academic and popular texts, and to learn to recognize and think critically about their own evolving perspectives surrounding reproduction and birth. Laura Citrin Carolyn Prouty Mon Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Andrew Buchman, Wenhong Wang, Rose Jang and Mingxia Li
Signature Required: Winter 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring We'll study Chinese history, poetry, visual art, theatre and music in fall and winter, then spend an optional month at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing in the spring. Extra financial aid is available for this study abroad program for qualified students. We'll study Chinese civilization from ancient to contemporary times, comparing it with Western cultural models. As Ai Weiwei's case demonstrates, artists continue to be agents of social change in Chinese society today. We'll look at artists' lives as well as their work throughout China's history. To appreciate the central Chinese artistic tradition of depictions of and meditations on nature, we'll study the natural history of China, a country the size of the U.S. with remaining wilderness, despite its large population and burgeoning economy.Workshops on mythology, poetry, folk songs, martial arts, theatrical movement, ritual and secular music, and calligraphy will bring cultural legacies alive for us. In lively, interactive Chinese language lessons, students will create new works of poetry, music, and theatre inspired by Chinese model. We will study Chinese language in order to approach the Chinese world, since, as Heidegger put it, it is from language that "we receive the soundness of our roots" – that is, become intimate with the linguistic idioms, shapes, and sounds that color Chinese culture. Students will study language at their own levels and their own pace, as part of a holistic, supportive, inspiring curriculum.Although there are no prerequisites in performance, arts, Chinese language or aesthetics, interests or previous study in any of these fields will be useful. Expect plenty of reading and writing, creative workshops featuring small group work, and independent research and creative projects that will increase in size as the year progresses. Students will have ample opportunities to develop their individual artistic and academic interests.During fall quarter, we will survey the poetry and art of pre-modern China, from ancient texts and excavated musical instruments to recurrent images in Chinese folklore. We'll address the mythological and philosophical subtexts of these works as well, such as aspect of gender and class. We'll focus on works that continue to be enacted and reinterpreted by contemporary poets, performers and artists. We'll examine vital controversies around competing approaches to the tradition.Winter quarter will take us into the modern era. We will study important writers, poets, musicians, performers, visual artists and filmmakers from the late 19th and 20th centuries, including some from the Chinese global diaspora who helped to create and shape a new vision of China as a republic. We will analyze how processes of cultural transformation and modernization within the last century are reflected in departures, in content and form, from classical models and traditions. Students will finish a research paper and teach the rest of the program what they've learned through individual or group presentations.In spring quarter, we'll get to know some prominent contemporary Chinese artists and literary figures, and explore the blossoming artistic scenes in many Chinese cities. During the second half of the quarter, interested students will have the opportunity to go to Beijing to study Chinese language and culture first-hand. These students will also study and practice the beauty of Chinese theatre arts with professional teachers in small, intimate workshops. Students who elect not to study abroad will pursue a major research project, and/or ethnographic fieldwork in an Asian community in the United States, and/or pursue internship opportunities. Update on Scholarships for Study in China: Students who receive the Federal Pell Grant should apply for a Gilman Scholarship by the October 4, 2011 deadline. For more information, go to "http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program", or contact Michael Clifthorne on campus at 360-867-6421. Chinese-American joint ventures, arts-related fields, English teaching in Asia, travel and tourism, and cultural studies. Andrew Buchman Wenhong Wang Rose Jang Mingxia Li Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Eric Stein and Julia Zay
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring While the ruin can be a figure of antiquity, decay, or catastrophe, it can also function as oracle, canvas, and home. In this program, we will explore both the disordering and productive forces of ruins in our built environment, with particular attention to the ways that they become contested sites for the ownership of memory and history. We will also explore the ruin as a liminal space, not entirely present and not entirely absent, and often reclaimed by marginal cultures.What do the use and neglect of ruined sites and spaces tell us about our relationship to the events and forces that produced the ruin? How can we use the ruin as a crucible in which to invent a theory of the future?Taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws from urban studies, geography, art history and theory, critical theory, cultural studies, political economy and history, our inquiry will center on case studies that allow us to explore the contingencies underlying the material and cultural production of ruins. Along the way we will hone a reflexive awareness of our own potentially voyeuristic impulses as we position ourselves in an inquiry into ruins.We will consider the colonial and touristic romanticization of ancient ruins in Java and Cambodia, the memorialization of physical sites of catastrophe in post-WWII Poland and Germany, the working class emergence of punk subculture out of the economic decay of Thatcher's England, the segregation and collapse of Detroit and New York City in the 1970s, and the dislocations of post-Katrina New Orleans.These case studies will inform our own fieldwork on ruins. Students will develop research skills using photographic documentation, ethnographic writing, and archival studies with the goal of completing a substantial inquiry into a local site of ruin. In addition to readings and films, we will travel to museums, archives, and urban centers to investigate the material histories of contemporary ruins. Eric Stein Julia Zay Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Thomas Rainey
  Course FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4 04 Evening Su 12Summer Session II This class will explore the causes, course, and consequences of the Second World War. It will focus largely on the war in Europe, 1939-1945, but give some consideration as well to the conflict in the Pacific between the Allied Powers and the Empire of Japan. Participants can expect to read historical texts and personal accounts of the war. Critical screenings of documentaries and feature (combat) films will provide visual representations of major battles and key developments in this global conflict. Special attention will be given to the titanic struggle on the Eastern Front between the forces of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. Thomas Rainey Tue Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Joseph Tougas and Ulrike Krotscheck
  Program FR–SOFreshmen - Sophomore 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter In this full-time lower-division program, we will investigate how and why humans, throughout history, have taken to the sea to explore the limits of their known world.  What were the motives and the consequences of these, often dangerous, ventures? We will focus on some specific case studies (the ancient Mediterranean, the Pacific Northwest, the Chinese empire, the Polynesian islanders, and the Atlantic during the age of sail), and learn about some theories of economic and cultural exchange over long distances. Some of the questions we’ll be addressing include: How did humans figure out the navigational and boatbuilding technologies needed for overseas exploration? What were the prime motivators for overseas exploration? What new kinds of knowledge were gained through this travel, and what is the relationship between the material goods and the ideas and ideologies that were traded? How do modern archaeologists and historians go about piecing together answers to questions like these? We will read texts on archaeology, ancient history and philosophy, anthropology, and marine studies. In addition to historical and scientific accounts, we’ll read works of literature, seeking an understanding of the age-old connections between human cultures and the sea. We will consider the religious, philosophical, and scientific practices that grew out of those connections—practices that are the common heritage of coast-dwelling peoples around the globe. We will also work on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills which will facilitate students' transition into advanced college-level work.  In order to test our theories in practice, we will have  opportunities to become familiar with the local coastal environment and its rich cultural history.  This will take the form of a three-day field trip to the Makah Museum and other sites of historical and archaeological interest on the Washington coast. history, archaeology, philosophy, and the humanities. Joseph Tougas Ulrike Krotscheck Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Fall Fall Winter
Sean Williams and Patricia Krafcik
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day S 12Spring This program will explore the folklore of the Slavic and Celtic peoples from epic times to the present in a cross-cultural study of two of Eurasia's oldest ethnic groups. Both groups are dispersed: the Slavic regions across eastern and southeastern Europe and into Eurasia, and the Celtic regions across the islands and peninsulas of the West. Both are renowned for their abundant folklore traditions, which have deep roots in a remote past and have served as a valuable source of inspiration for writers, composers and dramatists from the 19th century through the present. What characteristics do both traditions share? What distinguishes the two cultural traditions? What essential historical, linguistic and spiritual elements permeate the hearts and minds of local people in these regions? What do their folklore practices reveal?We begin the quarter with regional epic narratives and explore the histories and belief systems of the two regions. We follow this foundational work with an exploration of folklore practices (customs, rituals, beliefs), examine 19th-century cultural nationalist movements in music and literature, and conclude with how it all plays out in contemporary life, both rural and urban. This program may serve as a springboard for further study of the Celtic and Slavic peoples, of folklore, and of the material elements of culture.Each week includes lectures, films, seminars, and possible workshops, collaborative presentations, and guest performers or presenters. Students will be expected to write short essays, as requested, and to complete a significant essay at the end of the quarter that examines the role, use and appropriation of folklore materials in a particular Slavic or Celtic region. folklore, anthropology, ethnomusicology, history and literature. Sean Williams Patricia Krafcik Mon Tue Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Elizabeth Williamson, Andrea Gullickson and Krishna Chowdary
  Program FR–SOFreshmen - Sophomore 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter If you are interested in either art or science and are curious to find out what happens when art and science meet, this introductory program is for you. We will work to become familiar with the methods used by artists and scientists and see if these methods can help us make sense of, and live better in, an increasingly complicated world.We will trace developments in art (primarily theater and music) and science (primarily physics) during two time periods: the Renaissance and the early 20th century. We will explore three major questions:Our study of the Renaissance will focus on major revolutionaries, including Galileo and Shakespeare. Galileo's scientific conclusions about the natural world conflicted with some deeply held church teachings. Similarly, Shakespeare's plays highlighted and challenged social conventions and their impact on the day-to-day lives of his audience. We will examine the roles of science and art in challenging commonly held beliefs and explore how society can be transformed through the new perspectives and insights they offer.Our study of the early 20th century will focus on major revolutions in physics, theater, and music. Relativity and quantum mechanics challenged the idea that natural phenomena could be studied without taking into account the role of the observer in shaping those phenomena. In the arts, the observers were seen to play a central role in the artistic product. Brecht and Schoenberg, among others, challenged the notion that art should hold "a mirror up to nature," arguing that art should prompt us to take action rather than merely acclimating us to the way things are. Our studies of art and science will come together as we work with plays that draw on science for subject matter and are experimental in structure, staging, and purpose. Together we will examine and critique the aesthetics and accuracy of plays that merge science and theatricality, such as Brecht's , Stoppard's and Frayn's . Weekly activities will include workshops designed to develop skills critical to success in college and beyond. Collaborative workshops will emphasize improving your written and oral communication skills as well as your analytical and creative thinking. Hands-on activities will provide you with supportive opportunities to apply math and physics and develop scientific reasoning. Together we will approach the art and science content in a manner that is accessible to students with little background in these areas, while still challenging those with prior experience. As a final collaborative project, program members will produce creative interventions dramatizing a science topic.  literature, science, education and theater arts. Elizabeth Williamson Andrea Gullickson Krishna Chowdary Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Fall Fall Winter
Stacey Davis
  SOS FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 4, 6, 8 04 06 08 Day Su 12Summer Session II Students will work independently, studying the social, political, gender, and intellectual trajectories of the French Revolution from 1789 through the Terror and the Napoleonic Empire.  To understand the origins of the Revolution, students will read philosophy and political theory from Enlightenment authors like Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu.  Students will share a reading list in common and have the option to meet periodically for book discussions as a group and with the faculty member.  Students enrolled for more than 4 credits will complete a library research paper on one aspect of the Enlightenment or the French Revolution.  Stacey Davis Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Stephanie Kozick
  SOS FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day W 12Winter This SOS is intended for: individual students who have designed a learning project focused on community development; groups of students interested in working together on a community based project; and students who have an interest in working as an intern in a community agency, organization, or school setting. Interested students should attend the Academic Fair on to meet the faculty, Stephanie Kozick and the Director of the Center of Community Based Learning and Action, Ellen Shortt Sanchez. Stephanie Kozick can also be contacted through her e-mail ( ). Project proposal form can be obtained at the Academic Fair, or an electronic copy found at . Student Originated Studies (S.O.S.): Community Based Learning and Action is a component of Evergreen's Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), which supports learning about, engaging with, and contributing to community life in the region. As such, this S.O.S. offers the opportunity for goal oriented, responsible, and self-motivated students to design a project, research study, or community internship or apprenticeship that furthers their understanding of the concept of “community.” The range of academic and community work in the program includes: working with one or several community members to learn about a special line of work or skill that enriches the community as a whole— elders, mentors , artists, teachers, skilled laborers, community organizers all contribute uniquely to the broader community; working in an official capacity as an intern with defined duties at a community agency, organization, or school; or designing a community action plan aimed at problem solving particular community needs. Prior to the beginning of winter quarter, interested students or student groups must have a draft plan in place. Projects will then be further developed with input from the faculty. Students will meet in a weekly seminar setting to share progress reports, discuss the larger context of their projects in terms of community asset building and wellbeing, and discuss readings selected by program students that illuminate the essence of their projects. Small interest groups will meet with the faculty to discuss issues related to their group projects. Stephanie Kozick Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter
Sarah Ryan and Nancy Parkes
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 8, 12, 16 08 12 16 Evening and Weekend F 11 Fall W 12Winter Is the United States a “suburban nation?”  Why do we have a unique pattern of urban/suburban development that contrasts with that of other nations?  What do we need to know, and what do we need to do, in order to create more sustainable, equitable, and livable communities?  This program will look critically at historical, sociological, and environmental aspects of suburbs, including the role of the federal government and financial institutions in structuring our landscape and living environments.  Our work during both quarters will be centered in the historical study of suburbanization.  During fall, we will look at the critique New Urbanists make of the configuration of suburban space and evaluate local areas as examples of problems or solutions.  We will also acquaint ourselves with quantitative analysis through evaluating the story that census data tells.  During winter, our focus will move toward the way suburbia is reflected in literature and film, and how this shapes us individually and collectively.  During both quarters, students will continually have opportunities to consider proposed solutions as suburbs shift and change that will better meet challenges for housing, social equality, and both social and ecological sustainability. Our goals include an immersion in the historical roots of policies that resulted in suburbanization and an examination of the economics, class, race, and gender systems that underlie many urban/suburban problems.  We will strive to understand how current suburban configurations shape popular culture, political power bases, transportation policies, ecological consequences, families, and educational opportunities.  We will investigate successful alternatives to current suburban developmental norms and consider obstacles that inhibit individuals and communities from adopting more sustainable and socially just practices. We will examine whether suburbs establish islands of privilege that reject urban complexity and diversity and whether the laws and policies encouraging home ownership still meet the needs of individuals and communities. Our program will include a rich mixture of readings, interactive workshops, and lectures by both faculty and guests as well as opportunities to explore suburbanization in our own and nearby communities.  Students will also have opportunities to strengthen their research, collaborative, and writing skills. Students registering for 12 credits will take on an individual project, connected to a group study of a specific suburban community, that will involve substantial historical, sociological, or geographical research, writing, and an interactive presentation. 12-credit students should expect to spend an additional 10 hours per week on this work.  Students registered for 12 credits will also meet Mondays from 6-8 p.m.Students registering for 16 credits must have at least 20 daytime hours per week available to devote to an internship in land use planning or community development, in addition to the 20 hours per week for required for class and study time. The faculty have arranged some internships with local municipal government bodies that require references, referrals, and conferences with sponsors.  Students are also welcome to arrange their own 20-hour internships in planning and community development in collaboration with faculty.  Faculty signature is required for this registration option; please contact the faculty if you are interested or would like more information. history, literature, environmental studies, planning, government, public policy Sarah Ryan Nancy Parkes Mon Wed Sat Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Trevor Griffey
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 8 08 Day Su 12Summer Session I This program will study surveillance as a mode of governance by exploring the portrayal of the surveillance state in literature, film, social science literature, and U.S. history from World War I to the War on Terror. The primary work of the program will involve different kinds of close readings of texts. Each week, students will collectively analyze government surveillance documents, watch and discuss a film, and write a review essay on a book they read. The final week of the program will be devoted to student individual or group projects in surveillance studies broadly defined. Trevor Griffey Mon Wed Thu Fri Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Summer Summer
Suzanne Simons, Carolyn Prouty and Stephen Buxbaum
  Program JR–SRJunior - Senior 8, 12 08 12 Weekend F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring The purpose of this year-long program is to help students develop the skills needed to assess their communities, capture their observations, and articulate them in a useful form. Program participants will work to improve their written and verbal communication skills, ability to collect and analyze data, and think critically as they explore what makes communities work.  We start with the proposition that success – professional or personal – is dependent in part upon being able to tell our story. Whether we are writing a business plan, a novel, or a job application, we need to get our message across, be understood, and hopefully motivate our audience to respond positively. The ability to explain ourselves, ask clearly for what we want, establish purpose, or give direction all involve telling a story. To explain, ask, and direct are all examples of relational activities that also help communities to function. Communities also have stories, as do communities within communities. We will examine who gets to construct and tell the meta-narrative of communities and why, how multiple and sometimes conflicting narratives of community develop, and strategies for developing more equitable access to constructing the story of community. The term “community” literally means a collective sharing of gifts (from the Latin: , "with/together" + , "gift").  Our class will itself become a community, in this case a learning community:  a group of supportive individuals engaged in collective inquiry and analysis about what makes communities work.  Students will work in teams as they learn research skills, participate in field activities, and keep a record of their progress through a variety of assignments, such as mapping, journaling, oral histories, and data analysis. Just as a story – and a community – has a beginning, middle, end, and sometimes a re-birth, this program will follow a similar pattern in its structure. Fall quarter will focus on how relationships start and how communities begin.  Working from observations made from individual to collective levels, we will use literature, theoretical models, and system thinking activities to explore how formative experiences and events determine the structure and function of a community. During winter quarter, students will explore the practical day-to-day functioning of a community. Field research will involve exploring diverse experiences and multiple meanings embodied in a single community. This will involve the use of mixed media, interviews, and extensive writing to map and record the workings of a community. Students will test theoretical models of how systems work against the lives of community members interviewed, and what they can observe and record themselves. Spring quarter will focus on what causes communities to stop functioning.  Using literature, primary source material and field research we will explore what keeps communities from sustaining themselves.  Students will investigate the challenges communities face as they attempt to weather social, economic, geographic, and environmental changes. Students in the 12-credit option will choose a community-based organization that compliments program themes and do an in-program internship of 10 hours per week, plus a weekly thematic journal and final synthesis project integrating their community and academic work. Students will be responsible for selecting and contacting an organization to set up the internship with activities that serve the organization and student skills, goals, and interests. government and public service, leadership, management, education, media, nonprofit organization, public health, social services Suzanne Simons Carolyn Prouty Stephen Buxbaum Sat Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter Spring
Steven Niva
  Program FR ONLYFreshmen Only 16 16 Day S 12Spring This intensive spring quarter program will examine debates over the nature and causes of terrorism, particularly against the United States from the Middle East, and the contending policy options concerning how best to respond to it. The program will focus primarily on debates in the United States since the terror attacks of 9/11 by exploring different theories of terrorism, political violence and counter-terrorism offered by various scholars and military strategists. The program will examine the strategies adopted in the current "war on terror" and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, the rise of Al-Qaida and Jihadist terrorism and the changing nature of warfare in the 21 st century. To meet the learning goals of this program, students will have to obtain a thorough knowledge of current events; develop a thorough understanding of the history of United States foreign policy in the Middle East; learn how to assess and compare competing theories of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies; understand the diversity of political, cultural and religious beliefs within the Middle East; engage in critical thinking; and develop informed opinions regarding all of these topics.The program will be organized around a series of texts, exercises and assignments, including several in-class presentations, role-plays and several analytical papers. We will watch films and documentaries to supplement our learning. A serious commitment by students to all of the work within the program is necessary. politics and public policy, international politics, and Middle East studies. Steven Niva Freshmen FR Spring Spring
Susan Preciso and Thomas Rainey
Signature Required: Winter 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 8, 12 08 12 Evening F 11 Fall W 12Winter  Victorian Britons believed in the idea of progress. They believed that a nation, a culture, could “improve” itself; and indeed, Victorian England led the western world in the development of new ideas in science, economics, industrialization, technology, suffrage, and religious tolerance. At the same time, Britain “appeared as a colossus astride the world,” with the most powerful army and navy of the time. British imperialists bragged that “the sun never set on the Union Jack,” and London became the capital, the very heart of this economic political, and scientific-technical giant. During fall quarter, our focus is on the Industrial Revolution and its social, economic, and cultural consequences. In winter quarter, students will continue their exploration of Victoria’s century, pushing the focus to the tensions emerging from British economic and imperial hegemony. We will see how some Victorians questioned the progress so hailed by others. Moving from the apex of British power and influence, we will study ways Britons struggled with an empire grown too big to control, challenges to traditional thinking in religion and science, and calls for reform and change. British novels, in particular, often deal with the consequences of rapid economic, social, cultural, and political change and how Victorians saw themselves and others in this evolving landscape. Thus, students can expect to study the literature of the era as works of art, social documents, and moral statements. Reading historians’ analyses of the era provides the important background that enriches and informs any study of Victorian literature and art.We will see as well the ways in which the Victorian world shaped who we are and how we see ourselves in the 21 century. How did Victorians like Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and others move us toward the modern world? Writers like George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, and Joseph Conrad will provide a wide and complex picture of Victorian thinking. We will read histories by Eric Hobsbawm, Judith Walkowitz, and E. P. Thompson. We will also see film adaptations of some great Victorian fiction. Lectures, workshops, and seminar discussions will continue to be central activities for students and faculty in Winter quarter there will be a 12 credit option offered to students who began their work in fall quarter. The 12 credit group will meet every week for a seminar discussion of their assigned reading TBA.The assigned reading and writings assignments will supplement their other program work.Credits may be awarded in 19 Century British History and Culture, 19 Century English Literature, and the Geography of Empire.Students who complete this program will be well prepared for more advanced work in the humanities, particularly in history and literature. teaching, literature, history Susan Preciso Thomas Rainey Mon Mon Wed Wed Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Samuel Schrager, Chico Herbison and Nancy Koppelman
Signature Required: Winter 
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter S 12Spring These words of Ralph Ellison's are the starting point for our inquiry. This program will explore diversity and unity in the United States through outstanding narratives by artists and scholars who, like Ellison, capture distinctive characteristics of the hybridity endemic to American experience. Students will use these studies to take their own fresh looks at American life and to become adept practitioners of the writer's craft.The program involves close reading of literary, historical, and anthropological-sociological texts, and attention to traditions of story, music, film and humor. We will consider a range of group experiences-African American, Asian American, Jewish, working-class, place-based, queer, female, youth, differently-abled, and others. We will focus on understanding dynamics between historical pressures and legacies, and present realities and aspirations. How, we will ask, have race relations, immigrant experiences, and family life both expressed and extended democratic ideals, and both embodied and challenged a wide range of power hierarchies? What are the most compelling stories that this unpredictable culture has produced, and how have they nourished and articulated community? What will be the impact of emergent technologies on the increasingly permeable boundaries between human and machine, "real" and virtual, self and other, particularly for the making of democracy?Fall and the first half of winter will feature intensive practice of writing in non-fiction, imaginative and essay forms. Research methods will also be emphasized: ethnographic fieldwork (ways of listening, looking, and documenting evidence to make truthful stories), and library-based scholarship in history, social science and the arts. From mid-winter to mid-spring, students will undertake a full-time writing and research project on a cultural topic or group in a genre of their choice, locally or elsewhere. These projects are akin to the kinds that students pursue with Individual Learning Contracts; students in Writing American Cultures will undertake them in community, with strong faculty support. The project is an excellent context for senior theses. In the final weeks of spring, students will polish and present their writing in a professional format. Throughout the program, dialogue about our common and individual work will be prized. Among the fiction writers we may read are William Faulkner, Maxine Hong Kingston, Herman Melville, Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed; essayists Gerald Early, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Murray, Cynthia Ozick and Mark Twain; ethnographers Joan Didion, Zora Neale Hurston, Joseph Mitchell and Ronald Takaki; historians John Hope Franklin, Oscar Handlin and C. Vann Woodward. Films may include , , and Music we'll hear may be by Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Tupac Shakur. Humor/comedy will be provided by Lenny Bruce, Margaret Cho, Richard Pryor, and others. Students who are serious about becoming capable writers are warmly invited to be part of this program. Those who give their time and energies generously will be rewarded by increasing their mastery as writers, critics and students of American culture and society. the humanities and social sciences, community service, journalism, law, media and education. Samuel Schrager Chico Herbison Nancy Koppelman Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Jose Gomez and Michael Vavrus
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day F 11 Fall W 12Winter Howard Zinn (1922-2010), arguably more ably and comprehensively than any other historian, documented injustice and dissent as defining features of the United States from its founding to the present. His steadfast commitment to democratic values, justice and equality, along with his assurance that "small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress," have also inspired countless Americans to protest unjust laws, policies and practices. In this program, we will use Zinn's life and works as a framework to study the centrality of dissent to American democracy and the impact it has had on weaving the nation's social, political and cultural fabric. We will study how ordinary people, from pre-revolutionary America to the present, have stood up to power in order to redeem the Bill of Rights' guarantee of protecting people from the government rather than protecting government from the people. Along with our study of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, class, age, disability and sexual orientation that continues to defy the constitutional promise of equality, we will examine how political dissent, so essential to correcting these inequalities, has been suppressed and criminalized from the 18th century's odious Sedition Act to the 21st century's reactionary U.S.A. Patriot Act. While there will be no clear demarcation of themes between quarters, events of the 18th and 19th centuries will receive our greatest attention in the fall quarter, and events of the 20th and 21st centuries will receive our closest scrutiny in the winter quarter. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, films, seminars, guest presentations, and group and individual projects. law, education, public policy, political theory, history, and political science. Jose Gomez Michael Vavrus Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter